No matter what anyone tells you, you know the truth – cars do have a soul! After all, you’ve seen it with yours time and time again. And it’s only fair to try and provide the best protection to your faithful companion.
Luckily, there are ways to protect your car and increase its life expectancy. Regular car maintenance is especially important, and it truly pays off – regardless of whether you’re keeping or selling the car. Always be aware of car depreciation – the difference between a car’s value when you buy it and when you come to sell it. The car’s depreciation rate is certainly affected by different weather conditions.
This article will focus on specific actions you can take to protect your car from damage caused by weather conditions, and hopefully provide some useful info.
Most Common Car Damage Caused By Weather Conditions
Different weather conditions, UV rays, exhaust contaminants, residue from winter roads, tree sap and bird droppings are the most common external factors that affect your car on a daily basis. They can cause scratches, dents, paint dullness or oxidation. During extreme weather conditions your car cannot come into the house with you and depends solely on the mercy of the Weather God(s).
Impact Of Low Temperatures On Your Car And How To Protect It
Winter is coming! Luckily we don’t have this type of extreme Weather in Adelaide! And your car can be affected by cold much faster than you, even if it is parked in the garage. Low temperatures affect vehicles negatively in many ways:
• Rubber components like wipers, vital belts and hoses around the engine deteriorate
• Fluids thicken (like oil, antifreeze, power steering, washer solvent, brake and transmission fluids)
Heaters delay engine warm-up, so the engine struggles
• Windshields are more vulnerable to damage
• Vehicle’s battery can give up
• Tyre pressure fluctuates
• Spark plug reliability weakens
• Heavy rain or hail may cause serious dents on your car’s external surface
• Metal parts (brakes, wheel wells) corrode more easily on the wet roads. Increased humidity, windy and rainy sites also contribute to the development of rust.
Simple steps you can take to prepare for winter conditions properly:
• Keep your vehicle preferably in a garage. If not, check your vehicle’s battery before the cold arrives. A typical battery is most comfortable between 15 and 35 C, anything below that may give you trouble.
• Check your vehicle’s tyre pressure – most tires lose 1 pound per square inch for every 3 C of temperature drop.
• Clean the windshield before turning on wipers, and replace blades bi-annually.
• Check your vehicle’s filters to prevent potential clogging.
Impact Of High Temperatures On Your Car And How To Protect It
Likewise, heat can also wreak havoc on your vehicle. Summer is the most-travelled season, but our cars are certainly not very enthusiastic about it! High temperatures take their toll on the car by weakening its following parts:
• Tyres – especially if not properly inflated
• Battery –its suspended plates become loose and rub against each other
• Coolant may leak, engine temperature rises
• A/C system – may weaken greatly and completely stop working
• The paint fades
The sun and heat can seriously damage your car. Here are a few simple tips on protecting your car from the heat:
• Park in the shade
• Install seat covers and have Interior Coatings installed to protect leather seats
• Keep your Car Clean & dry
• Ensure you have a professional installation of Ceramic Coating on your new car
• Check tyre pressure
• Check battery, cooling system and the rest of the fluids
YOUR NEW CAR NEEDS PAINT PROTECTION
Besides regular check up of engine, tyres, and mechanical; Paint Protection is a very important aspect of looking after your car. There are different types of car paint protection. Car waxing provides a protective layer to the paint, while paint sealants mimic the properties of car waxes. Sealants are longer lasting, but do not provide in-depth shine like wax does. A Professional Grade Ceramic Coating differs from both waxes and sealants. This is a unique hard wearing, ceramic clear coat which offers remarkable resistance to scratching and protects the surface from environmental factors. Your car will get a complete wash, polishing and will be coated with a special multi-layer system. After application your car will look like better than fresh from the factory.
BMWs are beautiful cars – with an understated combination of performance and elegance. That feeling you get from driving down the street and watching the heads turn in admiration – it’s irreplaceable. And you want to keep it alive for years to come!
Fact is, your BMW is exposed to all sorts of wear and tear, no matter how hard you try to baby it. This is why you need to maintain your BMW’s showroom shine!
Invest in Ceramic Paint Protection
Waxing your car will give it some protection, however it does not compete with ceramic coating’s superior benefits. BMW offers a ‘Hard Wax’ as a form of Paint Protection, however this will require repeated applications every few weeks (despite what the dealer may tell you)!
