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    Re: Clearcoats are thin by Mike Phillips

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    Clearcoats are thin by Mike Phillips


    The majority of cars being manufactured today and starting since the 1980's use what's called a basecoat/clearcoat paint system. With this system, a clear layer of paint is sprayed over the top of the basecoat which is also the color coat or the layer of paint that has pigment in it. If the car has a metallic finish then the metallic flakes are also in the basecoat.

    The basecoat doesn't offer any gloss or shine and in fact it's dull or matte looking after it's sprayed. The basecoat gets it's gloss, shine, depth and reflectivity by the spraying of the clearcoat layer of paint over the top of it. This is why if a person removes too much clearcoat when buffing and they expose the basecoat it will appear to be a dull round or oval spot on a body panel. The part of the paint system that adds beauty has been removed revealing the dull or matte basecoat layer of paint.


    Hi Mike,
    I wish I read this sooner than later!
    I posted a thread on the form Ask Mike, about my clear coat I sprayed on my truck after painting the base coat. The Clear Coat did not apply clear, but had a matted look...is that because it was sprayed from a spray can? I purchased the CC and BC from Automotivetouchup.

    And yes, the factory CC is very thin, I had a spot where I used 2,000 grit and accidentally went down to the primer!
    Keeping the Shiny side up and Shinning, and the Rubber side down and Sticky!
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    Re: Clearcoats are thin by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by OVRKLL View Post

    The Clear Coat did not apply clear, but had a matted look...

    is that because it was sprayed from a spray can?

    Hard for me to say?


    Maybe go back and talk to the people at the company that sold you the paint. In fact, drive your truck and show them.


    I know some people have successfully sprayed basecoat/clearcoat paints from spray cans obtained from PBE stores and had good luck. There's a lot of factors that go into getting a great paint job from a spray can or any method.


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