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Restoring Classic Car Paint

If you plan on restoring classic car paint you need to be aware of a couple of things. First of all, if you choose the wrong paint renovation method, prepare to spend an additional amount of money for fixing it up, if possible, because some actions can be irreversible. Regardless of the cleaning products you prefer using, make sure that you pick those that have a balanced pH, because if it is not, there is a high possibility that it will harm the protective coating or wax. Some people have been using a non-detergent cleansing solution along with some sort of lubricant in order to give the car a shiny and scratch-free exterior appearance.

It is highly recommended to wipe dry after washing the classic car so that you can prevent its surface from having any water spots that are disagreeable. For this reason, you should dry the surface of the car by using ultra soft chamois or a cotton cloth in order to obtain the best shine you can. For getting the most optimal result, it is best to combine lubricant with vehicle detailing clay for removing any of the remaining dirt. However, you need to be aware of the fact that this process will not get you rid of the car’s scratch issues.

For getting a shiny surface on your car, it would be highly advisable to use a rubber polisher or cleanser on condition that they are non-abrasive. If you don’t know many things about these materials, it is best to ask someone that works in the business.

If you want the paint restoration to last for a long time, which we are certain that you do, you should wax the car in order to offer it a lasting shine. In addition, for keeping the effect intact for about half a year, use a paint sealant.

Many of the car-care products have a clay-bar system. Clay has been used for over a decade and the consumer-based varieties have been available starting with the late 90s. For those of you interested about how it works, keep on reading.

As the clay bar passes over a properly lubricated paint surface, it will pull and shear away contaminants.  You can think of it as an exfoliation process for the painted area, but keep in mind that it will not replace the traditional polishing, scratch removal or color sanding. These are entirely different processes and if the classic car is heavily damaged, this clay treatment won’t do you any good.

You need to start with a clean and dry vehicle. As we mentioned before, remember to wash the classic car by using a cleaner formulated for automotive finishes. It is highly recommended to avoid dishwashing detergents as these are made in order to remove the grease from your household dishes, meaning that they will certainly remove the wax from your car.

Restoring classic car paint also involves spraying a lubricant and not water as it does not offer the necessary lubricating advantages necessary for avoiding paint damage. By using a very slight pressure, you need to rub the clay back and forth on the freshly lubricated area by overlapping each of your strokes. If you do things the right way, you should be able to hear clay that is removing the contaminants.  Although it will sound very rough at first, have patience as the contaminants are worn down, the feel and tone will get smoother and quieter.  For most vehicles, it should take about 30 minutes onto one hour. If you however have a classic car, it should take a couple of hours, even days. The area which you just finished claying must be wiped by using a terry towel.

You now have a clean paint that does not have any bad stuff in it and has “open pores”. Now it is crucial to put a protective coat of sealer or wax, preferably the latter.

After all of the above have been accomplished, you should run your hands over the region that you just have finished and you will notice a very smooth finish if you have done things the right way. It goes without saying that by restoring classic car paint you will increase the overall value of the vehicle. The better the condition of the car is, the more money you will get for it, if you want to sell it of course.


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