While the warm weather that’s now settling over Calgary is certainly welcome after several months of frigid, freezing temperatures, not all aspects of the melting snow are good. You’ve undoubtedly noticed a build-up of snow, slush, mud, dirt, and salt on your car – especially with the record-breaking dumps of snow we’ve gotten already in 2018 – and all of the grit, moisture, and corrosive minerals that coat your car’s components can spell big trouble down the road. But you probably already knew all of that. What you might not be aware of is the effect that de-icing agents have on your vehicle as well.
Different from just salt and gravel, de-icing agents are preventative solutions that are applied to road surfaces around the city in anticipation of snowy conditions. While this is a great idea for keeping your tires from slipping, it’s not so good for the metal that makes up your chassis and panels! In Calgary, the solution is composed of calcium chloride, and snow and ice stand little chance of resisting it…but neither does your car’s finish, especially in the spring. As the molecules from the salts dissolve into the meltwater, and the temperatures get warmer and more reaction-friendly, it makes rust nearly impossible to avoid and very quick to take hold. You can have hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage after a single year, and noticeable structural and panel rusting after just a few more.
And just in case you’re tempted to think that it’s only exposed metal that you need to worry about – the same chemical processes that wreak havoc with rust can break their way through factory clearcoats as well! As the salt reacts with environmental water over time, it creates a mild acidic effect that will eventually discolor, fade, and destroy a regular clearcoat. And once that happens, it’s not long before the metal beneath falls victim, too.
If you’re serious about preventing rust on your vehicle, then having a strong layer between the salty water outside and the metal down beneath your paint is the best way to do that. Luckily, at SR International, we carry a full selection of car protection coatings and vehicle films that offer superior protection across the body of your car or truck! Different than a simple wax, these coatings are molecularly bonded to your finish at a microscopic level, filling in the gaps that would otherwise allow harmful water and ions in. Having one of these Titanium or Ceramic treatments done can not only save you money on rusting, fading, and discoloration down the road, but it will help your paint keep its shine, protect from chips and scratches, and defend against the onslaught of natural debris, like bird or tree droppings, that every vehicle faces in its lifetime. And the best part? They need no maintenance, they are easy to clean, and they cannot be removed by simply washing the car, like wax. All of this adds up to one of the most effective rust-prevention treatments out there!
Find out how we can help you by giving us a call at 403-230-1166, checking out some of our past work on Facebook or Instagram, or just dropping by the shop at 80-4797 22 St SE in Calgary, Alberta. We look forward to helping you – and your car – live up to your full potential out on the road!
Beware car coating companies that mislead you.
Imagine that you’ve just dropped some money on a brand-new coating for your car – one of those fancy “9H” layers that you’ve heard about. So you take your wheels to the car wash to make it shine, and before you even leave the wash bay, you realize that you’ve already got some scratches wearing through
Don’t let this happen to you! It pays to know what you’re dealing with when you’re talking about available coatings.
9H is often touted as a magical, quick solution that will protect your vehicle from everything short of a head-on collision, but this is not necessarily the case. For many coatings, even using a dirty cloth or brush – which can have particles, sand, dirt, or other debris stuck inside – can lead to scratches and scuffs if they are used on the paint. And furthermore, the coatings are not nearly as tough or durable as many shops lead you to believe: while many shops mislead their customers by claiming that 9H refers to the Moh’s Scale of Hardness – meaning the coating is nearly as hard as diamonds – they are simply scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof, and are about as hard as the graphite in a 9H pencil.
Now, to be fair, it is harder than a regular clear coat that comes on the car from the dealership…but if you want true traffic and weather protection, it’s best to invest in something that not only sits on the paint, but actually bonds to it, seals up the molecular gaps, and most importantly, lasts a long time and will not wear off by simple everyday activities. And for that kind of protection, you’ll have to look farther than just a regular 9H designation – you need nanotechnology!
The CS-II Ceramic Coating that we use at SR International sets a new standard for automotive protection – it is incredibly durable, exceptionally effective, and requires nothing more than a thin, one-time application. This is because it’s formulated to adhere to the paint below it, and fill in any minute imperfections at a molecular level, leading to a smooth surface that cannot be easily penetrated by dust, organic debris, or even a pressure washer stream.
If you’re extra serious about your vehicle’s paint protection, you can’t get any better than our premium coating, the CS-II Titanium. This 2-stage process coating packs the punch of the ceramic version, but adds an extra crystalline layer that offers unparalleled resistance to everything that a road vehicle encounters when you drive it.
So look for more than just the 9H code on the bottle that you buy – after all, you want your investment to deliver for years to come. Our crew at SR International in Calgary, Alberta is ready to help you choose the solution that’s best for you – whether it’s a coating, a film, a sealant, hydrophobic glass treatment, or one of our many other products – and we are passionate about making sure you drive away happy. Simply use our contact form, give us a call at 403-230-1166, or stop in to our shop in southeast Calgary at #80, 4797 22 St SE. We look forward to meeting you!
Windshield Film in Calgary
Here at SR International, we offer plenty of reasons to get your paint protected with film and sealants – and plenty of products to do just that. But it’s far less common to hear about the options you have for protecting your windshield and other automotive glass, even though it’s just as important as the paint on your vehicle.
Windshields are no longer just solid pieces of glass that protect the inside of your car or truck – with the rise of microchips and other technology inside the engine and the dashboard, modern windshields function as the screen on an extremely advanced computer. In some new BMWs they have heaters for defrosting, sensors for weather and driving conditions, wires for data transfer, LCD modules for displaying environmental information, and more. As such, windshields have become one of the most sensitive and important parts of your vehicle. Now think of the hazards that they face every day!
Whether it’s extreme heat or cold, UV rays, rock chips, animal or insect debris, salt from plowed city streets, or all of the above, the glass in front of our eyes takes a lot of punishment. And beyond that, we need it to be clear of problems so that we can drive to the best of our ability, without putting ourselves in danger. When you consider all of these factors, it just makes sense to protect your windshield!
A hydrophobic windshield coating is a good first step, but that doesn’t offer heavy-duty protection against the elements. For that, you need a proper film. You need ExoShield, which is supplied to us from Alchemy and is hands-down one of the best things you can do for one of your vehicle’s vulnerable areas. It’s so thin that you can barely even tell that it’s there, but its state-of-the-art nanotechnology makes a huge difference: it can increase impact resistance from rocks and other debris up to 6 times, and it blocks virtually all (99.9%) of UV light coming in, which protects not only your eyes and skin, but the interior of your vehicle as well. And just so you know you’re really getting your money’s worth, Alchemy includes a two-year/50,000 km warranty on all new purchases.
A modern windshield can cost thousands of dollars to replace due to the technology inside it. If you’re driving around Alberta’s highways, with the sheer amount of big, heavy-industry vehicles we have here (tractors, oil and gas trucks, farming equipment, tractor-trailers, and so on), then you are at risk of chips and cracks more often than you think. As we always like to say, it’s much better to prevent an issue in the first place, than to be forced into fixing it later, when you have no choice but to pay more!
And one of our favourite parts? ExoShield makes the entire windshield process more eco-friendly. It means less windshields being replaced (which reduces greenhouse gases in manufacturing by up to 20 kg per unit), and less glass ending up in the landfill, where it can take up to a million years to decompose.
To learn more about getting a solid layer of protection on your windshield, visit SR International in Calgary, Alberta at our shop, between Deerfoot Trail and Blackfoot Trail at 80-4797 22 St SE. We can be reached by phone at 403-230-1166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you make your car the best that it can be!
Car Coating Maintenance
So you finally made the decision and went ahead with some of the best paint protection you can get for your vehicle’s paint job. Nicely done! Whether you started with the Vision 50 to see how it holds up, or you went straight for the CS-II Titanium for extreme protection, you made the right choice. But now, as time goes on, you find yourself wondering: what’s the best way to make sure these coatings stay effective?
