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!
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!
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!