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Old 07-20-2014, 09:17 PM   #1
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Clear coat bubbling

I've noticed for awhile that bubbles are appearing on my hood since may. It looks like the clear coat. My hood, left side door and fender, and my back right passenger door were all repainted last fall but only the hood is doing it. I painted the hood and I got the hood clear coated by somebody else. What is causing this to happen?

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The hood gets more sun than the other body panels on the car which is why its most likely fading faster than the other body panels. Most likely just a really bad clear coat job.
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What Fox said. I'm not sure if you had the hood CC (Clear Coated) by a body shop or a friend/relative. Most body shops have warranties on the products that they repair or paint, so if you did have it done at a shop then they should re-clear it for no charge. If it was a friend or relative, then I'd tell them that the CC is starting to peel and ask if they could re-clear it. The most common cause of that would be that the painter didn't spray enough clear on that spot, then as it sits in the sun the CC starts to peel. Painters are told to put on enough clear to cover the panel. I prefer to spray full two coats and mist a third coat so this specific problem doesn't happen.
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Get yourself a bottle of Meguair's Ultimate Compound and polish wherever you see bubbles. Unless you can get the shop to fix it for free, in which case, just go with that.
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Sun+acid rain, and what they all eventually do.............quality product and painter techniques make it last far longer before happening.
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Also, there's no hood insulation on the focus, so all of the engine heat bakes the paint too.
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okay well I'm a painter and I can tell you that if you "painted " it and had someone else clear that throws up some serious red flags.

1. what paint did you use?
2. How long from the time you painted it did they clear it?
3. what kind of clear did they use?
4. did they sand any of your paint prior to clear coat?
5. Have you waxed the car since it was painted?
6. If the answer to question 5 is yes, did you make sure there were no silicones in the wax?

there are about a thousand more possible causes but I'll start with the easy ones first.
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