1980 corvette
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: 1980 corvette

  1. #1
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2021
    Rep Power

    1980 corvette

    Hi, from Toronto Canada!
    I would like to know how to verify if your car has a clear coat?
    I have a few classics and I want to make them look and
    feel like a new vehicle during storage this winter.
    I have a 1980 corvette which sat for a few years, I got it running
    properly and I would like to bring back its paint luster.I don't know
    if paint is original.Any guidance would help.

  2. #2
    Registered Member Old Bear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    San Juan Capistrano CA
    Rep Power

    Re: 1980 corvette

    Welcome to the Meguiar's Online Forums.

    I find that I can usually see the clear coat layer. You can look at it from an angle across the top and see through the clear.
    Some of that ability depends on how thick the original clear layer was sprayed.
    If it has deteriorated, it will be difficult to tell, as it may have diminished in thickness.

    Additionally, you should be able to use a polish, like Meguiar's Ultimate Polish and see if the pad picks up the color of the paint or if it picks up clear.
    If you have a blue car and the pad shows blue, it either has no clear coat, or the clear coat is damaged in places.
    This test can be done by hand or by using a dual action polisher.
    If done by hand, make sure that you apply even pressure across the full pad. Do not let your finger tips put uneven pressure and leave zebra stripes in the paint.

    With your 1980 Corvette, the original paint was an application of primer, likely followed by three coats of acrylic lacquer.
    No clear coat originally.
    If repainted, all bets are allowed.

    Here is a fine link to articles by Mike Phillips on best practices for older single stage paints.
    This includes an older product M07 called Meguiar's Show Car Glaze soaks.
    Pop some popcorn. Read this article in it's entirety. <======= It will pay off for you in better results.
    The Secret to Removing Oxidation and Restoring a Show Car Finish to Antique Single Stage Paints (autogeekonline.net)

  3. #3
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2019
    Hinesville GA
    Rep Power

    Re: 1980 corvette

    Welcome, Melvin! You can clearly see at an angle.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: Aug 22nd, 2012, 12:10 PM
  2. 1980 Camaro Preview
    By Bill Davidson in forum Show Off Your Latest Detail Work
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Jul 24th, 2010, 01:25 AM
  3. 1980 Corvette, what's wrong with my paint?
    By DarkOne in forum Detailing 101
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Jul 6th, 2010, 03:46 PM
  4. 1980 Corvette - wetsand, compound, buff...shine!
    By dnoraker in forum Extreme Makeover Before & After Pictures
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: Sep 30th, 2009, 06:04 AM
  5. 1980 White 450 SL
    By cafemoc in forum Detailing 101
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Apr 19th, 2005, 08:43 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts