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Does the paint need protection?

A vehicle’s paint takes a beating from the forces of nature and the accidents that might happen. Most people don't realize how oxidation happens - it is caused mostly from acid rain. Chemicals in the air mix with rain water and they land on unsuspecting paint jobs. If a car's outer finish is not protected, the oxygen molecules in the air will eventually start interacting with the paint. Over time, the finish becomes duller and duller. Restoration efforts may include removing several layers of affected paint and reapplying a new layer of protectant. This is why professional car detailers recommend some form of protection to be applied to the paint on a vehicle.

The secret of preventing oxidation caused by oxygen is to provide a layer of protection between the exposed material and the air. Destructive oxidation cannot occur if the oxygen cannot penetrate a surface to reach the free radicals it craves. Paint protection protects the paint from the daily wear and tear vehicles get from being exposed to the outside world such as bird droppings, leaf stains, acid rain, industrial fallout/smog, tree sap, ultraviolet rays from the sun and car washes.

The very best wax will last about 45 to 60 days. The reason that you have to apply a wax treatment with such frequency is simple — wax melts off or wears off. The temperature on the hood, roof or a trunk of a vehicle can easily reach 200° or more in hot summer weather and as such, any wax will melt away.

Paint sealants offered by automotive and RV dealerships today contain amino-functional silicone fluids which form a cross-linking film over the surface of the paint that forms a durable barrier on the paint that will, in fact, last longer than wax, sitting on the surface of the paint. Store bought wax products also carry NO WARRANTIES whatsoever — the dealerships’ treatments do. Some dealerships offer treatments that will also provide an owner with a surface rust corrosion warranty for stone chips and scratches-that is some backing.

Consider these analogies:
Analogy #1: Why do we polish our shoes or boots with shoe polish or treat them with a leather protector?
Answer: To keep them looking new and to make them last longer.

Analogy #2:
Why do we put sun-block on our skin?
Answer: To protect the ill-effects caused by UV rays.

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