Originally Posted by benge1
The front came off easy except one area where it also took the clearcoat from an area the size of a basketball. I wonder can it be spot painted, the color seems fine.
I have had success with applying new clear over the base coat on peeled spots using the below ideas.
I use SprayMax 2K which is a 2 part rattle can with a shelf life of about 23 hours.
Clean the area and remove any loose pieces of clear coat with a scraper or razor blade. Use 800 grit wet sand paper on the solid clear coat surrounding the bare spot. Be very careful not to remove the color coat in the peeled clear coat area.
Clean again. Spray about 3 coats of Clear on the area and extending into the old clear coat surrounding area. Wait 24 hours.
You will have ridges where the new and old Clear coat overlap. Place a piece of masking tape on the ridge and also adjacent. Sand the ridge until the tape disappears and you are sanding down the ridge area only. Most of the ridge should eventually disappear. (The benefit of this process is that you do not sand on the naked base coat area until after the new clear coat is covering the base coat and you do not remove too much of the new clear coat.)
Then use some 1000, 1500, and 2000 grit wet sand paper in different directions to remove any scratches and extra orange peel effect. Buff with polishing compound and a rotary buffer (not an orbital buffer) to desired shine. Your auto paint supply house can give you some hints on the buffing materials.
By now you realize that I am not a pro. I have learned from some trial and error and probably still do not do it right, but I have been happy with the result on my 17 yr old rig which is fully clear coat coverdd.
Worst case is that you spent $25 on paint and a bunch of your time only to still have to take the job to the pro at the paint shop.