Car Coating: Not “if” but “when”??

It is only a matter of “when” you will have your car coated.  Why? The evidence is in, wax is lousy and does more damage than provides protection.  Wrapping your car is an option, but expensive and the vinyl can fade and scratch easily.  The best solution, agreed to by almost all car detailers, car enthusiasts and car professionals….is car coating.  Car coating is relatively inexpensive and can really protect your paint…for years!vintage-cars

 

Don’t buy a car and then wait for 60 years before you apply car coating.  Buy a car and bring it in immediately.  The soon the better.

 

 

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Wait, and this could be the result.  It is best not to wait.  Showing you love your car starts with applying car coating.  Once the paint goes, an old wreck is not far behind.

 

Let’s review.  Car Coating means that you don’t have to wax or polish your car.  Wax and polishing cut into your paint’s delicate clear coat, and over time, you will have damage to your clear coat.  Take a look at older Malaysian cars…you will see swirls, dull finishes and the worse, oxidize paint.  This is the results of those choosing the wax option.  Good for awhile, but the shine goes and the damage is left behind.  Don’t wax.

Car coating is a better strategy.  Now a thin layer of protection is added on top of the clear coat and car paint.  This protects the delicate clear coat and therefore the paint.  Fading from strong UV rays isn’t now a problem.  Since you are protecting the clear coat, you now don’t need to polish and wax…you don’t damage the clear coat with polishing and waxing your car every few months.  In fact, now you save money as you only need to wash.  That’s right, no waxing.  Keep your money in you pocket or purse.

So, the question isn’t if should car coat, but when to do it?  The answer to this question is relatively simple.  Do it as soon as possible.  Every day that your car paint is “exposed” to the elements is another day of damage.  Every time to polish and wax your car, a little damage is done.  Waiting a year after buying your car to do your car coating is a year of damage to your paint.  Obviously, don’t wait.

Many car coating companies claim to restore your car to “show room” condition.  At Sierra Glow, we simply aren’t impressed with “show room” condition.  We can do better than that.  When we see a new car straight from the showroom, we see a lot of imperfections and issues.  Swirls and fine micro scratches are abundant…as the car has been hurriedly washed and buffed with an inferior buffer…leaving “show room” condition with problems. At Sierra Glow, we want to always achieve “better than show room” condition.

Better than show room is one reason (and there are many more) you should select us.

 

 

 

 

 

Proof, Blue Flame is the Best

At Sierra Glow we love to tinker.  Putting together experiments that show customers why they should use Blue Flame is one of our greatest joys.  Although most customers just take a look at the finished product (a friend’s car), and they are sold on the rewards for choosing Blue Flame.  But, playing with videos is fun for us.

This is an experiment put together by our mischievous team in Johor Bahru.  You will be more than amazed.  It is a short video, enjoy.

This short video explains why we are now coating so many wrapped cars.  Because if you simply apply car coating on top of the wrap, it will not bind with the wrap.  But after Blue Flame, even a wrapped car can hold the car coating….and this will allow water sheeting and reduce water marks.  Water marks are a big problem for all cars but especially wrapped cars…With Blue Flame, water easily runs off …., but the water won’t roll off until the car is properly coated.

Awesomeness at Sierra Glow.

The Sun Wreaks Havoc on Car Paint (and more)

shadesMalaysia is hot, so are most places in the summer.  What happens to your car and your car paint in this heat?  Many think you can fry an egg on your car on a hot day.  You can try, but who would want to fry an egg on a car. But, this doesn’t mean it isn’t hot.   Leaving a dog or a child in a lock car can just destroy your life (jail time anyone?)  Ever sit down on leather seats wearing shorts or a thin dress after leaving the car out in the sun for an hour or two…ouch!)

