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!
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!
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!