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It would help a little, but I don't think it would be worth it. A lot of the cost in repainting a car is in the prep work and I would imagine that just adding a layer of clear coat would require much of the same prep work, i.e., masking or removing unpainted surfaces, surface prep, buffing, etc. Personally, I would save up a few hundred more to cover the cost of paint and just do it right the first time.
 

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when i got my hood replaced, they blended in my side fenders. the way they did it was wet sand the clear coat so that the color looks really dull. then they just shoot the clear on at the same time they did the hood. that's the concept, so it should work. well that's what they did for my car and it turned out pretty good.
 

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You can use a blending clear, but it is only used for small sections. You can always tell where the blend ends. The procedure is to blend into a panel crease which would make the blend less visible. The problem with clearing over old paint on a large panel is that often adhesion becomes an issue over the long term. Another issue is compatibility. The clear bonds best to new paint. If you have four or more panels which need to be refinished, best to just perform a complete repaint.
 

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Roger said:
but you wouldent bet putting clear coat on old paint you would be putting new clear coat on old clear coat
I was speaking about reclearing over old clear. Having a whole vehicle just recleared is not recommended, again because of adhesion issues. New paint allows the new clear to bond. Even during a repair, the entire panel is recleared because the repainted and recleared spot will leave an edge; even though the "edge" is only mils in thickness. Over time this may start to lift. Even doing a whole panel over time it will start to lift as you just cannot achieve the same level of bonding by just scratching/sanding the surface vs a chemical bond that can be achieved clearing over fresh paint.
 

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Even doing a whole panel over time it will start to lift as you just cannot achieve the same level of bonding by just scratching/sanding the surface vs a chemical bond that can be achieved clearing over fresh paint.
true, true.

i had my car blended in two occasions, first in the rear panel.. when i had that paneled repaired they just painted that spot only vs. painting the roof that connects to the rear panel and it still looks okay after 5 years.

second time is in the front panel when they painted my hood. the entire panel was sanded down then cleared with the hood, and that looks pretty good.
 

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Take it from someone who has had blended clear coat. There are adhesion issues in the long term and the blending has to be done carefully to not be really obvious.
 

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legend man said:


true, true.

i had my car blended in two occasions, first in the rear panel.. when i had that paneled repaired they just painted that spot only vs. painting the roof that connects to the rear panel and it still looks okay after 5 years.

second time is in the front panel when they painted my hood. the entire panel was sanded down then cleared with the hood, and that looks pretty good.
What color is you car ?
 

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CakeDaddy said:


What color is you car ?
rosewood taupe.

in other words metalic brown:)
 
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