Contrary to what you might think, even though the coatings are durable, tough, and long-lasting, they do require maintenance in order to work to their top potential. Regular driving through dusty highways and roads, debris from the wind and the rain, insect and animal pollutants, and environmental substances like sap all have a detrimental effect on the overall quality of the coating. On top of that, in Calgary the roads are graded with gravel and salt, which makes a corrosive mud that will stick to your vehicle and slowly – but surely! – eat away at anything beneath it. Obviously, the more you can avoid this, the longer your coating will last!
The first step is to make sure you wash your car enough. In the winter, many vehicles get washed far less frequently than in the spring and summer, which means all the grime sticks to it for a long time, causing a degradation in the hydrophobic properties. Simply washing your car or truck once a week with mild soap can greatly contribute to keeping your paint protection in good shape.
Beyond that, another good habit to be in is to bring your vehicle in for a yearly decontamination process after winter. Our paint protection technicians use specialized chemical, a specific type of clay bar, and a microfiber cloth to pick up contaminants from your paint and get rid of them safely and properly. While this procedure can be done yourself (and any degree of it is better than nothing), you simply can’t beat the knowledge and tools that our technicians have when it comes to keeping your coating fresh.
So whether you have the most expensive paint protection, or the least (it doesn’t matter – they both need the same maintenance to keep operating at peak level), continue your good investment by taking care of it all through the year! A proper coating on a vehicle can keep the paint looking stylish and new for months, or even years, when it’s maintained well. And there’s no feeling like driving down a busy street in a ride that shines strongly enough to turn heads!
If you need assistance on keeping your coating up to the level you like, or if you want more information on how to get one for your vehicle, talk to the professional and knowledgeable staff at SR International in Calgary, Alberta. We can even protect your windows, rims, leather, and fabric with some of the leading products in the automotive world! Give us a call at 403-230-1166 or or even find us on Facebook and Instagram. We can’t wait to show you what we can do!
Car Coatings On Top Of Paint Protection Film
Here at SR International, we’ve been busy for a long time getting Calgary car owners set up with true protection on their paint jobs. When people see our selection of coatings and films, they often ask us which we would recommend – but that decision comes down to a lot of factors, and there are always a few people who want the best of both worlds. But did you know that you actually can have both? Putting a coating on film is uncommon, but it’s completely possible and it does have some benefits over one or the other.
The underlying film layer provides superior protection against rock chips and scratches, which is great for long highway drives, side streets, and general wear and tear over time. The paint protection coating, on the other hand, gives a whole array of bonuses. It increases glossiness, making your whole vehicle shine; it provides better chemical resistance against bugs, tree sap, particulates in rainwater, and bird droppings; it’s super-hydrophobic, making car washes a breeze – and it adds another layer between the outside environment and the film, making it easier to clean and wipe off when you want to go back to that showroom finish. And the best part is, it doesn’t void your film’s warranty. It actually adds value to your paint job!
Since the coating doesn’t bond quite as strongly to the film as it does to the paint on a molecular level, the coating will not last as long as, say, our Titanium products. But you can expect to get a year of life out of it, which is plenty of time to enjoy the benefits and impress your neighbours!
If you’re still not sold on the advantages of getting a nano-coating on your car or truck – well, we’ll let our reviews speak for themselves. You don’t want to go into the tough Calgary winter (after the sweltering summer months) without something to protect your paint from the wind, rain, frost, and snow. Give us a call at 403-230-1166, or visit us at our new location at #80, 4797 22 St SE, near the intersection of Deerfoot Trail and Peigan Trail. We look forward to helping you get the most out of your vehicle’s paint job!
Ceramic Car Coating in Calgary
At the car wash, you’ve likely seen the button on the machine that lets you apply a wax to your car – supposedly to get a nice shine and a protective seal over the paint of your car. But how effective can it really be? You spray it on, let it sit for a minute, and then rinse it off again…does it really do anything? And if not, where can you find something that does?
It’s as easy as this: ceramic car coating.
Usually you don’t think of automotive paint jobs and ceramic coating going together, but it’s true – the next generation of car paint protection is a highly resistant and hydrophobic compound that can be likened to the hardness and luster of ceramic. CS-II International has developed this coating to not only protect your vehicle’s paint job from extreme heat, cold, dust, and impacts, but also to keep it clean and shiny throughout all the hurdles that your driving conditions can throw at you.
