Mistakes to Avoid If You Want To Protect Your Car Paint

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Before you invest in car paint protection, make sure you’re doing the right thing, as you might be committing some serious errors that can seriously harm your car’s paint.

There are three variables concerning the quantity of product used:

  • The amount of product you apply to your polisher pad: are you applying dots or tons of products?
  • The worked area: are you polishing a small area or an entire large panel?
  • The amount of residue: How much paint residue is created during polishing?

These three factors work in synergy. For example, the more residues you have, the less you should be working on a large area. Likewise, the more products you use, the more large areas you should be working on.

When you polish the paint, your pad contains the polish, and as you polish, it also contains the residue from that polish. Over time, these contaminants will impact the performance of your pad. Working with professionals is the safest route to take to avoid any mistakes. Here are some other slip-ups to avoid in the process.

Residue Control

Like when you sand a wooden plank, you get a wood powder; the same goes when you polish your car paint. When you compound or polish your paint, you logically get product residue and paint residue. It would help if you controlled these residues as much as possible, using microfibers to wipe the surface properly, compressed air to remove residues on the paint and the polishing pad, a brush to clean the pad, etc.

A Paint That Is Not Clean Enough

You may be looking to apply products such as wax, sealant, or detailing spray for car paint protection. These products protect the layer of varnish by creating a sacrificial layer on it. But, when polishing your car, remove those sacrificial layers of protection. It is because they become contaminants in your polishing pad. A professional can understand these products better and choose the right one for your car. 

Entirely Remove the Protective Layer

It is necessary to remove the protective layer in its entirety. Even using an API is not necessarily enough to eliminate it. A completely bare paint allows a much more efficient polishing. When you polish with a sanding pad, the pristine paint gives a great result, unlike the area with a sacrificial layer of protection. What you need to keep in mind is that while you might think your vehicle no longer has a sacrificial layer, it might not.

Old Rags and Sponges

When washing the car, you should avoid using old rags and damaged sponges, since when dirt gets trapped, it can scratch the car’s paint. It is best to use wool, microfiber, or goat hair gloves that trap dirt inside without affecting the body.

Never Pour the Products Directly Onto the Vehicle Surface

Pouring waxes and polishes directly into contact with the car body can lead to streaks and the appearance of other imperfections on the clear coat. The correct procedure is to pour the substances on the support and act with that on the surface.

Interior Cleaning

Polishing the car means taking care of the car’s exterior surface. But to have a perfect result, do you think you can neglect the interiors? The time it takes to clean them is to be considered before planning a car polish. Better yet, leave this job to professionals to avoid any mistakes at all. 

Do You Use Dish Soap To Clean?

The truth is that dishwashing detergents are readily available and cheap, and adequate for degreasing dishes. But car paint and clearcoat do not in any way fall into the “dishes and the like” category. Using them means choosing a product that is too aggressive and, therefore, potentially harmful. Not to be used. 

You can avoid these mistakes by letting the experts do this job. They know what works best for the cars and offer the right solutions accordingly.