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Please help guys!! I've had stripes painted on my GT and would like to add about three coats of clear on my the entire car to protect it. I have gotten conflicting opinions about the ability to add coats of clear to the factory paint. Some shops tell me that I must paint the whole car again while others say adding clear is possible.

What are your experiences if you have done this to your car? I hate to think that I have re-do the entire car just to protect my stripes.

Thanks in advance
 

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Hey! If Chip Foose can do it, you can do it. All ya gotta do is sand the clear on every body part, then shoot the layers of clear. :wavey
 

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2k5GTC said:
Hey! If Chip Foose can do it, you can do it. All ya gotta do is sand the clear on every body part, then shoot the layers of clear. :wavey
Yeah, The painter I spoke with initially told me it could be done. He had a super clean paint room that really impressed me. However, I took the car to a second shop and I called a auto paint supplier to ask for a good shop referral and these two guys said that the paint would eventually start flaking off if I added clear to the car.

They freaked me out man!!
 

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Hey! If Chip Foose can do it, you can do it. All ya gotta do is sand the clear on every body part, then shoot the layers of clear. :wavey

Yes clear can be added over top. Ive seen many 05's done this way. I wouldn't do the whole car but i'd do roof, hood, trunk, and both bumpers. don't do too many coats if it's a light color such as white or it will look yellowish.
 

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Yes clear can be added over top. Ive seen many 05's done this way. I wouldn't do the whole car but i'd do roof, hood, trunk, and both bumpers. don't do too many coats if it's a light color such as white or it will look yellowish.
Thanks thump_rr.

I was thinking that if I do the whole car, I will maintain the same degree of clear depth. Does that make sense?
 

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I had my hood done with a black panel and then clearcoated the entire hood with 2 coats and you can't tell any difference in depth. It does make for a nice clean job.

There's no problem adding extra clear over the factory clear, as long as it's prepped right. The body shop I went to scuffed the surface of the clear, without going through it, until it was a milky white. After two coats of clear she looks great.
 

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The second shop I had mine done at guaranteed their job for life so I do not anticipate problems w/the new clear.
 

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blmpt said:
The second shop I had mine done at guaranteed their job for life so I do not anticipate problems w/the new clear.
Thanks blmpt,

I wonder how many shops out there see a new mustang and see lots of $$$:eyepoppin
Anyway, I will get this done Thanksgiving week and will post pics soon afterwards.

It's great to have a group like all of you who have responded.
 
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