A ceramic car coating uses extremely precise nanotechnology that allows part of its molecular structure to interlock with the molecules in your paint, resulting in a semi-permanent coating that provides a long-term shine and resistance while only needing a single, thin application. This car coating cannot be washed off like a wax, and will not come off with water, alkaline, soaps or detergents, or even pressure washers, and it will greatly reduce penetration of heat, cold, and UV into the sensitive paints below.
Ceramic car coatings also protect from scratches, colour fading, rust, oxidation and corrosion, chemical wear, and other environmental contaminants, such as those from bird droppings or bugs. They last longer than other waxes, yet require neither additional cure time during application nor special shampoo or cleaning solutions afterward. In fact, another bonus of these coatings is that there is a hydrophobic component built in, which means water and contaminants will run directly off the ceramic coating and onto the ground – leaving your finish clear, reflective, and looking like it just came out of the dealership showroom!
If you’re serious about keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape, then ceramic car coatings are just one option that’s available to you. At SR International, we have many to choose from to suit all kinds of budgets and styles – ranging from the full Titanium package, to total paint protection film, to glass coatings that make it easier to see when it’s raining, and much more. Head over to our Interior and Exterior products (did you know we even do fabric and leather coating?) and browse to see what we’ve got for you.
Come by our shop at #105 2845 23 St NE, or email email@example.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!
The SR International Car Paint Protection Process
As one of the leaders in automotive paint protection, the techniques used at SR International go far beyond the usual spray-on coatings that you might find elsewhere. With a focus not only on high-quality protection, but on a final result that you’ll be proud to show off and recommend, we’re committed to making each vehicle we treat look as good as it did in the new car showroom.
Are you wondering how we do it? Here’s a quick walkthrough of our car paint protection process that we give to every car or truck that comes in to our shop. From top to bottom, we offer a whole new level of paint protection that’s impossible to miss!
1. Hand Wash
Many shops and car washes use foam brushes or other abrasives to do the first round of cleaning on your vehicle’s exterior. But this can actually damage the integrity of the paint! The bristles themselves may be too stiff, or even worse, dirt, small pebbles, and other particles trapped in the brush can scrape or scratch the paint surface. Because of this, we cover the whole vehicle using a foam gun and high quality soap solution that cleans and degreases as it drips, and after a few minutes to soak, we rinse it off without the use of brushes. This allows any built-up dirt to naturally flow off and away.
2. The Clay Bar
Over time, microscopic dust particles pile up on your car paint and create an uneven, bumpy surface – to see for yourself, simply run your hand across your hood and feel it under your fingertips. If this debris doesn’t come off with a regular wash, it will require a little more attention, which is where the clay bar comes in.
Clay bars, when used with proper lubrication, act as a smoothing agent that gets rid of all the surface imperfections on your paint surface. We use these bars to make a smooth, level surface for our vehicle coatings to adhere to – and it shows! The smoother the surface, the shinier and more reflective it seems when we’re done.
3. Power Polishing
If you’ve already driven your car or truck for a while, chances are you have some minor cosmetic scratches or rock chips that you might not even be aware of. To minimize the effect of these, we go over every inch of the exterior to check for any imperfection, and use a Dual Action power polisher to smooth out any rough edges. These polishers use a high-quality compound and a foam pad to restore your vehicle paint back to its original shine, and can sometimes remove small scratches entirely.It ensures that the paint below the final protective coating is in its best possible condition before it’s sealed.
4. Lint-free Wipes and Final Cleaning
After all of this polishing and cleaning, dust and other debris can be scattered across the paint surface, so it’s necessary to do another cleaning before the coating is applied. We rinse off the exterior and use a microfiber cloth to wick away all remaining moisture and the silicon particles trapped in it. After all this, we’re finally ready to apply the car coating!
