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The terms top coat and a clear coat often get used interchangeably, but is there actually a difference? It seems, the term clear coat most commonly refers to the clear finishing layer that goes over a base layer of paint to protect it and create a shine, whereas...
The term top coat can refer to the last layer (or coat) of paint or other finishing materials applied during the painting process. The term is also sometimes used for the last layer of finishing material in the bathtub reglazing process. The top coat is often used to seal the underlayers of paint and primer, and to protect the surface from things like scratches, chips, stains, and weather. In some cases, a top coat is applied to provide a certain gloss, texture, or effect.
Understanding top coats and knowing when to use them can be a bit challenging at first, but knowing some basics can make it much easier to get the job done right the first time: