So I have a question for you. My front lip (09 DGM WRX) was damaged by the previous owner, small dent, was repaired at some point, then it had spiderweb cracks and a LOT of pitting all along the drivers side and was flaking all the way through the paint. I decided to fix it, went to a local paint shop. They said a single stage paint 61K would be fine since the bumper didn't need to be touched, only the lip section. As I get sanding, I see body filler, blah blah, it was just a crappy repair job in the first place. I finish the paint, the color is significantly darker than the DGM on the car.
I have not had a chance to do a fine sand and polish this paint yet, but I am worried about the color matching. I did the whole lip, so it hopefully isn't going to be too noticeable.
My question is mostly relating to clear coat. Can I clear over this single stage paint? If so, should I polish the paint before I clear? Or do I not need to clear and once I polish it should look better?
It doesn't need to be perfect (hence me deciding to do it myself and not paying a professional) but I am a perfectionist and want to feel like it was worth my time, which now it is not.