Ceramic paint protection, unlike a traditional wax or sealant, does not wash away or break down. After one application of a Pro grade Ceramic Coating, your vehicle experiences all of these benefits for up to 10 years guaranteed.
Plus, ceramic coating improves the paint’s appearance by enhancing its reflective properties. This increases the depth and clarity of the paint. If you want to protect your car’s paint and make your ride look brand-new again, you can’t go wrong with ceramic coating!
Car Fabric and Leather Protection
One of the reasons you love your BMW is the feeling of luxury and quality you get when inside. We have a range of specialised protective coatings for all the interior leather, vinyl and fabric materials in your new car.
Our protective system is again based on sophisticated co-polymer treatments which will help prevent premature wear and ageing of your leather and fabrics without affecting their natural feel, look and smell.
Fabric protection is a specially formulated invisible treatment to leathers, fabric, carpet and velour surfaces, which provides a flexible barrier, preventing stains from food, drink and soiling from everyday use.
Clean the Glass Thoroughly
The glass cannot stay dirty while the rest of the car shines in the light. There is no need to be elaborate for cleaning glass. You simply need to apply glass cleaner either directly on the glass or on the cloth you will use for cleaning. Just rub the glass until it shines clean.
If you want to have clear vision during the wetter months of the year, ask us about our Super Hydrophobic Windscreen coatings. A small investment for clear vision during rain storms.
Shine the Tyres
Tyres are just as simple as the rest. You need to simply apply tyre shine onto the rubber and wipe it clean with a cloth. Not only does this make the tyres shine and look glossy, but it also adds a layer of protection that will protect the tyres from accumulating dirt and scratches.
The second part involves cleaning the rims. They require a cleaning spray depending on the material.
You can also utilise protection coatings to not only make the rims shine but also make them more resistant towards the dirt and gravel that they are bound to encounter.
3 Ways to Protect Your Car This Holiday & Summer Season
The holiday and summer season has arrived! And with that comes the busy trips to summer getaways in and around the state. But with all the celebrations and vacations, don’t forget about your car!
Summer can be tough on cars. Just as high levels of ultraviolet rays can weather human skin, they can also weather a car’s paint and interior. Preparation through summer car care is key to handling the harsh summer heat.
Following these simple tips will help your vehicle to look its best not only this summer, but for years to come.
- If you have to park outside, choose a shaded spot.
The simplest and cheapest thing you can do to protect your car is to try to park it in the shade as much as possible, away from the elements. Whenever possible, park your car in covered parking spaces, garages or under awnings.
Beware of trees that may also offer shade, but can cover your car with tree sap. If not cleaned off quickly, the sap can permanently etch your paint and glass.
The summer heat and UV rays will have an impact on your cars exterior, causing the paint to wear faster, especially if it is not protected by a ceramic coating. Over time and if neglected, exterior paint can peel, fade, or crack.
- Don’t forget about your car’s interior.
The heat and sun could also affect the temperature inside your vehicle, particularly during summer season where the sun beats the most. Once your car was sitting outside for a considerable amount of time, you could feel that the temperature inside gets unbearably hot, damaging your car’s interior.
How about having your Windows tinted with a premium window film? Adelaide Paint Protection offer Window Tint using only premium Suntek Window Film. It definitely reduces the temperature inside your car and we can install tint as part of a Paint Protection Package. As well as Window tint our packages includes coatings for the interior that provide a high level of UV protection, guaranteeing a double layer of protection for your new cars interior. Treatments for Fabric, Leather & any other combination you can think of!
- Invest in ceramic paint protection.
The most vulnerable part of your car in the summer is your exterior paint, which is constantly being hit by strong sun rays. Not only will this damage your paint and cause chipping over time, but it will also heat up and damage the interior.
While regularly waxing your car will give it some protection, it does not compete with ceramic coating’s superior benefits. Ceramic paint protection, unlike a traditional wax or sealant, does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months. After one application, your vehicle experiences all of these benefits guaranteed for 10 years.
Plus, ceramic coating improves the paint’s appearance by enhancing its reflective properties. This increases the depth and clarity of the paint. If you want to protect your car’s paint and make your ride look brand-new again, you can’t go wrong with ceramic coating!
You may be asking yourself right now “how do I get a ceramic coating?”
Actually, it is super easy! We at Adelaide Paint Protection take pride in providing professional and dependable ceramic coating services. We treat our clients’ cars as if they are our own, ensuring excellent and thoughtful results.
Ceramic Paint Protection is a great investment for your car so make sure that you only trust professionals who have years of experience and have the skills to back their promises. At APP, we don’t just say things to convince car owners to get our services but we let the results speak for us.
If you are interested in our Ceramic Paint Protection, click here to book!
Car Paint is thin. How thin?Car Paint is thin. How thin? The majority of cars being manufactured today and starting since the 1980’s use what’s called a basecoat/clearcoat paint system. With this system, a clear layer of paint is sprayed over the top of the basecoat which is also the color coat or the layer of paint that has pigment in it. If the car has a metallic finish then the metallic flakes are also in the basecoat. The basecoat doesn’t offer any gloss or shine and in fact it’s dull or matte looking after it’s sprayed. The basecoat gets it’s gloss, shine, depth and reflectivity by the spraying of the clearcoat layer of paint over the top of it. This is why if a person removes too much clearcoat when buffing and they expose the basecoat it will appear to be a dull round or oval spot on a body panel. The part of the paint system that adds beauty has been removed revealing the dull or matte basecoat layer of paint. Just how thin is the clear layer of paint on a factory paint job? The factory clearcoat on a new or modern car measures approximately 2 mils or 50 microns thin. If you look carefully at this picture you will see that this BRAND NEW Mazda CX-9 has less than 50 microns of paint on the bonnet. Careful sleuths will also pick up the other significant damage of circular scratches on the paint. The average post-it note is around 3 mils thin. What does this mean? This means the factory clearcoat on a new or modern car is thinner than a post-it note. The next time you have a post-it note in front of you, feel a single post-it note between your fingers. Like this… This experience will drive home the point as to just how thin the clear layer of paint is on modern car with a factory paint job. It should also drive home the importance of using the least aggressive pad, product and even tools to get the job done. When I say, get the job done, the context of this usually means someone is polishing a car to remove paint defects like swirls, scratches, water spots and oxidation to make the paint and thus the car look better. By using the least aggressive products you “get the job done” while leaving the most paint on the car to it will last over the mechanical service life of the car. So this is top of mind when we are working on our customer’s cars. We take this professional approach on each and every customers cars. If you’re reading this and you’re going to do the work yourself or hire a detailer then do some research and make sure you hire a detailer that knows this type of stuff because the factory clearcoat on your car is thin. Big picture? At 2 mils or 50 microns thin I treat it all like it’s precious because it is… Dr. David Ghodoussi (the chemist behind Opti-Coat Ceramic Coating) said that the UV protection used in car paint has a half-life of 5 years! This means if you bought your car in 2010 – by the year 2015 half of the UV protection originally used to make the clear layer of paint is now non-functioning. To me, this is why you should always install a Ceramic Coating. Don’t install just ANY Ceramic Coating. Install the industries recognised most durable. Coatings that have a 10H pencil hardness. There are currently 3 products on the market, and YES Adelaide Paint Protection is the only place you will find them in Adelaide. You should also use the least aggressive product and process to get the job done because by doing this YOU LEAVE THE MOST PAINT ON THE CAR Remember… 1. Sanding removes paint. 2. Compounding removes paint. 3. Polishing removes a little paint. You only have a limited amount of paint on the car and even the best in this industry, sooner or later will sand or buff through a factory clearcoat finish. Crazy huh? And if Dr. David Ghodoussi is correct, that is – if the long term testing the paint companies have conducted have shown that in order for the entire paint job to hold up over time the clear layer needs to be at least 2 mils in thickness, (actually thinness is a more accurate word), then the car manufacturers have gotten the science of the ecoat, primer and color coat down to less than 1 mil according to your readings. To conclude… Have your car prepared by experts like Adelaide Paint Protection.
KEEP YOUR TESLA LOOKING LIKE-NEW!
