Paint contamination consists of any airborne chemical compounds, ferrous (iron containing) particles, adhesives, industrial fallout, rail dust, acid rain, bird droppings, road tar, grime, tree sap, bugs, water spots, brake dust, road salt, oil, paint overspray, etc. either on or embedded in the paint surface. Some of these contaminants, particularly fresh contaminants, may come off the paint surface with the initial washing. Some other contaminants, however, will actually penetrate and/or bond to the paint and, over time, eat into the clear coat thereby causing pitting, premature clear coat failure, and/or overall accelerated degradation of the paint.
After washing and drying the car, the absolute simplest way to determine if the paint is contaminated is to rub your hand over the surface of the car , if you feel any little snags or bumps then contaminants are bonded to the surface or embedded in the paint. In addition to feeling the surface of the car the visual appearance of the paint may also offer clues: does it have small yellow stains, water marks, black-colored spots, bug residue, bird droppings, tree sap, etc? If so, then the paint surface is contaminated and, if the contaminants are not removed, corrosion will eventually occur. In addition, removing the contaminants will leave the cleanest surface possible prior to polishing.
Decontaminating a car’s paint finish is an often overlooked detailing step yet very necessary to achieving a flawless finish. After a through dedicated car wash will produce a very clean surface. Once you wash (and dry) the car, and prior to polishing to remove swirls, marring, cob webbing, scratches, oxidation, etc., it is very important to prepare the paint through a ‘decontamination’
We at Crystal Shine have the most advanced products to remove paint decontaminants effortlessly and most importantly without harming the paint
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