Ceramic Coating, What is it? Is It Necessary?

Ceramic Coating, What is it? Is It Necessary?

In the automotive industry, Ceramic coating has become extremely popular among car enthusiasts. However, the general public has no clear understanding regarding to what it is. This post is intended to be informative regarding how the clear coat works.

NOTE* These products are meant to be use after the vehicles had completed the paint correction process. It is highly recommended that a detailing professional work on or supervise the whole process.

What are Coating? And Why is it better than Waxing. 

Think of it as another layer of clear coat, which will protect your car from the harmful environment. These products now allow the transfer of particles from one surface to the other so that the nano coating becomes inseparable from the car’s paint surface. Automotive coating manufacturers claim their formulas “bond” chemically and physically to the paint surface, however, their bond loosens over time.

Over the recent years, Coating technology had improved tremendously.In the near future, we might be able to save water by not washing cars. Please click for more information on the coating technology.

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What are its benefits?

Many of these coatings require an authorized detailer to apply them for you. That means that they have experience in prepping the paint for application. This is a huge bonus for car lovers. The paint may never look that good again because of how much work goes into preparing the car (paint correction) for one of these coatings.

The coating durability, whether you adhere to their guidelines or not, is impressive. They last a long time and protect your paint from naturally acidic contaminants, UV damage, and may even add a little cushion room in terms of light scratches.Other than that, Coating is not much different from the poly sealants.

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What are the downsides to consider?

Before you can even apply the coating, the surface has to be 100% free of surface blemishes, which applies to even brand new vehicles. A multi-stage paint correction involves washing the car, claying, buffing, and keeping it pristine while applying the coating. That last step is particularly difficult for anyone who isn’t working in a clean indoor facility.

Moreover, when you have a coating that is unlikely to lose it’s bond with the paint, when a paint correction is needed (and believe me, it will be), you lose the coating and all the money that went into it as well.

Different Types of Coating

Currently, there are three type of car coating products. Polymer coating, Fluorine coating and Glass coating. Among them, glass coating is the new kid in a block in the US market but already very popular in Europa and Japan.This is because of the technology that it uses. Liquid glass and other compounds enables this product to give your car a liquid glass effect which will protect it against weather, natural situations like bird droppings, scratches, dust, spills and all those things that just no ordinary wax can fix. Most of all, it can last from 6 months to a few years.

What are the steps?

Paint coatings need to be applied to surfaces that are free of above and below surface contaminants.  Like a car wax or paint sealant, if the surface isn’t properly prepped, the paint coating won’t properly adhere, yielding less-than-desirable results.  With a little bit of knowledge from the previous blog posts and the right products, prepping your vehicle’s paint for a coating is easier than you think.

First and foremost, you’ll need to remove above surface contaminants.  Above surface contaminants can consist of rail dust, bugs, industrial fallout, airborne pollution, and paint overspray.  You have a couple options to remove above-surface contaminants. (see previous blog post for the steps).

Next step is polishing  The polishing step is just as critical as the claying step.  Polishing your paint with an abrasive polish or compound removes swirls, scratches, water spots, and below surface contaminants, creating a perfectly smooth, high-gloss finish.  Using an abrasive polish, like Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover, if your goal is to create a flawless finish.

Applying the Coating. Once you’ve clayed and polished the vehicle, it’s time to apply the paint coating.  Paint coatings are available in syringes, small glass bottles, conventional cylindrical bottles with sprayers and traditional bottles with flip caps. Apply the coating gently on the paint using a microfiber pads; repeat the steps if necessary.

Note: Once a paint coating has been applied, the vehicle should be kept in a cool, dry environment for at least a couple hours.  You want to avoid moisture, rain and humidity.  It’s best to keep the vehicle parked in a garage or, if it’s not too humid outside, let it sit in the sun.  The sun will accelerate the curing time.

Here’s a video of a step by step guide of coating application

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How to remove scratches?

How to remove scratches?

Removing scratches from auto paint is a multi-step process that starts with leveling the paint surrounding the scratch and ends with restoring the shine. The number of steps depends on the severity of the scratch. This general guide to scratch removal will describe a typical scratch removal process. There are many techniques and tools available and you may find your own variation of this process that works for you.

This guide describes how to remove random isolated deep scratches. For overall swirl removal or fine scratch removal, you would use a polisher and a compound. If you have isolated scratches that are too deep, sanding maybe required. Saying should not be done by amateurs, if you are not an expert, proceed with cautions (at your own risks).

