Fall & Winter Paint Protection Makes Sense for Vancouver Motorists

  • November 10, 2018
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Many Vancouver motorists neglect their vehicles’ paint coat in fall and winter. Their thinking is probably something like this: “Why do it? It’s always raining, which washes off most of the road dust, so who cares if my car looks perfect in Vancouver’s rainy and snowy fall and winter?”

Actually, the reality is quite the opposite. Fall in British Columbia is the perfect time to get a professional paint protection (ceramic coating) for your investment, and, that’s exactly what your vehicle is…an investment.

Here is why fall and winter is the best time for paint protection for Vancouver motorists.

What is paint protection?

The majority of contaminants that scratch or harm your car’s finish occur in fall and winter months (road grime, road salt and sand when it snows, vehicle oils, hard-water spots from rain). If these accumulate over time, they will mar your car’s finish. By this time, no amount of washing and buffing will fix the damage. In fact, washing can make the problem worse, because many car washes and improper hand washing leave swirl marks and fine spider-webbing, even on new cars that have never been driven off the lot!

You may keep your vehicle safely in the garage or underground, but if you drive it from point A to point B, after the first year you will notice the tiny scratches and erosion from nature (birds, branches, rocks and gravel), road chemicals, and weather. These insults to vehicle aesthetics add up over the weeks and months to make the car’s finish look dull, so it looks older and more “used.”

Once this damage is done, you may want to fix it, but now it needs paint correction before a protective ceramic coating can be applied.

You can avoid the time and expense of paint correction in the spring by getting paint protection done in fall or early winter. If you, like many motorists, don’t protect your car in fall and winter, all the grit and grime will accumulate and damage your vehicle’s top coat and paint. The longer your car goes unprotected the worse the damage will become.

Check out this paint correction and protection results video montage.

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What’s the difference between paint protection and paint correction?

Paint correction is done before any protective coating is applied. In the paint correction process, trained technicians use specialized tools to resurface the entire top coat of the car. Paint correction can be a standalone service or a step during paint protection with ceramic coating.

For those of you who are considering paint touch-up, it’s a good idea to contact a paint correction specialist for an assessment because those scratched may not require expensive repainting or touch-ups. Because most scratches are in the top coat and not the paint beneath, if you fix the top coat, the scratch is eliminated. In many cases, even if the scratch has penetrated the top coat to the paint layer beneath, paint correction and ceramic coating can dramatically reduce their appearance, so much so that only a paint correction and protection specialist would know they are there. Car scratch repair doesn’t have to mean repainting!

Paint protection is the next step to a new looking vehicle. Paint correction creates a new base on which to add new paint protection with a special super-hard ceramic coating (we offer Opti-Coat at Gleamworks) that lasts for years. Opti-Coat paint protection comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, though the protection you get does last beyond the warranty expiry.

Ask us about paint correction and paint protection

If you’re considering paint correction or protection for your supercar, sports car, family sedan, van, SUV, pickup, RV or motorcycle, call Gleamworks at 778-554-6822 for a free assessment and estimate. Our location is convenient to both Vancouver and Richmond motorists.