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New Clear Coat Over Unknown Clear Coat

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#1 MikePaintsBaits



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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:02 AM

Hey All

I have a crank bait which the paint still looks good , the bait is starting to feel rough , I don't know what clear coat
was used ? Would there be any draw back If I put a new coat of clear over the unknown clear ?

Thanks Mike P.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 10:30 AM

Clearcoat applied over a rough surface will usually transmit the roughness underneath unless you use epoxy, in which case there are other issues (weight, yellowing). If the old clear is rough but intact, I'd lightly sand it and wipe the surface with denatured alcohol before recoating it with a urethane. There is USUALLY no problem with incompatibility between old vs new clearcoat because the old has been on the bait long enough that its solvents are long gone.

If I have a wood crankbait that catches fish much better than average, I'm very hesitant to do anything to it lest my "improvement" ruin its fish catching ability. It's amazing to me how very small changes can alter performance.