So I am repainting a few panels on my car that have the typical clear coat fade and I need a little expert advice. I have been practicing on a smaller piece to make sure I have it all right and the clear coat is the only thing that has given me problems. The paint shop suggested that I use some laquer based acrylic clear coat. Is this correct? I applied two light coats of clear to my test piece first, and then followed it up with three heavy coats applied every fifteen minutes (as per the advice of the paint shop) After I was done applying the clear, the piece actually looked really good. I let it dry for about 24 hrs and came back and it stilled looked good, but a little dust had settled on it after I took it out into the open. Even though it was dry to the touch, I was reluctant to wipe off the dust in fear that the clear hadn't dried completely yet but I did it anyway. I used a damp cotton cloth and wiped the dust off and it looks like the dust still managed to scratch the clear coat a little. So my question is what should I have done. Is the clear coat the right type? Should I have let it dry longer before attempting to touch it? I know paint technically takes days to dry completly but I am unsure how to treat it while I wait. After it dries, what should I use to buff it and how long should I wait beore trying to buff it? Thanks again for the help.