Second only to houses, cars are usually among the most expensive things that people will own throughout their lives. Whether you’ve gotten a great deal on a pre-owned vehicle or you’ve finally driven your brand-new dream car away from the dealership, it’s an investment that you’ve made towards your future, and you want it to last. This isn’t just about what’s under the hood, though – it’s always important to keep your vehicle looking good.
The quality of the paint job is the first thing that people notice about any vehicle, and the difference between a good one and a bad one is staggering. While the sheen and gloss of a great paint job is always satisfying to see, paint does more than just show off your fashion sense – it protects the underlying metal, prevents rust, and mitigates scratches and abrasions. It’s the first line of defense against the elements as you drive, and without it, vehicles would rust and fall apart in no time.
But what happens when even this protective layer of paint needs protection? After all, there are plenty of nasty chemicals out there that will eat away at it – tree sap, bird droppings, acid rain – and all it takes are a few badly-placed rock chips to allow moisture and rust to invade. Is there a product that will raise the defenses on your car’s vulnerable areas, while making its paint look even better than new, for years to come?
Well, as it happens – yes, there is!
For a long time, the only option available to car owners were wax coatings. Whether they were natural (like carnauba) or synthetic, the big issue was this: they are very short-lived! They had gloss and minor protection, but sunlight, rain, and simply the passage of time would wear it away in a matter of days to weeks. After this came the age of paint sealants, which are polymers derived from amino functional fluids. While they last a bit longer – 3 to 6 months – the thin coating is ineffective against cleaners with solvents and corrosive natural chemicals.
That brings us to now – the third generation of paint protection. At SR International, we use the CS-II series: a no-paste, no-wax formula that is specially designed to work on all finishes and varnishes. It uses nanotechnology to interlock the molecules of the coating with the paint in a titanium crystal layer that is the finest automotive paint protection on the planet. This coating is second-to-none when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s paint.
Before we apply the coating, we permanently remove scratches from your current paint job. In addition to offering superb future scratch resistance, preventing rust and corrosion, maintaining high-gloss sheens, and reducing cleaning costs, the coatings are also “super-hydrophobic” and will not be removed by using water. This means that one investment will last you for years – yes, years!
If you’re serious about protecting your car through the wild fluctuations of Calgary weather (and its notorious roads, full of winter gravel), then there is no other solution that even comes close to SR International’s paint protection coating. And while you’re at it, check out our Nano-1 Alfa 45 Rim Coating to keep your wheels looking slick and shiny! Contact us at 403-230-1166 to discuss how you can get the world’s best automotive protection, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re in the area, visit us in southeast Calgary at 80-4797 22nd Street!
It’s November and Calgary has had its first blast of icy winter weather. While the blowing snow, fog, early darkness, and slippery roads are all parts of winter driving that we have to deal with, many people overlook another aspect that can cause just as much damage over the long term.
When your vehicle comes off the assembly line, the paint has a factory sealant on it that is there to protect against the elements – and in turn, against rust and corrosion. In Canada’s harsh weather conditions – constant warming and cooling, wet, heavy snowfalls, massive hailstorms – this coating fades quickly, and is often not enough to really do the job that it needs to do. Add in the fact that our city’s streets get a liberal coating of salt and gravel to help de-ice them all winter long, and that we wash our cars less because it’s cold outside – now you’ve got a perfect recipe for a failing paint job, which not only look bad, but can mean costly repairs when sections rust away or corrode underneath.
So what can be done about this?
Many places will claim that wax or a simple paint sealant are enough – but that’s what came out of the factory, and they just don’t stand up to the weather or acidic debris like bird waste or tree sap. It’s not enough to keep your car protected down to the metal over the long haul. That’s why we at SR International in Calgary use the expertly-developed CS-II specialized paint coating.
Not just a flimsy film, our incredible CS-II Paint Protection Coating uses a superior no-wax, no-paste formula that is specifically designed to work with all finishes and varnishes. It uses a combination of polymers and resin to create a thick and durable, yet incredibly tough, layer of protection on all exterior paint surfaces, including alloys. It allows your paint to flex with the temperature, and best of all, it requires no maintenance other than regular washing. This coating will not be removed through washing or with chemical cleaners – it’s a lot tougher than that! Only machine polishing will remove it once it has cured.
If you’re still not convinced that will be enough to protect your vehicle – like if you do lots of driving in areas with loose gravel or truck traffic – then take a look at our Paint Protection Film. It’s the most effective method of keeping your vehicle chip- and scratch-free while you’re on the road. Applied to heavily-hit areas like the hood, fenders, mirrors, and pillars, the thermoplastic urethane film has memory cells built in that transfer impact energy over a wider area, meaning that rocks, bugs, and other debris will have far less ability to ruin your paint and shine. It even has a self-healing quality that allows light scratches and abrasions to “heal” out of the film when heat is applied. It also improves your vehicle’s resale value by keeping the front end in great condition for much longer.
We use Suntek Paint Protection Film (though we will use 3M if you would prefer), as Suntek has superior optical clarity, ease of installation and warranty. When this film is installed, your car will look like it just rolled out of the showroom for a long time to come!
Now is the perfect time to take action on this, before the really cold weather hits us here in Calgary. To get hooked up with professional CS2 Paint Protection Coating or Suntek Paint Protection Film be sure to visit SR International at 105-2845 23 St NE, or call us at 403-230-1166 to find out how we can help your car get protected for this winter and beyond!