Car paint restoration with today's modern day car paint finishes is much different than the days of old. Unlike old school single stage paint jobs which could include anything from enamels, acrylics, or the ultimate in wet-look shine of a 20 layer, color-sanded lacquer paint job, modern day 2-stage paints are far easier than ever to care for and maintain.
No longer do we get the chalky oxidation of paint that turned reds into chalky pinks, and blacks into chalky greys, or white into....well, just chalky looking white. The oxidation process of clear coat is vastly different than that of the older, single stage paint jobs that lacked the protection offered by modern day clear coats.
This page is not intended as a lengthy discussion on clear coats, but on car paint restoration. With that said, it is important to lay out a few facts regarding clear coats for all the true beginners out there:
"Darren, what does this all have to do with car paint restoration?"
I am glad you asked. While clear coats are essentially clear car paint, there are some differences that should be noted and will help in restoring your car paint. Officially, most clear coats are acrylic urethane. If you wanted to really over-simplify the moment, you could even call the clear coat a form of plastic. Like many things in life, many terms exist and are used that are extreme generalizations and the term "plastic" is one of them.
This picture depicts what is usually referred to in the business as clear coat failure. This is one of the big differences between single-stage paint and 2-stage paint. Clear coats don't actually oxidize in a way that single stage paint jobs do when they become dull, chalky, and faded.
Clear coat starts to "dry out" for lack of a better word. It eventually looks like it was washed with a rag full of sand and eventually will either completely burn out with absolutely no shine to it, ot start to fail by lifting, blistering, and peeling like the picture shown.
If your paint looks like the one in the picture; you are past the point of trying to restore your car paint. (that ship has sailed and left the harbor)
The picture taken from this red Camaro fender could actually highlight (2) problems when it comes to car paint restoration.
Most people reading this will be looking to restore the paint on their car for the same reasons that most car owners go in search of the best techniques to restore shine, luster, and beauty to their cars paint:
"Most people do not realize how much easier it is to restore the car paint with the latest in professional detail equipment and products"
The detailing industry is continually looking for ways to bridge the gap between professional detailing and inexperienced car owners or car enthusiasts who are looking to produce the same results as seasoned professional detail veterans.
The really good news is that with the right choice in tools and products, any newcomer to the world of car care can produce amazing results ans restore the paint on our car to a level never possible for the truly new beginner.
Yes, believe it or not, anyone can now put themselves behind this paint restoration system and produce amazing results that were traditionally reserved for professional detailers.
With the combination of the user friendly DA (dual-action/random orbital) car buffer, the right car polishes and polishing pads, now a true beginner can achieve amazing results right out of the box!
The problem I see with a lot of beginners is they are overwhelmed with all the choices and all the voices! Everyone has a different opinion...
So let me break it down for you as to why I don't think you need to go into anxiety mode when trying to perform car paint restoration, or over-think the buying decision.