Clear coat paint is used on automobiles for an attractive, durable paint finish, to minimize solvent evaporation and to create custom paint colors. The paint is also used on wood working and other arts and crafts projects to preserve the color, finish or surface.
Automobile manufacturers have used clear coat paint on cars since the late 1980s. The paint reduces the manufacturers' costs in painting cars since clear coat paint enables them to use less paint. Clear coat paint also reduces the cost and time associated with repairing damage to the automobile paint.
Clear coat paint is used in certain woodworking projects and is particularly useful on children's furniture. The paint also provides protection for photos, maps and preserved flowers.