Clear coat automotive paint finishes are used on approximately 95-percent of vehicles that are manufactured today. The translucent resin preserves the luster and color of a car’s pigmented base coat, yields a deeper and shinier hue, and protects a car’s base coat from the elements. Although clear coat is ultimately an effective finish, it has the potential to oxidize over time.
Cause and Effect
A number of factors can cause clear coat automotive paint finishes to delaminate: exposure to extreme heat or cold, excessive contact to UV rays and/or road salt, and abrasive polishing. The most common cause of damage is the dissimilar rate at which base coats and clear coats expand: a temperature-based reaction that causes the clear coat to peel and appear flaky. Areas that are frequently impacted with clear coat deterioration include the hood and trunk, fenders, gas tank, and roof.
There are a number of DIY examples of how to spot repair clear coat finishes, however, the result is temporary and can ultimately lead to compounded damage. The most effective and sustainable solution to correcting clear coat deterioration is to work with an auto body technician. The repair process is methodical; it requires a thorough surface sanding, and the subsequent reapplication of base coat and clear coat.
At Mercer Auto Body, our skilled auto body technicians make matching paint colors and repairing clear coats an accessible solution. We use state-of-the-art computerized color matching systems in order to achieve a precise color match and masterful paintjob. We consider luster, shine and durability when correcting automotive paint finishes. In addition, our selection of 10,000 colors and products are environmentally friendly.
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