How to Cure Clearcoat

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Clear coat is a protective, clear coat of paint that helps to protect the paint underneath. It is easy to apply, and it is always recommended to apply two coats. Before you apply the second coat, the first coat needs to cure. Plainly put, it needs to dry completely before adding another coat. Clear coat is applied to cars, boats, wood and other items as well. Clear coat needs to be applied with a smooth cloth so that it goes on correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear coat
  • Cloth diaper

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Apply the first coat of clear coat with a cloth diaper.

Wait for the first coat to dry or “cure” for 24 hours.

Use the same cloth diaper to apply the second coat.

Allow that coat to cure for an additional 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clear coat will keep the paint looking fresh, and preserve it from sun damage and other elemental damage. Clear coat will be dry to the touch within 15 minutes to three hours of the application. It will not be fully cured for 24 hours.
  • Not allowing ample time for the clear coat to cure could result in damage to the paint on the surface.


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