When did toyota switch to clear coat paints? I'm pretty sure my 85 doors not have a clear it's original and looks great but a little color comes off with each wax. Sorry for the paint ignorance just thought it is relating to this topic...[/QUOTE
D, I think the solid colors red, blue, tan, white were single stage paints and the metallics-- champage, gun metal grey/midnight blue, warm gray, copper brown and silver were BC/CC. I saw this recently posted up. Both my 10/85 8B4 codes were BC/CC OEM, this '87 Red was single stage..
The 4E8 champagne donor panels were BC/CC off a 87 and the Strong Blue panels off a 86 ( I think) were single stage.
I just did this to my girlfriends hood which looked a lot worse.
If you wet sand all the flakey clearcoat off w/400 grit wet paper and then shoot some matching paint to touch up on the unpainted areas.....you can clearcoat the whole hood and it will be fine. Wet sand the clear with 2000 grit after letting it dry a few days and then wax it and you'd be surprised with results. I used a good UV clearcoat from SEM which lays down fairly thick and I used about 1/2 can on touch up areas where paint was cooked and just came off when sanding off the dried clearcoat(whitish flakes).
The SEM clear and paint was $58.
I did the same to my lexus ls400 hood and and 80 series hood.