Originally Posted by Jimmyh
Sorry, but no it is not clear coated. If it is not metallic or pearl it has no clear coat. It will stay shiny, if properly maintained. It will require more care than one with clear coat.
Originally Posted by dYL0n
No clear coat. Search.
To clarify things here so that it can be better understood, instead of a simply "yes/no" I will add the following:
Toyota, on their white painted vehicles use a single stage paint process. On their other colors they use a two-stage process. Single stage paint has the clear coat mixed in with the paint. This is a simpler method, but as some people have noticed, if you do not take good care of the finish it will dull, and a powder type residue will sometimes show up on the surface. IT IS STILL CLEAR COATED. Just that the clear as mentioned is mixed in.
The two stage process uses a base coat/clear coat process where the color is sprayed on, allowed to "flash" dry, and then the clear coat is applied on top of the finish. This method, though costing more, results in a much more durable and longer lasting finish, that requires less maintenance to keep looking good.
So the answer to the question is YES, even the white painted Toyota vehicles have a clear coat. Automotive paint is dull. The clear coat is what creates the shine, and what protects the paint itself from harmful UV rays.