How to Restore a Car’s Paint Job : How to Mix Clear Coat for Car Paint


Hi, I’m Doug. I work with twenty great guys
in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we’re going to do some work for you today
on Expert Village. 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.