Before the clear could be shot, another layer of the black basecoat was applied to the black parts of the vehicle in order to give that color the final finish. This involved the usual routine of sanding, blowing, and wiping before the paints went on. Then, Mitch trimmed any excess paint off the borders of the graphics with a razor blade and wiped everything down with a moist tack rag to level any tiny bumps that may have existed. Then the clearcoat was mixed 4 to 1 with a hardener and sprayed onto the truck. Next, it was time to start sanding away the raised imperfections in the clear, especially the rough texture that resembled an orange's skin. They took a Quickcut sander that sprayed lubricating soapy water underneath the sandpaper in order to keep the sander from grabbing the surface it was working on. The crew likes this tool because it cuts down the time to get this part of the job done by half. The sandpaper was of the 2000-grit variety. The pad that the sandpaper was mounted onto could be changed out, so a softer one was used on the truck's metal parts while the plastics that have more give-such as the tonneau-could handle a harder one. Essentially, the harder the pad, the more likely you may sand too much off of a corner. The result didn't look cleared at all, although it was smoother than before.