Buying a new car is a very exciting time and you will possibly be thinking about protection to keep that new car look as long as possible. During the sales process, the car salesman may offer you paint protection and you may think this is a great idea as you can get your new car protected straight from the dealership and not have to worry about trying to get it done through an independent detailer, but what are you really buying? In this post we are going to look at the differences between dealership and detailer applied protection.
How car protection lasts and performs all comes down to how the vehicle is prepared before any protection is applied. Dealerships will give the vehicle a quick wash and then apply the protection, a detailer will give the vehicle a safe wash and dry, remove any contaminants that have bonded to the vehicle from storage or transportation, and polish the paint to make sure it is in perfect condition before any protection is applied. (if you think your new car is in perfect condition click here)
It's fair to say that most car dealerships only offer paint sealants as protection labelling them as a coating to upsell them when this is quite simply not true. A detailer will, however, offer true high-end coatings.
The cost of products that dealerships offer as protection is usually no more than £20. The cost of products that a detailer will offer can be £120+.
When dealerships offer protection they offer protection for paint, upholstery and possibly glass which is great but, when a detailer offers protection they will not only protect your paint but also any plastics, rubber or chromes, as well as offering protection for expensive alloy wheels and leather seats.
As dealership valeters are under a lot of pressure to protect numerous vehicles a day they only spend limited time on each vehicle. A detailer, however, can spend as long as 5 hours+ protecting a vehicle this does not take into account any preparation time.
Although training is given to dealership valeters on how to use products, due to time constraints they often do not have time to apply protection in the correct way. Detailers are highly trained by the company whose protection they choose to use and due to the detailers only having one car to do at a time, they can apply all of the correct techniques they have been trained to use.
So next time you purchase a new vehicle and the salesman offers you new car protection ask yourself this, am I really getting what I'm paying for and will it be done properly? What doesn't probably seem a lot to protect your new car at the dealership and is hassle-free, is your new vehicle really having the best start in life?
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There is a lot of misconception around coatings that they are scratch proof and indestructible when in fact that is simply not true.
Coating are scratch-resistant however and will help against light scratches but, as you can see from the top picture bigger and deeper scratches can still cause damage. Ths plus side of a coating is though that they are made to take the brunt of any damage caused potentially saving your expensive paintwork underneath.
This car was coated in two layers of Max Protects finest and took a rather nasty scratch (pretty deep) on the rear passenger's door. One machine polish and recoat later and all was back to new saving the customer an expensive repaint and time without there vehicle.
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Our coating check is a free wash and dry that is part of any exterior coating package. With this wash and dry, we can check the installed coatings are performing correctly and everything is as it should be.
Any anomalies found during this process will be rectified during this time at no extra cost.
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In this video, we show you what goes into the preparation of a vehicle before we apply any coatings.
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In today's modern world there are now many different ways to protect your vehicle, from waxes, sealants, coatings, ceramic waxes and Si02 sprays to name but a few, as there are so many different products available on the market in can be a bit of a mindfield to know where to start. In this post, we are going to look at the main three protections available (waxes, sealants and coatings) and compare them to each other in various categories to help you decide what the best protection for your vehicle is. We are going to look at the price, ease of use, longevity, looks, what they can be applied to and how well the product actually protects your vehicle.
Car waxes are very easy to apply and most people who like to keep their cars clean and protected will have at some point applied a wax (not to be confused with polishing) to their car. Waxes come in 3 different forms paste waxes, liquid waxes and spray waxes.
The quickest and easiest to use is a spray wax and the most time consuming and difficult is a paste wax. To make things even more confusing not all waxes are created with the same outcome in mind, some waxes are designed for longevity, appearance, show car waxes and ease of use as this is the case the price for a car wax can vary dramatically from £5 to a whopping £65,000 for the best car wax ever produced.
Like all vehicle protection, a wax lays down an invisible barrier between your vehicles paint system and airborne contaminates to help keep your vehicle cleaner for longer and making it easier to clean, unlike newer technologies wax can only be applied to vehicles paint and not to any other exterior surface.
Sealants (sometimes referred to as paint sealants or polymer sealants) are very similar to waxes in many ways, they are easy to apply (although some sealants can be difficult to remove), come in either a spray or liquid form and protect the paint the same way. A simple way to explain a paint sealant is that there are synthetic waxes that are designed with longevity in mind. Unlike a wax, a good quality sealant can last 4 to 6 months if maintained correctly but if you would like more of a warm glow from your paint and enjoying waxing your car than a good quality carnauba wax is the way to go.
As sealants are made in a lab they are generally cheaper than a good quality wax, this is due to most waxes containing some form of carnauba which is only sourced from trees in northeastern Brazil. Unlike waxes, paint sealants tend to have a longer curing time before they are ready to be removed. The best way to check if a sealant or a wax is ready to be removed is to swipe your finger over the product, if the product removes easily without any smears then they product is ready to be removed, if it smears more curing time is needed.
Although they have been around for over a decade coatings are still relatively new to the industry and take car protection to a whole new level. Unlike waxes and sealants, coatings form an impenetrable membrane over any surface there applied to. Unlike waxes and sealants coatings are not designed to just be applied to paint but all exterior surfaces including plastics, chrome, rubbers, wheels and glass meaning they protect all of your vehicles surfaces.
Due to the nature and chemical makeup of coatings once fully cured they can only be removed through wet sanding or machine polishing, as this is the case coatings give incredible longevity and can last up to 5 years if maintained correctly.
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In conclusion when we get asked "what's the best protection for my vehicle" the answer is really every scenario is different but, 9 times out of 10 we would recommend a coating due to the longevity, the easy maintenance, having that sacrificial membrane which can prevent a repaint if damage occurs and the fact that they protect all surfaces not just paint.
The downside of having a vehicle coated is the price for a professional to install one, they need to make sure the vehicle is perfectly clean and paint is free from defects before they even think about reaching for the coating. This can cause the price for a coating to be installed to be hundreds of pounds but, as we previously mentioned coatings can last years not months so is the high price tag really that high when you break it down?
Let's say you get quoted approximately £1000 for your car to be fully polished (all defects removed from the paint) and coated with a 5 year (60 months) coating, sounds expensive right? your vehicle would look amazing and be fully protected for as little as £16.60 a month now does it sound expensive?
We are not saying that we never recommend waxes or sealants as this is not true but due to the new advances in vehicle protection they just do not give as much protection as a coating will do. Waxes and sealants are perfect for show cars, garage queens or vehicles that are not used on a very often. We have previously detailed a 50th anniversary Porsche 911 that we talked the owner out of having a coating as the vehicle was going to be stored for 3-5 years, why? He wouldn't have seen any of the benefits that a coating offers so a wax was perfect for this situation.
So as you can see there is a lot of factors to take into account when choosing the correct protection for your vehicle so we have put together a quick reference guide to help you which we help you will find useful.
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Ever wondered what goes into our details? Here's a video of the 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo from last week.
We carried out the following services:
Wheels off service (wheels cleaned and coated in Max Protects coatings)
Paint and trims coated in Max Protects UNCR
All exterior glass coated in Max Protects UGC
3 days work condensed into 12 minutes. Enjoy!