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Slipstream - September 2017

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

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A Case for Coatings: New Chemistry Means Better Protection By Tony “Concorso” Varvel Image courtesy of the Author ver the years, we’ve all watched the advancement of many products and technologies O and have learned the hard way, many times, that most of the “technology” is nothing innovative at all. Rather, an adjustment in labeling or claim, a new bottle, and there you go: a new choice on the shelves. That being said, every once and while, a product comes along that is a legitimate advancement. In car care, quartz or ceramics coatings are the current discussion. Coatings technologies offer a combination of great looks and durability with an emphasis on durability. Waxes and synthetic polymers are usually good for 3-6 months, while coatings are good for 1-5 years depending on manufacturing and application requirements. Coatings bring a smaller, tighter molecular structure to the composition and thereby offer a more complete surface protection. No matter the manufacturer, the preparation process is critically important to the effectiveness of the coating. So let’s look at some of the basics in coatings prep. A good two-bucket wash is first. Blow dry if possible; otherwise, take clean microfibers and a little instant detailer, then wipe dry. The instant detailer will help clean a little more and offers lubricant to prevent further marring while drying. Now is a good time for a thorough close inspection of your paint. You can kill two birds with one stone by inspecting while claying or using a surface prep mitt on the paint. Many times, I can feel flaws in the paint more easily than than I can see them. Once prepped and areas for correction are identified, it’s time to start determining the best products and equipment for the job. Here’s a perfect example of when not to get in a hurry. Using the least aggressive materials possible, pick an obscure problem spot on the car and test your thinking. Polishes, microfiber discs, and foam pads come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and compositions, with all producing differing combined results. More patience is required here. After determining the right products to use, I start the actual correction of the paint. Working in 2 x 2 sections, I work over the surface of the entire car, while inspecting results constantly. Always be mindful of where you are on the car while working. Edges, intakes, fender folds, and other design features can be very fragile. Extreme caution is needed to prevent detailing disaster. Once paint is burned or polished through, the finish is damaged. No going back, so please exercise the utmost caution when working through the process. It may sound funny, but it is very easy to get “lost” in the work, and hitting a thin spot or weak edge can happen in the blink of an eye. Taping off questionable areas can save the worry as well. After polishing is completed, another round of cleaning is required. Most of the coating manufacturers offer a final surface cleaner prep as part of the process. It is imperative that you cover every square inch of the surface intended for coating. Residue of any type left on the paint surface will only inhibit the bonding of the coating to the paint. Once the surface is clean, you are ready to apply the first layer of coating product. Applying a coating may be can be as straight forward as spraying the product onto a microfiber cloth and wiping on, or liquid dripped onto a felt-covered sponge and applied in multiple layers. Either way, you can achieve great results. The key is to go slow and be very patient. Keep a keen eye on the exact area you are working on and make sure to finish that spot before moving on to the next. Once a coating is applied, you need to let it cure for at least 24 hours before exposing it to the elements or other cleaners. Once cured, a coating is extremely resistant to breakdown from degreasers and other heavy cleaners, and the impact resistance to bugs is unbelievable. The coating technologies offer great long-term protection for your paint and other car finishes. That does not mean that they are self-cleaning and can be neglected, but with a little help from us, the coatings make clean up a snap for the entire vehicle, while offering significant protection from Saturday morning wipe downs with your favorite detailing spray, as well as protection from the abuse of the local machine car washes. There is also a great amount of interest in the use of coatings designed specifically for your wheels. With the powerful brakes on your Porsche, you pay the price of a lot of brake dust. And yes, the rim coating products available do an amazing job of reducing brake dust build-up and make cleaning much easier. Pound for pound, coatings are the best the auto care industry has come up with for overall maintenance. They are well worth the time and effort to really protect your investment. I’ll leave you with a few words It’s all in the details of wisdom from the great Benjamin Franklin. He once said, “A little knowledge can be a dangerous weapon.” So be very careful and mindful that these are all imperfect sciences, and an abundance of caution is vital to a successful result. Until then . . . “Detail On!”. 31

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