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Clearcoat or Conventional Paint?


Clearcoat or Conventional Paint?


It is important to know what type of paint is on the vehicle. Clear coats are treated differently than conventional paint. They don't respond well to harsh compounds. The I.D. Plate of the vehicle should tell you what kind of paint finish it has. If you still aren't sure, perform this simple test.

TO TEST THE FINISH:

Lightly rub with a small amount of 1500 grit sandpaper in an inconspicuous place. If the residue is white, it usually means that you are dealing with a urethane or poly-urethane clear coat. If the color of the paint comes off on the sandpaper, you are dealing with a conventional finish.

Approximately 80% of vehicles today have a clear coat. It is from 1 to 3 milimeters thick (about the same thickness as a garbage bag). When in doubt about the type of paint, always treat the finish as if it were a clear coat.

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