PDR Technician: A Journey Through Clearcoat Maintenance For The Detailer Part I

Todd Sudeck is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in Paintless Dent Repair and Auto Reconditioning. He is the founder and President of The Ding King Training Institute and is widely recognized as the “King” of this specialized field. His expertise and leadership have set the standard for excellence in the industry, making The Ding King Training Institute the go-to destination for those seeking to learn from the best.

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PDR Technician: A Journey Through Clearcoat Maintenance For The Detailer Part I


Time and modern invention have changed many things in our society from computers to car finishes. The trick in all is to try to keep up or even, if possible, get ahead of these changes see here now. Keeping your finger on the pulse of the Paintless Dent Repair industry will prove to be the most important thing you can do to ensure that you are ready for these inevitable changes. Stay connected to our blogs because we will give you every bit of cutting edge information that will keep you in the know.

So back to clearcoat, changes have happened to the coating that goes onto vehicles and will make a huge difference in how you detail say a new Mustang compared to a Classic Mustang. These high-tech vehicle paints that you will find on the newer cars differ fundamentally from what you would find on older cars in their construction and in the way they must be cared for and detailed.

The simplest way to explain this is that the final layer of finish on older models, and some even today, is a pigmented paint. Detailing on this type of paint, you will be working directly on the vehicles color, the paint layer that gives a vehicle its color.

When using polish or cleaner, the color will come off onto your polishing cloth or buffing pad if the aging paint is oxidized. This wouldn’t happen if the vehicle you are working on is clear-coated.

On vehicles that have a clearcoat finish, the paints color layer is protected by a clear, colorless polyurethane or urethane final finish. The urethanes are the Mr. and Mrs. of high-tech vehicle finishes.

Follow me over to Part II so that we can continue our ‘Journey’ into clearcoat finishes and how they apply to you in your PDR and Detailing business.