Paint damage

   Paint will get damaged over time.  However, there are ways to prevent the most common causes of damage. This section will go over each of   
   them so that you can avoid them.


Dealer Installed Swirl Option (DISO)

Would you be surprised to know that even before you receive your brand new vehicles, there is a very high probability that the paint has already been damaged, sometimes very badly, by the dealership?  In the industry we call that DISO : Dealer Installed Swirl Option. 

How is this possible? Dealerships must prepare the vehicle before delivering it to the client.  In order to do that, they must remove all plastic covers from the factory, wash the vehicle and give it a good shine.  The problem is that there is no money in doing this for the dealership.  So they hire people at minimum wage with no training, give them cleaning material and power tools and let them loose on the vehicle.  Just from washing the car incorrectly and often with the wrong tools they will scratch the paint.  Then if they use a rotary buffer to polish the paint, you could end up with a vehicle covered with what we call holograms; paint heavily scratched by improper use of a power tool.

What can you do about it?  Ask the dealership not to prep the vehicle.  Ask them to deliver the vehicle unwashed, unpolished and with all the plastic covers on it.  Then call us to prep the car for you once it's been delivered.  We will do it the right way and without damaging it.


Example of Dealer Installed Swirl Option incorrectly using a rotary buffer


Love Marks

A lot of times, the owner is responsible for damaging the paint on his vehicle by trying to take care of it but using an improper technique, the wrong tools or a combination of both.

Love Marks are swirls that are made to the paint by incorrectly washing the car, rubbing the paint when it is dry or even drying the car improperly.

Dust and dirt act as sandpaper when you rub it against the paint.  If you wash the car in a manner that lets dirt and dust remain in contact with the paint during the wash process, you can be assured that some swirls will appear.  Again, if you use the wrong tools for drying, like using the all too popular shammy, dirt can get trapped between the shammy and the paint and as you drag the it across the surface you are scratching the whole panel.

As a rule of thumb, paint should be touched as little as possible.  When you do have to touch your paint it is important that some form of lubrication be in place between the paint coat and what ever object is in contact with it.  Finally, layers of protections applied over the paint will make it much more difficult to damage it even if something was to happen.


















Bugs and bird droppings

If you notice dead bugs on your paint (usually on the front bumper and grill) or bird droppings, it is really important to remove them quickly before they can do permanent damage to your paint.  Both act the same way, when the vehicle is exposed to the sun, the pores of the paint open up and the contaminants sink into the paint.  Then when the paint cools down the pores close and the contaminants get trapped inside where their acidity will start to eat through the paint.  Once damage has been done, only a paint correction can remove it.  Given enough time, damage can be so severe that a repaint will be needed.  If you have a sealant and/or wax on your car, this will slow the process down a little but not by much.  Even with a protective coat in place, you need to remove these contaminants as soon as you notice them.


Bird droppings damage

Typical bug covered bumper


Water Damage

Perhaps one of the least understood damage type to paint.  Water acts in 3 stages to damage the paint.  At stage one water allowed to dry on the paint, especially in the sun, will deposit a layer of minerals on the topcoat of the paint.  These will slowly start to eat at the paint. 
At stage 2, an etching has started to form in the topcoat and now when the paint gets wet, drops of water can pool in these etchings and speed up the process of damaging the paint. 

By level 3, the paint is in bad shape and needs to be corrected.

There are 2 ways you can protect your paint against water etching.  The first is to prevent water from drying on the vehicle as much as you can.  This means that if you wash the car, you need to dry it as well. Also do not wash the car in the sun where it might be impossible for you do dry the car before the sun has been able to do it before you had time to act.  Second, you can apply a protective layer over the paint in the form of a coating, paint sealant and/or a wax coat. This will fill any existing etching and prevent pooling.  It will also act as a barrier between the water and the paint.













Damage types on a basecoat/clearcoat paint system



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