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    Fixing clear coat failure

    I recently purchased a metallic black 2003 Chevy truck. I bought it off ebay sight unseen. I just had my first chance to give it a quick wax with #66. Much to my dismay I found some clear coat failure. Two 2"X2" circles on the hood and 3 same size spots on the roof.

    My process for fixing them would be to wet-sand the areas until I get to the base coat. Rattle can clear onto the areas and then feather in the new clear by wet-sanding. Will this work? My main concern is that even though the clear is only failing in certain spots now, the rest of the hood and roof will soon follow. Is that how CC failure works? Or is it just the visible areas that have been compromised? Any advice on my process or how CC failure works?
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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    This is an instance where a picture is worth a thousand words. Is there any way you could take a picture of the damaged area? If it is indeed clearcoat failure the best you can do is delay the inevitable. A repaint will most likely be needed in the near future, I just don't think paint in a can will produce a satisfactory appearance, especially since the color is metallic black.

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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    I could take a picture. But it is indeed CC failure. I wouldn't be painting the base coat. I am just planning on sanding the CC off in those areas and not going into the base coat. A repaint isn't really in the cards. I bought the truck as a work vehicle. I guess my main question is if CC failure can be contained by removing the affected area or if it is just a case of one area failing with the others following soon after regardless of what I do to the current areas that are failing.
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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    Quote Originally Posted by jmakado View Post
    I could take a picture. But it is indeed CC failure. I wouldn't be painting the base coat. I am just planning on sanding the CC off in those areas and not going into the base coat.
    In most cases the basecoat is very thin, it would be very difficult to remove the clear coat and scuff the basecoat and apply new clear coat and get it to look good and last a long time. Not saying it can't be done but don't know of anyone that can do it, would do or has done it.


    Quote Originally Posted by jmakado View Post

    A repaint isn't really in the cards. I bought the truck as a work vehicle. I guess my main question is if CC failure can be contained by removing the affected area or if it is just a case of one area failing with the others following soon after regardless of what I do to the current areas that are failing.
    Once it's taking place this is an indicator of the health or condition of the paint overall, or at least the horizontal surfaces, not much you can do to stop it or even slow it down. You can try to take care of any unaffected areas, might help.
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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    2003 truck having clear coat failure? man somethings wrong w/ the paint or the previous owner did something horible to it

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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    Quote Originally Posted by benhui86 View Post
    2003 truck having clear coat failure? man somethings wrong w/ the paint or the previous owner did something horible to it
    +1, I would see with Chevy if they can do anything about it, since it shouldn't fail that fast... it's only 5 years..
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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    That should at least be some kind of prorated paint job.
    quality creates its own demand

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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    If I was you I would think about getting it resprayed but it depends what this truck is being used for and how long you plan on keeping it for.

    You will have a whole lot more peace of mind knowing that it has been resprayed then having a clear coat which you have no idea how long it will last and if it will get worst.

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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    "The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done."
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    How appropriate to find that one on my golf desk calendar for today. What have you got to lose by trying a repair, albeit a temporary solution with less than optimal results.

    Forgive my ignorance, but as long as you get down to a well-adhered surface and rough it up, does it have to be all the way through the clear coat? Just to "feather" in the new finish says the answer has to be no; plus clear coat, we're told, is paint with no pigment.

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    Re: Fixing clear coat failure

    Mike is right in that the base coat (especially on a Chevy) is so thin that its almost a lost cause to try. On metallic, forget it. I've fixed some clearcoat damage before using wetsanding, however it is very tricky and time consuming. In my case I got lucky as the base was very thick. In all honesty, if it was a car I was going to keep, I would have had it re-sprayed.

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