After the damaged metal and plastic body areas are repaired,
a variety of cleaners and etchers are applied to condition the
surface and to ensure adhesion of the paint system.
This is followed by primers which fill crevices and protect
against corrosion and rust.
After sanding, another primer /sealer is applied to provide
a uniform, satin smooth surface.
The color is then applied, often followed by a clear coat.
Clear coats are a relatively recent developement. The tough
transparent film acts like a magnifying glass to bring out the
brilliance of the color, while protecting the pigments in the color coat from the harmful
ultraviolet rays of the sun, from acid rain, and other contaminents. They provide a longer
lasting, mirror-like finish and are now used on most new factory finishes.