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    Coating single stage paint - should you?

    I saw a post on a FB detailing group, where the poster said that he did a ceramic coating on single stage paint. Is this something you can/should do? I thought I'd remembered reading that you shouldn't.

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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    New or modern single stage paint or old school single stage paint.

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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

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    New or modern single stage paint or old school single stage paint.
    I guess I would call it new....looked to be on an early 2000's Chevy Truck

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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    New/modern day SS paint is good to go. You can run into 'streaking/patchy/blotchy' spots on some older/old school SS paint in my experience.
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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzle Chest View Post
    New/modern day SS paint is good to go. You can run into 'streaking/patchy/blotchy' spots on some older/old school SS paint in my experience.
    Look no further for an answer.

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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    honestly on a 2000 truck like that, I would be more inclined to play with some megs #7, then polish it up and lay on nice quality sealant or a wax. it's not often I turn down coatings but on single stage I've seen paints respond very well to other products and it almost is a bit nostalgic to use non coating products.
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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    Thanks everyone for your replies

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    Coating single stage paint - should you?

    From what Iíve found, Brian at Apex Detail mentioned (not demonstrated) using an acrylic polish, Xtreme Solutions LVR 403 or 404 and letting that cure 24-48 hours, that you could ceramic coat single stage paint.

    I have a client who wants this done on an Ď84 Mercedes Benz. A conversation will be had, as I think some people might assume that a ceramic coating is permanent. After it wears down, what then? Polishing off the coating and back into the single stage paint on an old car...thatís out of my experience range.

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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    Here's the actual deal...

    If the coating you use requires you to use a panel wipe (solvent) to chemically strip the paint before applying the coating, with OLD single stage paint like solvent-evaporation lacquers and enamels - the act of chemically stripping this type of paint with a solvent can DULL the paint down.

    If it's NEW old school type paint or NEW modern URETHANE single stage paint - no problems.

    This question comes up from time to time. The first thing I do is what I did? Ask the TYPE of paint you're working on.

    Condition is a factor too with old school paints. There's a difference between the ORIGINAL dried out paint on a 1952 Chevy and the single stage paint on a 1952 Chevy that was REPAINTED in 1978 and then maintained.


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    Re: Coating single stage paint - should you?

    Here's a coating detail did to a MODERN single stage URETHANE paint job 8 years ago.

    Detailerís Paint Coating on Single Stage Paint







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