More Mike Phillips work.
Since many here love Autogeek so much, i thought I would look over there for something I missed that they could help with. I found this article:
Clearcoats are Scratch-Sensitive
Clearcoat paints have a characteristic called,
This means even though the paints are very hard they still scratch very easily and because there's a colored layer of paint under the clear, the colored layer works to amplify and magnify the surface or topical scratches making them easy for the human eye to see.
This drives car enthusiasts up the wall.
It also confuses people to no end because it's hard for people to wrap their brains around the concept of how a car's paint can be very hard but then scratch so easily.
The hardness factor smacks you upside the head when you're first learning how to either hand or machine polish because you find out real fast removing the swirls out of a clear coat finish is not as easy at it sound like it should be.
Again, this is for people brand new to working on clearcoats, seasoned pros acquire the skills that make removing swirls and scratches for them very easy via experience.
Once a person completely understands and fully grasps how the hardness factor affects the time, energy and resources required to remove swirls and scratches out of a modern clearcoat finish the light bulb in their head turns >on< and then they understand why it's so important to make sure that ANYTHING that TOUCHES the paint needs to be of the highest quality you can obtain and there needs to be some thinking going on as to the way or manner in which you touch the paint.
In other words, once you figure all of the above out and then buff your car's paint out to the point that you're happy with it, now you have to be mindful of,
The above 4 things are how a car is "touched" the most for most people and most cars. (think about it).
Clearcoat paints are scratch-sensitive. They are harder than traditional single stage paints but even though they are harder they still scratch very easily and because they are hard it's difficult to get the scratches out.
This leads into the next topic people discover and that is the most important factor that determines if swirls and scratches are removed WITHOUT the product, pad and process simply replacing one type of defect and replacing it with its own type of defects, (holograms or micro-marring), and that factor is the abrasive technology. The stuff inside the bottle.
So be careful how you work on your own car and if you let someone else work on your car make sure they are qualified.
This includes taking your beautiful brand new car to ANY type of car wash, (things touch your car's paint at a car wash).
Or if you take your car to the dealership to have the oil changed because dealerships love you so much they will have your car washed, (touched), by their car wash guys...
The reason why people cannot get their head around what scratch sensitive paint is because it makes about as much sense as putting a screen door on a submarine does. This statement alone makes that point IMO:
Once a person completely understands and fully grasps how the hardness factor affects the time, energy and resources required to remove swirls and scratches out of a modern clearcoat finish the light bulb in their head turns >on< and then they understand why it's so important to make sure that ANYTHING that TOUCHES the paint needs to be of the highest quality you can obtain and there needs to be some thinking going on as to the way or manner in which you touch the paint
WOW, This is just beyond nuts in my mind. I need to be aware how I touch my paint. Really, that is the last thing I ever think of, or want to either.
Once a person grasps that when you use a product for protection that bonds to the clear, and not sticks by surface adhesion. I becomes apparent quickly that using real soap and normal towels are all you need.
You will not need polishes and waxes because your car will not look like this:
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