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Old 20 Nov 2003, 11:47 am
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I wanted to pass on whatever valuable tips I could after returning from an intense advanced training seminar hosted by a chemical company, which is a leader in the manufacturing of automotive finishes. Most of what we did evolved around repairing or restoring serious defects. Wet sanding, compounding, and polishing. I will highlight a few things that may benefit some of you. The paint/finish on our cruisers is what is called a two stage (base coat clear coat) system. Conventional paint of long ago (early 70’s) was a single stage system, no clear coat. Their are advantages and disadvantages on both systems. Single stage systems (old) had a much thicker layer of paint on the surface (4-6 mils) which meant it could be buffed, sanded, and polished more often without the worry of going down to the primer coat. The problem with it was the paint/finish was exposed to the sun’s UV rays, and other contaminants, which resulted in oxidation and dulling of the surface. The addition of clear coat paint systems (late 70’s) protected the actual base coat (or color coat) by adding the application of a thin layer of non-pigmented paint to the top layer. This provided a short-term solution to the oxidation problem, but it also gave end users a false sense of security as well. The clear coat is extremely thin (1.5-2 mils) or about 1/5th the thickness of conventional paint. When you buy a new car, or a used car that was well maintained, the finish has a high gloss, giving the impression it may be impermeable. The reality is it can scratch easily, and because it is so thin, it cannot be buffed out repeatedly. The day-to-day contaminants that fall on the finish can break down the clear coat in a short time, making repairs difficult and costly. The focus that everyone should take in order to ensure long lasting beauty, shine and protection, would be to apply the strongest barrier on the topcoat. Amino-functional resins by definition are the safest and best solution for your cars finish. Also commonly called synthetic sealants, they provide better and longer protection than ordinary wax. The misconception of the application of this product is what makes car dealers rich. Prices from $500-$1200 are common numbers for dealers to charge people. My focus in my business is to educate people and get over the fear factor of using a paint sealant. It is no different, than using a wax. The only thing that makes it different is chemistry. In fact, I think a sealant is easier to use than wax, which makes me wonder why people still use a wax. Lack of information is all I figure. I will talk about other topics discussed as I get time to post. For more tips, or to talk to me directly, e-mail and visit me at Gary 2003 GT Turbo
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Old 20 Nov 2003, 11:55 am
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Great information. I look forward to reading more.

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Old 20 Nov 2003, 12:07 pm
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Thanks Gary, looking forward to hearing more about the seminar. I am very pleased with the results I received from using your cleaner and sealant. Excellant shine and very easy to apply!

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Old 20 Nov 2003, 01:09 pm
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Good information Gary as usual. It's to bad that they can't make that clearcoat a little thicker. It probably would add a lot to the cost of the car and there not about to do that.

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Old 20 Nov 2003, 01:34 pm
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Welcome back Gary, as always good information Thanks.....
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Old 20 Nov 2003, 08:29 pm
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[^] Thanks for the timly and interesting info, as always it is great!! I have never used a product that was easier, stayed brighter or longer than the ones you provide to us. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
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