Difficulties and features of polishing a black car
The black color of the car body means self-confidence and solidity of its owner. Public opinion associates such a color with a high status, because all high-ranking officials use just such cars. Black "Volga", and then black "Mercedes" or BMW became synonymous with prosperity, well-being and success in life. Therefore, even those who are not very sympathetic to dark tones often choose a car of this color when buying a car, wanting to raise their status in the eyes of others. A really dark, sparkling lacquer car looks very impressive on the roads, causing involuntary reverence and a desire to give way to it. The mythologization of the dashing nineties with brothers driving exclusively on black Boomers gave birth to love for him not only among the bureaucratic environment. Now the contingent of admirers of this color is unusually wide: leaders of various ranks, "tough guys" or those who want to look like that, and just connoisseurs of dark tones.
Features of black car color
Many owners of a black car, after a couple of months of its operation, begin to notice that the surface of the body begins to lose its chic shine and small but clearly visible scratches, abrasions, and sometimes “cobwebs” appear on it. This coloring has the ability to emphasize emerging defects, and therefore requires special treatment. For this reason, polishing a black car body requires regularity and the use of special compounds. Fundamentally, the care of such a car is no different, but there are increased requirements for the quality of work. Even small particles of abrasive that have fallen on a cloth can greatly spoil the appearance of a black car body if it is carried over the paintwork.
To polish a car of this color, it is necessary to use especially soft and clean napkins or rags, as well as a special polish that is available for such cases.
Such machines require increased attention to the occurrence of various kinds of defects, not only because they are easily noticeable, but also in order to prevent them from developing. If it became noticeable, but on the surface there are:
- minor scratches;
- scuffs and faded areas;
- chipped paintwork;
- "webs" and "holograms",
then you should not wait until there are a lot of them and the car will finally lose its appearance.
The earlier polishing is carried out, the less effort and cheaper it will cost. It is better to purchase the necessary compositions in advance, as they will definitely be needed. Many deep defects can be avoided by regularly polishing the car with various protective polishes that protect the paintwork from environmental influences. Of course, time will eventually take its toll and you will have to resort to more serious types of processing, but this will come much later.
Polishes for black cars
If the condition of the car body is good, then polishing it will not take much time, even in the absence of a polishing machine. You can find an inexpensive polish that is easy to apply with a napkin and hides minor defects. More complex types of work will require a whole set of compositions. For a black car, a polish such as Willson EPX is perfect. Her virtues:
- strong stable gloss;
- good color recovery;
- ease of application.
Such polishing does not last very long, so the procedure will have to be carried out regularly. True, given the fact that the polish is applied to the car body and rubbed on it easily, this will not be burdensome.
There are several other compounds that are similar in characteristics and are in the same price range: this is Turtle Wax Color Magic polish, as well as Willson PRX.
Stages of professional body polishing
These materials work well and efficiently with fairly new machines. With more complex defects in the paintwork of a black car, such a polish will no longer help. To restore them, professional polishing is needed, which is carried out in several stages:
- washing with special compositions;
- abrasive processing;
- removal of micro-scratches;
- protective polish.
It is very problematic to carry out such work at home, therefore it is preferable to entrust black cars with significant coating defects to professionals. Such polishing of the car body will require special equipment and a wide variety of compositions.
At the first stage, the car is washed with compounds that contain reagents that remove the oxidized layer of the paintwork. After that, the existing defects become clearly visible, and it will be possible to proceed with abrasive processing.
First, coarse abrasive polish is used, then medium grit compositions and then finely dispersed ones. Polishing is required until the existing defects are completely removed. But the work doesn't end there. The fact is that so-called “holograms” appear on the surface of the body of a black car. This effect is created by micron-sized cracks and scratches. A special polish designed for this purpose helps to eliminate them. Polishing is carried out with this composition until the holographic effect is completely eliminated. This completes the special part of the treatment and you can start applying the protective coating.
The final polishing of the black body is carried out in two stages:
- applying protection from fading and ultraviolet;
- treatment with liquid Teflon or similar polish.
The first stage is a distinctive feature of black cars, since such colors and shades are most exposed to sunlight. To protect the coating, you can polish it with any stable composition, but the Liquid Glass polish gives the best results. This material guarantees long-term (up to a year or more) protection, which is extremely important for a black car body. Such polishing, carried out once, removes the issues of caring for the paintwork for a long time. By creating a hard and highly durable protective layer, it prevents new scratches from occurring. Therefore, if you do not get into various minor accidents, then you will not have to polish the car soon.
Polishing at home
If you take a chance and try to carry out work in the garage, then preparing for them and polishing the black body can be divided into the following stages:
- washing and degreasing (if necessary using abrasive clay);
- search for defects and their analysis;
- abrasive polishing (1-3 fractions, depending on the quality of the surface);
- fine polishing (shine appears);
- removal of "holograms";
- protective polishing (wax, teflon, liquid glass).
Each of these stages requires special painstaking and thoroughness. It is especially necessary to monitor the cleanliness of the workplace and the aids used (rags, napkins, polishing machine discs) so as not to accidentally scratch the treated surfaces. Although the black car has to be polished more often than usual, most of their owners are not afraid of this and they will not change the chosen color for any other. If you do not let the process take its course and treat the car with polishes regularly, then such a coating will last no less than any other.