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!