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>>Now that I have the engine purring I'm about to take the ol TQC in
>>for a paint job. I've been told by some old timers that in Denver I should
>>avoid clear coat paint jobs. Something about UV and excess heat build
>>up dulling the pigment. Others have said that newer paint systems
>>have eliminated this by adding UV filters. Does anyone have any
>>comment on this.
And the Hon. Dave Lawson quoth:
> I don't believe that is the case with the new paint systems. Maybe
with some of the paints long ago, but not with what is available today.
In fact, I have an 86 coupe GT which I bought new here in Colorado,
it's graphite (black metallic) with a clearcoat. I have maintained the car
and waxed it twice a year on a good year. I think the paint looks great
for a 10 year old car, no fogging or hazey sections, and the clearcoat
looks great. And this is with a factory paint job. All in all it has held up
I'll add my $.02. This clear coat situation WAS a problem in the
70's and early 80's. My 83 280 ZXT is an example; the clear coat is
badly checked on the roof and the very top edges of the doors. It
has been explained to me that originally, some importers (notably the
Japanese) had trouble with using clear coat and paint which had two
different expansion and contraction habits under high temperatures.
Therefore, after a number of years, checking (cloudiness, roughness
and eventual loss of the clear coat) became visible on the parts of
the car most exposed to the sunlight.
Literally, the paint was expanding and contracting at one rate, and
the clear coat at another. Separation of the two was inevitable.
Since then, manufacturers have resolved this and the clear coat is
compatible with the paint if they are correctly matched. In fact,
use of a clear coat is generally much preferable to a non-clear coat
finish if you want longevity.
No opinion on the color - but I have seen some truly lovely dark,
dark purple metallics which would look almost black - except for
intriguing highlights. But if you want to keep it cool, keep to
bright, reflective colors. Dark colors absorb a LOT of solar heat.
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