Originally Posted by sunsetdart
Best bet is to fix the dent and just clear the area you fix. Why waste more time and money to re-shoot the whole truck. It's not a good idea to to shoot a basecoat over clear unless you can take the old clear off.
Just fix the dent and re-do that area.
I agree that re-doing all that is needed and not the whole truck is right one the money, removing the clear to do it is way wrong. You do NOT in any stretch of the imagination need to "take the old clear off". It is in fact one of the best substrates for your paint there is. Once you cut thru the clear, now THAT is bad and you are opening up a chance for lifting when the solvents from the new paint can get under the clear.
This is especially true with a non catalyzed base. You are REALLY asking for trouble with a non-catalyzed base. With a catalyzed base not nearly as much chance of lifting but it is still there.
Leaving the clear intact, you sand the clear and shoot paint and clear over it with ease.