How can I remove the clear coat off my car paint?

What's a good way to remove the clear coat from my car paint? I want to do a better job of protecting my paint job, and I was told to change the clear coat once in a while. I think I can do it myself, but I don't exactly know how to get started.

Answer
Removing your car’s clear coat is relatively easy for trained professionals, but untrained enthusiasts could risk ruining the paint job.
If you’d still like to try on your own, start by gathering these items:
  • Detailer
  • Electric polisher
  • Sandpaper (multiple grits ranging from 400-1200)
  • Washing hose
  • Water
  • Wool pads
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to remove your clear coat:
  • Wash the car: Make sure the surface is spotless and dry it thoroughly.
  • Wet sanding: Starting with the 400 grit sandpaper, sand your car very carefully. You’ll want to gradually weaken the clear coat by going over it a few times and slowly building up in grit. When you’re done, the surface should still feel smooth.
  • Taping: Tape off areas that need protection like lights, mirrors, and windows.
  • Dry sanding: Now is time for the dry sanding. Work your way slowly over the vehicle with 600 or 800 grit sandpaper. Periodically rinse the car while you work. When the water turns a creamy color, wipe the car down and let it dry.
  • Polishing: Polish the car in slow circular motions with the automatic polisher. Once you finish the first round, switch to a light polishing pad and repeat.
  • Cleaning: Ensure the polished areas are spotless, then spray on a detailing polish.
Congratulations! Your car should look shiny and new!
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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