Questions about clear coat
We have received quite a bit of e-mails from folks asking us about our acrylic clear coat and clear coat in general. Presented below are our most frequently asked questions about clear coat.
Q: Do I need a clear coat?
A: For show quality results a clear coat is recommended. Keep in mind, acrylic enamel is a gloss paint. Clear coat will enhance the glossy appearance of the color coat. For projects (work trucks, used cars, etc.) where cost is a major concern, buyers may wish to forego purchasing the clear coat.
Q: Is acrylic enamel clear coat mandatory on your line of acrylic enamel auto paints?
A: No, it is not mandatory. Unlike urethane two stage paint jobs, acrylic enamel auto paints dry to a gloss finish by themselves. However, for unsurpassed gloss and depth, where you are trying to achieve “show quality” results, a clear coat is recommended.
Q: “I’m painting a work truck, and am trying to paint the truck as inexpensively as possible, should I get the clear coat?
A: No, you probably shouldn’t get the clear coat.
Q: We’re doing a frame off restoration on a 1968 Pontiac GTO and want the highest quality results possible in terms of appearance. Should I get the clear coat?
A: On a job like this, a clear coat sprayed over the color coat will result in show quality results. You should get the clear.
Q: What is the mixture ratio with reducer and hardeners on your clear coat?
A: As with all our car paints, the ratio for reducer is 4 to 1, meaning for every 4 oz’s of clear or auto paint, add 1 oz of acrylic reducer. If using an acrylic hardener, add 1 oz of hardener to every 8 oz’s of clear.
Q: What brand and types of products are compatible with your clear coat and or automotive paints?
A: Generally speaking all products (acrylic reducer and acrylic hardener) used with our acrylic clear coat and car paints should be specifically for acrylic enamels.
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