Overall, the sun can cause problems to your car paint, your tires and to the inside (don’t eggleave pets and children in a locked car in the sun.) That doesn’t mean it isn’t hot.  Look at the damages, concerns and worries caused to your car left in the sun:

  • Burns can occur when your skin touches any metal, leather, or plastic items inside or outside the vehicle
  • Your vehicle battery will begin to degrade, leading to months if not years less of battery life
  • Your vehicle’s tires will get Sun damaged, leading to a shorter life of the tires
  • The inside of the vehicle will not be safe to sit in until it is cooled down by outside air or air conditioning, which will slow you down
  • Anything inside the car that is electronic could be ruined or completely lose all battery charging
  • Anything in the car food or drink will melt or be heated up to hot
  • Any plastic water bottles in the vehicle will be heated up to release dangerous chemicals in the plastic into your water

The temperature of your car can reach 65 degrees celsius.  That is hot, and the damage to you paint, your tires, plastic, leather and rubber is what we call a “slow burn.”  Little by little, your car suffers.  Do you see it?  No, you won’t see it right away.

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Primer is a paint product that allows finishing paint to adhere much better than if it were used alone.  For this purpose, primer is designed to adhere to surfaces and to form a binding layer that is better prepared to receive the paint. Because primers do not need to be engineered to have durable, finished surfaces, they can instead be engineered to have improved filling and binding properties with the material underneath.

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3 Layers of Paint:

There are typically three layers of paint on a car metal surface.  There is primer layer, their is the colour layer and then there is the important clear coat. Car manufacturers know that the sun mounts huge attacks on their car.  Over years, they have learned that a minimum of three layers is key. Each layer has its unique function.

Primer as a step in the coating process of a car body.

In practice, primer is often used when painting many kinds of materials. Priming is mandatory if the material is not water resistant and will be exposed to the elements.  Primers can also be used for dirty surfaces that, for some reason, cannot be cleaned, or before painting light colors over existing dark colors.

Primers can usually be tinted to a close match with the color of the finishing paint. If the finishing paint is a deep color, tinting the primer can reduce the number of layers of finishing paint that are necessary for good uniformity across the painted surface.

There may be a maximum time frame within which a topcoat should be applied over the primer after the primer dries, in order to achieve maximum performance. Depending on the primer, the next coat of paint should be applied as quickly as 24 hours or you may have as long as 2 weeks. Painting after the suggested timeframe may cause performance issues depending on the specific situation. Supposedly, you want to apply the finish coat of paint before the primer fully cures on a molecular level. Doing this allows maximum adhesion/bonding of the topcoat to the primer.

Who Has the Most Durable Paint

Unfortunately, no one can really say for sure. Most every car manufacturer has had problems with their paint quality and durability at some point in their history. From the early clear coats that would peel, or metallic’s that would burn out, to some of the Chevy, Ford, or Chrysler products that would peel after a few years. All the detailing in the world would not have saved any of these problems; this is a case of poor materials, preparation, base coats, clear coats, etc.

Who Has the Thickest Paint?

Once again, this depends. Most every car comes as a two stage paint, which is what clear coat and base coat is all about. You get a thin layer of the color coat, which is followed by a thin layer of clear coat. So even if you were to measure the thickness with a paint gauge meter, how does one know how thick the actual clear coat is vs. the color, or base/primer coats; you wouldn’t. Those using the paint thickness gauges can’t tell you how thick each layer is, so the information is not so useful. It is a nice gimmick, but tells little unless it is “thin.”

Car detailers  will want to know and quickly evaluate is not how thick your car paint is, but how hard is your paint.  The hardness will determine how the detailer will work on your car.  The polishing compounds and the buffer are selected in large part because of the hardness of the paint.  Another critically important issue is the condition of the paint and what problems that need correcting.

Whenproton-saga12V-1 you see cars that are faded, you are actually looking a sun damage. The most obvious car on Malaysian roads are the now pink Proton Sagas (formerly they were red).  UV light will fade a car faster that you can say “Jack Robinson.”  When the clear coat has been damaged with micro cuts and swirls or with over polishing, the clear coat can’t protect the paint from the dangerous UV light.  Here is your car in 5 years if you wax and polish too often!  Better to protect the clear coat with Sierra Glow car coating.  The best in the Malaysian market is Blue Flame by Sierra Glow.

