No! Its a black coating that is awesome! No preping the surface. You just clean the surface and spray. Then if you ever dont like it you just peel it off. It leaves the paint or suface just the way you left it. I did my valence and grille with it. I did my fender flares in bedliner. But if I would have known about the stuff sooner my fenders would have been in plastidip as well.