clear coat is over the paint. not mixed in. i dont think LOLOL
last yr i got my car repainted. $3000. he told me that it has to get sanded down and then a prime then paint then a clear coat on top. so im assuming its over the last coat of paint it puts on the car.
They'd only be mixed together if you had a cheapo repaint from Earl Scheib or Maaco.
Make sure you get a painter who is good at matching and blending.
Amen to that and gold is a very hard color to match,, as much as i hate to say it,, for a while i was a painter at a maaco in fl,did 20 cars a day, sucky job, but golds and greens seemed to be the worst ,,, save your money and get a quality job, your car is too nice to go the cheap route