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PBM Restoration & Coatings
PBM Restoration & coatings specialize in Paint corrections and protective coatings along with aluminum restoration on auto, Marine and aviation.
What is Paint Correction?
Paint correction is a process used in the automotive detailing industry to restore and improve the appearance of a vehicle’s paintwork. The primary goal of paint correction is to remove defects, such as scratches, swirl marks, oxidation, and other imperfections that may be present on the surface of the paint. This not only enhances the visual appeal of the vehicle but can also help maintain or increase its resale value.
The paint correction process typically involves the following steps:
- Assessment: A thorough inspection of the vehicle’s paintwork is performed to identify the type and severity of the defects. This helps determine the appropriate level of paint correction required.
- Washing and decontaminating: The vehicle is carefully washed and decontaminated to remove dirt, grime, and any other surface contaminants that could interfere with the paint correction process.
- Claying: A clay bar or clay mitt is used to remove any embedded contaminants, providing a smooth and clean surface for the paint correction process.
- Polishing: This is the primary step in paint correction. It involves the use of a polishing machine, such as a dual-action or rotary polisher, along with various grades of polishing compounds and pads. The polishing process removes a thin layer of clear coat, effectively leveling out the surface and eliminating the defects.
- Finishing: After polishing, the paint may be further refined using finer polishing compounds to achieve the desired level of gloss and clarity.
- Protection: Once the paint correction process is complete, a protective layer, such as wax, sealant, or ceramic coating, is applied to preserve the paintwork and keep it looking its best for a longer period.
Paint correction requires skill, experience, and the right tools and products. It is usually performed by professional detailers, as improper techniques or incorrect use of equipment can cause further damage to the paint.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is applied to the exterior surface of a vehicle to provide a layer of protection and enhance its appearance. Once applied and cured, the coating bonds with the vehicle’s paintwork, forming a semi-permanent or permanent protective barrier. Ceramic coatings are made from silica-based or quartz-based compounds, such as silicon dioxide (SiO2) or nanoceramic particles, which give them their unique protective properties.
Benefits of ceramic coating include:
- Enhanced gloss and appearance: Ceramic coatings can add depth and gloss to the vehicle’s paint, making it look more vibrant and visually appealing.
- UV protection: The coating helps protect the paint from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause fading, oxidation, and other forms of damage over time.
- Chemical resistance: Ceramic coatings can resist damage from acidic bird droppings, bug splatters, tree sap, and other environmental contaminants, preventing them from etching into the paint.
- Hydrophobic properties: The coating creates a hydrophobic surface, which means water beads up and rolls off easily, taking dirt and grime with it. This makes washing the vehicle easier and reduces the chances of water spots forming.
- Reduced swirl marks and scratches: Ceramic coatings are harder than conventional waxes and sealants, which can help minimize the occurrence of swirl marks and light scratches.
- Long-lasting protection: Depending on the type and quality of the ceramic coating, it can provide protection for several years, outlasting traditional waxes and sealants.
Ceramic coatings should be applied by a professional detailer or an experienced individual, as the process requires proper preparation, application, and curing for optimal results. It’s essential to note that while ceramic coatings offer many benefits, they are not a magic solution for paint protection. Regular maintenance, such as washing and occasional decontamination, is still necessary to keep the vehicle looking its best.
Why do you need to do Paint Correction before Ceramic Coating?
Performing paint correction before applying a ceramic coating is essential for several reasons:
- Surface preparation: Paint correction helps in removing defects and imperfections such as scratches, swirl marks, and oxidation from the paint’s surface. Applying a ceramic coating to a surface with defects will lock them in, making them more challenging to address later without removing the coating.
- Enhance appearance: Paint correction improves the overall appearance of the vehicle by restoring the paint’s gloss and depth. A ceramic coating enhances the paint’s shine, so correcting the paint before applying the coating ensures that you are achieving the best possible appearance.
- Better bonding: The ceramic coating bonds better with a clean and smooth surface. Paint correction helps in removing contaminants and providing a uniform surface for the coating to adhere to. This results in a more durable and long-lasting protective layer.
- Optimal results: Ceramic coatings are designed to protect and enhance the paint’s appearance. If the paint is not in its best condition before applying the coating, the results may not be as desired. Correcting the paint ensures that the ceramic coating can deliver the maximum level of protection and visual appeal.
- Cost-effectiveness: Ceramic coatings are generally more expensive than traditional waxes and sealants. By performing paint correction first, you ensure that the investment in a ceramic coating yields the best possible results, making it a more cost-effective choice in the long run.
In summary, performing paint correction before applying a ceramic coating is crucial to ensure optimal bonding, enhanced appearance, and long-lasting protection. It is always recommended to consult with a professional detailer to assess the condition of your vehicle’s paint and determine the appropriate paint correction process before applying a ceramic coating.
How long does it take to ceramic coat a jet?
The time required to apply a ceramic coating on a jet varies depending on several factors, including the size of the aircraft, the complexity of its design, the condition of the paint, and the level of preparation needed. Additionally, the experience and skill level of the professional applying the coating can also influence the time it takes to complete the job.
In general, applying a ceramic coating on a jet may involve the following steps:
- Inspection and assessment of the paint condition.
- Washing and decontamination of the aircraft’s exterior.
- Paint correction, if necessary, to address any defects or imperfections.
- Surface preparation may include wiping down the surface with a specific pre-coating solution to ensure proper bonding of the ceramic coating.
- Application of the ceramic coating, which may require multiple layers, depending on the product used.
- Curing time for the coating can range from a few hours to several days, depending on the product and environmental conditions.
Considering these steps, the process of applying a ceramic coating to a small jet may take 2-3 days or more, while larger aircraft could require a week or longer. The curing time can also add to the total duration before the jet can be safely exposed to the elements or returned to service.
It’s important to note that each ceramic coating project is unique, and the actual time it takes to complete may vary. It is always recommended to consult with an experienced professional to get a more accurate estimate based on your specific jet and requirements.