How Much Does It Cost to Clear Coat a Car?

March 16, 2024

Clear coat is the outer protective layer of modern cars, providing a high-gloss finish, chemical and scratch resistance, and color stability. Clear coating also protects the inner pigment layers of paint and primer that overlay the bare metal body. Damage to the clear coat can lead to costly repairs and a diminished car’s overall appearance.

The most common cause of clear coat damage is the sun’s UV rays. These rays can slowly degrade the clear coat over time, burning it white and making it rough to the touch. Aside from the sun, other common causes of clear coat damage include physical abrasions (like from dings or scratches) and exposure to chemicals like bug spray and gasoline.

To ensure the smoothest possible repair, any surface imperfections or rough spots should be addressed with a light sanding and buffing. Start with a coarser grit of sandpaper to level out the surface, then gradually move to finer grits until you have smoothed and blended the damaged area. Wipe the repaired area down with a tack cloth to remove any remaining sanding dust or debris.

Most paint manufacturers recommend that a vehicle be washed no sooner than 30-days after the clear coat application. The clear coat is still curing and hardening during this time, so washing it before then can have an adverse effect on its durability and quality. Be sure to use a high-quality wash mitt, 2 buckets of water, and car-wash soap when washing your vehicle.


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