How to Remove a Flaking Clear Coat

Clear coat is often used to protect chrome surfaces.
Clear coat is often used to protect chrome surfaces. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Clear coat is a coating applied to chrome -- usually car, motorcycle and bike components -- to protect metal from rust damage. Over time, or if the clear coat is poorly applied, clear coat may flake and chip. This not only looks unattractive, but decreases the protective properties of the coating. Flaking clear coat is easy to remove with a special clear coat remover available at auto parts stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Gel clear coat remover
  • Paintbrush
  • Garden hose

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Pour gel clear coat remover onto a broad paintbrush.

Dab the brush all over the coated surface of the metal to cover the clear coat. Add more product to the brush as necessary.

Wait a few minutes for the product to work. You will notice white, bubbling foam forming on the surface of the metal.

Rinse the product and clear coat off with a garden hose.

Apply a second coat of gel to the metal surface. This will remove any leftover clear coat. Wait a few minutes for foam to appear again, then rinse to remove the remaining clear coat and product.


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