You change your oil and have your car serviced by a mechanic on a regular basis. So… why not have your cars paint finish cared for by a professional shop like Concours Auto Salon San Antonio
It’s no surprise that regular maintenance of your car’s finish will help keep it looking newer longer. Proper care and maintenance will increase its sale or trade-in price when the time comes to get a new vehicle.
What is the importance of professional cleaning and polishing?
Over the past decade, car manufacturers have developed different paint systems to improve durability. In the 1980’s domestic cars had conventional finishes, that is, a pigmented enamel coat on top of the primer. Today, 96% of all new cars have a base coat/clear coat finish, which is comprised of a thin color coat covered by a clear acrylic or enamel urethane coat. This clear coat finish is only 2 mils thick—about the thickness of an ordinary plastic trash bag. Daily wear and tear on a car’s clear coat finish may leave it with swirl marks or signs of oxidation. To the eye, it means a dull and hazy-looking appearance. This is sometimes referred to as “clear coat haze.” The professionals at Concours Auto Salon understand and know when it is necessary to polish the haze of halos and swirls away and then protect the finish with a high-quality wax.
Why should I have my car cleaned and polished?
Your car’s finish provides more than beauty. It protects the metal from corrosion. Over time, a car’s paint erodes due to the effects of sunlight, UV radiation, acid rain, salt, dirt, and air pollution. Have your car polished and waxed every 6 months at Concours Auto Salon. More frequent waxes are needed if your car is red, black or white because these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays.
Frequent washing (once a week) and vehicle polishing (once every 6 months) go a long way towards protecting your investment. Keeping your vehicle consistently clean clears away the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt that may attack your car’s finish. In areas of the country that experience the use of road salt in winter months, frequent washing can also reduce the corrosive effects of salt that cause body rust-through.
One of the most critical times to wash your vehicle is immediately after a rainfall because of the ill effects of acid rain. Even though the water evaporates, the acid stays behind and can eat into your vehicle’s finish. While you may not be able to prevent acid rain, you can prevent it from ruining your vehicle’s finish by frequent washing and polishing.
Foreign materials like tar, tree sap, and acid rain can stain newer paint finishes. The longer these sit on the car’s surface, the more difficult they become to remove and the more likely they are to cause damage. If you see any signs of this bring your car to Concours Auto Salon as soon a possible.