beauty machine

Tip. 4 Add revenue by offering clear coat protection with wax or sealant coating.

Shiny car 2

Probably everyone has
had at least once this beautiful feeling when a car is presented to you after
an accident repair. Shiny, freshly painted and clean (if your body shop cares
enough). We all wish it would stay like that forever. Well, here is when a body
shop professional could offer another service- clear coat protection!

                                                                                                                           
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Before going in depth
on this service though, I feel important to say that waxing or sealing freshly
painted car is not appropriate, so this service must be scheduled in about
month time. Why? Simply because fresh clearcoat is still not fully cured, and
solvents within its film need the "way out". If we seal the clearcoat
it may affect the transparency of the coating. So, just to be on a safe side,
explain to the customer why you would suggest scheduling this service for later
on.

                                                 
Guy is deciding what to use

Two types of
clear coat protection

In general, there are
two types of clearcoat protection products: waxes and sealants. Both types are
widely used in car detailing and refinishing industries, and have its pros and
cons.

 
Sealant vs wax

–    Waxes

Under term
"waxes" we understand materials, which leave protective film on the
surface, which lasts depending on its type and external conditions. In the
market there is a bug number of various kinds of waxes based on natural
ingredients (like Caranauba wax, beeswax etc), silicones (regular and
non-volatile) and other chemical base. Some waxes also include some mild
abrasives inside for removing light oxidation and swirl marks.

Pros:

– Possibility to remove
minor scratches if contains abrasive components

– Good water repellence
(water

– Good UV protection

– Powerful gloss
enhancer

 

Cons:

– Waxes with silicone
are not safe for application within body shop. Risk of paint defects due to
silicon volatility.

– Relatively short
protection time depending on weather conditions and the number of car washing
cycles

– Some waxes are
difficult to apply

 
Particles size

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Sealants

Sealants are primarily
man designed chemicals with polymer base. Due to polymer's very small molecular
structure, sealants penetrate between clear coat's particles and bond better to
the surface pores. Sometimes these kinds of materials are characterized as nano
materials. Their structure is of very low viscosity, liquid-like type.

 

Pros:

– Superior protection,
which lasts for very long time and washing cycles

– Collision repair shop
safe

– Excellent UV
protection

– Good gloss enhancer

 

Cons:

– Some of sealants are
difficult to wipe off

– Relatively higher
price than synthetic waxes

– Doesn't
"hide" small paint imperfections

                                     
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Overall advantages of applying
protection to car clear coat are:

1. Much easier to wash
the vehicle since water stains and dust do not have good adhesion to the
surface.

2. Water bidding effect
(when water drops turn to perfect sphere shape) produces
"self-cleaning" effect as car moves

3. UV filters protect
the paint from fading out, especially on weak pigmented red and yellow shades

4. Expensive repair procedures
are avoided in case of tar or bird… contamination

5. Overall appearance
and reselling value of the vehicle significantly improve

 
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Important points to keep in mind:

– Time span of the wax
or sealant protection depends a lot on the weather conditions (sun, hot
temperatures, and heavy rains).

– Frequent washing
cycles (especially with aggressive chemicals and machine washing) decrease the
quality and life time of the protective coating.

– Re-apply wax or
sealant after abrasive polishing or compounding

 
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Tips for car painter:

– Before the
application of the wax or sealant make sure that car is clean. Rub the surface
with polishing clay bar to remove small tar particles or dirt

– Consider putting a
display with detailing products in your shop. It is a good source for extra
money

– Wax can be applied
over paint sealant for better gloss, but never
vice versa. Nevertheless, either one method is good enough to give good
protective result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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