A Polished Appearance

A Polished Appearance

All vehicles are exposed to elements and conditions that can take their toll on their exterior finish.

  • Oxidation leaves paint looking dull, while acid rain, bird droppings, and other environmental insults produce etching and stains. In addition, light scratches accumulate.

The good news is that, as long as these defects do not go through the outer layer (whether it is a clear or color coat), they can be “finessed out.”

This means that enough of the top layer can be removed to take out the defects and return a smooth, glossy finish to the car. Professional paint restoration involves the use of various grades of rubbing compounds for light defects, while wet sanding is reserved for more serious cases.

TIP: Painting, polishing, and other restorative efforts can add appreciably to a “previously owned” car’s value.

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Written by Maryann Croce

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