Your new Tesla is a beautiful vehicle. But will it stay that way? What will it look like a year from now after bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap, UV rays, acid rain and a host of other environmental contaminants get a shot at marring your car’s paint. Thankfully, there are powerful aftermarket Ceramic Coating products to defend against the hazards of the road and keep your Model X, Model S, or Model 3 looking like-new.
Tesla Paint Protection
Durable Ceramic Coating Paint Protection for your Tesla Model S, Model 3 and Model X, providing excellent depth of gloss, stunning looks.
Tesla Paint Protection Specialist
Based in Flinders Park, Adelaide Paint Protection are perfectly located to offer Tesla owners the industries recognised leader in Ceramic Coating Products.
We offer stand-alone Paint Protection installations as well as our very popular Packages consisting of Paint Protection, Window Tint and Interior Protection.
Tesla Ceramic Paint Protection Specialist
Tesla paint has been heavily criticised as being fragile and inconsistent in application. Tesla cars are manufactured in south Fremont, California, where the environmental requirements are quite strict. This results in the Tesla’s paint being not as “hard” as the paint finishes of some other premium manufacturers.
Some owners of Tesla Cars have been disappointed with the finish of the paint even only after a couple of months or as little of a 1000 km’s. Reports of swirl marks, light scratches and a grey haze over the paintwork which has dulled the true colour of the Tesla’s paintwork.
Adelaide Paint Protection have a solution to this problem is to install a Ceramic Coating Paint Protection treatment. The ceramic coating when cured to your cars paint, transforms into a transparent ultra hard glass film on top of the paintwork.
The ceramic paint protection will easily outperforms and outlast older products like wax, sealants and paint protection films (PPF). Unlike the older generation of paint protections like wax and sealants, the ceramic paint protection forms a permanent bond with the coating of your Tesla paintwork which can only be removed by machine polishing.
- High gloss shine, scratch resistant layer that cannot be matched by premium waxes.
- Offers superior protection compared to paint protection packages offered by car dealerships.
- Protects not only paintwork, but alloy wheels, plastic trim, glass.
- Self-cleaning abilities means your car will stay cleaner for longer.
- Protects against swirl marks / light scratches.
- Superior gloss levels compared to car wax.
- Chemical resistant, can not be washed away like car wax and can only be removed with machine polishing.
Treat your Tesla to the ultimate in Paint Protection.
Protecting against harmful acid rain, bird droppings, light scratches and UV damage. Our Ceramic Coatings are installed on your Tesla’s paintwork, plastic trims, bumpers and wheels ensuring a minimum of 9 years durable nano ceramic coating Paint Protection for your Tesla.
The ceramic coated surfaces gain a highly-hydrophobic surface that results to an easy-clean surface requiring little to no time and effort for a superior shine. Your Tesla stays cleaner and shinier for longer with the ceramic coating paint protection. Always with a better than showroom look!
Controlling how water interacts with your vehicle is the key to effortless maintenance and a beautiful finish.
There are two main forces to understand when it comes to water behaviour – these are ‘cohesion’ and ‘adhesion’. Cohesion refers to water’s tendency to stick to itself (it is the force that generates surface tension), adhesion refers to water’s tendency to cling to other surfaces. Without chemically altering the water, we can not have an effect on its cohesive properties. So to force water to bead and slide off, we need to reduce its ability to adhere to surfaces – we do this be increasing the hydrophobicity of the surface.
When a surface is made to be hydrophobic, water will bead and slide right off.
What does hydrophobic mean?
Hydrophobicity refers to the ability of a material to shed water. If you’ve ever looked at how water rolls off of a brand new high-quality rain jacket, you get the idea. Hydrophobic surfaces force water to bead up and roll off, because they don’t provide anything for the water to stick to. Jackets do this by using a chemical “Durable Water Repellent” (DWR) coating, which wears out over time.
Ceramic coatings accomplish the goal of hydrophobicity by being incredibly smooth. As there is no texture for the water to adhere to, it has nowhere to go but off of your car. Ceramic coatings offer the best possible vehicle hydrophobicity protection and aesthetic result. Far better than Wax or a Polymer Sealant (mostly what car dealerships sell as Paint Protection!!)
What good is a hydrophobic coating for cars?
This is pretty simple, but it’s worth talking about. If water can’t stick, neither can dirt. The amount of dirt that your car collects day-to-day will decrease by orders of magnitude, and chemical contaminants like bird droppings can’t adhere nearly as well as they can to untreated vehicles.
