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Old 06-13-2009, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default how do I prep to respray clear coat?

I've got a 96 SL2 where just the pillar trim has clear coat peel. Since these unscrew so easily, I want to take them off and just give a quick rattle can clear coat spray. Not looking for show quality, but want to improve over the current.

What is the best way to deal with the remaining clear, and especially the transition area where the original is peeling?

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Old 06-13-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

You have to repaint it. The paint has already been damaged by the sun. It will look terrible if you put clear right over it.

First wash it, then Wet Sand it with 320. After that wash it again, then wipe it down with wax and grease remover. The put 3 to 4 coats of SEM Flexiable primer. Wet sand it with 400. Then wash and wipe down again with wax and grease remover. Now you are ready for the color coat and clear. Go to a Auto Paint Supply Store for the paint. You should be able to get everything in rattle cans. Ask for 2 stage Rattle Can Clear, if they don't have it you can get it here http://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=610

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Old 06-13-2009, 10:10 PM   #3
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Idea Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

If you are just looking for a quick touch up... and the paint color is still in tack and not down to the primer... and you want to stay under $10, what I have done -- pros will be slamming me for this -- is use compressed air or go to the high pressure spray wash to remove any loose clear coat, wet sand lightly with 600 grit, clean the area well with a lint free clothe and mask it off, and then spray with plain old Rust-Oleum clear spray from Home Depot or Lowes.

It isn't the professional way as Mark T. explained but it is usually passable on an older car until and if you decide to do it right. I have gotten very good results and it certainly always looks a lot better than leaving it as is and it is also dirt cheap.

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Old 06-14-2009, 09:14 AM   #4
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

i have the same color sl2, and mine did the same thing as yours. i scoured the local boneyard, which has 40 or 50 saturns, and found 4 cars the same color as mine. They all had peeled on the pillar trim and rear wing. I ended up getting the trim from a dark blue car, that had no clear coat peel at all. $20 and 5 minutes later they were mine. I had NAPA mix me some paint and clear coat in a couple rattle cans. I washed the pieces and dried them. I then used preps all on them to clean them. I then lightly sanded them and washed and preps alled them again. I then painted them, 3 light coats, and clear coated them. That was a couple years ago, and they still look good. I spent about $50 total. I figured it was easier to paint ones with clear coat intact, rather than try and remove the rest of the peeling clear coat.

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Old 06-14-2009, 07:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

Thanks, guys. This car is probably going to a neighbor boy for college, so I want to do something but not put a lot into it. I'll try the cheap route - what's the worst that happens, I just sand it and start over again with color then clear, or just carry the pieces to a body shop.

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

i actually love the idea of the rustoleum paint except for the probability of never finding the right color match. for the cheapest route though, you've def got the game plan down.

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:39 AM   #7
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

Match "Rust-Oleum clear spray "
It could easily happen !

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Old 06-08-2010, 11:19 PM   #8
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Default Re: how do I prep to respray clear coat?

Just to follow up, using a generic clear spray from Lowes Depot (not sure which bramd it was) worked fine on the sections that had not been without clearcoat for a long time. The places where the paint was faded didn't look good. Went to NAPA to have them make a spray can of the color, did a light sand then color, then wet sand then clear and it looked ok. Much better than it had been, and perfectly fine for a $1500 car.

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