2014 Mazda 3 Over applying touch up paint

Tiny
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  • 2014 MAZDA 3
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I recently tried to touch up a few scratches on the underside of my car which has Mazda's Soul Red paint on it. Unfortunately I underestimated the amount I was a applying and as a result the metallic touch up paint I used has dried and covered over some of the intact factory clear coat surrounding the scratched areas.

Because this area is on the underside of the bumper and therefore will not be noticed at all unless somebody was to bend down and look under the car I do not mind leaving the touch up paint alone but was wondering if the touch up paint covering the intact factory clear coat will in anyway damage the clear coat underneath if I do not remove it? Additionally if I did decide to have the excess touch up removed professionally will there be any significant damage to the clear coat underneath as a result of the removal process? I also did try to wipe off the excess touch up in a panic however it only smeared the touch up over more clearcoat. As the touch up paint contained metal flakes I was wondering if this smearing could also have damaged the clear coat due to the metal flakes moving across the clearcoat?
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 AT 6:00 AM

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Tiny
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No it won't hurt the clear coat at all. If a pro fixes this they will sand off the piece and reshoot the color as well as new clear coat.
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 AT 7:13 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply. Can I take this to mean that while not nice to look at, the touch up paint will in a way protect the clear coat underneath it? If the touch up does start to crack or degrade naturally over time will it take off the clearcoat with it?
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 AT 6:52 PM
Tiny
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Clear coat is a paint that is clear and has a hardner added to it. Adding what you did in know way will hurt the finish ever it will take more rocks or and accident to actually damage the clear coat. Meaning something has to hit it or scratch it hard like arock from the road. And if it is fixed it is fixed the same way the primer then the color the clear coat with the hardener already added. That is why your car looks good after so many years
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Friday, July 11th, 2014 AT 6:20 AM

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