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I made an observation regarding the paint finish in the engine compartment and trunk areas of my SPWB Charger. I'm wondering if the same is true of Challengers? My understanding of the Challenger is there is a clear coat applied only to Hellcats in these areas, but I'm wondering if the Scat Pack Wide Bodies also receive this benefit, since this is the case in the Charger.
I wonder if both the Scat Pack and Hellcat Wide Bodies are painted in the same manner just to make things run easier? All Charger wide bodies are clear coated over the base coat so that whether it's going to receive a HC or 392 engine, it can become either one according to the build sheet. This is what I believe to be the case, anyway. Does anyone know if this is true of the Challenger?
 

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SP Shakers including WB have clear coat in the engine bay. Not sure about non-Shaker WBs
I thought all Shakers get a clear coat under the hood? IDK for sure, but my theory that all wide bodies get clear coated under the hood is supported by the fact that the Shaker WB is. It would make sense for a painted wide body frame traveling down the line be able to be used for a SP, HC, and Shaker. But then again, maybe I'me full of it lol.

my shaker wide body is clear coated under the hood, but not the inside of the trunk, amazing the cheapness not to spray at least the visible areas.

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That looks VERY nicely finished. A little unbelievably nice if that's possible lol. Did you put the painted strut tower brace and covers on?
 

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That looks VERY nicely finished. A little unbelievably nice if that's possible lol. Did you put the painted strut tower brace and covers on?
yep. it is a speedlogix brace and some american brothers design caps..you right it looks great but the inside trunk is only painted not cleared and looks kinda dull
 

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My understanding is that the only Scat Packs that get clear coated engine bay and under hood are the Shakers. Not the trunk. At least that is how it is for my SPWBS.
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My 2020 SP WB does not appear to be clear coated. I think it is for Shakers only and Hellcats.

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Shakers are cleared under the hood but not the trunk
 
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Hellcat models and Shaker models are clear coat engine bay - not done on the other lines
 

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Hellcat models and Shaker models are clear coat engine bay - not done on the other lines
Okay, I had to go out and recheck my original observation and I have to admit I was only 100% WRONG lol! Both engine and trunk are not clear coated after all on my SPWB, so forget anything I said. I do think the paint job in these areas may have just ended up better than what I'm used to in the past. Maybe the guy in the paint booth had a heavy trigger finger so he wasn't as sparing with the base coat, but there's definitely no clear coat added. Thanks to all that responded to "clear" things up. Anyway, we got some very nice pics of different configurations and mods!
 

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Okay, I had to go out and recheck my original observation and I have to admit I was only 100% WRONG lol! Both engine and trunk are not clear coated after all on my SPWB, so forget anything I said. I do think the paint job in these areas may have just ended up better than what I'm used to in the past. Maybe the guy in the paint booth had a heavy trigger finger so he wasn't as sparing with the base coat, but there's definitely no clear coat added. Thanks to all that responded to "clear" things up. Anyway, we got some very nice pics of different configurations and mods!
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the only hand sprayed paint would have been the matte paint hoods for the T/A and 50th Anniversary models - as they are done at the upfit center after they leave the Brampton assembly line
 

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Wish my under hood were clear coated...need more shiny!
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Shakers whether R/T 5.7, SP, SPWB Shaker and all Hellcat variants get clear coat engine bays / underhood

there's a couple of "whoops" Shakers that in my area that are missing clearcoat - 2 SP Shakers (different years) so far
 
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