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Old 05-22-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Have you considered adding a clear coat?

I have just been reading several threads where people complained about the thin clear coats that are on our cars. Now I'm a little concerned.

I've had my car a little over a month now. I'm wondering if I should take it to a body shop to see about adding a couple of clear coats.

Has anyone done this? Would it be worth it?
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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No. Just get a clear bra and be done with it. Youre gonna have to get a respray sooner or later anyways.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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I put a clear bra on my front end it and it doesnt look good. The clear is like dull.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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i had a clear bra installed on my camaro and love it! i highly recommend the clear bra!
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
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I have just been reading several threads where people complained about the thin clear coats that are on our cars. Now I'm a little concerned.

I've had my car a little over a month now. I'm wondering if I should take it to a body shop to see about adding a couple of clear coats.

Has anyone done this? Would it be worth it?
Well to say this but the Clear Coat on any car is fine as long as you take care of the finish on your car. You don't need to anymore then what you had on there. My Mazda has so little paint and Clear Coat that I was thinking about it myself 6 years ago and to this day it's just the same as was when it was pickup at the dealer when new. The catch is taking care of your paint with polishing and then applying a LSP that will protect it for you. You apply can a product call Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 Permanent Paint Coating on it and be surprise that it's like having another coat of clear on it. So my opion is not waste your money on a paint shop ( only when your paint is gone ) and invest in detailing products that will give you the protection for your finish.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:04 AM   #6
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That Opti-Coat 2.0 is incredible. I used it on the machined aluminum & clearcoated lips of my wheels which are notorious for suffering clearcoat peeling and flaking after awhile, but with Opti-Coat on them, I've had absolutely no signs of either of those.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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That Opti-Coat 2.0 is incredible. I used it on the machined aluminum & clearcoated lips of my wheels which are notorious for suffering clearcoat peeling and flaking after awhile, but with Opti-Coat on them, I've had absolutely no signs of either of those.
Optimum Opti-Coat is great!
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:24 PM   #8
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I have never heard about Opti-Coat 2.0 -- tell me more... Would it help reduce the amount of "orange peel" that these cars have? Does it increase or decrease the reflection or shine? Would I take care of it just like I do my regular clear-coat -- is it OK to polish/buff/wax? Is it more or less susceptible to swirling and haloing, and when swirls/halo's appear, can regular paint correction be used to remove them?
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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This from the Autopia Car Care Store Site:

PERMANENT protection for most exterior auto surfaces.

Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a protective clear resin coating, similar to the clear coat that already exists on your vehicle. Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 can be applied to all exterior surfaces. It is not recommended for glass since improper application can affect visibility. For other exterior surfaces, Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is a highly effective, transparent, permanent coating that keeps your vehicle looking like new.

Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 can be applied to:

painted surfaces
headlights
wheels
plastic trim
bumpers
aluminum & chrome surfaces
Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 was modified slightly from the original professional formula. (The pro version is still available under the Opti-Guard name.) Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 cures more slowly, which gives you more time to apply the coating correctly.

Because Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is permanent, the paint finish has to be properly prepared before applying it. Polish and clay the vehicle before using Opti-Coat 2.0.

Note: Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 is not a nano-coating. While nano sealants are effective, they are temporary paint protection. Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 cross-links to form a permanent film that outlasts and outperforms nano coatings.

On the subject of reducing the so call " Orange Peel " I will say no. Orange Peel has to be sanded down and you will be causing more problems later down the road with paint failure. But you can remove or reduce the orange peel by having more clear coat put on the paint and then sanding down to a level you can live with but your looking at time, money and maybe not getting the look your looking for.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:54 PM   #10
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im going to look into the opti coat now.
what about the areas with small paint chips ?
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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I highly recommend to get them fix first and polishing the finish to get any swirls off before apply Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0 that way the paint is perfect and your be happy with it.
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