Good morning all, I have a question that has been bugging me since i refurbed my wing mirror bases, I'm fairly new to this whole car thing so painting the mirror base was my first auto paint job and to be honest they came out great. The process i adopted was to prep the mirrors, undercoat which I did 6 times, then top coat which I did again about 6 times then clear coat about 3 times. If I haven't bored you yet then I will be quick and cut to my question ! So my questions is: If a car when leaving the factory kind of goes through a similar process then after many years (13 years for my car for example) when I compound it back am I not removing the clear coat to get to the paint ? And why don't we top up spray our cars with Lacquer (clear coat) to replace what we have rubbed off ? Or is this a stupid question am I having a moment !