5. The Application
The specifics of this step will vary slightly based on the level of coating you’re getting, but the basics are the same. Using a single applicator, we start at one end of the vehicle and cover every panel of the exterior, making sure to cover whole sections at a time for consistency. This coating is allowed to soak in for a while, adhering to the top of the paint layer and solidifying into a strong, impermeable barrier before the excess is removed. The final result is a seal that protects from moisture, impacts, UV radiation, temperature fluctuations, and natural corrosives (like bird droppings). The hydrophobic component causes water to flow off as well, making car washes a breeze for years to come.And as an added bonus, as this step is done the sealant settles by itself, creating a totally smooth and level surface that is highly reflective – giving your vehicle a shine that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Once the product has been applied and the excess removed, the vehicle is ready to go! With an unbelievable level of renewed shine, you’ll be turning heads as soon as you’re back on the road. That is our unmatched car paint protection process!
CS-II Car Coatings
You got the hardest part out of the way: finding yourself a new vehicle that drives, feels, and above all, looks great. Vehicles are one of the biggest investments you’ll make through your life, and you want to make sure that yours stays at its best for as long as possible. You've heard of CS-II Car Coatings but what's their deal? You trust your engine to the mechanics, and you know you’ll keep it clean, but what can you do about the paint job – the part of your car or truck that is hit the heaviest by freezing cold and baking sun, rock chips, bird droppings, tree sap, and dozens of other weathering agents?
You can get the ultimate in car paint protection.
These days, a simple wax coating and polish just isn’t enough. You need a protective layer that not only keeps your vehicle looking its best, but offers inherent hardness, shine, and resistance to chemicals and temperature. And there’s only one brand that will provide all of this in one package, and last for years after it’s applied – and that’s CS-II.
CS-II car coatings are developed by a detailer, specifically for detailers. Founded in Singapore in 1995, they’ve had more than two decades to perfect their formula, and since the start have proudly maintained their status as a manufacturer – not just a label that goes on the bottle. And since 2011, they’ve had a branch in California due to the increasing demand in North America.
What makes CS-II Car Coatings Different?
Many after-market car coatings now put a single layer of SiO2 quartz molecules over your paint – which is somewhat effective, BUT... doesn’t account for the many gaps between the large molecules, where water and chemicals can intrude and wear it away quickly. CS-II car coatings, unlike the others, have a unique interlocking system of molecules, comprised of three distinct layers that perform three different functions.
In CS-II car coatings, the silica layer makes the coating hard and durable; the nitrogen layer fills in the gaps to create an impenetrable barrier and further bond the quartz together; and the fluorine layer adds a super-hydrophobic component, further protecting from invasive water droplets. The end result is a long-lasting and unbeatable coating that keeps your paint looking fresh and new, while also offering supreme resistance.
The benefits go beyond just the coating itself, though. Because of this interlocking system, and due to the efficiency of the application method invented by Richard Lin of Show Car Detailing in Anaheim, we can achieve a thicker coat the first time – so additional reapplications of resins or boosters are unnecessary. The only maintenance needed is regular washing and a once-in-a-while decontamination of the top layer if the vehicle has been through some heavy use. Because CS-II is air-cured, no baking is required, either – which will save a lot of wear and tear on your paint and body panels through the process.
CS-II doesn’t need any expensive products to maintain, and has several different coating options to suit your budget – though, overall, it can be more affordable than other coatings that require several layers to apply. And the best part? CS-II has a strict certification program for all installers, which means that anyone who is using it has been highly trained and tested on their abilities. When it comes to taking care of your paint job, there is simply no better option than CS-II’s Glass, Ceramic Coatings, or Titanium Coatings.
And who better to apply those coatings than the people who are licensed Canadian distributors and trainers of the process and materials? Visit SR International today, at 80-4797 22nd Street SE Calgary, Alberta, to find out how you can get a CS-II protective coating for your vehicle, and have it looking new for years to come. If you’re unsure, just have a look at our online reviews and you’ll quickly see what a good investment it is!
The True Cost Of Keeping Your Car Protected
We’ve all been there in some form or another: stuck behind that semi truck on Deerfoot Trail, driving under a horde of pigeons, parked below a sap-oozing pine tree, barreling through the swaths of insects that flood the prairies and foothills every summer….however it happens, we all know the annoyance of dealing with rock chips, bug guts, bird droppings, and all the rest of the problems that pop up while we’re driving. When you throw in the extreme temperature range between summer and winter, the salt on our roads, and the mud and grit of long commutes around the city – it’s a wonder our vehicles ever look good at all!
