How to Fix Peeling Car Coat

VD September 09 2021

These days, it is not uncommon to see vehicles with a peeling clear coat, as some of the single-stage paints flake off the primer quickly. Although many drivers search for a magical way for repairing car polish and clear coats, they try to look for any cheap tool or something that can be simply rubbed on the paint surface. 

If you visit the paint shops, they will strip all of the pain and then repaint the car, which may take a lot of time and cost a good amount of money. You don't need to go through this route because there is undoubtedly a DIY solution for clear coat peeling, and you can do it by yourself.

What is the cause of peeling car coats?

There are a number of factors that cause damage to the clear coat, but the UV rays of the sun are known to be the main culprit. These rays are also responsible for fading the carpets, cracking the dashboard, and causing the plastic to rot on the interior trim panels. The outer layer of paint protection is slowly degraded by ultraviolet light, which burns it rough and white.

Road debris is also responsible for causing damage, whereas small pits or scratches can also lead to clear coat peeling when you ignore it. Sometimes the factory slips and can allow the base coat a lot more time for drying before adding the clear coat. Therefore, instead of a tacky prepped surface for the clear, the base remains completely dry, and as the clear may not be settling on the dry paint, it can easily be peeled off down the road.

How do you repair a peeling car coat?

A clear coat creates a glossy showroom finish to your vehicle that catches everyone’s eyes. It is also helpful in stopped paint swirls, water spots, and even sun damages from hitting the paint's deeper layers. Therefore, it gets easier to remove clear coat peeling than in the paint’s deeper layers.

Cleaning of the affected area

When you eliminate the dirt and debris, you are able to see the car coat peeling problem clearly. If you want to clean your car’s affected area, buy any car wash soap and then wipe down the surface with the help of a wet microfiber sponge. The area needs to be scrubbed gently to clear away the dirt or dust, and then it has to be rinsed with a hose. Using a microfiber towel, you need to dry it and finalize your wash.

Removing the old clear coat

For the old clear coat removal, you need to tape off the section that has to be fixed. A blue painter’s tape can be used for this purpose, stopping from accidentally sanding any other parts of the vehicle. With the help of fine-grit sandpaper, you have to sand the entire area until it gets dull and smooth. Sand a little more than the affected area so that you can make room for blending later on. When you are done with everything, then rinse and dry the area.

Protect yourself and the rest of the vehicle

This step is quite simple, as you need any material to cover different parts of the car, including windows, to prevent the clear coat from getting on them. A good idea is to have safety goggles and a dust mask. Try to park your car in a place that has ventilation and a roof. An open garage can be a good place.

Applying your new clear coat

This is a crucial step in fixing the peeling clear coat. The clear coat spray can need to be shaken and then applied to the vehicle. Hold this can about eight inches away from the vehicle, and at a steady speed, spray it to all parts evenly. When you are done with the first coat, wait until it dries. Then go for the second coat and wait for around two hours to let it completely dry. Then remove the newspaper and the tape that protects other parts of the vehicle.

Blend everything together

The last step is also essential in repairing a clear coat, as you have to wait for around two days before the clear coat gets blended. You will see that the painted area still stands out from the rest of the areas of the car. In order to fix this, the edges need to be blended by wetting the area. 

Next, you have to wet sand until you see a difference is dry and faint. 

In the end, polish the entire area with the help of the compound till you see it shining. Never polish against the clear coat direction, as it will be peeling clear coat again. After wiping the surface, all the processes will be completed.


There will be quite a clear improvement in how your car looks from its initial condition if you have done everything right. As peeling clear coat has adverse effects on your vehicle and damages the paint and the metal underneath, after repairing clear coat, the panel will look relatively new from an average distance. There might be a few transition lines and imperfections through the new coat, but this is what you can expect. If you spend some hours doing this, you will save a lot of money as compared to getting it done by a professional shop.