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by Alex Gipe, March 12, 2019, Tips, Vehicle Paint

Top 5 Things That Will Compromise Your Vehicle’s Paint

Automotive finishing is one of the most important parts of the auto manufacturing process. It obviously makes the vehicle look good, which is important when choosing a car to purchase, but your automobile’spaint job is also an important tool for protecting the car’s value, and the vehicle itself.

Here is a list of the top 5 things that can compromise your vehicle’s paint. However, with a little time and knowledge, you can protect your automotive finish to keep it looking new. Gipe Auto Color carries a full line of car care and detailing products for the professional and do-it-yourselfer alike.

  1. Bird Droppings
    Your vehicle’s finish is delicate and deserves a good cleaning at least every other week to remove dirt that can restore its natural shine. However, if you are part of the unlucky few that commonly park in an area inundated with birds, washing your vehicle more frequently will definitely add life to your vehicle’s paint. Not only are bird droppings on your vehicle unsightly, the dried droppings are acidic, which can absorb into your finish and leave a permanent mark.
  1. Bugs
    Very much like bird droppings, bugs’ internal structures are acidic and can damage your paint. If you notice bugs on your hood, trunk, grill or anywhere else have taken their last flight and are now an ornament on your vehicle, be sure to head to a car wash, or use a good bug and tar remover. The sooner the better. Once bugs decompose they are extremely difficult to remove from your paint job as you will note they stick to the surface. When traveling long distances at higher rates of speed you will need to evaluate your vehicle for bugs.
  1. Dust Art
    If your vehicle tends to pick up dust from the roadways, don’t be tempted to get creative and draw on your vehicle with the dust as your palette. It may seem like a good idea to inscribe “wash me” or become the next Picasso, however you are doing your paint job more harm than you may realize. In doing so you are literally smearing dirt, dust and debris that can permanently etch the surface of your finish.
  1. Tree Sap
    Tree sap is among the toughest contaminants to remove from a vehicle’s finish, and among the most damaging. Once tree sap bakes onto a vehicle under a hot sun, it become like a resin. After baking into the finish, the sap eventually etches into the clearcoat and paint, causing webs of deterioration around every spot of sap. If you have difficulty removing tree sap from your vehicles surface, see your local detail shop or try using an automotive clay bar, which is designed to gently remove contaminants from the surface of the vehicle.
  1. Eggs
    You might be scratching your head asking yourself “Eggs, why eggs?” Often the result of vandalism, eggs can damage your car’s surface in two very specific ways.
  • Egg whites and yolks of an eggs are acidic and can eat away your paint’s clear coat. It can also leave a nasty stain if it’s baked in. Left untreated it can damage your vehicle’s basecoat as well.
  • Eggshells can also scratch your paint – significantly. Keep in mind, wiping eggshells off your vehicle with a cloth can add to the damage. You will need a solution that lifts the debris from the surface, so you can wipe it off easier.

Gipe Auto Color’s mission is to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with our customers by providing customer focused services, products, and solutions. If you are in need of assistance contact the location nearest you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

by admin, July 25, 2018, Blog

Professional PPG Paint Distributor in Owensboro

Are you a body shop owner who is looking for a professionally run PPG® paint distributor to work with? Look no further. Gipe Auto Color in Owensboro is here for you and we have everything you need. PPG® paint is a world leader in automotive paint. If you need paint for collision services, we have everything you are looking for directly from PPG® Paint. The pros come to us. When you come to us we offer superior services for support, assessments, and troubleshooting. We have the newest products and use the newest technology. Whatever it is that you need, you can be sure to find it here with us.

If you want high quality and superior service and looking for a PPG® Paint Distributor in Owensboro, be sure to contact Gipe Auto Color in Owensboro. We have everything you are looking for including great customer service. Give us a call or contact us at your most convenient opportunity. Call us today at 270-685-2222.

by admin, April 13, 2018, Blog

Six Things to Consider When Choosing a Supplier

The collision repair industry is highly competitive, and repairers face many choices that can have a significant impact on their businesses. Choosing the right direct repair programs (DRPs), parts suppliers, and paint suppliers are just a few decisions collision repair business owners face. (more…)

by admin, April 5, 2018, Blog

PPG Announces Training Schedule

Technology changes quickly. With new equipment, new products, and new techniques auto body repair shops need continuous education to stay competitive in the marketplace. (more…)

by admin, March 29, 2018, Blog

Introducing PPGs EST 900 DTM Chasis Black Topcoat

PPG’s Commercial Coatings Division will soon launch a key new product, EST900 DTM Topcoat, which will give customers a new choice for metal protection. (more…)

by admin, February 14, 2018, Blog

Introducing the Total Automotive Sanding System From 3M and Festool

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by admin, January 16, 2018, Blog, January 2018

Tech Tips: Matching Today’s More Vibrant, Factory Original Colors

As automakers look to differentiate their vehicles from the competition, offering eye-catching exterior colors is one proven way to attract the new car buyer. That’s clearly evident (more…)

by admin, , Blog, January 2018

Tech Tips: Mazda 46G Machine Gray Waterborne Basecoat Repair Process

In this process we will apply Mazda paint code 46G Machine Gray,which is a special effect gray metallic color that gives the paint a “sculpted from solid steel” appearance.

by admin, , Blog, January 2018

Tech Tips: High Performance Translucent Blend Repair

Below is a video shared from PPG’s website. This demonstration will show the benefits of using a blended edge underneath a translucent color versus the defined edge of a sanded primer alone.

by admin, January 10, 2018, Blog, January 2018

Black is Back: 2018 PPG Color of the Year

Every year PPG paints selects a single color as it’s PGG Paints Color of the Year representative. The 2018 color was selected back in June of 2017, but now that 2018 is upon us, it’s time to take a closer look at this year’s color.

Black is back in style for PPG, as they have selected Black Flame (PPG1043-7) as their 2018 Color of the Year. As the color experts at PPG stated in this press release:

“this statement-making black, infused with an undertone of the deepest indigo, evokes the privacy, hope and classic modernism that many consumers crave today. Embodying the spirit of a tailored tuxedo or a little black dress, it is dressed-up, coveted, unapologetic and – most importantly – timeless.”

The color was unanimously selected by PPG’s more than 20 color stylists from around the world, who specialize in industries such as consumer electronics, architectural, automotive and aerospace. These stylists study color trends in industries from building materials to home decor.

“We’re already seeing retailers reinventing the classic black hue in the form of building materials such as wood flooring, black tile, cabinets and window frames, as well as matte black appliances and décor items,”

Black Flame is also the anchor color in the broader 2018 PPG Global Color Trends palettes, which entail four themes. It also allows for a sense of relaxation from the overstimulation of the modern world. A vehicle painted in Black Flame infuses a sense of aggressiveness, but also at the same moment a classic feel that is timeless.