09 Mar 2012 | Text and Photo by Mahmudi R, Translated by Andre H | Category: Car Maintenance Advice
The quality of a car's paintwork is an integral feature because a job badly done will always be easily noticeable.
A car's paintwork plays a vital role to a car's body because when the time comes for you to sell your car, the buyers will observe the body closely whether it's still good or not. "Paint is the first part that potential buyers see, then the body frame and then the engine," said Sugiarto Ongko, Marketing Director Nowet Indonesia.
In order to prevent the re-sale value from drastically declining, it is recommended to keep your car's paintwork well maintained. Here are some of the tips and the know-how:
Washing your car
Original factory paint generally lasts very up to a dozen years. However, according to Sugiarto, it all comes down to maintenance. "Mistakes often happened while washing your car, leaving fine abrasions marks, eventually this will damage your car's paint," he explained. Car washing should be done in a cold temperature, in the morning or late afternoon should provide the perfect temperature condition.
Additionally, the water pressure should not be set too high. Use the adjustable one so that the dirt stains can be easily removed and does not damage your car's paint due to the high pressure of water. Sugiarto also suggest that your car has to be immediately rinsed off using a dry cloth or kanebo cloth. This will prevent the water from drying by itself because that will leave stain marks on your car's body.
Capital city's road conditions such as the dusty Jakarta can sometimes cause sand to stick to the car's body. This condition, when left unwashed, will cause scratch marks to appear on the body of your car due to contact such as a casual cleaning session of your car through wiping. Hence, it is important to rinse your car thoroughly with water first before wiping it dry.
The usage of a car wash shampoo that has an unbalanced content as well as Silicon-contained solution will cause the car to look dull over time. Several shampoos that offer shinier results to your car will in fact cause your car's paintwork to fade over a long period of time.If you want to buy a car shampoo, ensure that the shampoo is using organic materials. Such as kaolin clay (a type of mud derived from minerals) and carnauba wax (palm tree wax).
Also ensure that you buy a shampoo which already has a "green" internationally approved stamp. "Currently, there are many local products which claims their products green though it does not possess an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)," he adds.
In order to keep your car's paintwork in a good condition, you should avoid using a shampoo which contains silicon and kerosene. According to Sugiarto, those two components can cause the car's paintwork to fade quickly, leading to a dull and washed-out look.
The necessary precautions
Wash your car after the rain. Although the levels of acidity in rain droplets vary from country to country, it is highly acidic, especially in Indonesia. "Therefore it could allow fungus to grow and flex on your car," Sugiarto said.
He also does not suggest that you wash your car in broad daylight. Same thing goes when the car's engine is still hot - because if the engine's steam comes into contact with water - it will ruin the engine hood's paintwork.
According to Sugiarto, re-painting is not a good solution either. Generally the paint will fade quicker when compared to the initial factory paint. Therefore, good care as well as proper car washing method should be the thing to focus on so your car's paintwork will be well-maintained over a longer period of time.
A car's paintwork is considered as a vital part, because a its resale value can be affected from its paint condition. If there are scratches on your car, and it looks dull or even fades, it will cause your car's resale value to decline. Proper treatment using a proven quality shampoo is one way to maintain your car's original colour.
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