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Old 06-22-2009, 01:48 AM   #1
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Did GM always use clear coat?

I have a 1992 S10. It is red. It has no clear coat left on it and i was wondering if any 1 gen S10s got clear coat? Or what is the deal with GM clear coats?

When i waxed it with Zymol wax i knew it was a cleaner wax so it is a bit abrasive. I noticed a ton of red paint. It turned every rag i had red, like blood red.

I went to the store and Nu finish said it was just a protecting wax, no cleaner. The same damn thing happened.

What wax is just simply a wax? I don't want to keep eating my paint away.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

yes they used clear.......... the reason your paint is shitty is because it needs to be repainted. many things could cause this, weather(sun,salt) not taking care of it, something was spilt on it,ect
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

My dads '92 paint was the same way. Just a shitty year for paint I guess.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Thats single state paint thats faded. If you buy some polishing compound you can bring it back.

Heres an 80s VW hood that I partially buffed. Im sure you can tell which side is which.

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damn that looks great. I mean the paint on my truck doesn't look bad at all.

There is no peeling or anything. It just must be the damn arizona sun

Anyways what polish do you recommend and how often to wax? I want this paint to last as long as it can because it is just my DD.
Old 06-26-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

I used Meguirs 105 compound in that shot and I also used a DA polisher. im sure you could do it by hand, but the results wont be as good. Then again you said your paint wasnt as bad, so you might not need to go as aggressive as 105. A cleaner polish of somesort at an autoparts store should get you some decent results. Im slightly partial to 3m`s line of stuff when I go OTC.

As far as wax goes, I would do it at least once a month. Mainly to protect your finish so it wont fade again. You can do it more often too if your feelin froggy, it wont hurt anything.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

i dunno..when i would wax my 93 s10 the rag would turn blue...so i dunno
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Quote: Originally Posted by orangesonoma
i dunno..when i would wax my 93 s10 the rag would turn blue...so i dunno
And your truck was white! How does that work? lol.

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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Quote: Originally Posted by lee-mill
yes they used clear.......... the reason your paint is shitty is because it needs to be repainted. many things could cause this, weather(sun,salt) not taking care of it, something was spilt on it,ect
no,they did not always use clearcoat......


i think someone made a sticky on restoring faded single stage paint.....
Old 06-27-2009, 03:41 PM   #10
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

my 85 always turns the rag blue. the worst part is its a stock two tone. blue grey blue, so when whoever had it before did whatever the hell they did all the blue ran onto the grey and stained it and made it look like crap. it needs paint badly anyway, especially with primer everywhere now
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

You can polsih a single stage so that it shines, but it'll only last for so long, and every time you polish it, you're taking away some of the paints material, which is why the rag/buffer turns the same color as the panit it's polishing.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

i hate single stage.
Old 07-01-2009, 12:53 AM   #13
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

The paint is still very good. Is it possible to just have a new coat of clear coat put on it?
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Yeah, you can clear a single stage paint job.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

just bought an 88 and it has original paint and still shines, little dull, but was kept in the garage most its life.
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

So are we saying that a '92 is a single stage paint?? I have a '93 and it has clear coat because I can see the orange peel. However, if I polish with any type of glaze, swirl remover, wax by hand, the rag comes up black (the color of the truck)

Would machine polishing and buffing this truck be a good idea?
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Quote: Originally Posted by 93_Deuce
So are we saying that a '92 is a single stage paint?? I have a '93 and it has clear coat because I can see the orange peel. However, if I polish with any type of glaze, swirl remover, wax by hand, the rag comes up black (the color of the truck)

Would machine polishing and buffing this truck be a good idea?
ok...do the math.....

rag comes up the color of the vehicle=no clear coat

it's not rocket science.

and since when does orange peel have anything to do with the type of paint used on a vehicle?
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

Quote: Originally Posted by paint toad
ok...do the math.....

rag comes up the color of the vehicle=no clear coat

it's not rocket science.

and since when does orange peel have anything to do with the type of paint used on a vehicle?
I understand that the rag shouldn't come up the color of the truck. I guess it was confusing because it is black and it could be possible that the grease and dirt I am polishing off could create that color (similiar to polishing a wheel, rag turns black)

I just was interested to see if my 1993 would be base/clear or single stage paint. I am in the process of getting this truck claybarred and would like to polish,buff, and wax this truck this month and get the paint back to the best it can be.

I have noticed the single stage polish sticky that you have done and was very impressed. Im just having a hard time believe that this truck doesn't have clear.

I always thought orange peel was mainly in the clearcoat!?
Old 07-31-2009, 03:40 AM   #19
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Re: Did GM always use clear coat?

I would do it at least once a month. Mainly to protect your finish so it wont fade again. You can do it more often too if your feelin froggy, it wont hurt anything.
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