The importance of car paint protection is a well known fact in the detailing and automotive industry. This article was written to educate you, the reader on what paint protection is, when to apply and why it’s important.
What is Paint Protection?
Paint protection is essentially applying a protective layer on your cars coating. The products used during car detailing seal and protect your cars paint from contaminants like dirt, grime, pollutants, bug guts and bird bombs from accumulating on your vehicle. They also protect against UV rays that can cause your cars finish to fade, crack and peel. By ensuring your cars paint is protected it increases the longevity of your cars great finish and enhances the resale value of your car when the time comes to sell or trade it in.
The following are important details you should know about paint protection in Brisbane
Types of paint protection products
Learning about the best way to protect your cars paint can be overwhelming with the variety of choice of products. There’s waxes, ceramic waxes, sealants, polymer sealants, silica sealants, coatings and the list goes on. These products all differ in price, quality and longevity. Each type of product has its own list of pros and cons.
- Carnauba Wax – Carnauba wax is a natural product derived from the palm tree and the most common form of protection. A carnauba wax comes in both spray and paste forms and provides high gloss and a moderate hydrophobic layer that repels water from your paints surface. This is the spray wax we use as standard in all our detailing packages. Waxes are cost-effective, easy to apply and provide great results; however need to be reapplied every 1-3 months depending on how the car is stored.
- Sealants – Synthetic sealants are lab-made to provide greater durability than their carnauba wax counter parts. Instead of providing a warm, deep glow like a wax – sealants are known for creative a hard, candy-like finish that appears to sit on top of the paint. A premium sealant can last 3-6 months. A polymer sealant bonds to the paint more effectively and has higher heat resistance. If you are unable to store your car in a garage and desire longer protection than 3 months, a sealant may be the choice for you.
- Ceramic Coatings – Ceramic coatings are the latest development in paint protection and must be installed by a qualified professional. You can expect to pay $500-$2000 to have a ceramic coating professionally applied. Ceramic coatings provide extremely high gloss and unparelled durability. While the durability does depend on the quality of the coating, you can generally expect 2 years of protection.
Prevention is better than the cure
It’s never too late to start protecting your cars paint, no matter how old or new your car is. The reason is that professional car detailers will give you customised paint protection, regardless of its age. If you wait too long to protect your cars paint and start seeing signs of clear coat failure or allow contaminants to bond and etch into the clear coat – You may require machine polishing to remove the imperfections. A tall price to pay compared to the regular application and maintenance of a wax or sealant.
Ensuring your car stays protected
An easy way to tell if your car is protected is seeing water beading or sheeting when your car gets wet. The hydrophobic layer should repel the water leaving your car relatively dry after a shower.
You should also do your best to park in covered areas (out of the sun) and take necessary steps to clean your car regularly to maintain the integrity of whatever protection is on your vehicle.
If you notice that water is no longer beading off your car then it might be time to reapply.