Clearcoat is an acrylic or urethane layer of protection for the base coat. In reality, clear coat protects the paint from UV damage and scratches. Without it, the paint will crack, peel, or fade after years of repeated sun exposure. But with a clear coat, it’s easy to make it last for 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance.
But if for some reason you’re looking to remove the clear coat from the paint, it can easily be done without using special tools. For example, if you’re planning to apply a new layer of clear over certain body panels like the hood or roof, it’s better to remove the existing layer of the tired clear coat before applying a fresh layer to the paint.
The same holds true if you want to remove those unsightly patches of peeling clear coat on old paint. Removing the clear coat in old paint will not make your car look better, but it will even out the damage and slightly improve the texture of the paint. But then again, it also depends on the general condition of the finish. In most cases, you’re better off taking the car to a professional and apply a fresh layer of base coat and clear coat. This procedure is a surefire way to obtain a like-new finish.
Without further ado, here are the easy steps on how to remove clear coat from car paint.