Paint Prep and Wax - Mothers
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Paint Prep and Wax

If you’re reading this it means that like every other motor enthusiast out there, you want to bring your passion for your ride to the fore in the perfect coat of wax. It doesn’t matter how the rest of your car gleams – true perfection is only achieved through the polishing and waxing process that gives your vehicle that showroom finish. This is our forte; it’s how Mothers® started out – with car wax products. We know wax. We know how it should be done and how to prep the canvas for its masterpiece. And in this section we’re going to share our insider tips with you – from paint prep to wax finish.

BUT FIRST A CRASH COURSE IN AUTOMOTIVE PAINT


The beautiful layer of color on your ride is so much more than what it looks like. In older cars, the traditional method of coating is referred to as single-stage paint. The paint you see is a coat of color applied to a layer of primer. When cars are made, the metal body is given an anticorrosive cathodic coating, and the primer is applied directly to this, bonding with the body of the vehicle. The color coat – the part we see – is the layer that then bonds with the primer. So even though there are really three layers to the coatings on your vehicle, you work on the topmost single-stage color paint. It is for this reason that you will sometimes see a bit of color on the polish applicator or cloth.

In newer cars, most factories today make use of multi-stage paints. This name refers to the various stages involved in the application process. Durability and longevity is the name of the game and paint formulations have changed to accommodate this, causing the application process to change as well. Paints are baked using specialized lights to help increase their durability. In the application process, the vehicle’s body is coated with an anticorrosive before the primer. Then a very thin coat of color is applied, followed by a thicker clear coat. So when you polish multi-stage paint you won’t see any of the color on the cloth or applicator like you would with single-stage paint. The topmost clear coat acts as a protective layer for the color, and will crust and flake when it’s in expiration stages. This means it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.