How thick is Car Paint?


This is meant to be a guideline, it will differ between OEM and refinish as-well-as between manufacturers. The example of the left shows with the use of a primer-sealer for better holdout while the one on the right shows without. (both are acceptable)

Etch / Pretreatment0.25 milEtch / Pretreatment0.25 mils
Primer Surfacer2.0 milsPrimer Surface2.0 mils
Primer Sealer1.0 milPrimer Sealer0.0 mil
Basecoat0.5 milBasecoat0.5 mil
Clearcoat2.0 milsClearcoat2.0 mils
Total5.75 milsTotal4.75 mils

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