Not only will your car stay cleaner for longer, but the washing process itself will be insanely easy. Anything that has managed to collect on your car is easily washed off, and the water will be instantly repelled.
How do I get a Ceramic Coating?
Easy! Check out our services page, and then give us a call. With a serious endeavour, like vehicle ceramic coatings, it’s important to get it done by experienced pros. We’ve been in the business for over 10 years, so you can be confident that we will treat your car right.
Hi there! Vini Ferrari here from Adelaide Paint Protection.
Today I thought I would try to dispel some of the myths out there about Ceramic Coatings. I will discuss the four big ones I hear all the time. There are some coating companies that have an “As Seen On TV” type of marketing campaign. This can leave consumers with a warped sense of what a coating is, and its limitations. I’m going to explain what a coating is, and more what a coating is not. My goal is to provide you with information, so you have a realistic expectation of what a ceramic coating is.
Myth number one is that coatings are scratch proof.
If you get a coating on your vehicle, you won’t have to worry about scratches anymore.
You will see a lot of this on ceramic coating websites.
Then there is the MOHS scale, where some companies and their representatives claim that their product is one level removed from Diamond Hardness! If this were true you should be able to scratch Glass with a dried sample, I guarantee you this is not the case. We should simply assume that they don’t understand their product well enough, nor have the ability to understand the difference between Pencil Hardness and the MOHS scale.
Stop it please….
There are some exceptional coatings that are scratch resistant. Don’t confuse this with scratch proof. Pro detailers and consumers will often see scratches quite differently. I see it daily where a customer will believe that their paint is scratch free. They may be looking at their car in the garage or in a shaded area. You won’t see the true condition of your vehicles paint, unless you’re in direct sunlight.
If you have seen the inside of our studio, you begin to understand why we have over 100 x 6000 kelvin LED, Cree and diffused lights. What we are endevouring to do is ensure enough inspection light to find the deep scratches. Smaller scratches that you can see in direct sunlight are usually called swirl marks. They tend to be very small scratches in your paint that you see will form a spider web like pattern. With the reflected light coming off the surface, these fine scratches appear.
Anytime you touch the vehicles paint there is an opportunity to add swirl marks. Proper washing techniques are vital to keeping your coating in good condition.Dirty towels, brushes, dirt getting trapped between the wash mitts are simple ways to add swirl marks. Something as simple as brushing the paint as you walk by, could develop swirls. Professional grade Ceramic coatings offer real protection. They will help prevent some of these marks. Yet you must always remember, Ceramic Coatings are not scratch proof.High Quality Coatings offer a sacrificial layer that can be polished and reapplied if necessary.
Myth number two I’m not going to have to wash my car.
After one of the very first coatings that we did, a customer asked us, “is it true I never have to wash my car again?”Ceramic Coatings definitely make the car much easier to wash.The vehicle is going to stay cleaner for longer.But your car is still going to get dirty, even with the coating.
Myth number three is that coatings are permanent.
If you do enough research into ceramic coatings, you’re going to find information that is not true!Some will tell you the coating will form a permanent bond to the clearcoat. And come with a lifetime warranty……My problem with this one is the word permanent.It leads you to believe that once you have this coating on your vehicle that it’s going to be there forever. This is simply just not true. Think about it like this. You can put wax on a car, leave it for five years in a climate control garage. Come back the wax is still going to be on that surface after five years.
Technically you can say it lasted for five years. The reality is washing the car, the sun, and environmental Fallout are breaking down the vehicle’s protection. Nothing is permanent. The paint under the coating is not permanent. Everything on this earth has a life expectancy and will break down with time. Have a closer look at their warranties. They are riddled with holes and fine print that include many things that will void your warranty..
Myth number four is that coatings will peel off.
High Quality Ceramic Coatings form a strong bond on the top of your clearcoat. People think that when it fails, it’s gonna feel like a clear coat separating from the base coat.
When a coating degrades, like when wax fails, you’re not going to see peeling off. It wears away, and you’re only going to see that the beading and the dirt shedding qualities are poor.There’s also no worry if you get a stone chip. There’s no risk of the entire coating being compromised.When you take delivery of your newly coated car from Adelaide Paint Protection we include detailed instructions on how to maintain your car.We have Professional Car Wash specifically manufactured for Ceramic Coatings. Drying towels large enough to dry your bonnet without you laying a hand on it!
