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Paint Protection - does it work?

Rob Bonnici is the Car Guy. Rob lives, eats and breathes car cleaning products and services. Having a background in chemicals, car cleaning products and now owning a seven day a week car cleaning and grooming centre, he is without a doubt the most passionate and the most knowledgeable car guy in New Zealand. Rob, along with his wife Siobhan, owns Car-fé facing the motorway in Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna. Rob is more than happy to help you out with any car cleaning issues.
Email: Carfe.takapuna@xtra.co.nz or Phone 488-7000.

Paint protection, what is it? Does it work, or is it just a fancy polish? I must field these questions every week.

Let’s start by clearing up some facts. Firstly, all major brands of paint protection work, and are very different to standard polishes. Paint Protection products all have higher resistance to acids, alkaline, UV, hot water and cold water. They promote ceramic or flora polymer technology as their additives, as the raw materials that make them the best paint protection available.
I am a big supporter of Paint Protection products used and supplied to the right customers.
Who or what vehicle should have Paint Protection? For a start, anyone buying a new car would be the right time to apply. Paint Protection works on secondhand cars as well. Generally applicators will only apply to cars five years and younger. It is all in the preparation. The question you need to ask is; what is the cost to get your cars paint work into a condition that will be able to have Paint Protection applied?
Now, what brand? To be frank any major brand is fine. The key to all products working, is in the application. All good applicators should use the whole bottle per application which means that you should have two coats applied to the flat surfaces to your car bonnet, boot and roof.
All Paint Protection products come with a warranty. Most warranties state that when you wash your car you can only use water or their recommended wash product. The fact is that any PH neutral carwash product is fine to be used. Being PH neutral it cannot do any damage to any surface because it is not corrosive. You should always confirm this with your applicator before purchasing your chosen paint protection and understand what maintenance is needed.
Most major products have a five year warranty period. Have I ever seen products fail? The short answer is yes. It is imperative to ensure you have your car’s paint protection checked on a yearly basis. No one person’s environment is the same. Let’s say you live within the sea spray zone and your car is parked in a carport. Salt is very corrosive, I’ve seen examples of cars with different paint protection brands that have failed due to poor maintenance. This doesn’t mean Paint Protection failed. I’m saying you must have real expectations of what it can do. If you think that your situation is extreme, always consult with the sales person.
Paint Protection is like wrapping glad wrap around your car creating a second layer of protection. No paint protection stops stone chipping or scratches.
Why do it? To date, no polish or wax can protect your car’s paint the way Paint Protection can. In most cases Paint Protection will exceed your expectations. All quality products have a great shine and keep this longer than any polish available on today’s market. We live in a harsher environment with higher acid levels in our rain water. Our UV is one of the highest in the world. You wouldn’t send your children out in the summer to the beach without sunscreen would you?
Paint Protection at Car-Fe: At Car-Fe Takapuna we use Slipstream 5 year paint Protection. This was developed for protecting cars with ceramic, urethane clear coat, lacquer or enamel paints, by bonding the flouropolymers to the paint surface. Slip Stream 5 year paint protection contains fluoropolymers, resins and carnauba wax. It gives the best protection against oxidisation, industrial fallout, bird droppings and tree sap on your cars paint work.
SLIPSTREAM Paint Sealant uses leading edge technology and contains a specialised fluoro polymer in liquid form. SLIPSTREAM Paint Sealant flows easily and completely over the paint surface where its fluoro-polymer molecules elongate and interlock, before electrostatically bonding with the paint to give an all over total seal. SLIPSTREAM Paint Sealant imparts a high gloss and visual appeal along with exceptional chemical and environmental resistance.
Slipstream products are exclusively formulated by Malcolm Swanney BSC Chemistry, who has over 36 years of industry experience.

Fabric Protection at Car-Fe: At Carfe Takapuna we not only do paint protection we offer fabric protection and vinyl and leather protection. To save yourself hundreds of dollars please drop us a line to discuss the cost of your application.

by Rob Bonnici

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