Multi-Stage Paint Correction/ 1992 Black Mercedes
Tags: BLACK BUFF CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CLEAR COAT COMPOUND CORRECT DETAIL EAST EXOTIC HAND MERCEDES PAINT POLISH PROFESSIONAL PROTECT RIDGE SEALANT SWIRL TENNESSEE WASH WAX
We were recently asked if we could correct the black paint on this 1992 Mercedes without swirling the paint. The entire surface had severe etching in the clear coat, most notably on the horizontal panels such as the hood and the trunk lid where the etching was much deeper. We knew that this would be a very time consuming challenge because there would be a large amount of wet sanding involved which always requires additional steps in the buffing process as well in addition to having black paint. Black paint is usually on of our specialties, but this was going to be a serious test. After thoroughly hand washing the car, we clayed and prepped the paint. This is how the hood looked after washing and claying. The etches are clearly visible on the paint.We then measured the thickness of the paint to make sure that we would be able to wet sand without sanding through the clear coat and did a test run on a demo spot to determine the level of sanding that we felt was appropriate based on our f...
Scratches and Paint Transfer
Tags: AUTOMOTIVE CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CLEANING COMPOUNDING DETAILING PAINT POLISH REMOVAL SANDING SCRATCH TENNESSEE TIPS WASH WAX WET
Scratches and Paint Transfer Does your vehicle have any mysterious blemishes on its paint? Scratches and "Paint Transfer" can often be difficult to tell apart. Paint transfer results when an object leaves a mark "on the paint" as opposed to "in the paint". One of the easiest and most reliable ways to tell the difference is to gently run a fingernail over the affected area. If the mark can be felt, it is most likely in the paint. This same technique can be used to gauge the depth of the scratch. Paint transfer is much easier to eliminate than a scratch. Paint Transfer: We often have people ask us if we can use wax to remove a scratch and the answer is always a resounding "no". Most automotive waxes and polishes are formulated with advanced cleaners that cleanse painted surfaces as they are applied. In most cases, they will remove contamination such as paint transfer. Paint transfer comes in all shapes and colors. If your vehicle is white and you have a black mark on the pa...
Black 2001 Jaguar XJR (after)
Tags: AUTO CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA COMPOUND DETAILING ELIMINATION MAINTANENCE PAINT POLISH PROTECTION REMOVAL SCRATCHES SEALANT SWIRLS TENNESSEE TIPS VEHICLE WASH WAX
After washing and claying the entire vehicle to exfoliate the paint to prevent further damage, we polished the paint with a three stage paint correcting polish and a D/A polsher (D/A is a "Dual-Action" polisher as opposed to a "high speed" or "rotary" buffer).The polish completely eliminated the small scratches rather than temporarily hiding them like a wax or swirl remover would. We want true results rather than temporary results. This took several hours to complete, but once the surface was smooth and blemish free, we applied two coats of a durable paint sealant that forms an invisible sheild over the surface. Once the sealant had time to bond to the paints, surface, we appilied to two coats of a premium paste wax for additional protection as well as delivering a look that is unparalleled. The marring was gone and we were left with a deep shine. We wanted to make the flakes in the paint stand out to add stronger depth and clarity. The trunk lid was retored to its original brill...
Black 2001 Jaguar XJR (before)
Tags: CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CORRECTION DETAILING ELIMINATE PAINT POLISH REMOVAL SCRATCH SWIRLS TENNESSEE TIPS VEHICLE WASH WAX
We recently had one of our clients bring in her black 2001 Jaguar XJR that she has had and babied since it was new. The car was in good shape, but she wanted to prepare the car for the summer heat by doing some routine maintanence such as cleaning and treating the carpet, vinyl, and leather. As anyone that has ever owned a black car will tell you, black is not just a color, but a part time job. Black paint is beautiful when it is clean, but it does not hide dirt, debris, pollen, smudges, or marring very well. Marring is a term to describe blemishes in the paint that look like swirl marks that tend to appear over time especially on darker finishes. She wanted to eliminate the surface scratches and protect the paint to prevent future marring. The marring was most noticable on the horizontal surfaces, such as the hood, roof, and trunk lid, but for its age, the paint was in good shape. Our client wanted to restore the paint to its original depth, brilliance, and optical clarity by elimi...
How to Prevent and Eliminate "Swirls"
Tags: AUTO CAR CHATTANOOGA CLAYBAR COMPOUND DETAILING EXOTIC PAINT POLISH SWIRLS TENNESSEE WAX
If you ever collected baseball cards and found a rare hologram of your favorite player, you were probably pretty excited about it. I know that I always was. However, I do not feel that same excitement when the paint on my favorite car looks like a hologram. These holograms or swirls can appear as a result from improper washing techniques as well as improper use of a rotary or high speed buffer. Improper washing will slowly form swirls because contaminants on the paint will be moved around during the washing process and will make small scratches that become more apparent over time. Improper use of a rotary tool could include using an over aggressive compound and/or buffing pad and not taking the necessary steps afterwards to eliminate the swirls caused during the process. Prevention: Using claybar is the best way to prevent contanimants from building up on your vehicles' paint. Claying and waxing your paint in a few times a year will greatly reduce the negative side affect...