Preventing damage

The paint on your vehicle is very thin.  If you have a two stage paint system (basecoat/clear coat) your clear coat is thinner than a  post-it note.  If that clear coat is ever pierced, there will be nothing protecting the super thin layer of paint under it.  Your clear coat as thin as it is has roughly 3 times the depth of the basecoat so once that layer is exposed it is only a matter of time before it gets compromised and rust starts to form.  All of the Ultra-Violet protection is in the clear coat, so it is really important you protect it.  As a bonus all coatings, sealants and waxes make the paint look better, so you have even more incentives to take care of it.

  

  
Two-stage paint with 3 layers of protection added
(coating+sealant+wax)

  
 

Coatings

This is currently the most advanced form of protection that can be applied to a vehicle.  Coatings use nano technology to apply a thin layer of ultra hard and resistant ceramic particles on top of your paint coat.  This layer binds permanently to your paint and will give protection for years to come.  The only way currently known to remove this protective layer is to use sandpaper or  compounding.  In other words, it will stay there until you decide to remove it.  This coating can be applied to paint, wheels, plastics, metals and even windows.  The only place it is not recommended for is the windshield.   The typical durability of this coating is 2 years or more.  At which point it will start to loose it's water beading and protective qualities.  We have seen vehicles having coatings last 5 years or more, it depends on how the vehicle is maintained and the exposure it gets to the elements.

 

Sealants

Sealants are very similar to waxes but have two major difference.  They are synthetic and are made of various man made ingredients like polymers and silicones.  Their advantage is to offer protection that will last much longer than waxes.  A typical sealant will last from six months to a year.  We recommend sealing the paint twice a year.  Once in the fall to prepare the vehicle for the harsh conditions of winter.  And once in the spring to restore the protection that will have been damaged or removed during winter.

  

Waxes

Where a sealant is a man made product, waxes are natural and come from palm trees in south America.  Waxes will offer a protection lasting from 4 to 12 weeks.  Their major advantage is to enhance the shine of the vehicle and offer additional protection to the existing sealant layer.  Wax can be used on their own but be aware that their protection is vulnerable to rain, sun and touch.  So if your vehicle sits outside most of the time, your wax coat can degrade very quickly.  We suggest you do a full wax once per season and use a quick wax (spray wax) every time you wash the vehicle (usually once a week) to restore the protective layer.

     

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