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I know what you're thinking, this diagram looks daunting, involved, and may even look confusing to the layman. In order to make sense of the "modern" paint job, let's dissect this piece by piece. The diagram above will provide you with some tools within your arsenal of automotive detailing nomenclature, and may even serve as a great icebreaker at your next party! Okay, maybe not at your next party; that would be pretty lame.

1. The first layer that you see from the top is known as the clear-coat. Historically speaking, the clear-coat wasn't ubiquitous until the mid 1980's. Once the majority of auto manufacturers started to introduce this technology the clear-coat was particularly designed to add resilience from the elements. Consequently, over time, the clear-coat will start to fade, dull and/or lose its original luster. It should also be known that a "modern day" clear-coat is much thinner than vehicles of an older age. In this day and age, many popular manufacturers are starting to cut corners with respect to paint technologies.

2. The second layer is known as the color base coat. This particular layer is also referred to as the "pigment"of the vehicle and contains all the properties which gives your automobile its distinguishable color.

3. The third layer from the top is called the primer coat. Although this layer can't be seen to the naked eye, this can also be translated as the "undercoat" which prepares the vehicle for its first stage of paint. Much like painting your walls at home, the primer coat will help to ensure a strong adhesion to the first layer of real paint.

4. Finally, we come to the body panel. At one time or another, you might have seen a vehicle driving down the road with a dark gray or even a black panel. This introductory layer is simply the skeletal framework that also serves as the genetic makeup for any vehicle. Some of these

Some of the largest players within the automotive paint industry include companies such as Dupont, Valspar, Alsa Corp, and PPG.

As you view the table above, you'll notice defects that come into direct contact with your clear coat such as overspray, scratches, swirls, etc. These are the harmful variables that can wreak havoc onto your paintwork if not properly addressed within a reasonable time frame.

Lastly, it should be known that the "modern" clear coat is as thick as a post-it note. A post-it note! As automotive manufacturers continue making breakthroughs with painting technologies, the clear coat has become significantly thinner over time. At the end of the day, an auto manufacturer is trying to cut cost. For this reason alone, Blackstone Detail continually preaches the necessity of new car care protection.

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