I purchased a 1998 Civic with 165000 km on it as a third car for the kids for summer jobs. I have done the belts, changed all of the fluids and am currently doing some rustproofing prior to getting it saftied. I think it will look pretty good when it is done except for a section of the hood above the drivers door where the clear coat is peeling off. This runs for about three feet almost to the rear windshield. I was told by a friend to wet sand (feather) the edges using 1000 sandpaper as best as I can then to spray on clearcoat. He said that this will usually last a couple of years but that the only permanent fix is to sand the whole section down to metal and repaint. I don't want to spend the money to do this on a 10 year old car. Does anyone have any other tricks or suggestions that has worked for them? Thanks.