Ask people their most prized possessions and many will say their cars. Your car is more than just a vehicle. It is an extension of your personality.
Your car’s exterior is exposed to elements including harmful UV rays, small stones, and pebbles that hit your car when you drive can damage your paint. Chipped paintwork and unsightly dents on your exterior negatively affect the aesthetic appeal of your car.
Like everything else, cars need TLC. To help car owners care for and protect their car’s paint, many car care product manufacturers offer car paint protection products. Let’s take a look at some popular paint protection products that companies in Santa Rosa use.
Car wax has been around for quite some time. It was first developed in the 1800s to polish and shine carriages. Car wax works by forming a barricade or protective layer around the body of the car to prevent scratches and cracks from worsening. It is usually applied by hand in a circular pattern.
After the wax dries, it leaves behind a powdery or cloudy substance. This substance should be removed or buffed off. Depending on the type, your car wax can last from a few weeks to up to six months. Some SiO2 infused products last up to a year.
Car wax is fairly simple to apply. It blocks UV rays and can restore clearcoat shine. However, a major drawback of car wax is that it does not provide long-term protection. It has poor hydrophobic properties and must be reapplied at regular intervals, which means you may end up spending more than usual on maintenance.
The ceramic coating cures to form a hard, protective layer on top of the paint. Most ceramic coatings are composed of silicon dioxide. Some coatings also use titanium dioxide as an additional hardening agent.
The hydrophobic property of ceramic coating (popularly known as water beading) comes into play whenever liquids come into contact with your car’s body. It prevents water or any other liquid from clinging to the surface. Water droplets collect as tiny beads, gradually rolling away smoothly.
Ceramic coating provides superior protection against UV rays and chemical stains. With ceramic coating, you don’t have to worry about the polymer wearing off when washing your car.
The ceramic coating does not provide protection against all types of scratches and swirl marks. It does not eliminate the need for a car wash.
Paint Protection Film
Paint protection film (or clear bra) is a thermoplastic urethane. Most paint protection films are self-healing. PPF offers the best protection against dents, scratches, and swirl marks. It covers exposed areas of the exterior to protect the paint from minor abrasions, stone chips, and bug splatters.
PPF offers comprehensive protection against the elements, is available in two different finishes (gloss and matte), and is exceptionally durable (some films last up to five years). For best results, have an expert from an auto paint protection company in Santa Rosa install PPF.
A Shade Darker is a team of auto enthusiasts. We offer top-notch XPEL PRIME window films designed to block up to 99.9 percent of UV rays. To make an appointment, call (707) 546-2827.