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I'm getting conflicting information.

Should the paint formulation for a hood respray on a 2003 Guards Red Boxster be for a single coat or base/coat clear coat?

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Hello TP,

I was very surprised to read that the Guards Red paint has a clear coat finishing.

To my knowledge it is a solid color without clear coat . In Europe all paints with a clear coat finish are named 'metallic' and this is not so for Guards Red (as far as I know).

On the other hand if you polish a Guards Red Boxster with a more or less aggressive polish then you will see red color coming off and no varnish.

Would you please comment on this.

Best Boxster regards,


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I think you are talking about two totally different subjects. Metalic paint vs non metalic and single stage vs 2 stage paint. I believe what Rod was speaking about is single stage vs 2 stage meaning base plus clear. All car makers now use 2 stage or multistage paint. This is due to the stronger finish and lasting shine. As tool pants stated they use a base plus clear. If someone is offering to paint your 2003 guards red a single stage paint don't do it! That is the easiest and cheapest way to do it. Also keep in mind a with a darker color, they may be able to match the shade ,but if they go single stage it may not match the depth of the color.

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...Also keep in mind a with a darker color, they may be able to match the shade ,but if they go single stage it may not match the depth of the color.

And then check it out under the sodium street lights. Red is difficult to match, you may get a match that looks OK in daylight, but under the streetlights it looks like a patchwork quilt! :eek:

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Hello guys,

The topic still remains unclear to me.

I understand what you (Boxs2000) mean but see my last paragraph in my former reply. My Boxster which is a 1999 model in genuine paint has no CLEAR coat at all. The top coat is red paint !

Am I missing something ???



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I have a 2000 S Guards Red. I was told by local Porsche dealer when buying touch-up paint that the top coat is a "colored coat". I understand it to be mixture of clear and colored paint.

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Hello Sinbad,

I agree with you that you don't get any clear coat 'bottle' when buying a Guards Red touch-up paint.

It is not even a mix of clear coat and color paint.

The Guards Red is a solid one based red colored paint without any clear coat nor metallic parts.

In Europe all car makes still ofer solid one based color paints. All other varieties are offered as an option and get the name 'metallic', so even a clear coat covered car is called 'metallic' in Europe.

Maybe the situation in US is different and I assume that the misunderstanding was created that way.



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