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Fixing clear coat burn through, a few questions?

Well to start off I bought a truck, and after the fact found that someone prior to me had burned through the clear on the fender. So I am now faced with the repair, my limited painting experience consists of painting some bumpers and rockers on my old truck, both of which came out pretty good, really love the Universal Clear. Im fairly confident I can get a decent job on this fender.

So I guess my questions are, do I need to try and blend the base? Or can I just clear over the damage? The color is a metallic silver, and I plan on doing the entire fender with clear. Im just not sure if I need to try and blend the base or not. The affected area doesnt appear to be down to the primer at least from what I can tell, but because of the damage is lighter and darker colors of silver. Im unsure if adding clear will even this out or not?

Also one other thing is the affected area is within probably 10 inches or less from the door, if I blend would I run into problems with not having enough room to carry out the blend? And if so would it be advisable to just base the entire fender, Im kind of worried about getting the metallic the same at that point though.

Any thoughts or recommendations are welcome and very much appreaciated
If the burn is down to the base color you will need to blend the color and clear the entire panel. You can test it by wetting the surface and if you can still see the burn then it will show with more clear applied. As for coloring the whole panel you will have an issue with color match unless you have the exact base he used.
A pic well tell if you have enough room for color blend.


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If you have room to blend it's possible to blend the color so it "matches" (blending is just that blending the colors together so it fools the eye). Or if you don't have enough room you can always extend into the next panel. If you don't have any experience blending you should practice on something that you don't care about making mistakes.....old fender or hood perhaps. Learning to blend is relatively easy but hard to describe in writing. I tried to describe it in this thread http://www.spiuserforum.com/forum/s...repairing-a-fender-and-door-on-a-2014-jeep-gc so you may want to check it out. There are other ways to do it, the way i describe is simple and works for me in Collision Repair. And you can get really nice blends doing it the way I described.
Like DATEC said you need to be able to find out what the paint code was used in refinishing the truck otherwise you'll never match it. If you can't find out some of the local distributor can analyze the paint with a spectrophotometer (PPG calls their's Prophet II) but that's not always accurate but it would perhaps get you close enough. Good Luck.:) [h=3][/h]
Thanks for replies. I dont have enough room to blend without having to clear the door as well, and I really dont want to get that involved with this repair. Also to my knowledge it is the factory paint throughout the entire truck.

I attached a couple pics of the damage, its hard to pick up with the camera. In the first pic if you look close you can kind of see on the fender flair kick out there is like a peak, it almost looks like a reflection but is a blemish in the clear. And in the second pic you can see where the clear is gone in the reflection. Hopefully that kind of makes sense for a description.

I guess with no worse than it is, my initial thoughts were to just scuff and clear, in doing so gaining my protection back from having the entire panel cleared again. I then thought about if those spots would stand out like a sore thumb that I may want to add some base, but being a metallic I thought it might not match exact and I could end up with a bigger mess than I already have now, if it matches then it would be fine but its a toss up on if it will.

As far as scuffing and shooting, what would be my best option. Gray scotch brite enough, or would I want to go more aggressive?

Let me know what you think, thanks again.t
What Chris wrote is how it is done (good way to write it so it is understood) You can add a base blender to that equation also with certian colors (light Gold, some Silvers, light Blue Metalics) that can be sprayed between each coat of color. There are differant ways it can be done but what Chris wrote I understand completely as both Chris and I are in the same field. He wrote it better then I could have, for me it's just easier to do it then explain in writing. Good job Chris.