Note:

  1. Factory baked-on paint is usually thin and hard, that’s two HUGE negatives working against you should you be in a position to want or need to sand on factory paint. Always do a Test Spot to a small section and make sure you can get 100% of your sanding marks out before sanding further.
  2. Only sand enough to remove or improve the defects you’re trying to remove.
  3. Remember that sanding removes paint as does the compounding and polishing process.
  4. If possible, use a Paint Thickness Gauge to measure the film-build before sanding.
  5. Don’t sand too close to edges or hard/sharp body lines.

Here are the steps

  1. Start by soaking your sanding papers for at least 15 minutes in a solution of water and a couple drops of carwash solution. For very small scratches, you can also cut your sandpaper into small postage stamp size squares and use your fingertips as the backing pad. Start the process with 2000 grits sand papers. Be sure to feather out from the scratch, easing up the further you get away from the scratch. You want to sand-out the scratch which would mean removing most of the paint directly near the scratch, which is a void of paint, but feather or taper the depth of your sanding marks as you move away from the scratch as you blend the area with the surrounding paint. This will create a level appearance. Back to the backing pad. Turn the pad with the sandpaper at an angle so you’re sanding across the scratch, never straight up and down. Use the water bottle with clean water and a couple drops of shampoo to generously wet the paint you’ll be sanding. Continuously spray the paint while you work to help the sandpaper glide easily.
  2. Resand each section with the 2500 grit sandpaper wrapped around your baking pad. Keep the paint wet and work with the pad angled. Take care not to over-sand the paint. You only want to eliminate the deeper 2000 grit scratches. Wipe off the slurry and inspect the results. The sanding scratches should be finer and less distinct.
  3. Resand each section with the 3000 grit sandpaper wrapped around the backing pad. Same rules apply as with the two previous rounds. Wipe off the slurry and inspect the results. You know when you’re ready to compound by looking at the area you’ve sanded.Reflections of the overhead light  should be blurry and dull with no obvious deep sanding scratches.
  4. For the compounding and polishing steps, attach the polisher (Makita) to a portable cable and apply Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 across the yellow cutting pad. Operate the Makita polisher at a speed of 6 and work back and forth and then up and down across the sanding scratches. If you’ve sanded more than one area, make sure you duplicate this process on every spot so the results are uniform. Wipe off the paint with a clean microfiber polishing cloth.
  5. Apply an X of Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0 to the white foam polishing pad. Operate the Porter Cable Makita at speed 5 and repeat the previous step.
  6. The final step. Once the paint is polished and scratch-free, apply your favorite wax or paint sealant.polishing-before-after-photo-521529-s-original

 

Here is a video guide of a step by step of how to remove the scratches.

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Quick Detail Spray

Quick Detail Spray

Some may call it a spray wax, some may call it a quick detail, but whatever you called them, it is essential. Using a Quick Detail spray is probably the fastest, easiest way of improving your car visually. The spray elevate shine tremendously while making wiping away dirt, dust and smudges an effortless task. Detail sprays are meant to top off your wax or paint sealant, not a replacement. You apply a detail spray as a way to extend the life of your protectant. I uses my quick detail every time I washes my car.

There are many types of Quick Detail spray. Here are some of them;

  1. Anti static – This kind of spray will help reduce the static charges on the paint; therefore, the dust particle will not easily stick to the paint
  2.  Wax – This kind of spray has wax infused into them. It is best suited to use after each car wash.
  3. Cleaning – This kind of spray is best suited to clean the car that is not too dirty. It loosen up the dirt and the user can use microfiber towel to safely clean the car without having to go through the whole wash process.

Note: Although Quick Detail spray may be beneficial, it can also damage your clear coat. The users must always remember that rough dirt will scratch the paint even if the users is wiping them off with Quick Detail.

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Claying

Claying

What is Claying? Should I do it? What are the steps?

Your vehicle is under constant assault from airborne pollutants. Brake dust, industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust all can adhere to your vehicle. These contaminants often contain metal particulates, which accounts for the ease with which they penetrate the clear coat to attack the paint below. Detailing clay glides along the surface of your paint and grabs anything that stuck on the clear coat surface.

