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Ok, so me and my friends took my wheels and cleaned them up really good.

-Sanded all of the wheels using 320 grit sand paper
-2 coats of primer
-1 coat of rustoleum gold paint

We plan on putting another coat of gold on tomorrow, however I am completely not sure on putting clear coat on. Two of my friends said they did not put clear coat on and advised me not to. So.. the question is to put clear coat on them or not? I don't want to re-paint them anytime soon and I think the color on them is perfect right now. So I'm also worried about the paint changing color.

Here are pictures from my iPhone, but they look so much better in person.



 

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The clearcoat will give it UV protection so it wont fade and protection from rocks so it wont chip. I have heard of people using 1 can of clearcoat per rim. I say use it!

Clearcoat wont change the color, its CLEARcoat.....it will just give it an extra shine and protection
Ok, will do! I have heard people say the clearcoat also makes it look like a satin finish too
 

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it depends on the chemical make-up of both the basecoat, and the clearcoat.

you could very well put a coat of clear on and watch it blister and crack right before your eyes..

as far as I know Rustoleum products are not intended to be used with a topcoat over them..

they're enamel, I think... and waiting a day inbetween coats inst a great idea either..

usually wait 15 minues inbetween coats for the solvents to evaporate, and the next layer of paint will bite into the one already applied

(since it's totally dry, rough it up with some 600 or 1000 before putting more color on to get a good mechanical adhesion)

if the first coat is totally dry and no longer "open" then the next coat won't grab on, and that coat will let loose sooner or later, making a really shitty flakey mess...

try to stay in the same product line, with products that are made for use with each other to avoid crazy peeling, and lifting accidents.

if the rattle can paint you're using dries up shiny, then avoid the clear.. it's not intended to be topcoated. it's a single stage paint.

if the paint you're using is actual basecoat, and dries flat, then a topcoat of clear is great. that would be a base/clear paint (bc/cc) and is intended to be applied in 2 stages, color, and clear.
 
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