4 Paint Care Tips To Keep Your Car Looking Good (CARSmetology Series Pt. 2 The Claying Process)
I know the ladies will get this and the fellas can appreciate the analogy since we all want our ladies (bikes and rods for some of us..lol) to have radiant, healthy looking and beautiful skin (paint), therefore consider this. The same process it takes to keep your skin looking young, vibrant and healthy, is very similar to the attention and care required to maintain the smooth, deep and lustrous shine of your car’s exterior.
Paint, like skin, covers and protects the body of your automobile. It keep’s the elements from getting to the metal underneath and causing damage, like rust and corrosion. Paint also adds to the car’s aesthetics and when it’s well kept, it enhances the appeal and protects the value of your investment.
As with the 4 basic skincare needs that include; cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect, paint-care needs are similar. The steps include; wash, clay, polish and protect.
STEP 2: Claying
Similar to the idea of exfoliation, claying the car scrubs off all the harmful stuff that causes damage to your paint. Clay removes all the contaminants you may not see but can defiantly feel like, industrial fallout, rail dust and brake dust. Although these contaminants are almost invisible to the naked eye, if you rub your hands across the hood, roof and trunk of your car, you can feel the roughness and grittiness of the paint. If left to accumulate and buildup, over time your paint will appear dull, even after waxing. Once the contaminants oxidize, they create rust spots within the paint. When this happens, the oxidation is far more difficult to remove and could take a good bit of paint with it in the process.
To help determine if your vehicle needs claying, once you have washed the exterior, take a plastic grocery bag and stick one hand in it and rub gently across the hood of your vehicle. If it feels rough and gritty to the touch as you gently slide your fingers across the surface, it may need to be clayed.
Stay tuned for step 3: the polishing process.
Until Next time,
D. Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com