Any vehicle enthusiast knows car paint can easily rust or fade over time, either due to the sun’s powerful UV rays or because of other environmental factors. Fortunately, paint can be restored to a degree, typically up until clear coat failure starts (i.e., blotchy white spots appear). Since the 1980s, car manufacturers have utilized a two-stage painting system that consists of first applying a base coat and then clear coat atop that one. This process has been proven to be significantly eco-friendly, so it’s no surprise that it has become increasingly common.
Data shows people across the globe still enjoy investing heavily in car paint. According to Allied Market Research, the worldwide automotive paints market size in 2018 was estimated to be worth $8.78 billion, a value that is expected to increase to $12.34 billion by 2026, which would imply a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.2%. Considering these incredibly revelatory figures, let’s take a look at how to restore car paint:
Prevention Works Best
One simple habit you can develop that can help avoid paint fading and rusting is to park your car indoors on a semi-regular basis, if possible. Sunlight affects a car’s exterior just like it does most metals, so be sure to treat your vehicle with the care it deserves. Additionally, routine waxing and polishing, as well as a car cover, can help avoid sun fade and oxidation.
According to Guide To Detailing, paint becomes visibly dull and rough following approximately two years without protection. Light oxidation can also be addressed with a clay bar.
Steps to Restore Car Paint
Restoring car paint is a lengthy process that requires significant care. Here are the basic steps:
Wash the Car
Washing your car can help eliminate all the debris it regularly amasses (dirt, oil, bugs, fingerprints, etc.). Dawn dishwashing soap is often an effective liquid to use for this type of cleaning.
Remove Surface Contaminants
Surface contaminants, which are generally invisible to the naked eye, are made up of a wide array of particles that come from soot, tar, airborne pollutants, paint overspray and other sources. In order to eliminate these contaminants, you can use a plastic bag to scrub the car, as well as detailing clay and clay lubricant, which are available at most auto body shops.
Repair Paint & Polish Car
At this point, inspect your vehicle for scratches or other similar signs of paint damage. Rubbing compounds can assist with this process. You should then polish your car by using polishes like 3M One Step Cleaner Wax and Four Star Ultimate PreWax Cleaner. A rotary or dual-action polisher can also be effective if you wish to polish your car by hand. Klasse All-in-One and Meguiar’s M105 Mirror Glaze Ultra-cut Compound are two types of effective polish that utilize either micro-abrasive technology or chemical cleaners.
It’s also important to remember that plastic bumper caps, plastic mirrors and any places on your car with raised edges should be polished extra carefully, as painted plastic parts oxidize faster than metal parts. You should also not use cutting polish on painted plastic parts.
At this point, your car’s paint should look virtually brand new, although there is one final item that can help retain the paint’s durability for up to several months or even a year: sealant. This product is generally easy to apply and its effects can be astounding. Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze is just one example of a high-quality paint sealant. Carnauba wax is also a highly effective way of making a car look extra shiny.
Consider a Complete Car Restoration
Speak to the experienced professionals at Robs Customs & Restorations in Manassas, Virginia to learn more about how a full car restoration, including a new paint job, can transform your vehicle in ways you couldn’t imagine. Robs’ employees have worked with many different types of cars, from antique to muscle cars, station wagons, and convertibles, and can ultimately increase your vehicle’s maneuverability and reduce draw. Our restorations typically involve bodywork (i.e., a frame alignment) and a restoration of the interior.
Robs’ custom paint jobs are guaranteed to help minimize corrosion and extend your car’s life, so don’t hesitate to call us today at (703) 552-5001 or contact us online for more information or for a free estimate. We will always strive to restore your car based on your unique needs and interests. In no time, your car will exit our shop looking like it just left the dealership.