So all this goes to show – protecting your vehicle, which is many people’s most expensive investment, is serious business. But are those fancy coatings really any better than the sealants and wax that your dad has sworn by for years? Do long, scientific-sounding names translate to better protection against the elements? And is it really worth it to spend your money on something that you can’t even see?
Well, as it turns out – yes, they are; yes, they do; and yes, it is!
Think about it. The first thing you look at when you’re noticing, or buying, or admiring a vehicle, is how it looks on the outside. Nobody looks twice at a rusted, old sedan, but if you go past in an immaculate and shiny car – heads will turn! Now, traditional waxes and sealants look great – for about a day or two, and then they wear away, even without the help of rain or snow. Even medium- and pro-grade waxes would take endless removals and reapplications to make them worth the trouble of having them in the first place. And at the end of the day, you want a product that will last long, do what it’s supposed to, and ideally have additional benefits as well (like increasing the resale value of your vehicle).
That’s where we come in.
When you factor in the costs of car washes, wax supplies, reapplications, time spent maintaining sub-par products, inconvenience, and money lost off the top if you ever choose to sell your vehicle, the best choice becomes clear: investing in one of our top-of-the-line, ultimate finish protection solutions. Equipped with CS-II Premium coatings, we have various grades to suit your needs, ranging from simple glass coverage to a complete vehicle package that is guaranteed to protect your paint job for years to come.
And for an investment as large as your vehicle, that’s exactly what you should be going for. A long-term solution that keeps giving back long after the initial cost has been paid off.
So if you want to learn more about our coatings, or to book your vehicle in to get one, give SR International a call at 403.230.1166 or come to visit us in northeast Calgary at #105-2845 23 St NE (just off Barlow Trail). You can see some of our Titanium Coating in action in this video or even see how we can help protect your car interior as well with our fabric sealant (it’s perfect for anyone with kids). We look forward to meeting you and seeing how we can make your vehicle look its best – and stay that way!
See more easily while also protecting!
In past entries, we’ve talked about paint protection and sealant, and why it’s important to take proper care of the paint job on your vehicle. From car waxes to car coatings to extremely durable car film, there are many ways to add that extra “wow factor” to your car or truck. But there’s an area that’s easy to overlook while you’re focused so much on the paint: all the glass that’s around it!
The glass on your vehicle is subjected to the same harsh elements as the paint job: brutal heat in summer and biting cold in winter, rock chips and pitting, build-up of dirt and salt, and droppings from trees, birds, and insects. And since the glass is one of the most important parts of a vehicle’s design – for obvious reasons – we like to care for it in the same way we do for the rest: with protection and prevention!
We want to introduce you to CS-II ClearVue Glass Treatment, an invisible and easy-to-clean protective coating that creates an ultra-long-lasting shield on glass and mirrors. When treated, the surface becomes hydrophobic, meaning that water will not stick to it and rolls right off. This not only keeps the glass cleaner over time – as much of the fluid kicked up during normal driving, like rain or snow, won’t stick in the first place – but it makes cleaning much easier, as a small amount of water and a mild detergent will quickly take care of any dust particles or smears.
The safety benefits of this are obvious, but it also has an effect on the overall value of your vehicle as well. The improved clarity and visibility can improve your reaction time and reduce glare from oncoming lights, making every trip safer, and it offers increased resistance against small road debris, insect and bird residue, and chemical corrosion. And when it comes time to wash, watch the water pick up any stray dirt and roll right off your windows immediately!
So whether you’ve already taken the first steps of paint protection and you want full coverage on your vehicle, or you’re brand-new to it all and want to see what a difference the proper products can make – visit SR International today to see how we can help. We’re committed to making your vehicle look its best, and making sure it stays that way for years to come. We’re located in southeast Calgary at 80-4797 22nd Street, or you can give us a call at 403.230.1166 for more information. We can’t wait to meet you!