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Paint guru's please, single stage or clear coat

I am at the point of having my car painted. I have had the car completely stripped to the metal and disassembled. The paint company supplying the paint told my body guy that I should use a single stage paint because it will look much deeper than a clear coated car. He also said that it will buff out much nicer. He explained that clear coat will show marks easier but protects the paint but since this car will rarely if ever get wet and will only be driven 5k +/- a year it's the way to go. What do you think ?

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I am a fan of the single stage eurathanes. All my german cars have had single stage. I used to like clear, but I think they sometimes can be too shiny. This is an opinion only, not saying one is better than the other.
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im almost positive but i think that you want clear coat. first the color then the clear. if youre spending the big bucks you might even want to specify the paint brand. glasurit.....etc
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You can color sand the clear coat for a smooth as glass reflection.
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What color paint and what type? Is it lacquer, or catalyzed urethane? Is it a metallic color?
  • If it's metallic, you definitely need to go with a clear coat. Otherwise you'll have zebra-striping when you rub it out.
  • If it's non-metallic lacquer, you don't want a clear coat. It will be much easier to spot repair.
  • Otherwise, it's up to you.
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This car: [1986 blk 930] ? 700 code Porsche black? Don't clear coat, my truck's black w/clear and it has never since new has looked as deep and as black as my 928.
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I dont know squat but my body shop buddy said the 2 stage (base - clear) is much easier to end up with a nice finish. The clear coat gives you a "second chance" to work out imperfections and also you can refinish spots in the clear much easier than with color??? or something.
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What color paint and what type? Is it lacquer, or catalyzed urethane? Is it a metallic color?
  • If it's metallic, you definitely need to go with a clear coat. Otherwise you'll have zebra-striping when you rub it out.
  • If it's non-metallic lacquer, you don't want a clear coat. It will be much easier to spot repair.
  • Otherwise, it's up to you.
I agree about the metallic, I have never seen a single stage lacquer before. And if you find a shop that uses ANY lacquer, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make sure they dont use lacquer primers or anything....
I think if you have a good shop or person, either one of the two will look Great!
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clear coat wil give you less problems in the future ,scratches are ez to fix,but if you need to follow some rule some where.......
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I guess they both have their merits. Late 80's car I would have no issue with 2-stage paint. I just don't like it on early cars. It doesn't look quite right. Too wet looking or something.

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