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Custom Restoration Guide 2018

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122 CLEARCOAT OVERVIEW Clearcoat technology has come a long way since the late '70s at the introductory of basecoat clearcoat. The benefits of a clearcoat layer being applied over a color layer are many. Clearcoat improves gloss, distinction of image, durability and protection from harmful UV radiation. For the purposes of this discussion, clearcoats fall into three categories: Midcoat clears PD-1725 General Clearcoats PD-1730 Specialty clearcoats PD-1735 Midcoat clears can be thought of as clear basecoat. It allows for the use of effect pigments such as pearls and dyes to be used to enhance the overall impact of the finished product. General clearcoats are the final piece of the basecoat clearcoat puzzle. They provide the final protection and gloss. Specialty clearcoats offer unique benefits for the job at hand. Clearcoats that offer a matte finish fall under this category.

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