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    Senior Member Chris's FX4's Avatar
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    Question Ford Clear Coat

    I've searched around for the clear coat hardness on Fords, but I keep finding mixed reviews.

    So does anyone know how hard or soft the clear coat is in general on the following Fords?


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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    My 2007 exploder was a little hard but the meg d300 kit worked wonders on it My daughters 05 mustang black was very hard wet sand and 105 wool did the trick

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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    Your mustang might be a little soft. I just detailed my 2012 Performance White Boss 302. No issues.
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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    I have 2 Fords and I would say medium hard. I recently detailed a 12 Shelby and used Megs D300 and MF cutting discs and it took a littlle elbow grease.

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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    A more important question might be how thin is it. The answer. VERY!

    I went over a friend's new Ford FLEX and found the total paint thickness to be less than 100 microns all over the car. And some spots were even thinner. I am afraid to do anything to try and decrease the orange peel. I will only do modest correction to remove swirls. No wonder so many people are complaining about clearcoat failure when their cars are still relatively young.

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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    Thanks for the replies so far everyone.


    Quote Originally Posted by oldmodman View Post
    A more important question might be how thin is it. The answer. VERY!
    Hmmm...

    Guess I'll have to be cautious then.
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    Re: Ford Clear Coat

    The performance white on my 08 is pretty hard. Have to work it quite a bit to remove any substantial swirls or RIDS.

    My paint is healthy. Approaching 200 microns.
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