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Automotive paintcare has seen great advancements with the greater variety of products. Which is best suited for your ride?

13 Dec 2012 | Category: Car Maintenance Advice

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We are accustomed to the fact that cars are pricey assets on our tiny island. Besides, the Asian culture denotes the type of personal transport as a symbol of status. Hence, one would want his car to look presentable, if not at its best, at all times.

Those probably gave rise to the culture that owners are more willing to spend to maintain the conditions, both aesthetics and mechanics, of their cars. Car owners are also oblivion to the fact that a properly cared-for vehicle will in time fetch a better price should they put it for sale. 

When it comes to looks, there is no shying from paint care products. Inevitably, the condition of the paintwork forms the initial impression one will have on your ride. The paintwork is also the largest area of the car which is constantly exposed to the external elements. Our urbanised tropics pose a huge challenge to any paint care products, due to the high amount of rain, dust and UV rays from the sun, speeding up the oxidation process and causing harm to the paintwork.

Caring for the shine on your car

To start off, cleaning procedures on a car plays a fundamental role in paintwork maintenance. It is good to reduce the use of car wash detergent whenever possible. This is because these cleaning agents contain chemicals. Many cleaning products rely on a slightly acidic or alkaline nature to improve their cleansing properties, which in turn may do more harm than good to the paintwork.

Contrary to common beliefs, the drying process after the car wash actually plays a significant role in paint care. Leaving the car to dry on its own will expose the paintwork to water spots. These unsightly dirt spots will not only tarnish the looks, but also render the car wash useless.

Another top tip by car care professionals is to avoid washing and waxing the car under direct sunlight.

Besides adopting the right methods, the tools used in the processes are just as important. It is advisable to choose cotton or paint-safe microfiber material to clean your car. Separate a different cloth for different areas, so as to avoid the picking up of abrasive materials which may scratch the paintwork.

All paint care procedures are performed under shelter for best results



 
In choosing the cleansing detergents, the general rule of thumb is to opt for one that is neutral in nature, to ensure that there is minimum reaction between the paintwork and detergent. 

Paint protection 101


Besides ensuring a thorough and well-executed cleaning process, the next step to paint care is the protection process. Advancement in material science R&D leads to various alternatives in paintwork protection, each with boasting different degree of effectiveness and suitable for use in different types of situations.

With the wide variety of paint care products and different types of paintwork protection techniques, it is important to read up on the pros and cons of each technique. At the end of the day, it is about finding a product or service that best suit your budget and needs.

There is a wide variety of paint care products to suit different needs and budget

Types of car paint protection in the market and what are their advantages?

The car paint restoration and protection market segment has been highly competitive due to the multitude of products and services available. The most commonly spoken protection process is, without doubt, waxing.

Old school car waxing, as the term suggests, heavily relies on the chemical paraffin to give the shine to the paintwork. The traditional paste wax however, is susceptible to high temperatures and is water soluble, hence substantially reducing its effectiveness in our tropical climate where there is a high amount of sunlight exposure and rainfall throughout the year.

The less resistant waxing leads to the need for more regular application. In fact, most waxing techniques cause hair-line scratches to the paintwork. With repeated application, these scratches become more obvious. What is good to know is that it is never too late to restore the shine on the car. 



 
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