The sad reality of life is few of us have time to wash our cars every month, let alone give them a good cut and polish. When you’re out on the road driving there are many elements that are compromising your paint.
To begin with the harsh sun. This can cause paint fading. Fading is very prominent in our harsh, hot climate.
Road contamination. Road tar, dirt, grease and other grit embeds into the paint when we drive around. Microscopic metal dust from railway lines and construction sites are also a common issue. If left untreated this will rust on the paintwork and can lead to serious corrosion.
Nature. Bird droppings, suicidal bugs (or whole families of bugs) seem to make their deadly end all over your paintwork. The acidity in these bugs and droppings eats through paint. Fast. Same goes with irrigation water. The water evaporates from your car leaving the mineral deposits behind which can “etch” into the paint. It is highly recommended to have your car paint protected to avoid any lasting damage.
All these things layer onto your paint. If you wash your car regularly (like once every 2-3 weeks) then most of this can be removed. But not all of it can be removed with a bucket and sponge and over time it builds up on the paint. If you wash your car and then run the back of your hand over the paintwork you can feel that build up. It will feel ever so slightly rough. Even a brand new car will have contaminants from the factory, the shipping and from the environment of the storage facility. It’s much like plaque on your teeth. Even though you brush your teeth twice a day they still need to be professionally cleaned to remove stubborn build up.
This build up is not deadly to the paint and only a natural part of driving around. Nevertheless, a professional should remove it every 12 months.
When a professional car polisher services your car, they just remove that level of build up – and NOT any of the paint itself. The build-up for most new/used car is layered on top of the clear coat/paint. However, for some classic and commercial cars there isn’t any clear coat on the car, so what do you do then? You have to use the tools of the trade, like a micrometer (paint thickness measuring device). This is so you know how much paint you can take off without burning through to the steel – scary stuff. Especially if you don’t know what you are doing.
Car polishing has been around for decades. The unfortunate fact is there isn’t many professionals out there that know what they are doing. Sure, if you are giving the car a light hand polish most of the time not too much can go wrong. However, the paint can be compromised as soon as you start using a machine.