IronX is an acid free PH balanced chemical iron remover that safely removes embedded iron particles from all vehicle surfaces. When IronX comes into contact with iron particles (brake dust, rail dust) it will change colors from clear to purple. Over time iron particles from brake dust and rail dust become embedded in a vehicle's paint. If these contaminants are left unattended over time, they will cause a vehicle’s paint to rust from the inside out. These tiny rust spots are know as “rust blooms” and are especially visible on white and silver colored vehicles.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Many detailers offer buffing as part of their premium detailing package. Buffing is whenever a product is applied to a vehicle using an orbital or rotary polisher. What exactly are they buffing onto your vehicles paint? It could be an AOI (all in one polish) compound, glaze, polish, sealant or wax. Buffing is a “broad word” and leaves a lot of room for customer interpretation and allows detailers to get the most money for the least amount of work.
Paint correction, often referred to as paint reconditioning, is a more in depth and thorough approach to removing and not just hiding paint defects. Typically involving 1-3 steps (compounding, polishing, jeweling) after each step the paint is inspected to ensure the desired results are being achieved. Each panel is meticulously inspected using a combination of halogen and LED lights from various angles to ensure no buffer trails or holograms are left behind.
Buffer trails and holograms are caused by a number of things such as: dirty buffing pads, dry buffing, excessive pressure, overly aggressive pad and polish combination. An inexperienced detailer can end up doing more harm than good when taking a high speed polisher to a vehicle’s paint.
Swirl marks are made up of thousands of tiny surface scratches that reflect light in different directions and detract from the reflection of a vehicle’s paint and overall appearance. If the swirl marks are severe enough they can change the color by several shades resulting in dull and lifeless vehicle paint. Swirl marks are caused by improper washing and drying techniques.
Many production auto detailers use glazes to simply cover up and mask the appearance of swirl marks with filling products. These products look great initially. However after a few weeks the true condition of the vehicle will appear. This is how they are able to charge a fraction of the true cost it takes to perform a paint correction. In order to properly remove swirl marks, a vehicle’s paint must be mechanically polished which is often referred to as paint correction or reconditioning. Paint correction is typically performed in 1-3 steps (compounding, polishing, jeweling) based upon many different variables: paint hardness, severity of swirls, and owners desired level of perfection. After a vehicle’s paint is corrected the flawless finish can last for years when proper washing and drying techniques are used on a regular basis.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Over time a vehicle’s headlights become oxidized from UV damage and pitted from road debris. This damage is often referred to as “hazing” and significantly reduces the amount of light output causing night time and inclement weather driving to be more dangerous. Headlight restoration restores optical clarity increasing light output and can save hundreds of dollars over the cost of buying new headlights.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
With the recent introduction of Opti-Coat, long gone are the days of having to wax your vehicle every few months to protect it from brake dust, bugs, sap and mineral deposits (often referred to as contamination.) Opti-Coat is a permanent transparent resin coating that increases scratch resistance. Imagine adding an additional harder layer of clear coat to a vehicle thereby better protecting vehicle surfaces from contamination. Opti-Coat allows vehicle surfaces to shed debris making regular washes easier and decreasing the frequency that a vehicle will need to be clayed. Opti-Coat saves vehicle owners countless hours and hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of a vehicle.
In order to properly apply Opti-Coat vehicle surfaces must be properly decontaminated and polished to the owners desired level of perfection. For more information about our permanent paint coating service or to schedule an appointment contact us today.