“Decon” or Decontaminate Wash is a great way to get your car or truck or RV looking new again. Many out there who have seen that their car’s paint looks dulled or faded and decided to give it a nice wash and layer of wax. However, their paint still doesn’t have that “show-car shine” that they always see on other people’s cars. If you find yourself in a similar situation, the problem may not be with your washing or waxing technique. The issue is most likely that your paint is ridden with millions of microscopic contaminates caused by a plethora of environmental and artificial sources. It is difficult to see these contaminants as they are not nearly as apparent as dirt or dust is, but they can certainly be felt. If you ever run your hand across your car’s paint and it feels almost like sandpaper, that is the result of contaminants.
The causes of these contaminants are plenty, so trying to simply remove the causes from the equation is a fruitless effort toward an impossible goal. The only way to ensure that these luster-stealing contaminants do not rob you of the opportunity to achieve that “show-car shine” is to routinely remove them from your paint’s surface. However, these contaminants are not as easily defeated as the dirt or dust that collects itself on your car’s surfaces. These contaminants are much more resilient that require a much more aggressive approach to remove. So, how do you rid your paint of these pesky shine thieves? We have put together this perfect, all-inclusive guide to help you do just that!
Due to the microscopic nature of these contaminants, you are not always able to eliminate them entirely using strictly mechanical means. Often times, it will require a two-step process to be able to adequately remove them from your paint. The first step, chemical decontamination, will use a product that contains special chemicals that react with these contaminants to break them down and make them easy to wash off your paint. This step will be able to remove the smaller piece of contamination the mechanical process can’t quite reach. Because chemical decontamination is much safer on your car’s paint, you want to remove the majority of the contamination chemically first.
Pre-chemical decontamination considerations:
1. As with any other process that involves using products on your paint, you want to make sure that your paint is not too hot. If your paint is too hot, it will cause the product to dry onto the paint much more quickly, which can lead to unsightly residue. Always make sure that your paint is cool to the touch and in a shaded area before chemically decontaminating your car.
2. If your car is in particularly bad shape, you may need to wash the larger, looser contaminants, dirt, and dust off the surface before decontaminating it.
Although paint decontamination isn’t necessary every time you wash your car, it’s still an extremely important stage when it comes to any full detail. Put simply, carrying out a thorough “decon” reaches deeper into the surface than more regular maintenance washes can, removing all sorts of ingrained impurities, and setting you on the right path for further paint correction and finishing.
At the very least, we’d always recommend decontaminating your paint at least twice a year: once before the winter, to get it ready for the protection layers needed to see out the cold season. And once after, in order to eradicate all trace of the salt, brake dust and general grime abundant on the roads. But, even for dedicated detailing enthusiasts, four or five times a year on the same car is usually sufficient to get an impeccable finish.
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