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How does a cars paint become dull & hazy? 

A car's paint can develop swirls, become dull, and get damaged over time due to a variety of factors. These issues are often referred to as paint imperfections or defects. Here are some common reasons why a car's paint may experience these problems:

1. Improper Washing Techniques: One of the most common causes of swirl marks and dullness is improper washing techniques. Using dirty or abrasive sponges, brushes, or towels, or scrubbing the paint vigorously, can introduce fine scratches into the clear coat, leading to swirl marks.

 Danger Danger: Brush Car Washes. Automatic car washes  use abrasive brushes can cause swirls and scratches on the paint.

2. Dirt, Contaminants & Chemical exposure : Environmental contaminants such as dust, dirt, acidic bird droppings, tree sap, and road grime can accumulate and bond on the car's surface. Over time, these contaminants can etch into the clear coat and cause damage to the paints clear coat, making the paint appear dull.

3. UV Exposure: Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can break down the clear coat and paint pigments over time. This can result in faded and dull paint.

4. Improper Polishing and Waxing: While polishing and waxing can help maintain a car's paint, using the wrong products or techniques can cause more harm than good. Aggressive polishing compounds or dirty polishing pads can introduce swirl marks.

5. Abrasive Materials: Parking near construction zones or bushes with abrasive branches can lead to physical damage, including scratches and swirls on the car's surface. 

6. Age and Wear: Over time, the paint on a car can naturally wear down, leading to a dull appearance. This is more common on older vehicles or those subjected to extreme weather conditions.

7. Lack of Maintenance: Regular maintenance such as washing, waxing, and protecting the paint can help prevent damage and keep it looking fresh. Neglecting these steps can result in paint deterioration. 

To maintain a car's paint and prevent swirls, dullness, and damage, it's important to adopt proper washing and maintenance techniques, use quality car care products, protect the vehicle from environmental hazards, and consider professional detailing and paint protection services when necessary. Regularly inspecting and addressing minor paint issues can also help preserve the appearance and value of your car's paint job.

How we can help 

We offer a variety of packages to protect your cars paint. 

ShineAddictz also offers paint correction packages which include

  •  Polish and sealant, includes:

    • paint decontamination of iron sap and other contaminates  that may have bonded via claybar, claymitt and a chemical cleaner. (You will be able to feel your cars paint is smoother)

    • Trim pieces cleaned and masked with tape to insure polishers don't damage the trim pieces.

    • Vehicles paint then receives mid-light polish. Polish can remove 50-85% of swirls and scratches (depends on condition of vehicle)

    • Ceramic paint sealant is applied and will protect your paint for up to 1 year.

  • A 1 step correction is less aggressive than a 2-step correction, making it suitable for cars with paint in relatively good condition. 

    • Medium-grade polish or compound and a polishing pad on a machine polisher. 

    • You can then choose if you prefer a Ceramic Sealant or Ceramic Coating. ​

  • A 2 step correction  is capable of achieving a higher level of correction and can restore severely damaged or neglected paint to a nearly flawless finish.

    •  involves two distinct polishing steps

      •  first step typically uses a heavier abrasive compound and an aggressive cutting pad to address deeper scratches, heavy swirl marks, and more severe paint imperfections. ​

      • second step involves using a finer polishing compound and a finishing pad to refine the paint's finish and remove any remaining defects from the first step.

  • Wet sanding is a technique used to remove imperfections for a vehicles paint surface, such as deep scratches, orange peel texture, paint runs, or severe oxidation. Note: It's important to note that wet sanding is an advanced paint correction technique that should be approached with caution. If not done correctly, it can easily damage the paint.

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