How can I tell if I have a clear coat finish?
From Meguiar's *NEW* FAQ
To determine whether you have a clear coat or a single-stage finish perform this simple test.
If you have a red car and you now have red paint residue on your cloth, this is a pretty good indicator that you have a single stage finish. If you have a red car and you don't see any red paint residue on your cloth, this is a pretty good indicator that you have a clear coat.
- Find an inconspicuous area to test, such as the lower rear quarter panel of your car's fender or inside the door jamb.
- Clean this area first with car wash and water or Meguiar's Quik Detailer. You don't want any dirt or grime to interfere with your test.
- Using a small piece of white cotton, such as a piece of terry cloth towel, rub a little paint cleaner or Cleaner/Wax into the paint of this inconspicuous area.
- After rubbing for a few moments, turn your cloth toward you and look to see if there is any color from your paint on the cloth.
To be 100% sure, you should test in a couple of different areas.
Note: If you have a white, or very light colored car you should use a dark piece of cotton cloth and look for the color of your car's finish on it after rubbing some paint cleaner or Cleaner/Wax into the finish for a few moments.