Why You Should Keep-Up Your Factory Paint Job
When you see a car, what is the first thing you notice, no matter what the design?
The condition of the paint.
What is important to understand is that the factory that built your car is going to do a much better job at applying paint than just about anyone else.
So it is up to you to maintain your factory paint, and keep your car looking great. Eventually, even if you take all the precautions you can, there will be some some inevitable wear to your car’s clear coat. In most cases the major auto manufacturers use a two stage process to paint your car.
First a base coat is applied, and this is the color, then a clear coat is shot over the base coat, and this is what gives your car the glisten and shine you love.
Look Out For Aftermarket Paint Jobs
The major problem with aftermarket paint jobs, is that when you go and get a discount paint job, they are going to be more lax in every regard than the factory. Unless you pay a lot of money for premium paint they will be selling you materials that won’t be nearly as good as what is on your car right now.
In addition to sub-par materials most body shops will never match the quality of prep work that the factory does, and the application of the paint is bound to be imperfect.
If you want a really great aftermarket paint job, they are out there, but most of the body shops will cut corners to make money. One of the most important things that there is in automotive painting is the prep work, and this means disassembling your car down to the frame, and then painting it.
Do you really think that a body shop is going to be able to offer you that kind of service and stay in business?
There is No Comparison
Most body shops will do their best to sell you on their skills, but when you really look at the quality of their work it will be obvious that it is well below a factory paint job.
The first giveaway is the tape lines, and once you get close to a body shop paint job they will jump right out at you. When most body shops paint a frame, they simply get out a roll of plastic and some masking tape, and instead of taking parts off, they tape over them.
Over spray is almost inevitable as well, so you might get some nifty patterns on your clear headlight lenses as well.
It might be tempting to get some cheap paint applied to your car, but keep in mind that the manufacturer uses state of the art paint technology, and the factory paints have been specially designed to adhere to your car’s steel.
These paints are also applied when the steel is virgin, and there is almost no way a body shop can replicate that. No matter what the salesperson at the body shop tells you, these are the facts of automotive paint.
Get Some Good Advice
The best thing you can do for your car’s appearance is make sure that the factory paint is kept up, and any swirling gets removed by professionals. Talk to your dealer about the best way to keep your factory paint brilliant, and if it has started to degrade, they will steer you in the right direction.