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    Question Paint type detection

    Hi folks,

    Here's a quick question for you pros: Is there a reliable way to figure out which type of paint (1 stage or CC+BC) is being dealt with?
    That's assuming the owner doesn't have access to that information and/or cannot be bothered to get it for you.

    Technically, you could get details from the manufacturer about how OEM paint is usually applied to that type of car.
    But, if my understanding is correct, it's no guarantee the car you're looking at has not been re-paint using a different process.

    I recall seeing pictures of a DA pad changing colour to match the paint when applied to single-stage paint.
    Is there another less 'after the fact' test that can be tried to figure it out without having to grind away a bit of the paint?

    thanks,

    Crazy Vinny

    P.S.: No need to reiterate on the importance of using a test spot.

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    Re: Paint type detection

    Pretty much that is the only way sometimes.

    Generally single stage paints look "flatter" as in a lack of depth from not having clear coat.

    Single stage will also oxidize quicker and a bit differently from a clear coated paint, so you may be able to tell that way.

    If you are in doubt, then take a soft microfiber towel, put a dab of polish (not compound) and give it a quick rub in an inconspicuous spot. If you see paint transfer, then you know it is single stage.

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    Re: Paint type detection

    Thanks for the feedback, Das!

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    Re: Paint type detection

    If you think it might be single stage paint, take a white terry cloth towel/applicator with a bit of compound, and rub it against the paint in the doorjamb. If it turns the color of the paint after rubbing it, then you know it's single stage paint.

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