|PaintScratch Touch-Up Paint Clearcoats Understanding Clear Coat
Topic Started by: J2005
|Posted by: J2005
||Posted on: June 25th, 2006, 7:25pm
I've just purchased PaintScratch's touch-up pen (primer, paint and clear coat) and will soon be addressing a few blemishes on my car. I have two varietes of spots:
- Small stone chips about 1/16" or less. I can catch my finger nail on them and the exposed coloration below is whiteish. I am assuming that the clear coat is corrupted and I will need to prime, pain and clear coat.
- The other spot is an area that was probably scratched by a car key, I don't know. The scratch was about 3 inches long and varied in depth. I was able to manually remove 80% of the scratch with Maguiar's fine cut polish. After several attempts, I graduated to a medium cut polish. I applied this maually (finger tip) as with the fine cut. In retrospect, this probably was not the best thing to do because now the remaining 20% of the scratch has flattened out and widened. The spot is about 1/2" long and 1/4" or less wide. It is colored whiteish or grayish.
I'm not sure what I am looking at when I see the white/gray.
My questions ---
What is the likely condition of the clear coat for both of these?
Is ther a way, a standard test, to tell if the clear coat has been damaged?
Is there a way to tell if there is a base coat of paint beneath the whiteish/grayish spots?
Does a chip tell me that I definitely need to repaint?
I'm asking these because of the way clear coats have been described - or the way I understand them. For instance, a scratch in the clear coat apparently disrupts its mirroring (shine) so that the human eye sees a "white" scratch instead of the paint below.
Thanks for any help you have.
|Posted by: admin
||Posted on: June 27th, 2006, 5:25pm
Most often if the clearcoat is damaged it is best to also repaint the underlying basecoat.
Please see: http://www.paintscratch.com/automotive-paint-tips.htm
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