First year for GM basecoat/clearcoat?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Golden Oldie 65, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Golden Oldie 65

    Golden Oldie 65 Well-Known Member

    Anyone know for sure? I guy I know has a `79 Trans Am that he bought new and hadn't had it long when it received some damage to the LR quarter, which was repaired. He still has the car and the damage is deteriorating and he wants to get it fixed. Other than that the car has the original paint and he seems to think it's laquer. I could be wrong, of course, because it has been at least 25 years since I've used laquer, maybe more, but it doesn't look like laquer to me so I am wondering what year GM switched to using basecoat/clearcoat? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 475 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    GM used lacquer paint until the late 80's the Grand Nationals were notorious for paint problems.
     
  3. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    To quote Meguiar's online:

    In the General Motors line, BC/CC paints were introduced in 1984 with the then-new 1985 "C" body cars, the full-size front-wheel drive cars. After that, BC/CC paints were introduced whenever a model line had a major style change. It wasn't until the early 90's that all the models were BC/CC.
     
  4. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    I had paperwork with a ‘79 TA that said the paint was susceptible to spotting due to it being water based and offering or extending a warranty against it. I know Pontiac had a lot of trouble starting in ‘78 getting Solar Gold ‘right’, too. Often the soft nose wouldn’t match the metal parts.
    Patrick
     

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