Posted on: 13 May 2015Share
Auto sealant is a great way for you to extend the aesthetic life of your car. It's also a relatively simple and painless process that can be relatively inexpensive and make your car look great. Before you run out and apply sealant to your car, there are a few things that you need to know in order to have the best results with auto sealant.
What Is Auto Sealant?
Auto sealant does not refer to one specific product, but rather a series of products that you can utilize to protect your car's finish from the elements and process of weathering. Auto sealants provide a synthetic bond that adheres itself to your car's finish and creates a protective coating around it.
Auto sealants basically fulfill the same job that car wax does, but it tends to be more effective and lasts for far longer. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, bird droppings, and general weathering elements can have an immense and detrimental effect on your car's finish.
Auto sealant will save you from these phenomenon and more; it can even provide relief some very direct aesthetic blemishes such as scratches. Auto sealant is an effective means of protecting your car's finish from the elements and anything else with which it may come into contact!
How Often Should I Seal My Car?
There really is no answer that one can give for this question with deadly accuracy. It really depends on a variety of factors. For example, if auto sealant is the only precaution you take to protect the aesthetic integrity of your car, then you will be applying the sealant more often.
If you take other preventative measures, such as parking your car in a carport or garage, you will not have to use auto sealant quite so often. The typical lifespan of auto sealant on a car that is used in normal conditions is 5 to 6 months. If you have recently had new auto paint applied or part of the body repaired, you should seal the new paint immediately after your car returns from the auto body repair shop.
You should also be on the lookout for other factors that will affect the amount of time that your sealant lasts. For example, if you are driving your car more often than usual, it will be exposed to weathering elements and as such, you will have to reapply sealant more quickly than if your car was merely in storage the entire time.
Another factor that you will have to look out for is the weathering elements themselves. Harsh winds and rains will quickly deplete the life of your sealant! Be on the lookout for pooling water: a sure sign that your sealant's life has come to an end.
How Do I Apply Sealant?
Applying sealant is actually quite easy. The saying, "Less is more," goes a long way here. Apply a few drops of pea-sized sealant to your working area and turn your buffer onto a low speed (usually 1 – 3).
Make sure you're working in tight, controlled areas of your car at first, and move from one corner to the other, buffing the sealant into the pain to make sure that it is adequately bonded to the paint. Make sure you go over the area at least one more time. Once you are quite sure the sealant is thinly and evenly applied, wipe the area down with a nice, high thread, microfiber cloth. Repeat this entire process until the entirety of the vehicle is covered. It is recommended that you work from top to bottom.
Applying auto sealant is a quite painless experience, and within no time flat, you will probably perfect how to go about doing an excellent job. Roll up your sleeves, get ready to apply a little elbow grease, and get to work.