Common Car Appearance Problems
Milk, yogurt and other dairy products can generate foul smells just after a few warm days. These need to be extracted as soon as possible. Coffee, soft drinks, and other acidic drinks smell are more tolerable but will quickly spread beneath the car’s seats and carpets.
The fading of headlight covers or lenses (yellowing) is common for vehicles older than five years and regularly parked outside in the sun. Cut &polish can correct this problem.
A gritty surface is more difficult to detail. Additionally rough surfaces are difficult to polish and compromise the shine. Paint smoothening is often required for dark-coloured cars, mainly over the horizontal surfaces such as the bonnet and roof.
PAINT SWIRLS ALL OVER THE CAR
This is caused by carwash or poor washing and cleaning techniques. For minor swirls, it is better to hide them with a layer of wax or sealant. Major swirls can be removed by polishing or compounding. However, a layer of paint will be removed in the process and cutting too deep will compromise the paint’s durability.
Bird droppings and chemical contamination are the main causes of paint problems. Some of these can be baked right through the two layers of paint and sometimes cannot be removed safely. Bird droppings should be removed immediately during the hot summer months.
SCRATCHES DUE TO WASHING
These are caused by sand that are stuck onto the paintwork. Rubbing the sand with a foam or towel is like rubbing a sandpaper against your car. There are various methods of cleaning your car’s exterior but the first step is to remove the sand by spraying a surfactant and blasting it with water.
DIRTY FABRICS AND CARPETS BEYOND VACUUMING
This requires the services of a professional, normally shampooing for deep cleaning. Chemical cleaning simply cleans the top surface.
FADED DASH AND INTERIOR TRIMS
Lack of protective coating can result in fading and sometimes cracking. New cars are equipped with UV-stabilised dash and trims. Additional protection can help preserve these surfaces, especially for vehicles always parked under the sun.
FADED BUMPERS AND EXTERIOR TRIMS
Build up of wax residue and grime are the primary causes of this problem. In extreme cases, painting is required for plastic bumpers.
FINGERNAIL MARKS AROUND DOOR HANDLES
These are mild scratches which can be removed safely.
WATER SPOTS ON PAINTWORK AND GLASS
These are due to chemicals in the water applied on hot surfaces. This is why it is discouraged to wash a car under the sun. Fresh water spots can be easily removed. Deeper spots require polishing.
Paint requires regular polishing to maintain its glossy finish. Paint re-conditioning and glossing is a straightforward process. Waxes and sealants help preserve the paintwork from UV and contamination after polishing.
SCRATCHES AND CHIPS
Large scratches require the services of a professional scratch repairer (spray painter). Small scratches and road chips can be touched up.
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