Clear-over-Base

Clear-over-base is the modern system for painting cars and the most commonly encountered. It consists of a layer of primer, followed by a base coat of colour, and topped by a thick coating of lacquer which is called the clear coat.

This method of painting has been around for a very long time, but used to be only used on cars with metallic paintwork which was charged at a premium price, with all other cars being a solid colour without a lacquer.