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Why is my car paint not so "shiny"?

The tiny shining things in the original paint are metal particles, which is why it is called metallic paint. I guess you should have bought a duplicate of the original paint spec. Anyway, it's ...
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Why is my car paint not so "shiny"?

While the first answer is good, it is somewhat wrong. If the area repaired is small enough, we will opt to blend the color into the rest of the panel and then clear coat the entire panel. However if ...
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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

tl dr: It isn't necessary, but it improves the quality of the polish/wax job. "Claying" (otherwise known as using a clay bar or detailing clay), is a means by which to remove contaminates from the ...
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Are these signs of a bad body shop paint job?

If the repair work looks shoddy, take it back to them and get it fixed. There are two very important reasons why they will get it fixed to your satisfaction: Since this is an insurance referral, they ...
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Neighbor uses cans of spray paint on his car - can it travel to my car?

It ABSOLUTELY can. It's called overspray. Take one look at a bad paint job and you'll know it's a real thing. While not a car, take a look at this image: Imagine how they do this. They put a stencil ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

@IHNIWID .. Yes, the "color" coat(s) need to be wet-sanded aka "color sanded". And then thoroughly cleaned of sanding dust. This needs to be perfectly smooth before clear, even if it appears dull. ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

Yes, you did indeed apply an abrasive "compound". Polish materials come in coarse and finer grits just like sandpaper. To polish scratches left by a polish of a course grit finer grits are used to ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

The likely cause is that the paint was applied too thin per coat or the nozzle was too far away. A coat thick enough to get a glossy sheen is seen but not too thick that runs develop is the proper ...
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Paint quality of used cars

Paint damage is caused by stone chips, hail, clumsy parking etc. "Improper washing" is so far down the list as to be unnoticeable. Sure, you're going to find a few scratches if you go over the ...
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How important is it to clay before polishing and waxing?

It would be silly to skip claying if the paint surface is heavy with contaminants and go to the compounding/polishing step; it would be like using makeup to cover blackheads - the right thing to do is ...
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Recondition clear coat?

Clearcoat that is dull can be polished back to a nice shine in most cases. A polish of the correct grit and type is needed. This one works well for us, others are available. A "dual Action" polisher ...
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Why did my sprayed-on paint job look like it was rolled on?

You haven't provided the most accurate description of the paint, but I'm guessing you have what is known as Orange Peel. The orange peel effect is caused by premature evaporation of thinner, ...
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Should I clearcoat my headlights after sanding and polishing them?

You can buy a non yellowing clear coat for plastics that will keep it from yellowing. Video describing how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJbKLZ7RmM Non Yellowing Clear coat paint https://...
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Which sandpaper grits are needed for bodywork prep?

In both the cases in your question, when I have done this I have used either 1200 grit wet and dry to key surrounding areas or used a scotch-brite pad - https://www.3m.co.uk/3M/en_GB/company-uk/3m-...
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Should I clearcoat my headlights after sanding and polishing them?

Headlights will yellow over time, almost like it's their purpose in life to do so. Once they do, you can treat them (as you have) or replace them. You will be sanding them again, when they turn yellow ...
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Will the dealer removing some minor paint marks/drips on the side of a car hurt?

The good news is the dealer is willing to fix it correctly. If they are having the body shop team work on it, then it will be dealt with by professionals who know what they are doing to repair the ...
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How to repaint your steering wheel emblem?

Use a small paint brush and small 1-2 oz paint wells from your local hobby store (Instead of using spray paint in a small enclosed area... Like the example link I provided in the question): prep the ...
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Is there a way to regain the clearcoat lost by polishing?

The straightforward answer is, the only way to regain lost clear coat through polishing is to re-spray it with more clear coat. There are a lot more factors with what you're asking, though. The ...
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Red 2014 Ford Fiesta clear paint coat starting to peel

The clearcoat in the image is peeling for one of two (or both) reasons. It has either lost its mechanical or chemical adhesion to the base coat. Unfortunately, once the peel has started, there's not ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

If your not going to use clear coat it won't get a mirror shine since you only get that before you sand with epoxy I hear. However you can, I will explain how to do it. Once the paint surface is ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

Based on what Ben said (in a comment to my original question), I wet sanded it with 1500 grit, and then used a buffing/cutting compound (Meguiar's ultimate compound) and a LOT of elbow grease to buff ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

The main problem is that you are not matching the OEM clear coat coefficient of reflection. It was above Dupli-color's Protective Clear Coat Finish. You need to use Spray Max semi-gloss for clear ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

If you're at an amateur level with autobody and paint work, and you're trying to repaint your vehicle with automotive spray cans, this is the best advice I can give you: Wet sand the body until there ...
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Paint Code - LeMans 1988

Take this with a grain of salt because I am nowhere near an expert on car color matching, but I'm not sure if that portion of your car will have a color code. That's more a kind of body moulding piece ...
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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

Just clear coated my car's headlights after sanding them to clarity. I used wet sanding, cleaned it with rubbing alcohol, dry then sprayed, but cloudy is an understatement. Hoping this clears up by ...
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Milky cloudy clear coat after rattle can spray

All you need to do is polish it. All rattle can clear coat looks like this. I did the whole rear end of a car after repairing some rust. I did black with clear over it. The clear just didn't have ...
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Problem with clear coating headlights

I think where you went wrong is in how you coated it. It's been awhile since I saw the ChrisFix video, but was thinking the way you should be doing this is by after cleaning the lense with IPA (after ...
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DIY paint touch-up on rusted fender: paint touch-up kit includes primer, color, and clear coat

The primer should not go over existing clear coat. You should think of circles of increasing diameter for each layer : primer smallest, paint next and then clear...
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Ways to protect paintwork from minor damage?

There's many ways to protect your paintwork and keep it in good condition, and each has it's own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here's some of the more common approaches: Paint protection ...
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Can I apply new layers of cleat coat on top of old and what preparation steps are needed?

You'd have to lightly sand the clear coat so the new clear coat and adhere
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