Can you fry an egg on top of a car?  Watch to find out.

Car Detailing: Truth in Advertising

Minimise-the-Amount-of-Text-UsedI understand we are in a competitive environment.  And, in the car coating business, there is a lot of competition.  Almost everyday, we see new companies opening up their shop with big banners, auto mag ads and exhibitions/displays and flyers and even balloons.  It is huge what they are willing to commit.

At Sierra Glow, we don’t advertise in the traditional sense.  No gloss magazine ads for us.  We reject the traditional advertising as we know that the costs of advertising must (by definition) be passed on to the customers.  I think everyone understands this…if you advertise at RM 10,000 a month, then you need to collect RM 10,000 in revenue to pay for it.  Who pays for the advertising?  The customers.ads-overload-featured

Sierra Glow is able to provide the very best in service and quality of product at incredibly low prices and we don’t pass on high advertising costs onto our customers…as we don’t have these advertising costs.

The second issue to understand is that there are tons of “false advertising.”  Car detailing and car coating companies seem to be in a league similar to second hand car dealers.   We all know the reputation of these car dealers.  “This car has never had an accident,” the dealer claims knowing that he just repair the front end.  We all know the stories.

Claiming that car coat can stop bullets is not beyond some of these car coating companies in their effort to get business.  Our message to you, the consumer, is to judge and evaluate the promises and claims.  My mother taught me, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t” holds a lot of water.  Claims of perfection just are too much, as perfection just doesn’t exist.maxresdefault

Advertising can be sexy and spell binding, but we are all consumers and it is a good idea to learn how advertising can distort and bend truth and information to get you to buy.  Watch this video and study the art of false advertising…as it is a fine art..and worth learning the tricks of the trade.

Car Coating Wins “The Logic”

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In this world there is a beautiful gift we have.  We call it logic!  We solve so many problems on a daily (even hourly) basis using the gift of logic.  We can save money, time and even avoid disaster with logic.  One way we can do all of these is to use LOGIC and choose to car coat your car. Let me explain.

The clear coat is the layer on top of your car paint. Almost all cars have this clear coat.  It is delicate and can scratch easily.  You see the swirls left after polishing, waxing or washing…these swirls are scratches to the clear coat and these swirls compromise the integrity of the clear coat.  They are the first wave attack to the clear coat, and in time they will be victorious.  Your clear coat will be defeated as it is only a matter of time.

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The elements attacking your clear coat are multiple and constant.  This makes protecting your clear coat not only a necessity but also your priority.  Want the car to shine in 3 years…protect the clear coat.  The attack can come from rain (acid rain).  The attack can come from sending it to a car wash that works fast and doesn’t clean the cloth (or uses sponges).  The attack could come from bird poo…yuk (wipe off with water quickly). Tree sap is another killer of clear coat.

images (43) Another likely attack is from polishing your car.  Yep, using rotary polishers will take off a thin layer and thus weaken your clear coat.  Bam!  Clear coat becomes compromised…and after several polishes, your clear coat becomes really thin. After two or three years, the sun starts to get through the clear coat or what’s left of it, and now you have a real problem: oxidation.  The UV rays from the sun will spoil a car faster than you can say “Jack Robinson.”images (2)

Many car enthusiasts are protecting the clear coat with a plastic wrap.  This is one way, but not the best way. Plastic wraps are expensive and can be damaged with a stone chip or a fender bender…then expensive repair. But, to me the real problem with these plastic wraps is that your paint just doesn’t shine any more.  The thick wrap cuts reflection, and will never enhance it.  Enhancing the reflection, the shine is the purpose of the clear coat.  Not, with the plastic wrap, the shine is negated.

Is plastic wrap better than waxing?  Probably it is, but where is the shine?  So, let’s go back to logic.

