Friday, June 18, 2010

Automotive Finishes - What Goes Into What Goes On?

To work with the finish of an automobile, you need to have some amount of knowledge as to the product and process of automotive finishes. Automotive manufactures begin with a primer coat, which makes the paint adhere to the metal surface of the body of the automobile. Most commonly, this is referred to as an “e-coat” (electrocoat) as this coat is applied using a negatively charged body and positively charged primer in a tank of the solution. After a rinse, the remaining primer is baked and cured. Following the primer, the pigmented or colored coat is then added. Following additional curing, baking and drying, and additional coat of clear resin (clearcoat) is added for gloss, shine, UV and color protection. This is commonly known of as two stage paint—one which has been in place since the 1980’s. While this sounds like a thick application, all three layers combine to equal the thickness of two sheets of kitchen plastic wrap. Leading manufacturers of car finishes are Dupont, BASF and PPG. So what does this mean to you?

This thin surface is best maintained by protecting it with wax, sealants or a combination of the two products. While that “just waxed” look gives automobiles optic clarity and depth, it also provides much needed protection to the finish. Waxes and sealants can be diminished over time from exposure to the sun, excessive washing and washing with a strong soap (dish washing liquid is often used). This process of protection and beautification should be scheduled based on the individual driving, parking and watching habits of each driver and vehicle—a specialized aspect of our service.

At Wilson’s Precision Detailing, we understand your need to protect your automotive investment and we want to help you maintain the finish of your car so it will serve you for as long as you own your vehicle. Contact us and let us develop a customized plan for you and your automobile.


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