The good news is, yes, Claying can be done at home. Used properly, detailing clay is completely safe and will not scratch the clear coat. Its a much better option than polishing to remove these contaminants because clay doesn’t remove any paint. To clay your vehicle, follow these steps;

  1. Wash and dry your vehicle.
  2. Spray small area with clay lubricant.
  3. Gently rub the clay bar on the lubricated area.
  4. Wipe the area with microfiber clothes and use the clay lubricant to remove any clay residue. (The paint should feel as smooth as glass)
  5. Repeat the process if the paint does not feel smooth
  6. After claying, always follow with wax or sealant, as claying may remove them.

Here’s a video from leading professional detail supplier to better illustrate the steps.

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Leather Interior Caring

Leather Interior Caring

Nothing ruins the car interior moe than crack up leather upholstery. After years of abuse, all cars leather interior will show sign of wear. The bulk of wear on leather surfaces comes from the abrasive quality of built-up dirt, but cowhide also loses essential oils and UV protectants over time that need to be replaced. Ignore leather care and the surface finish will dull and cracks will begin to show. Very much like paint exterior, leather interior also needs rejuvenation.

Part I: Cleaning

  1. Vacuums the seats with a standard vacuums cleaner.
  2. Remove the dirt and grime from the leather surface. Use damp clean microfiber clothes and gently clean the leather interior.
  3. Use dry clean microfiber clothes to wipe the interior dry.

Part II: Conditioning

  1. Choose a water based, pH neutral conditioner. Look for a high-quality leather conditioner that does not contain petroleum distillates, silicone, or waxes.The goal of the conditioner is to replenish the natural oils in the leather, so choose one with top-quality ingredients. Cheaper leather conditioners may cling to the leather and have a greasy finish.
  2. Conditioning – Apply conditioner to an applicator pad and gently rub it on the leather interior. repeat the step twice in order to maximize the absorption.
  3. Use dry clean microfiber clothes to dry if the interior is too wet.
  4. Park the car under the shade until the leather upholstery absorb all of the conditioner.

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Do I Really Need to Wax My Car?

Do I Really Need to Wax My Car?

The answer is yes. This is a common question asked among new cars owners. To simply explain, all car has a layer of clear coat on its paint; wax will put protective coats on top of that. The more coats you have the better it protects the paint from sun damage; think of wax as a sunscreen lotion for cars. Car wax also creates a slippery surface as well, which helps keep dirt from sticking to the surface.

There is no definite answer to how often one should wax the car. However, one should wax his/her car at least thrice a year. Most wax will stay on the cars for months if applied correctly. For those cars that are expose to harsher environment (regularly park near the ocean etc.), wax should be applied more regularly.

Tips:

  1. Make sure the car is clean before waxing the car. Ideally, one should wash the car before waxing; dirts/contaminants will scratch the clear coat on the paint while wax is being applied.
  2. Make sure you have the proper items. These items include, a bucket, water, wash mitt, microfiber towel, microfiber applicator pad and a non-abrasive, high quality auto wax.
  3. Make sure to start the project when the car is cool.
  4. Wax in the shade. This is to prevent the wax from drying too quickly.
  5. Try not to apply wax too heavily. As best as one may try, there will be some left over contaminants on the clear coat surface. Applying wax lightly reduces light scratches on the surface.

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Car Wash 101, Are You Washing Your Car Correctly?

Car Wash 101, Are You Washing Your Car Correctly?

Are you washing your car correctly, or just damaging the paint? If you had park your car out in the sun, you would undoubtedly notice that there are countless of swirl marks on the paint. Most of these swirls marks are caused by poor washing techniques.

In order to minimize these swirls marks, one should follow these tips.

  1. Wait for the car engine to cool down, and never wash in direct sunlight.
  2. Choose the tools that are gentle on paint (preferably made from microfiber).
  3. Wash the wheels and tires first (make sure that the wheel wash solution is non-corrosive).
  4. Always rinse your vehicle thoroughly before you begin washing in order to remove loose debris.
  5. Wash you car from the top down.
  6. Use two buckets system. Fill one bucket with soapy water and fill the other with clean water.
  7. Never double dip the washing mitt into the dirty bucket.
  8. Each time you’re ready to reload your washing mitt with soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and contamination you’ve just removed from your vehicle. Then dip it in the soapy water and continue washing.
  9. Never skip drying. Use microfiber clothes and gently go over the paint surface.

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