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!