A Clear Case of Confusion on Clearcoat Paint

Most consumers have grave misconceptions about the clearcoat finished on their new, imported, or domestic. They have received so much conflicting information they find it impossible to make intelligent choices and decisions regarding the care of their new car. Most new vehicles now come with clearcoat paint.

So, what is a clearcoat finish? Quite simply, it is a top coat of paint without pigment. It is part of the paint process and not something applied afterwards. A clearcoat is like a piece of plexiglass about the thickness of a good a garbage bag. It is a clear paint and is subject to all the damaging effects of the environment. It will scratch. It will oxidize. It will dull. And it needs to be taken care of. Because this topcoat of “clear paint” is free of pigment, it can sometimes be softer than other paint systems. We in the auto care industry have to use extra care when using products on these softer, thinner finishes.

It is true that many older car care products can scratch the new clearcoat systems, but responsible detail facilities have changed their products to accommodate changing technology in paint systems. It is important to use products that have been designed for and are safe for clearcoats.

It isn’t magic. Consumers need to know that there is no “magic” in these new paint systems. Paint finishes today need to be polished and waxed with more frequency and care than has been given to paint systems of the past. To protect our investment we must protect our cars from the damaging effects of the environment. Your car should be protected with quality polish (which brings out your color and shine) and wax (which is your protectant) twice a year, dark colors more often.

Here at Classic Appreciation we are experienced in taking care of the new clearcoat paints. We can help you protect your investment and keep it “showroom fresh.”

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