Does Plasti Dip Need A Clear Coat?

    Even before you put a clear coat on the plasti dip, you should ask yourself, does the plasti dip need the protection of a clear coat. According to the manufacturer, plasti dip can take a beating from the elements and it should hold up just fine. However, plasti dip isn’t as durable as auto paint.

    Is clear coat necessary?

    Clear top coats are not always required but they do have benefits such as, increased durability as well as providing increased color depth. They can be applied to just about any color and are commonly used to alter gloss levels or in the case of clear metallic powders, add some sparkle or contrast to solid tone colors.

    Does Plasti Dip need to cure?


    When dipping allow 24 hours to cure fully. If spraying with aerosols or paint gun then allow 10 – 15 minutes between coats at 14 – 18 degrees Celsius and apply a minimum of 5 coats on your project. Then allow 24 hours to fully cure.

    Can you paint without clear coat?

    Yes, you could wax your paint without a clear coat, but the wax simply wouldn't spread properly. If you're clear coat is completely trashed, then the only true way to fix or repair it is by getting it repainted. This doesn't mean you go to your local auto parts store and buy a spray can of clearcoat.

    How long do you let Plasti Dip dry between coats?

    Allow 10 -30 minutes dry time (dry to the touch) before applying additional coats. A minimum of 5 coats is recommended for best performance and easy removal.

    Do all cars have clear coat?

    Almost 95 percent of all vehicles manufactured today have a clear coat finish. Contrary to popular belief, car waxing is required periodically, even if a car has been painted with clear coat, in order to keep it in pristine condition.

    Is clear coat necessary for epoxy?

    Because the clear coat acts as a sacrificial layer, the epoxy color coat will be protected. Without it, the colored epoxy coat can lose its luster from wear.

    Does polishing remove clear coat?

    As a general rule, most OEM factory clear coats have between 1.5 to 2.0 mils of clear coat on the body of the car. When Polishing/Compounding a car you are essentially removing a small amount of the clear coat to remove the imperfections.

    Can you spray clear coat on top of clear coat?

    Can you paint over clear coat directly? No. Like I said, you can paint over clear coat but you'll need to sand off a layer of the clear coat before applying paint. If you just spray base coat over clear coat, the paint will not adhere to the surface, which will only result in an ugly finish.

    Can you spray clear coat over faded paint?

    There is NO way you can successfully take (just the clear off evenly) to spray clear on it. You'll have gone into the base coat and ate away through layers of paint. This is the “Right Way” and is the way YOU should repair your faded paint.

    Can I spray clear coat the next day?

    If possible, always make time to apply clear coat on top of the base after the recommended thirty minutes. And if circumstances force you to do it the next day, spray one layer of base coat, wait half an hour and then spray your clear coat. It should hold on to the paint very well and make your car shiny.

    Do new cars need clear coat?

    Not all new cars come with a clear coat, but about 95 percent do [source: Meguiars]. The clear coat is really nothing more than an additional base coat without the pigment. Though car manufacturers have been using some kind of clear coating for decades, the clear coat used today became the norm in the early 1990s.

    How can I tell if my car has clear coat?

    Choose an inconspicuous area to test like a door jam, inside a wheel well or the lower part of a bumper. Apply one of these products by hand and see if the towel stays clear or turns the color of the car. If it remains clear, you have a clear coat. If it changes color, you have single stage paint.