Why is the film build of clearcoat so important? Clearcoat is one of the most important parts of a quality paint job. From a simple repair, to an overall or a restoration, the final appearance is most notable. It's what people see first. In order to maintain a quality finish, the film build of your clearcoat is very important. Film builds that are too high or too low can diminish your hard work.

  • Too low of a film build (< 2 mils dry) - can lead to premature film failure, dieback, and overall poor appearance.
  • Too high of a film build (>3 mils dry) - can lead to solvent pop, dieback, and even potential adhesion failure.
Dry film builds in the range of 2-2.5 mils is most commonly recommended. When spraying any clearcoat for the first time, it is recommended to measure your film builds. This will help you gauge how your application techniques affect final film thickness and then adjust accordingly. So next time you're getting ready to pull the trigger on your clearcoat, remember this tip to produce a quality finish for long-lasting first impressions.


Waterborne basecoat is susceptible to freezing when temperatures drop below 0° C / 32° F. However, it doesn't have to be frozen completely solid to affect its performance.

If a waterborne toner has experienced multiple freeze/thaw cycles, the first thing you may notice is that it remains "chunky" after normal hand agitation. You may also notice some water separation when pouring the toner from the bottle. Either of these conditions are not normal and you should be on alert during the mixing process. Even though moderate to excessive stirring of these toners can appear normal, the mixed color may still present unacceptable application through the appearance of surface defects and poor metallic control.

Toners that have been frozen should be replaced with fresh material to ensure the best color and appearance. Store toners in a moderately heated mix room and rotate your stock to ensure the best color match possible.