Can you repair a peeling clear coat without repainting the car?
One big car problem that we’ve seen plenty of here at O’Rielly Collision Center is delamination. Delamination is just a fancy word for what happens when a car’s clear coat begins to peel away from the layer of paint beneath it. It can look like a flaking, rough patch on your car and it’s definitely not pretty. Delamination usually starts off fairly minor, but can spread rapidly if it’s not repaired.
Do you have a peeling clear coat on your car? If so, we understand if you are feeling frustration and disappointment. No one wants to look at rough patches on their car every day.
The good news is that a peeling clear coat can sometimes be repaired without having to have a full repaint of your car. However, it depends on the following factors:
How much delamination do you have? If you have just a spot or two in which the clear coat is peeling, it will be much easier to repair than a surface with much more damage. When delamination is happening all over your car, it would be better just to have it repainted.
How deep is the delamination? A car typically has a layer of primer first, then a layer or two of paint, and then a top clear coat. If the peeling is extending into the layers of paint beneath the clear coat, then the problem is too severe for a simple fix.
How likely is it that your paint job is faulty? We’ve seen this problem mostly in cars from the early-to-mid nineties. During their manufacture, the initial paint job was faulty, because the paint and clear coat were not compatible. When two paints aren’t compatible, they begin to peel away from each other, and so you get a car with nasty delamination all over. If it seems like your car’s clear coat will probably continue to peel away in other places, it would be best to repaint the whole thing.
Would you prefer to repair your peeling clear coat on your own?
This can be very tricky and it’s usually best to leave it to the professionals. However, if you have experience working with car paint, you can attempt the methods explained by Popular Mechanics for removing a scratch with sandpaper. It is extremely important that you use ultrafine sandpaper and that you keep it wet throughout the process. You should also be sure to sand in the direction of the rough patch, from the good area of paint inwards.
For peace of mind and a beautiful paint job, bring your car to O’Rielly Collision Center.
We can repair clear coat failure or give your car a perfect, new coat of paint. We’ve been doing this kind of work since 1929. And our techs are GM-certified, which means that they have received the best training to repair and paint your vehicle. On top of that, our process is computerized, eliminating the potential for error. We have 100 stalls in our shop and state-of-the-art equipment that includes both a Blowtherm side draft and a DeVilbiss down draft, guaranteeing that we will achieve an accurate match to the color of your vehicle.
And we even offer a lifetime warranty on the work we do!
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