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Which colors have clear coat? How important is it?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Tekneek, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Tekneek

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    So if it requires a clear coat, are you saying that white does, indeed, have a clear coat?
     
  2. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Clear coat is not a plastic. It's basically what it sounds like; a clear coat of paint (to simplify)
     
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  3. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:51 AM
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    Makes sense. Lol.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:51 AM
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    Not even close to clear coat. That's just either port or dealer fluff to make them easy money.

    Just buy the color you want, keep it clean and waxed with a good product and don't worry about it.

    My white '13 looks fine and lives in the Fl sun.
     
  5. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    Right. I plan on off-roading this thing quite a bit, and I’d imagine a clear coat would give me an extra level of confidence to go through some brush that I otherwise wouldn’t do. Haha
     
  6. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:55 AM
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    Haha..

    Single stage used to be on non-metallic colours, 'clearcoat' is mixed with the colour and sprayed in one stage. Also when buffed/polished the colour comes off on the pad.

    Autogeek on Toyota single stage white;
    At first, thought it was single stage as well. However, after getting into an accident, and speaking with the body shop, can confirm the paint is Base/Clear. Toyota changed over to Base/Clear around 2015, due to oxidation complaints.
     
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  7. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:56 AM
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    If you really care you should get it wrapped, but it's a truck, wear those off road pinstripes with pride!
     
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  8. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:57 AM
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    Interesting....I love mysteries. I’m going to investigate further, but if you or anyone else here gets more info, please do let me know!
     
  9. Jan 13, 2021 at 9:58 AM
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    Not cheaper if your Taco loses value because the paint looks bad after a few years.
     
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    Toyota solid colors are single stage, metallic colors have a clear coat.
     
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    toyota doesnt care about that, they only care about how they can push out the cheapest possible product for the most amount of profit
     
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    I just spoke to the dealer that told me that cement and white do have clear coat mixed in, making it a one stage process. Metallic colors do it in two stages. That’s what she said but I don’t know
     
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  13. Jan 13, 2021 at 10:01 AM
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    I hear the single stage ones have the clear coat mixed in before application.

    how useful is this really?
     
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  14. Jan 13, 2021 at 10:09 AM
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    My 2016 single stage white paint looks brand new because I take care of the paint with proper cleaning and quarterly *spray-on ceramic coatings :thumbsup:

     
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    Damn man, you have the time and money to do quarterly ceramic coatings? More power to you.
     
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    Chemical Guys spray-on ceramic coating, nothing crazy and nothing that can't be done in an afternoon. Might cost me about $100 a year for the soaps and new microfibers.
     
  17. Jan 13, 2021 at 10:40 AM
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    Got it, you're not talking a real ceramic coating then. :thumbsup:
     
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    ceramic coating!! Had mine done by a buddy for $1k. Entire truck from top to bottom, front to back was ceramic coated. Interior detail, engine bay and undercarriage. I can read the freeway signs off my hood haha
     
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  19. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:08 AM
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    True ... a color coat with clear mixed into it is not the same as a color coat (Then wet sanded) with a clear coat applied on top of that.
    It all depends on (As stated) cost and really... How much work you wanna put into it. The results from either though are vastly different. A single coat, while looks good and can be really shiny ... Is not the same as a color coat with clear over it, that really gives it that 'DEEP' look. That 'deep' look doesn't 'pop' as much with white as it does with darker colors.
     
  20. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:17 AM
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    Wonder if cement is also single stage
     

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