Thankyou for staying with me if you got this far! If you’re looking for the most durable, highest gloss Ceramic Coating on the market, give us a callor email. Guarantee we will get back to you shortly have a solution for your car.
All You Need To Know About Car Paint Protection
Your attitude and pride for your car boost radically especially when your ride is your passion. Keeping it spic and span is tough when many factors like environmental fallouts, chemicals, sunlight, water, dirt, and grime are bound to dim the sheen. However, car paint protection is easy and manageable when you count on a nano-ceramic coating. Products like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra are a perfect example of a Pro Grade coating for your car. In fact, it is a favorite product of serious car lovers all over the world.
What Is Nano-Ceramic Coating?
The nano-ceramic coating is suitable for protecting painted car surfaces. It is a very thin coating of 700 to 1000nm and is soft 7H base layer from inside and the hardest in the industry 10H from outside. Once applied it requires an infra-red curing period to deliver unrivalled shine for years. The nano-particles of the car paint protection liquid prevent sheen abuse due to natural, external, or chemical factors.
Nano Ceramic Coating Benefits – More Than You Expect
A nano-ceramic coating like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra is suitable for applying on surfaces like car body paint, plastic trims, or bumpers for that matter. Applying the coating is left to professionals as intricate knowledge of the process is required. Some prominent advantages of applying the coating for car paint protection are:
Superior Application – One application of coating serves up to nine years offering the ultimate shine and fullest returns on the money spent. The surface of the car always looks clean and glossy just as it was when you bought the car.
Resistant to Environmental Fallouts – Environmental fallouts as well as bird poop is known to cause damage to car paint. Nevertheless, not anymore, coating like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra helps to protect the paint from these damages.
Resistant to Chemicals – Nano ceramic coating is highly resistant to chemicals including the humid and salty climate at seashores. One application of this car paint protection coating has a lot to offer and peace of mind for the coming nine years too! – Guaranteed!!
Resistant to UV Rays – Car protection coating like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra is fully UV resistant and works the same way a sun control cream with good SPF content works for you. Well, you need to apply it daily on your face but only one application of GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra coating lasts for years.
Hydrophobic – Water, dirt, and grime are known enemies of the paint surface. However, the nano-ceramic coating is highly hydrophobic and does not permit adherence of dirt and grime on the surface. Also, it requires less effort to clean and your car looks as stunning as the day you picked it up from the dealer.
Products like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra are designed with due consideration of end-user needs and they perform up to the mark every time. Car paint protection is not a tough task anymore especially when nano-ceramic coating like GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Ultra is available from Adelaide Paint Protection. Make sure you enjoy the most from benefits like stunning Gloss, scratch resistance, stain-free application, saltwater durability, easy cleaning, maximum durability, Hydrophobic abilities.
One of the most common questions I receive is, “Will this really prevent scratches like they claim”? When it comes to ceramic coatings, many companies make claims of how durable and long lasting their product is.
The answer to that is yes, in a way, but no coating will prevent stone chips, prevent a key scratch, etc. Paint protection Film or PPF is almost twice as thick as the thickest coating claim, and the only way to prevent damage is for the sacrificial layer (ceramic coating or PPF) to absorb that impact.
The claims of 9H Hardness is a little misplaced as well as it is not stated upon which scale, so many think to the more commonly known Mohs scale, which would mean it is almost as hard as a diamond. While that would be amazing, it is tested on the Pencil Hardness scale, meaning it is as hard as the most durable pencil lead. Still very durable don’t get me wrong, but that deliberately left out piece of info can be pretty misleading.
So how does it prevent scratching? In a very specific way. A ceramic coating will make the surface of the paint extremely slick and create high water contact angles. What this does it allow the dirt and debris on your paint to be less embedded in the paint, meaning it takes less effort to remove, thus less chance for that debris to damage the paint when removing. Also, less debris will stick the paint overall, again reducing the change for scratching.
So does it help prevent scratching? Yes absolutely. But the key work is help. Coatings are still an amazing protection option for your vehicle but they have their place and their limitations.