How to Repair Car Paint Damage : How to Mix Clear Coat


Hi, I’m Doug I work with 20 great guys in
St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we are going to do some work for your
today on Expert Village. Now Dan is mixing the clear coat to apply over the top of the
base coat work that we have done in the paint booth. The clear that Dan is using is a overall
clear. There is 2 basic kind of clear one is a spot clear, one is a overall clear. If
you are doing just a spot repair you want the clear to dry rapidity. You may just be
doing it on the shop floor, you don’t want to get dust in your work so you use a fast
drying clear. We are not interesting in going fast in this job, we are interested in going
perfectly. So Dan has used a slow drying clear with a slower dry hardener and a slower reducer.
You put the hardener in the clear in order to set off the chemical reaction that hardens
the clear. The reducer goes in order to thin the clear enough so it would go through the
paint gun nicely. Ideally Dan would mix about 25% more clear then he actually needs for
the job because that is a lot less expensive then coming out 1% to little. The clear you
see getting mixed here is about 80 dollars worth to fill that gun of his cost about 80
dollars every time that he does it. You are going to throw 20 dollars of it away when
you are done but if he comes out a little bit short the paint job turns out a little
bit to dry. He does not have enough material to cover, we have a bigger problem then wasting
20 dollars.