Clear coat paint refers to the clear (non-pigmented) top coat paint that is applied over a colored base coat paint, and is found on most vehicles built in recent years.
Clear coat paint increases the vehicle's paint durability, gloss and resistance to harmful environmental effects. All 3M Car Care Products that are recommended for use on clear coat paint are clearly marked "clear coat safe."
What are "New"and "Like New" Finishes?
"New" and "like new" finishes are finishes that have maintained a brilliant, high-gloss appearance.
Regular maintenance of these finishes will help to preserve that brilliant high gloss appearance.
What is Oxidation?
Oxidation is the dulling and/or hazy appearance of a vehicle's paint caused by weathering from outdoor exposure.
Correction requires the removal of the oxidized layer of paint by using 3M's recommended cleaner wax, polish, or rubbing compound, depending on the degree or severity of the oxidation.
What is "Orange Peel"?
"Orange peel" is a term representing the texture of a painted surface that has "hills and valleys" or bumps similar to the skin of an orange.
Excessive orange peel is considered a paint condition defect and can be effectively repaired using 3M's recommended Surface refinement & protection procedures.
What is a Swirl Mark?
A swirl mark is a curved, minor scratch left in the painted surface by a rubbing compound or a wool buffing pad.
Swirl marks can be removed from the paint surface by using a polish such as 3M polishing glaze (Swirl mark remover).
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What are under-coatings?
Under-coatings are chemical compounds usually applied to the undercarriage of a motor vehicle, hence the name.
Under-coatings may also be applied to other areas such as the trunk, wheel wells, etc.
I don't use my car when there is flood. Would it still need Under-coating?
Many people think that undercoating only protects against corrosion or rust, but that is only one function of undercoating. Under-coatings are used for the following:
Cover welds and minor repairs
Even though you never use your car during floods, your car will still benefit from undercoating.
What is corrosion protection?
Simply put, corrosion protection is protection against rust.
What actually corrodes metal is oxygen present in the air. Water and other corrosive chemicals such as salt, battery acid, etc., speed up the reaction between metal and oxygen.
The extra protective layer of undercoating prevents contact of metal with air, preventing corrosion.
My car has several layers of paint when it was applied in the factory; that should offer ample protection, shouldn't it?
Your car would have good protection against corrosion.
However, paint could not resist abrasion, and because of poor road conditions, unprotected paint would suffer from stone chips, scraping against humps or rocks, pitting from gravel, etc. Eventually, a lot of paint would peel or scrape off to expose bare metal to corrosion.
Car Care Performance Products
What do you mean by performance products?
Performance range of products are used to enhance the overall performance of the car. Since these products are used for better performance of the car, these products are called as performance products.
Are these an alternative to a mechanic?
Yes, but not in all cases. We have products which can be used as "Do it yourself". It is always better to consult professionals before using these products yourself.
How often do I need to use additives?
Depending on the maintenance schedule of your car model. Typically these additives will be required during every service schedule of the car
What is motor oil oxidation?
oxidation is the chemical reaction of an oil molecule with oxygen, which is present from either ambient or entrained air. oil oxidations results in a catastrophic and permanent chemical change to the base oil molecules. In the case of oil oxidation, the reaction results in the sequential addition of oxygen to the base oil molecules, to form a number of different chemicals species, including aldehydes, ketones, hydroperoxides and carboxylic acids.An oxidized motor oil loses its color and viscosity, along with a host of other properties needed for the engine. In simple terms Motor Oil oxidation is not good for engines.
Car Care Maintenance Products
How often do I use the maintenance products?
Depending on the maintenance schedule of your car model. Typically these maintenance products will be required during every service schedule of the car.
Can I use these products on my own?
Yes for Some products. It is recommended to consult the professionals before using these products on your own.
Can i use a multipurpose lubricant for non-automotive purposes?
Yes, you can as this is a general purpose or all around use. Literally a "four in one" general-purpose spray material which Lubricates, stops squeaks, frees rusted bolts, drives out moisture and guards against rust.
What is a snorkel tube?
It is an extention tube used along with Aerosol cans to reach the application areas more precisely and for controlled application quantity
How often should I use the window channel dresser?
Depending on the maintenance schedule of your car model. Typically these maintenance products will be required during every service schedule of the car