Why Not “Do-It-Yourself”?

The dangers of handling D.I.Y. kits of paint sealants:

In almost all situations, the manufacturer/s cannot produce any scientific proof by industry authority whatsoever to back their products claims.

Is there ever a possibility of such one product does it all exists? Let’s examine further in factual details.

Reputable auto-care products manufacturers worldwide always produce two (2) distinctive quality grades for 2 different market segments i.e. PROFESSIONAL use and the D.I.Y. consumers. Let’s examine these differences based on its designed merits.

  • D.I.Y. products are actually hide and fill quick fix alternatives, a temporary measure that is not designed to last. This is because the manufacturers depend on these loyal consumers to create repeat purchases that will increase their annual sales turnover.
  • “For PROFESSIONAL use” products on the other hand, are usually of better quality with specific instructional usage and are more difficult to use. This is because to achieve the optimum paint “shine” end results it depends more on the technicians experiences, tools, skills, knowledge on paints’ properties and its limitations, correct manufacturers’ products’ application procedures, etc.

Facts for you to consider:

  1. There are definitely embedded acidic and corrosive pollutants in your car’s paint that constantly corrodes and oxidizes the paint through chemical burning, thus causing the paint’s gloss to deteriorate and turn dead, dull and oxidized.
  2. Most of the D.I.Y. kits are not professional auto-detailing workshop grades and/or are too inadequate in product range for a professional job. Most D.I.Y. manufacturers claim that their products are easy-to-use two steps applications, as easy as ABC. Unfortunately, this is not the truth, otherwise why would we need professionally trained technicians in auto-detailing workshops?
  3. There are essential tools like polishing machines, different grades of wool pads and sponge pads that are needed at different paint restoration processes. Knowledge and experiences and skills in polishing and/or paint restorations are the key factors that will determine the end results. You cannot learn or acquire these skills & knowledge in a few sessions. A technician needs constant practices on a daily basis to perfect these arts.

Due to the lack of knowledge and experience, most users of D.I.Y. kits end up with disappointing results, and worst of all, owners sometimes create irreversible damage that require a body paint re-spray to rectify.

When it comes to warranty claims, the manufacturer always dismisses liability claims because the products’ manufacturers know that D.I.Y. users are inexperience users and therefore, a simple refute on the basis by the products manufacturer claiming that their products application processes by the D.I.Y. users were not in accordance to manufacturer’s specified application procedures and that is enough grounds for the law to dismiss any claims against them. (note: most of the time, the manufacturers themselves are not familiar with the application process).

The Dangers of using cheap waxes and polishing products.

Waxing has been the most popular choice for auto paint maintenance since the beginning of the 20th Century and consumers have been naively following this ritual blindly without realizing that waxes cannot withstand our tropical climate as waxes begin to melt at temperature above 26 °C and our tropical climate temperatures are normally at the range between 32 °C to 36 °C.

Even when the car’s engine is warmed up, it would have reached 40 °C on the surface of the bonnet and front fenders of the car. This will cause the wax to melt, creating an oily and sticky surface that actually traps more pollutants like oil from exhaust fumes and particles like dust and sand while driving.

This is why when you wash a waxed car, the trapped fine sand and abrasive particles act like sand papers effects that scratched and cut deep into the paints’ properties thus creating hairline scratches.

Another important fact is that; the etching chemicals and solvents that are blended together into the wax products to make them more pliable for applications, are still active and attacking the paints’ molecular properties daily.

Even long after the waxing jobs were completed, its purpose is to accelerate the paints’ properties oxidation process thus making the paint look dull & dead in just 2 weeks so as to create repetition demand for waxing. That is the reason why car waxing/grooming companies offer packages as many as 12 times or more, for a 1 year contract.

Remember that each time you wax or polish your car, due to the products’ powerful etching solvents added, not only will it remove stubborn stains/pollutants and dead oxidized paints easily but inevitably it will also remove micron layers of good paint. Having said that, did you know that your car’s original paint thickness from factory is between 5 mils. to 6.5 mils? In layman terms, that is about the thickness of a strain of human hair.

