Welcome to the Gold Coast Auto Body “Answer Blog,” where we periodically post news updates, technical articles, and other items of interest to our customers and friends in the luxury car community.
Who doesn’t love the summer sun? Well, for one, your car.
Oxidation is the chemical reaction that occurs when heat and oxygen combine. This results in a breakdown of the molecular structure of paint.
While we love basking in the sun at the beach or the ballpark, that beautiful ball of fire in the sky oxidizes the paint on your car, leaving it with a faded or whitewashed appearance over time.
Can you prevent it? Sadly, no; there is no absolute when it comes to preventing sun damage to your vehicle’s paint job. However, by using a UV-resistant clear protective coating at the time of the paint job, it can slow oxidation. In terms of the original factory paint job, different automotive manufacturers have exhibited different levels of success with UV clear coat. And that’s out of your hands.
So quite frankly, the best way to avoid sun damage to your car is to keep it out of the sun whenever possible. Not only should you store your vehicle in a garage or other sheltered area, but you might also consider using a car cover when it is going to be parked in the sun for any length of time.
But some oxidation is inevitable. So what can you do when it does occur?
Well, you always have the option of living with the faded, hazy paint. But when you are someone who invests in a higher-end vehicle, chances are you want your ride looking as cherry as possible.
As a preventative measure you should regularly wash and wax your auto. Use a wax that incorporates a UV protectant. Washing and drying regularly will also remove pollutants such as bird droppings and dirt that can also harm the car’s paint.
Depending on the level of sun damage, hand or machine buffing with a rubbing compound may improve the look of oxidized paint to a degree. But this DIY approach isn’t going to completely solve those trouble spots on your hood, roof, and trunk.
The one true way to really renew your car’s finish is to invest in repainting.
For flawless results, auto painting requires professional equipment and specialized training. This is the appearance of your prized baby’s paint we are talking about, so you don’t want to take it to some fly-by-night, coupon-in-the-mail shop.
Your friends at Gold Coast Auto Body are experts in restoration and painting. What’s more, we use BASF paints and coatings, the highest quality money can buy. So when the time comes to repaint, do yourself a favor and bring your vehicle to GCAB, a shop you can trust.
You want your vehicle looking like new. So do we.
For further information on prevention of sun damage, give this article a read.
If you are interested in learning more about restoring your car’s paint, check out this article.
And for more about BASF refinishing materials and techniques, log onto Refinish BASF.
Chicago. It’s our home. And there’s nowhere like it.
But for auto owners, Chicago living comes with its own unique challenges – one of those being Chicago weather. Of specific concern right now is the prospect of hail damage.
Certain parts of the world are more prone to hailstorms than others, and Chicago is definitely one of them. So it only makes sense to maintain a relationship with a quality autobody repair shop like Gold Coast Auto Body that can handle any damage in the most cost-effective and reliable way possible.
Of course, there are always those adventurous types who want to take the “do-it-yourself” route. And if you scan the Internet, you’ll find no shortage of DIY repair techniques. But do they work? Let’s take a look.
One popular DIY approach to hail damage repair is through the use of heat and cold. It’s a little more technical than applying ice and heat pads to a sprained ankle, but the principles are the same. Basically, the theory is that applying the right amount of heat will cause metal to expand. This will, in turn, theoretically cause small dents to “pop out.”
Dry ice is another method that is rumored to work to a certain degree. The story is that the extreme change in temperature from applying dry ice can sometimes result in dented metal popping back into something approaching original condition – with emphasis on the word “sometimes.”
Even if these methods work, keep in mind that the work will almost always require an expert touch-up by a body shop professional. It’s equally likely you’ll make the damage even worse and wind up with a lot bigger repair bill.
If you’re like most GCAB customers, you want your vehicle returned to showroom condition and that will involve bringing it in for expert repair.
The hood, roof, and trunk are the most likely places to absorb damage from a hailstorm. In most cases the preferred remedy is paintless dent repair, which we’ve covered extensively in an earlier Shop Talk post.
Of course, there’s also the reality that the hail damage to your car may be so severe that it will require repainting. In some extreme cases, entire panels may have to be removed and replaced. Obviously, that’s no job for a do-it-yourselfer.
According to this article in Auto Trends magazine, the average cost of repair for a passenger vehicle damaged in a hailstorm is $2,500. The article also reiterates the fact that Midwestern states are most prone to hail damage.
You may also want to reference this video from Excel Dent Removal in Blaine, Minnesota. It does an excellent job of showing how an experienced, professional shop like GCAB will repair hail damage the right way.
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