How to Repair Car Paint Damage : How to Scuff Old Clear Coat to Apply New Clear Coat

Hi, I’m Doug I work with 20 great guys in
St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we are going to do some work for your
today on Expert Village. As part of the chip repair you have to prepare the entire piece
for clear coat in order to that you scuff up the clear coat so the new clear cut would
stick to the old. This does not change the color of the piece. You are not damaging the
color this is only a superficial sanding so that the clear coat would stick. You can not
paint a shiny surface it has to be slightly dual. So he is using very fine sand paper
to rough up the surface in general. For the heavier repairs you use heavier sand paper
but when you are just scuffing up clear coat you use about 1000 grit sand paper. You not
trying to take any series kind of material off you are just trying to get it so it is
not so shiny any more. You want to be careful not to sand to aggressively on the corners
or you can go right through the clear and damage the color. Dan is being very careful
to just get thing scuff not to take any material off. After you have done your sanding of the
filler if you have done a really good job you want to use a little hard block or use
your thumb. You want it to be sanded nice and smooth like this. You should not be able
to feel anything, if you can feel something you have not done it right. It needs to be
nice and smooth it is very hard to fill a small chip like that not be able to feel it.


  1. Dion Francis April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    video clips are to short and needs more practical visuals on vehicles

  2. BoxShape16 July 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    is this guy gay? he loves talking about his 20 great guys!

  3. soccerguy484 December 10, 2008 at 6:41 am

    looks like one of doug's 20 great guys is the undertaker from WWE! lol

  4. EvolutionIXRR December 13, 2008 at 6:37 am

    i'm also a painter and if I have prepper like that guy he won't last long…too slow!

  5. wachman April 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    who taught that guy to sand a flat surface with his fingers? fail

  6. Chris Couture July 9, 2009 at 4:18 am

    prolly the most useful video of the 4 i've watched

    I wander if the pits on my hood from an egging would greatly benefit from this. most of them are through the clear coat and i know i can see shiny metal in a couple pits. I bet though that all the yoke splatter that has barely yet annoyingly spotted many areas of my clearcoat could be sanded away and looking like new with this technique… useful….thanks Doug. E-mail me with suggestions please

  7. 40ny July 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

    What's he doing with those hands in his pockets?

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  12. Loquitoporti bla November 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    If you want to know how to repair paint or body just search Wheeler Dealers click on a episode and watch and learn!

  13. dufondutrou March 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    douhg, did you forget to mention that you are using WET sand paper with water to scuff the old clear?

  14. SURTO FAK May 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Can i scuff my clear with a gray scotch-brite scuff pad?

  15. Hood Cleaning Miami July 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Just hit it hard with some 40 grit then apply new clear coat with a brush

  16. Michael Kelly August 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    @203066111 lmao

  17. HooviePooh October 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    wow doug your a fuckin moron. thanks for the detailed explanation!!

  18. ToyotaTarago1992 October 12, 2012 at 12:28 am

    wheres the rest of the vid?

  19. douglas bischoff January 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I think you missed a button. How high are your pants? Ok wheres the rest of the video?

  20. wascrash May 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

    wth…..wheres the rest..I like poontang

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