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Depends on the type and color of paint and temperature factors. Urethane metallic basecoats can require an hour or longer at normal temps for clearcoating. Silvers with be lighter if you fog them on and wait 4 hours to cure first before top coating. Lacquers can be clearcoated immediately after flash-off. Same with acrylic enamels.
Important factors are temperature, how much hardener used and thinner speed. Spray a small test piece for testing during your shoot. Usually min 4 hours recommended for wetsanding of urethane basecoats before clearcoat at normal shop temp if sanding is necessary for drip or bug repair. I use a drop or 2 of dish soap in a water spray bottle to prevent ball up on the 600 grit wetordry sandpaper. Don't press too hard, let the sandpaper do the work. Wash your hands often, silicas and plastic compounds are toxic.

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My 2005 Hyundai Elantra looks disgusting. The clear paint is peeling off all over the back section of the car. This car is electric blue, and not yet 6 years old! What has caused this. Paint/panel guys...

Deterioration of the clearcoat can be caused from several things, not the least of which is the environment, such as acid rain or air polution. Usually it is caused from lack of maintenance, such as not using a protective wax or polish regularly. I have seen instances where too much polishing with a power buffer caused the clearcoat to wear away. Or it could just be a poor factory paint job. Lots of those around. Shop around for a good price on repaint. Where I am from, there is a paint and body business call MAACO that will repaint a car very cheaply. Their paint jobs don't last more than a couple of years, but they look really good when fresh. You may find someone who paints cars as a hobby, or second income. They usually do decent work for little profit. Check the want ads and local bulletin boards. You may be surprised at how affordable a new paint job can be.

Apr 06, 2011 | Hyundai Elantra Cars & Trucks

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Clearcoat is peeling off the hood - year of car is 2000

that is a common problem, the clear coat has lost its bond to the paint, it will have to sanded down to the paint and reapplied,

Aug 20, 2010 | Jaguar S-Type Cars & Trucks

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Same problem with grill bubbling what to do 2004 niss murano

I've decided to "black" mine out with a high gloss black. First I'm going to take the grill off & see if I can use airplane paint remover on a small area to remove the coating that is bubbling.

If so, then i'll primer the surface & repaint it as is since it should be smooth after the remover works and I scrape it down and wash it clean.

You could then leave it once the clearcoat is removed, re-coat it with clearcoat, or paint it any color, even to match. Automotive spray paint is available at auto-parts stores for this type of material, just get the right can of spray paint.

If I find the paint remover won't work without hurting the actual grill, I'll use some fine grit sandpaper and prep the surface, then primer it and paint it high gloss black. Color choice is optional of course!

Maybe this will help.

Jan 29, 2010 | 2004 Nissan Murano

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My car stays in the garage regularly, except for at work. I do regular maintenance @ the dealership.I have recently noticed that paint job on the roof of the car, just above the wind shield, is going bad....

I recently purchased a 2001 MDX from a private owner.  I encountered the same cosmetic problems as well and did some research online.  I visited the Meguiar's (car care products) website, looking for headlight haze remover and what to do about paint "oxidation."  What I discovered is the discoloration is NOT oxidation, but rather "clearcoat failure."

Good news:  The headlight yellow haze is easily fixed with a power drill and a product called "One-Step Headlight Restoration Kit."  For under $20 I buffed out both headlights in about 10 minutes (I went over each a couple of times after I saw the product wasn't doing any harm and got more brave with the drill).

Bad news:  Nothing can fix the clearcoat failure.  You gotta repaint it.  From what I read clearcoat failures are as individual as fingerprints.  The common cause, however, is heat.  How much heat varies from model to model, color to color, and geographic location.  Some people have reported garaging their cars, like you, and STILL seeing the discoloration years down the road, while others totally neglect their cars and the clearcoat stayed clear - go figure.

Jan 18, 2010 | 2001 Acura MDX

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Painting my truck myself

you dont have to prime it but youll have to remove the factory clearcoat on the old paint its a good idea to sand it to remove all the clearcoat and contaminants i rinse the car and let it dry before i paint one

Jan 18, 2010 | 1992 Ford F350

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Have a week old car, need to know what type of wax or polish to use on new paint from the factory?

Don't use ANY polish. If the car is only a week old, the paint is new. Wash it with COLD water only for the first 6 months. DON"T use a carwash. The pressure will ruin the finish. If you have clearcoat, most cars do, use an acrylic wax made for clearcoats.

Dec 26, 2009 | 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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1992 960 clearcoat

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As I was saying, 'Dealer added' clearcoat is doomed to failure according to an expert automotive painter I knew who did only high-end repainting on expensive vehicles.
He claimed that unless the clearcoat was applied over paint that had not yet cured, it would not bond to the paint underneath of it. It could behave like two unrelated layers and the clearcoat, not having a molecular bond with the paint below it, could shatter and separate for several reasons; temperature changes and (as it was in my case) exposure to salt air were two of these.   I doubt that Volvo will do anything for your car since cosmetics are considered secondary to mechanical failure and after 16 years, they may consider the complaint petty. 

Nov 09, 2008 | 1992 Volvo 960

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Clear coat seems to be breaking down in paint on bonnet and roof

this has been copied and pasted from a googe search
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Hi,i recently used a DUPLI-COLOR CLEARCOAT TOUCH UP PAINT on 2 small areas where the clearcoat had peeled off when i replaced an emblem on my 1995 Deville.It is a bit noticeable when light shines at a certain angle--but more importantly, IT STOPS THE CLEARCOAT FROM PEELING OFF ANYMORE.

Aug 03, 2008 | Mitsubishi Passenger Cars & Trucks

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Paint color code for 93 Buick LeSabre

The paint color code should be on the door sticker, along with the vehicle information.

Jul 25, 2008 | 1993 Buick LeSabre

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1992 Mitsubishi Pajero factory paint number? (metalic green)


The factory paint code is normally inside the engine bay by the firewall. It would be a sticker type/nameplate for external color and would have three digit number such as G13 or WWP or A31. It could also be found at radiator support, driver door jamb, passenger or door jamb.

Alternately, there would be several variations of green:
  • A86 – Greenish Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • F26 – Foresta Green Pearl Clearcoat
  • F50 – Bluish Green Pearl Metallic Clearcoat
  • F89 – Neptune Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • G13 – Timber Green Pearl Clearcoat
  • G31 – Hannover Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • G39 – Cancun Green
  • G73 – Turquoise Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • G84 – Kilder Green Pearl Clearcoat
  • G90 – Santiago Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • G98 – St. Amour Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • L53 – Canadian Green Metallic Clearcoat
  • L95 – Loire Green Pearl Clearcoat
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Jul 16, 2008 | Mitsubishi Passenger Cars & Trucks

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