Do they make single stage paint anymore - paint that is not intended to be topped by clear coat? I am a paint newbie, but if I buy a project car I am probably painting it in my garage. I read somewhere where modern 'base' coat actually dries with what I can best describe as orange peel or sticky like texture that must be topped with clear coat. You then polish the clear coat. All this sounds kind of wacky and complex for a garage painter. They make HVLP painters and you can buy a decent air compressor and in line filter that is probably better than they mass painted cars in the 40's to 70's. I ask because there is a single stage painted car for sale in the member's section that was painted 30 years ago "and still looks good." If you add 30 years to my nearly 56, I am pretty sure I won't still have a project car I buy and paint. If the car is well maintained, garage kept and waxed regularly, I don't see why people fuss over clear coat. What am I missing?