You can take care of the body in different ways. Those who like to tinker with the car and have the time, prefer to do everything on their own. The rest resort to the services of professionals.
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The process of protective and restoration polishing of a body includes a number of operations, the essence of which does not depend on the rank of the performer - whether he is a professional or an amateur. First of all, the car must be thoroughly washed, removing unstable pollution. Of course, you can’t do without shampoo, but here you need a special variety that does not contain wax. After all, there is an attack on the ingrained dirt ahead, so why create an additional line of defense for it? After washing, proceed to the removal of oxides. A special preparation is used - a color reductant. It dissolves an oxidized scaly layer of paint or varnish (speech, of course, about microns). A moderate abrasive is not good - hard polishing particles simply get stuck in a sticky mass. Perhaps the only alternative is to cut off a thick layer of the surface with coarse grain - to matt. The option is less preferred, because the thickness of the coating is limited.
The next step is removing the scratches. That's where the expanse for abrasive paste! Its exact selection is important (for example, for weathered or new coatings) - it all depends on the degree of surface wear. It is possible that you will have to use several types of polishes in turn.
Now it's time to apply protection. It will stay the better, the more carefully the surface is prepared. But there is nothing eternal - the usual wax composition will last about six months. The term greatly depends on the operating conditions - just one trip for several hundred kilometers through the thirty-degree heat will probably expose the edges of the hood and roof. While protection does not almost destroy daily languor in traffic jams, a visit to a cosmetologist can be delayed for at least a year.
But the approach to applying drugs for pros and amateurs differs dramatically. The main principle of the amateur series is not to harm! That is, the coverage from your efforts, at least, will not be affected. Hence the sparing mode of exposure. To remove old oxides and remove most of the scratches, you will probably have to “go through” the entire surface with a bottle and a rag more than once. Fortunately, the operation algorithm is not tedious - deposited, dried, wiped, polished. In addition, a variety of car care products allows you to build a strategy for caring for the body to your liking (daily, after washing, monthly, seasonally, etc.). The relative complexity is compensated by a much more (an order of magnitude!) Low cost level.
Professionals are asked on a different account. The set of drugs they have is akin to amateur, but in terms of effectiveness, they are much more powerful. It’s tiring to work manually, that’s why the masters are armed with grinders. They must be handled skillfully - without calculating the effort, burn the varnish for a short time, bringing the matter to repainting. Obviously, in order not to tempt amateurs, professional polishes do not enter the retail market. Yes, and pack them accordingly: the usual dose is from a liter to twenty-five! The work of a professional is expensive (4-8 thousand rubles per car), but it saves the owner more than one day off. The main thing is not to make a mistake in choosing a workshop.
Pre-screening can be done by phone. It’s bad if the dispatcher immediately announces a fixed price. After all, the volume of work (and their cost!), As we know, depends on the state of the surface. The new body is easier to handle than a battered tank that is not afraid of dirt. Therefore, only a price order can be agreed upon previously. The final verdict - after inspection by the master. By the way, it’s not bad to fix the result on paper - it will be easier to deal with “controversial” damages.
The minimum processing time for the full program is about eight hours. Every hour saved will be at the expense of quality.
In a conversation, take an interest in related services (dry cleaning, plastic restoration, etc.) - the wider the assortment, the better. A large company, as a rule, values reputation more.
The next stage of selection is visual contact. First of all, pay attention to the quality of the sink. Everything is important: equipment, workwear, materials. If business people save on suede, they are unlikely to suddenly become generous with something else. The room where the car is polished must be clean and bright. No nooks right on the sink line and freestanding temporary shelters: dust and dirt in conjunction with a grinder will cause trouble. Normal lighting is not enough - scratches are clearly visible only in oblique rays of light. The brand of drugs does not matter much, provided that they are all branded.
And the last - it’s extremely difficult to assess the quality of work “by eye”, because the top is now covered with a sparkling preservative. Specialists use the solvent test. The point is to degrease a suspicious area and look at it from a certain angle. If a network of scratches comes out - the performer faked. We hope such people do not meet.
Most often, car beauty salons are found when washing. The service for washers is non-core, as if “at the same time”. Hence - a complete mess with the volume and cost of work. In one of the prices, we found as many as six positions! Stunned by abundance, the client was offered teflon, restoration, wax, VIP (two-component) polishing, exclusive (three-component) and abrasive polishing in the price range from 700 to 7000 rubles. Trying to find out what the difference was, didn’t lead to anything worthwhile. Cursing in the soul of curious dummies, the master manager, having pulled himself up, explained the following. All work is carried out using a grinder, and the price depends on the properties of the drug. Teflon polishing is relatively cheap “Tartle wax” (although the drug, judging by the inscription on the package, is designed to work by hand!). When restoring paint, they allegedly revive by 95% (in fact, only the application of the next layer of enamel returns color). The rest - the more expensive, the better. Comprehensive information! We still did not dare to leave the car here, even if it was a state one. “There’s nothing to blame for the bath attendants, for them this income is collateral,” we reasoned and went to visit specialized offices.
They usually nest in underground municipal parking lots. Whether this is due to low rents, we do not know, but there is one obvious benefit. The fact is that arrival at such a parking is paid - about 100 rubles. at one o'clock. That is, popping up just like that, figuring out the situation - will not work. Again - a sink. In the sense that polishers usually don’t have their own, and the one in the underground parking lot is much more expensive than the ground one. It turns out that having arrived for a consultation with the master (to clarify the cost of polishing), the client has already invested four or five hundred rubles in the event. If you stay for processing, money for parking will be returned, no - pay for the visit from your pocket. Try not to agree!