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Friday, 21 February 2020

Vauxhall Grandland Xin for its free coating check. 

 Our coating check is a free wash and dry that is part of any exterior coating package. With this wash and dry, we can check the installed coatings are performing correctly and everything is as it should be.

Any anomalies found during this process will be rectified during this time at no extra cost.





Published in Detailing

In today's modern world there are now many different ways to protect your vehicle, from waxes, sealants, coatings, ceramic waxes and Si02 sprays to name but a few, as there are so many different products available on the market in can be a bit of a mindfield to know where to start. In this post, we are going to look at the main three protections available (waxes, sealants and coatings) and compare them to each other in various categories to help you decide what the best protection for your vehicle is. We are going to look at the price, ease of use, longevity, looks, what they can be applied to and how well the product actually protects your vehicle. 

 

Waxes

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Car waxes are very easy to apply and most people who like to keep their cars clean and protected will have at some point applied a wax (not to be confused with polishing) to their car. Waxes come in 3 different forms paste waxes, liquid waxes and spray waxes.

The quickest and easiest to use is a spray wax and the most time consuming and difficult is a paste wax. To make things even more confusing not all waxes are created with the same outcome in mind, some waxes are designed for longevity, appearance, show car waxes and ease of use as this is the case the price for a car wax can vary dramatically from £5 to a whopping £65,000 for the best car wax ever produced.

Like all vehicle protection, a wax lays down an invisible barrier between your vehicles paint system and airborne contaminates to help keep your vehicle cleaner for longer and making it easier to clean, unlike newer technologies wax can only be applied to vehicles paint and not to any other exterior surface. 

Price/Value for money: 

7 out of 10
As previously discussed waxes can vary dramatically in price but a good quality wax will cost between £40-60 and will allow for multiple applications so even on the higher end of price is good value for money.

Ease of use:

10 out of 10
Possibly the easiest and quickest way to protect your vehicle especially if a spray wax is used. 

 longevity:

3 out of 10
A good quality car wax will only last between 3-4 months depending on the type of wax applied then a fresh layer will have to be applied to protect the vehicle again.

Looks:

10 out of 10
A good quality car wax will possibly give your vehicle the best looks especially if the wax is infused with carnauba.

What are waxes applied to:

Paint only
car wax is now a very old way of protecting a vehicle and unlike newer technologies of can only be applied to paint. 

How well do they protect your vehicle?

4 out of 10
Back in the day car wax was the only way to protect your vehicle and although people still use it today it doesn't offer the best protection available on the market. 

 

Sealant

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Sealants (sometimes referred to as paint sealants or polymer sealants) are very similar to waxes in many ways, they are easy to apply (although some sealants can be difficult to remove), come in either a spray or liquid form and protect the paint the same way.  A simple way to explain a paint sealant is that there are synthetic waxes that are designed with longevity in mind. Unlike a wax, a good quality sealant can last 4 to 6 months if maintained correctly but if you would like more of a warm glow from your paint and enjoying waxing your car than a good quality carnauba wax is the way to go. 

As sealants are made in a lab they are generally cheaper than a good quality wax, this is due to most waxes containing some form of carnauba which is only sourced from trees in northeastern Brazil. Unlike waxes, paint sealants tend to have a longer curing time before they are ready to be removed. The best way to check if a sealant or a wax is ready to be removed is to swipe your finger over the product, if the product removes easily without any smears then they product is ready to be removed, if it smears more curing time is needed. 

Price/Value for money:

8 out of 10
Sealants are generally priced between £10-30 which makes them cheaper than a wax and better value for money as they will generally outlast a wax.
 

Ease of use:

8 out of 10
Although spray sealants are similar to spray waxes in ease of use, some liquid paint sealants can be difficult to remove if not applied correctly.

longevity:

5 out of 10
A good quality sealant will last between 4-6 months depending on the type of sealant applied and how well it's maintained.
 

Looks:

8 out of 10
A good quality sealant will make your vehicles paint shine but it won't have the same warm glow as a carnauba wax.

What can sealants be applied to:

Paint  only
Like car waxes, a sealant can only be applied to paint. 
 

How well do they protect your vehicle?

6 out of 10
As a newer technology than a wax (although based on the same principle) sealants do offer longer protection than a wax but there is still better protection available.
 

Coatings

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Although they have been around for over a decade coatings are still relatively new to the industry and take car protection to a whole new level. Unlike waxes and sealants, coatings form an impenetrable membrane over any surface there applied to. Unlike waxes and sealants coatings are not designed to just be applied to paint but all exterior surfaces including plastics, chrome, rubbers, wheels and glass meaning they protect all of your vehicles surfaces.

Due to the nature and chemical makeup of coatings once fully cured they can only be removed through wet sanding or machine polishing, as this is the case coatings give incredible longevity and can last up to 5 years if maintained correctly. 

 

Price/Value for money: 

10 out of 10
On the face of it, coatings seem pretty expensive with most of them coming in around the £100 mark for only 30ml, but if you take into consideration the longevity then coatings are excellent value for money. 
 

Ease of use:

3 out of 10
Coatings can be very difficult to apply due to quick flash times. We recommend a professional install only.

 longevity:

 10 out of 10
 As previously stated coatings can last years rather than months giving them excellent longevity. 
 

Looks:

8 out of 10 
Coatings do leave an excellent look to your vehicle's paint and trims but will not beat the warm glow from a carnauba wax.

What can they be applied to:

All exterior surfaces
Coatings can be applied to all exterior and interior surfaces meaning they give full vehicle protection not just paint.

How well do they protect your vehicle?

10 out of 10
As a coating forms a membrane over the surface it's applied to they give by far superior protection than any wax or sealant.
 

Conclusion

In conclusion when we get asked "what's the best protection for my vehicle" the answer is really every scenario is different but, 9 times out of 10 we would recommend a coating due to the longevity, the easy maintenance, having that sacrificial membrane which can prevent a repaint if damage occurs and the fact that they protect all surfaces not just paint. 

The downside of having a vehicle coated is the price for a professional to install one, they need to make sure the vehicle is perfectly clean and paint is free from defects before they even think about reaching for the coating. This can cause the price for a coating to be installed to be hundreds of pounds but, as we previously mentioned coatings can last years not months so is the high price tag really that high when you break it down? 

Let's say you get quoted approximately £1000 for your car to be fully polished (all defects removed from the paint) and coated with a 5 year (60 months) coating, sounds expensive right? your vehicle would look amazing and be fully protected for as little as £16.60 a month now does it sound expensive?

We are not saying that we never recommend waxes or sealants as this is not true but due to the new advances in vehicle protection they just do not give as much protection as a coating will do. Waxes and sealants are perfect for show cars, garage queens or vehicles that are not used on a very often. We have previously detailed a 50th anniversary Porsche 911 that we talked the owner out of having a coating as the vehicle was going to be stored for 3-5 years, why? He wouldn't have seen any of the benefits that a coating offers so a wax was perfect for this situation. 

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So as you can see there is a lot of factors to take into account when choosing the correct protection for your vehicle so we have put together a quick reference guide to help you which we help you will find useful. 

Want to know how we can protect your vehicle for you? send us an enquiry today and receive a free windscreen coating worth £40 for free on your detail!

Published in Car Products

We recently had a brand new Volvo S40 in for a new car prep and Max Protect coatings. We washed, dried and decontaminated the vehicle then inspected the paint before we proceeded to machine polish the vehicle to add maximum gloss before we laid down any coatings, after the inspection, we realised the paint had lots of dealership inflicted wash marks which needed to be removed. 

 

 

Published in Detailing

What is a coating?

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

So you may have heard about coatings for your car to protect it for X amount of years but what really is a coating and what are you buying?

Well after finishing a new car protection recently we had a tiny amount of product (Max Protects 3 year glass coat) left in the bottle so we thought we would show you exactly what a coating is. We poured the coating on to some plastic sheeting and let it cure. As you can see from the picture when cured a coating is a membrane (although this is quite thick due to how it was set) which is thick and hard (unlike a wax) and designed to last for years rather than months. Coatings are also chemical resistant, UV resistant,, improve scratch resistant, make cleaning easier and keep that just Detailed look wash after wash. Why settle for a wax that only lasts a few months when you can have a coating for years to come.

We honestly can't think of any reason not to coat your car. 

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Do you need new headlights?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Have you ever seen the headlights of a car that are all cloudy or yellowed?

Chances are you have as this is a very common problem on older cars, so why is this? Cars headlights are made from a strong but porous plastic called polycarbonate, to combat the porous issue the manufactures cover them with a protective film. Over a few years of abuse from the heat from the bulbs, U.V rays, and constant abuse from generally driving the protective film starts to fail which allows the polycarbonate to become oxidized hence the cloudy/yellowed look.

 

So what happens when your headlights start to cloud over do you need new headlights?

Quite simply no... Our headlights restoration service will restore them back to as new condition saving you hundreds of pounds buying replacement units and having them fitted and setup.

 

So how do we restore your headlights?

After a thorough clean we then mask the lights to protect the surrounding areas. Using various grades of wet and dry paper we then sand the lights to remove the damaged layer. After the 2500 grit paper we then machine polish the lights to remove the sanding marks and restore clarity to the lights the end result being an as-new look. The final step is to then add protection to keep the lights looking as new for up to 3 years.

IS there any way to prevent this occurring?

Yes. The simple solution is to add protection to your lights as you would your paint. Any wax or sealant or coating will prevent the damage from occurring as it does on paint or plastics. 

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