Some of the car washers recommends me to polish my car to protect the paint from dust and bird droppings. They say that the paint surface is not slippery and it is rough.
I wonder (scientifically) if this will give any harm to the paint? I mean covering all the paint with a thin transparent film. Many car washers or the vendors that sells those equipment are very sure themselfes that it won't give any harm but protects but I am not very sure about it.
polishing your paint effectively puts a protective layer over the paint, so yes it does protect the paint to a degree. Although, marketing schemes have to be considered, generally a polish every 4-6 months will suffice
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Yes, I was mentioning waxing, a thin layer on the surface.
In fact, this layer will "logically" protect the paint from dust, bird droppings etc. however I remember before those new waxing techniques, many people were suggesting those polishing techniques. Now they say that it was damaging the surface; now they recommend this new waxing technique.
The paint of my Mustang is not bad at all, only surface is not very slippery and I need to wash it every weekend to clean the bird droppings.
My previous car Renault had regional color lost because of the sunlight, and I had polished it. After a year it became even worser. Then I repaint all the body to get rid of those problems.
I would like to use my Mustang many years so I do not want to make a mistake that would cost me alot.
Those whom are using waxing:
- Do you need to do it every 6 months or year?
- Will it be a problem if not repeat the waxing?
- Will this wax be lost by time?
- Will it give any harm to the paint because of the chemical reactions? (by time)
I also wonder if this technique is very useful, why the car manufactures aren't using it especially for the expensive cars like BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes?
I thought waxing protected paint, putting a layer on it, whereas polishing just makes the paint shinier and brighter.
Yeah I thought this was the case also. I polish & then wax my ED every 4-6 weeks because it is kept outside. This is in accordance with Meguiars' '2-step system' that I read about once. My understanding is that the polish keeps the paint looking good whilst the wax protects it. However I'm not sure whether polish can be harmful to your paint when you use it so often or not. It would be really nice to hear from an expert on this one. I'm looking to buy a new ute soon & I'd like to know how to look after the paint perfectly.
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