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The Truth about Paint Protection

Professional Car Care & Polishing

As would be the dilemma faced by any new car buyer , firstly looking for the right set of wheels for the right price & also one that delivers best value for the money one has to spend. Some buy cars for investment, some for status & others for practical reasons. It's a common fact, a prestigious car makes a bold statement.

Whatever the reason, one always faces the question of Paint Protection & proper care of the vehicles paintwork to keep the paint in good appearance and retain good resale value.

As is the car industry today, it is a difficult task for the best and even the most experienced when faced with the different options and protectantson offer. The cost thereof is another topic for debate altogether as prices vary from yard to yard and wain in desperation , down to what I term he price a buyer should pay for a good quality paint protection that will deliver what the elements of every day weather conditions demand, ie, Protection from bird droppings, UV Rays, acid rain, road salt, bug residue.

Most protectants on the market today, offer only some or limited amount of protection from the above mentioned elements and most, to the best of my knowledge will not last or retain its look, even after 6 months of application. If anything, most vehicles leave the car yards in a condition that is way below what the intended paintwork should look like, and by this I mean the mica pearl paint finish look one pays extra for and never sees the benefit of due to poor or improper coatings applied that simply breaks down within a few weeks and clouds the paintwork and simply masks the rich look of the mica finish. One needs simply ask for the seller to compare the sample paint chip one uses when buying and choosing a color and compare to the finished vehicle 2-4 months after it was delivered and been subjected to the weather and elements.

Reading a warranty book carefully and looking at what you actually get for what you paid is a totally different issue. This may NOT be the case with all after care products currently on the market, but will certainly pay in the long run to read and question the warranty before signing and also look at reputable alternatives.

Bonnet BeforeBonnet After

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Taking proper care of the car, ie washing and detailing is simply not stressed enough or explained in detail to the owner. Using reputable detailers and car wash outlets is imperative and simply prevents damage to the car , rather than finding a cure after the damage has been done. Here again, this does NOT apply to all on the market currently. The golden rule of thumb will be to treat your car paintwork like you your skin. If its good for your skin, its good for the car and if it won't hurt your skin, it wont' damage your car paintwork. A good quality car shampoo is very important as it minimizes, (not eliminates) surface scratching from friction when washing. A good quality soft pile wash sponge or wash mit is a must. A leather chamoise or terry towel to dry of is the answer for streak free drying.

Cars should NOT be washed:

  • in direct sunlight,
  • unenclosed areas,

DO NOT:

  • Put through brush car wash systems,
  • have anything acidic put on to speed up the cleaning.

Here again, you get what you pay for and choosing the correct place to wash your car should be based on the amount of time spent cleaning your car properly and safely.

As the industry demands, lots of car washers are price conscious , however, most are sensible, and if the ramifications of their actions based on price is explained, one soon realizes cheap has implications. Here again I say, apply the skin rule- if its good for your skin, its good for your car.

* Try having a bath with chemically charged recycled water, use a scouring pad or a really old piece of mattress foam, use some real cheap soap on your hair and dry yourself with a piece of really cheap carpet. How's that for care!

In closing, I would like to touch on the subject of car manufacturers that state Paint protection is not recommended for 'their'cars as the paintwork carries a factory warranty for 6 - 12 years. Hell I'd like to see what happens when one goes back with acid or bird marks . You can bet your laurels they will not replace or repaint that. The paint may carry that warranty, and if one reads owners manual, one will find in there the need to protect the paint surface by waxing periodically and in todays busy environment, is not always possible, which leads the car owner to have the detailing outsourced without knowing any better.

Swirl MarksSper webbing

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There can be no added benefit to have your cars paintwork being scrubbed every so often with cheap waxes that break down and trap atmospheric elements in the wax which results in swirl marks and your car's blotty look. A good quality product if claimed was used, should NEVER do that, hence even detailers should warrant products they use as the best does not cost as much as they make out it does.

Glare paint sealant will provide a barrier between the elements and the paint surface. It will provide protection and reduce the friction and surface marks caused from everyday washing and will also fill in rather than cut into the paint any such surface scratches that form what we call "spider webs". It will NOT blotch or break down & with correct washing and upkeep, look and last the manufactures spec of 5 years from application. Glare paint sealant will provide a barrier between the elements and the paint surface. It will provide protection and reduce the friction and surface marks caused from everyday washing and will also 'fill in' rather than cut into the paint any such surface scratches that form "spider webs".

As with everything in todays world, times are a changing and so does technology. Opinions from the industry also vary , but as we all know , Opinions are like "An***s" and we all have one, one simply cannot have a product that one simply wipes on within 30 minutes and is expected to protect the paint. Paint Protection is a professional application, and surfaces to be protected have to be prepared, hence the reason for attention to detail and know how, correct use of tools and products.

More than 80% of protectants on the market today are of a limited basic Compound/core ingredient, be it wax, Teflon, polymer or silicone and is just Rebadged, repacked or marketed differently . The Glare range is truly unique And independent in every form, compound, method of application, objective And certainly the finish.

Glare Car KitGlare Reflection

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Using the Glare range and is affiliated applicators and distributors will ensure that you have the best of both worlds, technology and know how, together with expertise, value for money and unlimited support and backup from a team of passionate, dedicated enthusiastic bunch that will go the extra mile to satisfy the customer. Good businesses are built on trust and relationship rather than A quick buck & the best form of advertising is word of mouth.

This is the independent opinion of the writer who has 20 years experience in the vehicle finishing industry & a product manufactured by a chemist with 27 years of experience.These products contain no silicones, Teflon, polymers or performance enhancers and is fully paintable, and will work just as well on a used car providing the same benefits of protection.

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