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Standox Practical tip: How to repair paintwork with tinted clearcoats

Expensive effects and special finishes specially developed for certain car models are becoming increasingly popular with car manufacturers, but repairs of these special colours are anything but routine. Standox, one of the world's leading refinish paint brands from Wuppertal, Germany, offers the right products and solutions for the professional repair of these special colours. These and more tips on car refinishing can be found in Standopedia, the brand’s online reference resource.

Deeper, richer, more brilliant: tinted clearcoats are becoming increasingly popular in automotive refinishing because of their brilliance and depth of effect. Repairs with tinted clearcoats are carried out in a two-layer application process. Kevin Welling, Training Academy Manager for Axalta Coating Systems in the UK and Ireland, explains how to achieve a first-class finish right from the start.

Step 1: Use spray out cards

The tinted clearcoat acts like a varnish - the more that is applied, the more it covers the substrate. This means the number of spray passes, and the resulting layer thickness, has a direct influence on the colour, the brilliance and the depth effect. For the repair of cars with tinted clearcoats, Standox recommends the production of spray out cards, which are used to determine the number of spray passes of the tinted clearcoat required to achieve the best match with the vehicle to be repaired.

Step 2: Sand filler and repair area

Proceed with the preparation as usual. Apply a Standox VOC Filler, choosing the right filler colour level from FC1 – FC3, based on the recommendation in Standowin iQ. Sand the filler with P500 to P600, and the blend-in area with P1000 to P1200.

Step 3: Apply Color Blend

Apply Standohyd Plus Color Blend to the blend-in area on adjoining surfaces or onto the adjoining body part.

Step 4: Basecoat application and flash off

Apply one coat of Standohyd Plus Color Blend to the blend-in area. Spray Standohyd Plus in 1.5 coats on the repair area of the still wet Standohyd Plus Color Blend. Aim to achieve a uniform and cloud-free surface. Then let the basecoat and Color Blend flash off sufficiently.

Step 5: Application of the tinted clearcoat

Prepare two spray guns with a tinted and a non-tinted clearcoat in order to be able to work quickly. Use slow hardeners or thinner combinations. Apply the tinted clearcoat to the part that is to be repaired and spray beyond the fade-out zone of the blended-in basecoat.  

Step 6: Blending into the non-tinted clearcoat

Apply the non-tinted clearcoat to the remaining surface of the adjoining part and overlap into the still-wet tinted clearcoat. Dry according to the Technical Data Sheet. Drying according to the technical data sheet. Depending on which Standox VOC Clear is selected, it is advisable to apply an additional coat of the non-tinted clearcoat over the repair and the tinted clearcoat. This makes polishing out imperfections such as dust inclusions and blend in zones of the clearcoat easier.

The Standox Standothek Special Colours offers detailed instructions on repairs such as these. It can be downloaded from the Standox website,, or a hardcopy can be ordered, free of charge, from the Standox webshop,

The new Standox online reference resource covers current refinishing topics and is continually updated and expanded by Standox experts. It is not only convenient but also perfect to search for specific professional refinish information.

About Standox

Standox, one of the global refinish coating brands from Axalta Coating Systems, supports its customers with premium product quality and in-depth consultancy to help obtain the best results. As a leading European automotive refinish brand from Wuppertal, Germany, it delivers innovative product systems, and superior colour-match accuracy and paint technology. Approvals from major car manufacturers reflect the brand’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. Standox helps professional refinishers achieve right-first-time results.

Tinted clearcoat car repair

Spray out cards help to determine the number of spray passes of the tinted clearcoat required to achieve the best match with the original finish

Tinted clearcoat blending-in

Detailed instructions for repairing special colours with a tinted clearcoat can be downloaded from