Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
  1. #1
    Lurker radray64's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    central Kentucky
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Clear Coat Repair

    My clear coat is chipping off the front fender... Do I just start sanding lightly?
    making sure not to break though the paint though.......its a white 93 GP...
    What grit to start with too??

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,691
    Thanks
    206
    Thanked 55 Times in 48 Posts
    If the clear coat has chipped off, there is none left. Don't do anything short of getting it repainted or it will look worse. I am a painter at a PPG and ICAR certified body shop. About a dozen other people might post in here about some sweet way of making it look half-assed. Don't. If it's really, REALLY small area, just touch it up with the touch up paint you can get in the little bottles. Otherwise, you will have to redo the fender, whether it be some half-ass rattle-can job, or taking it to a actual body shop. Those are really your only options.
    Just here for the pizza

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to carkhz316 For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-06-2011)

  4. #3
    intern8tion9l's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    3,700
    Thanks
    132
    Thanked 270 Times in 196 Posts
    i have some spots peeling off the driver's side of the roof.....am i also doomed for a repaint? it can't be sanded and recleared(professionally)?

  5. #4
    Andrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Shelton, WA
    Posts
    4,230
    Thanks
    78
    Thanked 255 Times in 166 Posts
    Carkhz316 is right on the money.

    You can slow the chipping by waxing alot, but that only prolongs the inevitable.
    00 GTP - mine | 05 Mariner - hers | 95 F150 - ours?

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Andrew For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-06-2011)

  7. #5
    Garrett Powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    OREGON
    Posts
    4,757
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 131 Times in 112 Posts
    depends on if the base coat is gone or not. looking at my car, since it's clear recently failed I am guessing I can scrub off the clear that is flaking with a 3m pad and shoot it with some automotive clear through my paint gun. if it looks bad still, I guess I will go get some base coat mixed up and redo the top of the bumper at least, if not the entire car.

  8. #6
    Lurker
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    224
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett Powered View Post
    depends on if the base coat is gone or not. looking at my car, since it's clear recently failed I am guessing I can scrub off the clear that is flaking with a 3m pad and shoot it with some automotive clear through my paint gun. if it looks bad still, I guess I will go get some base coat mixed up and redo the top of the bumper at least, if not the entire car.
    No.

    Once your clearcoat begins to peel, the only sure-fire fix is a repaint. There are quite a few reasons here.
    You WILL see the edge of of the old clear under the new clear. Just like clearing over blends and burn-throughs, you will see the outline.
    Your basecoat underneath is already contaminated by the environment and will likely lead to a re-peel
    UV rays dramatically fade unprotected basecoat and has probably already began to fade the color.

    I too paint for a living and do NOT recommend just reclearing the panel. Do it right or dont waste the time.
    <br />http://www.w-body.com/forum/index.php?action=garage;sa=gcard;user=mrl390;style=1

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to mrl390 For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-06-2011)

  10. #7
    Garrett Powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    OREGON
    Posts
    4,757
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 131 Times in 112 Posts
    maybe so, I don't do it for a living. but just got a hydraulic scissor lift for doing it so I can do it much easier now. even though there is nothing easy about that job. there is less bending over now and getting heartburn real bad.

    I would probably reach for the DA and sand the entire top of the bumper down. you are right, it was faded to hot pink before it even started peeling, and now that one spot greatly helps ruin the look of the whole car.

  11. #8
    Lurker
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    224
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Scissor lift FTW.
    <br />http://www.w-body.com/forum/index.php?action=garage;sa=gcard;user=mrl390;style=1

  12. #9
    pwmin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Front Range
    Posts
    4,249
    Thanks
    84
    Thanked 108 Times in 92 Posts
    have you done anything to it yet?

    I've done it before for just body cladding that comes off easily and it turned out at least much nicer than it was, but I failed miserably trying to do it to bumpers.
    2006 Grand Prix GT Mystic Green
    1997 GMC Yukon K1500 2 door

    Former w-bodies - 1996 GTP Special Edition, 1991 GTP 5-speed, 1998 Buick Regal GS

  13. #10
    Garrett Powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    OREGON
    Posts
    4,757
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 131 Times in 112 Posts
    I was peeling it off last night by rubbing my finger on it. the base coat still looks perfect though.

  14. #11
    NTRCOOL's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Rochelle IL
    Posts
    148
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
    I would experiment with 1500 grit or higher to feather out the border of the clear coat While trying not to break through the paint but if I were you I would still try to get a can of paint that matches your base coat. Once fethered you will need to scuff the rest of the fender and then clear if you don't break through the base.
    NTRCOOL

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to NTRCOOL For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-06-2011)

  16. #12

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,691
    Thanks
    206
    Thanked 55 Times in 48 Posts
    ^Another will look like poop method
    Just here for the pizza

  17. #13

  18. #14
    Garrett Powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    OREGON
    Posts
    4,757
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 131 Times in 112 Posts
    just went down to the automotive paint supply store and asked for some base coat for my u-tech clear and the guy started asking me if the base coat that the clear peeled off from was in tact.

    I was like yeah, there is no scratches. I had actually used an air hose to blow off the remaining flakes that didn't wash off last time I washed the car. the whole top side is exposed base coat and it has been peeling off for months.

    he goes, why don't you just re-clear it? I go, well some painters told me it wouldn't work.


    why not? he says. this guy is a pro paint finish tech and used to work as a painter. everyone there is. they sell paint and they told me it would be fine if when I put soapy water or prep sol on it and it simulates the clear if it looks ok then I should be able to re-clear after using my 1500 grit da sponge.

    so I will be trying this first. I will post a picture of how it turns out.

  19. The Following User Says Thank You to Garrett Powered For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-16-2011)

  20. #15

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,691
    Thanks
    206
    Thanked 55 Times in 48 Posts
    Hmm. You might actually be alright being as its white. Any other color, especially any kind of metallic and it would not be as nice looking in the end.

    Where's "Visitor"? He probably knows what to do...
    Just here for the pizza

  21. The Following User Says Thank You to carkhz316 For This Useful Post:

    radray64 (02-16-2011)

Visitors found this page by searching for:

peeling clear coat repair

what to do if clear coat is peeling off car

how to fix the clear coat on my car

clear coat peeling off car

car top coat repair

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •