Car Care Over The Years

Your cars exterior paint is literally left out in the cold and the elements. Think on how a winter day we may complain that its too cold outside or too windy and so we need some extra layer of clothing. Your cars painted surface maybe has two to three mils of paint and clear coat between the finished surface you see and the metal or plastic underneath. While car sealing technologies have improved where vehicles are not only sealed in rust proof primers and paints, but also may have rust modules which utilize electricity to slow down or prevent the rusting process. All of these new advancements in the production of automobiles in the united states have also come with a long list of safety features and make the modern car more than your basic bucket of bolts.

One of the major advancements in automotive finishing is the use of metallic or metal flake paint along with clear coats. In the past cars were primarily painted with thicker enamel coatings that looked rather bland. In fact Henry Ford was famous in the early days for telling his staff that they could paint the model T and other Ford models any color they like as long as it was black. The black paint kept their assembly line humming and also allowed for some car care companies to be formed. Meguiars was formed around the turn of the twentieth century as a maker of furniture polish for darker finishes such as black and thus placed them in the unique position of having a great product to serve the now booming market for affordable cars being produced by the Ford Motor Company. In this era the enamel coatings required a lot more exterior car care with regular waxing of the finished surface being a must in the preventative measures taken to ward off the metal rusting process. The wax served as the protective layer on the surface of the enamel paint and worked as a barrier against pollutants that would fade the enamel paint of the vehicle and eventually create rust holes and further structural damage.

Today, most vehicles are not a body on frame construction where there is a metal body of the vehicle that bolts onto some frame rails. Instead we have unibody cars where there is all one metal piece for which all the components are added to. This new construction method has helped in some cases to reduce weight and make vehicles a tad more efficient along with a lot safer with the implementation of crumple-zone technology where the cocoon or cabin of the vehicle is made to be extremely strong and rigid while the front and rear of the vehicle are made to crumble and thus absorb some of the impact in the event of a front or rear end collision. Along with these new manufacturing methods for automobiles came an updated way in which to finish the exterior surface. Car companies started finishing their paint jobs with a clear coat finish which would seal in the paint and protect it from the elements.

With these new clear coats comes a new range of issues and proper exterior car care methods. These clear coats not only help with the appearance of your vehicle, but also have moved people away from the regular automotive waxing regimen. While these clear coats do provide protection and substitute for some of the waxing that occurred in years past, they also require some car in order to ward of clear coat damage which can make the clear coat turn yellow or start to peel. This clear coat damage starts as little spots that if not treated may begin to grow into full blown issues that may first compromise the finished surface and then lead to rusting damage. It is important that a vehicle owner keep a regular washing regimen and if possible, a semiannual or annual polishing schedule.  If you would like Tallahassee Auto Detailing to keep your car looking its best while maintaining your cars finished surface feel free to schedule an appointment or give Gabriel a call at (850) 728 – 8323 and we would be glad to service your vehicle.