Therefore, due to a car original paint thickness, a brand new car painted from the factory can only be thoroughly polished for approximately about ten (10) times throughout the lifetime of that car. It has been calculated that approximately ten (10) times of polishing will remove about thirty (30%) percent of paints properties. With this paint’s thinness (i.e. 30% less from original thickness), the Sun’s Ultra Violet (U.V.) radiation will cause irreversible oxidation (i.e. dull & “dead” paint effects) to the paints’ properties — the only remedy then is to respray your car!

So the question to ask yourself is whether waxing your car is a good thing or is it the opposite?

Teflon or P.T.F.E (Polytetrafluoroethylene)

Today, there are lots of car care products containing Teflon or PTFE claimed to be a revolutionary “paint protection” materials because of the success of cookwares’ pots and pans coated with Teflon that provides a non-stick surface.

Let’s examine the facts of Teflon/PTFE materials:-

Teflon/P.T.F.E. materials cannot cure/ bond to any substrate unless it is baked at above 400 °C to 700 °C for a good period of time based on the desired P.T.F.E. thickness. Otherwise the molecular properties of Teflon/ P.T.F.E. will still remain in its solid resins (powder-like) state and cannot dry/ harden/ cure onto any substrate, at such, the coating will be washed away after you bring your car to a car wash — not only will the coating be washed out, it will then leave more and bigger micron pores for pollutants to enter! Teflon/P.T.F.E can only cure using heat treatment.

How P.T.F.E are applied?

P.T.F.E is solid resins in powder form (at this stage the P.T.F.E can be electrically positively (+) charged and the substrate is negatively (-) charged for better magnetic polarity bonding), when heated at very high temperatures (400 °C to 700 °C) for a period of time till the P.T.F.E resins melt into liquid, after it cool and harden, it becomes a P.T.F.E film.

The process is very much like the way plastic bags are manufactured. Teflon/P.T.F.E film coating is also not scratch resistant or scratch proof as most auto detailers using P.T.F.E system would claim.

  1. To prove this fact, every kitchen wares pot & pans coated with Teflon/P.T.F.E would have a user instruction literature attached, advising users not to use steel/metal spatulas when using these P.T.F.E coated cookwares, as the P.T.F.E coated film can be easily scraps-off/scratch-off and mixed into the food. Use only wooden or plastic P.T.F.E coated spatulas when using these P.T.F.E coated pots & pans.
  2. In reality, car paint going through oven-baking process in factories or aftermarket car painting workshops are set at between 80 °C to 100 °C and baked for about 40 minutes to an hour to dry/cure the paints’ molecular properties. Any temperature above 110 deg. C is considered dangerous as it may trigger the air-bags to explode, possibly the gas tank may also explode; the plastics and rubber parts in the car may start to melt, and the car may catch fire. So, how is it possible for after-market Teflon/PTFE products to cure/ stick to car paint (at room temperatures) and act as “paint protection” coatings as claimed by car grooming companies?
  3. DuPont is the founder of Teflon and a letter was issued by DuPont that none of their car care products contain Teflon. Why? It’s because of the points mentioned in para 1 and 2.
  4. There are unscrupulous auto grooming companies out in the market claiming that their PTFE coatings are patented and were used by the U.S. Navy. To get these claims & facts correct, we had done investigations and the results are as follows:-
    1. The patent belongs to a radar dish-shape antenna manufacturer in the U.S. who supplied and installed these radar dishes onto the US Navy fleet. The results are that the patented PTFE systems are not coated onto the whole ship as “paint protection”, but only on the radar dish!
    2. All combat vehicles in the world, Land, Sea and Air, are painted with a special military code, anti radar detection paints. These special paints are specifically designed to deflect and absorb radar-wave so as to avoid detection by enemies. PTFE film does not have such anti-radar detection properties. Furthermore, all combat vehicles are not supposed to have a shiny surface that easily reflect light that can be visibly detected easily by enemies. Therefore, the results are contradicting to the military requirements.
    3. There is no military organization in the world that issues letter of endorsements for these 3 reasons:
      • Military is not a commercial organization that sells products. So why should they issue letter of endorsement?
      • All military products used are purchased using a “part” code system and not letter of endorsement.
      • All military products used are restricted information to prevent sabotage at source by enemies.