Every time I go to YouTube something seems to catch my eye. After trolling for a few minutes this morning, I found this – a home remedy for fixing a damaged clear coat.
Let’s be honest, this is not the way to go about restoring your car’s clear coat. Here’s why…
- Never touch a piece of sand paper to your car unless you’ve wet it first – and even in that case it’s a bit much to be doing in your driveway. You’re going to cause scratches that are going to come back to haunt you if you don’t know what you’re doing.
- If you want an even finish, never just polish or restore one area of your paintwork. The car’s finish will look noticeably inconsistent and it isn’t worth the eye sore (in my opinion). Whether you’re polishing, wet sanding, waxing, or claying – do the entire panel.
- Never polish outdoors. Birds, bugs, dust, debris… it’s all out there and you can’t begin to prevent them from coming into contact with your paint. There’s a reason why most paint restoration takes place in a booth or a closed garage.
The fact remains that this is not how you restore a car and doing so would undoubtedly lower the value of your car in a matter of seconds. In my opinion, clear coat repair should be left to the professionals simply because there’s so much nonsense spewed over the internet (especially YouTube), and following it just isn’t smart. And while that may sound rough, you’ve got to remember that the best way to avoid having to do anything like this is to keep good care of your car while it still looks good. Protect it regularly, wash it often and you’ll reap the benefits of a beautiful car.