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History Of Base Coat/Clear Coat Paint

Most of today's' cars are painted with either with a 2 stage or 3 stage painting process, with the majority being 2 stage which is also known as a base coat/clear coat painting system. Typically the clear coat is a water-based form of paint. This painting method is much more environmentally friendly than single stage paint jobs of years ago.

Being that the clear coat is water based it is softer than most lacquer paint jobs and many enamels. Clear coat paint needs protected because it is soft and vulnerable to the elements like acid rain, the sun's UV rays, ocean salt and other air borne pollutants. Many people think that the "clear coat" the factory applies is a form of "protection" for the paint. This is very untrue. It is "clear paint" that needs protected even more so than single stage paint from the 70's and 80's.

The EPA mandated that the car manufactures developed a more environmentally friendly way to paint cars because they were releasing too many fluorocarbons into the atmosphere helping create a bigger opening in the ozone level. So they came up with base coat/clear coat. The base coat is the actual pigment color of the vehicle; the gloss is achieved through coats of clear paint. Usually the higher end cars like Mercedes & Lexus' have more coats of clear but they need protected just as much as the Chevy's & Fords do.

The best time to protect your new cars paint is within 21 days of you taking delivery of it. Do not wait too much longer. A typical car dealer will only apply a quick coat of "butter wax" so it looks good for the delivery. There is almost no protection with this butter wax just shine. You need to consider having a paint sealant or at least a good coat of durable wax applied to protect it against the elements before permanent staining or spotting occurs to the clear coat. Consider our Bling Bling Poly Seal that will protect your cars paint for up to a year!