Statements of truth:

  1.  Clear coat must be protected
  2.  Wax doesn’t do the job of protecting the clear coat
  3.   Plastic wrap protects, but paint won’t shine
  4.  Washing, waxing, polishing are potential attacks on clear coat.
  5.  Bird droppings, tree sap and rain (acid rain) are direct attacks on clear coat
  6.  Oxidation will occur when clear coat is compromised.

I don’t think you can argue with the above “truths.”  They are true and observable, and most damning, LOGICAL.

So, how do we protect the clear coat.  This is easiest answer as there is really only one way to do it in the best way: car coating.  Just think about it, You need to protect the clear coat, so how about putting on a thin layer of car coating, glass coating, on top of the clear coat.  Get a scratch on this, no problem, the clear coat is protected.  Get a water mark on top of the clear coat, no problem, just wash or wipe it off.  Get an active bird above your car, spat…no problem, wipe it off the car coat as the clear coat is protected.

Logically, car coating is the best way to protect your clear coat.  And, (wait for it) Sierra Glow not only has the best car coating, we also have Blue Flame.  To capture your shine, our SG5 car coating will do the trick, and the best news, it isn’t expensive.  Call for a quote, you will be amazed.  In fact, our car coating is cheaper than waxing your car.  Faced with this logic, let’s go to Sierra Glow.

One last point: with our car coating, you car just won’t get as dirty.  Your car surface will be so smooth and hydrophobic, you just won’t need to clean it as often.  Logic is wonderful.

 

 

 

Malaysia:Our Warranty proven

We were the first to offer a 5 year warranty on our car coating.  Our competitors thought we were crazy.  Even today, not many are brave enough to offer 5 years, and many doubt they can deliver.  But, Sierra Glow proves it.  We protect the clear coat and your investment for 5 whole years.  Watch

Car Coating is Sierra Glow

It is amazing how a name defines it all.  It reminds me of the old Johnny Cash song named a “Boy named Sue.”  The song depicted the idea that if you named a boy a “girl’s name” then he would grow up to be tough out of necessity.”  Not sure it has a validity, but the word is filled with advertising companies trying desperately to “brand” a name into everyone’s consciousness so the name or concept sticks. These advertising executives are paid handsomely to puff up the products, and sell you on the idea that their qualities are the best.  If you oversell, so goes the advertising theory, you sell.

In the car coating business there is tremendous confusion as to what it is we do to your car.  Because of the various names different car coating companies use to describe their coating, confusion is heaped on top of confusion.  At Sierra Glow, we call what we do “car coating.”  It is simple and, we hope, our customers and potential customers are not confused.  We simply put a coating on top of your car paint that helps protect your clear coat, your paint and your car value, and our car coat makes your car shine (and, no more waxing, ever!)

Some car coating companies call their coating “glass coating.”   This is understandable as the coating is like a thin layer of glass that sits on top of your car paint.  It is a fairly good description, but at Sierra Glow we stopped using this “glass coating” as it bring confusion to the marketplace.  Because a lot of car detailers and car accessory shops sell glass coating for the windscreen, you can see where the term “glass coating” can bring confusion.  Sierra Glow just says car coating as it is the clearest and most straight forward term that describes our work.

Is glass coating a coating on glass as shown belowglass coating

 

 

 

 

Or is it a coating for the paint as shown here: nano-3-big

 

 

 

Many other car detailers have gone over the top in their attempt to be big-bad-wolf-huffing-and-puffingcreate the impression that their chemical formula is superior.  We understand why they would want to do this and we don’t criticize.  We have just chosen a different, more simple way to describe our work.  We let our work speak for itself.  We don’t huff and puff.

All car coating is nano or nano-technology, so we don’t feel we have to say this.  While some car coating companies talk about diamonds, titanium, quartz, gloss and many other verbal descriptions, at Sierra Glow we opt for the straight, direct approach to our work.  We coat the car’s paint.  We provide a 5 year warranty, and be give all the technical support you need, so your car will shine and shine and shine.