Mix the clear coat, a two-component chemical, to properly provide the final protection and gloss on a vehicle; learn how in this free auto-maintenance video on paint restoration.
Our next step in painting is mixing the clear coat. The clear coat provides the final protection and the final gloss. The clear coat is a two component chemical. The first is the one he's pouring in there. It's actually the clear itself. And you mix it depending on which clear you've chosen you mix at different ratios. Andy, which hardener are you using? OK, we are using a slow hardener and more of a spot clear. This is a small job so we're getting a clear that drys a little bit faster and a hardener that's a normal speed. And mixing it three to one. Yeah, we're mixing this clear, three parts clear to one part hardener and then a little bit of reducer in there to thin it out enough to go through the gun. The clear has a limited pot life once it's mixed. You have just a few hours there to get it sprayed or it's gonna turn into a big tennis sole there. So you mix it up and once those chemical components are together you've got just a little while to apply it. And the clear coat actually has a limited life once you open the container. You have to use the clear within a number of months. It's usually printed on the container or it'll get cloudy in the can and be ruined from the moisture you let get into the can when you opened it. Andy's grabbing a filter now because we don't want any junk in our clear coat coming through the gun. And, he's probably mixed, with any luck about twenty percent more clear coat than we need to use. If you mix a little too much you end up throwing some away. If you mix a little too little you end up ruining your job. You have to apply the clear fast and evenly in order to get the the right texture to it. The material you see there put in the gun is probably about forty dollars worth of material. Paint lasts for a long time. We use the best paint in the industry and it's really expensive. So we take really good care of it.