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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Car Paint Types

Urethane paints

The main benefit is that it can be sprayed over almost any type of paint as it does not react. It’s also cheap and dries easily. Experts also say that it gives excellent finishes and it doesn’t run lines.

It’s resistant to chipping and doesn’t fade easily. In fact, it you take good care of your car, the paint has the potential of lasting for more than 10 years.

While the paint has these advantages its main flaw is that it tends to give cars a plastic-like appearance which is usually unpleasant to look at. It’s also toxic therefore, as a mechanic you have to wear protective gear such as eye goggles, air pump, painter’s suit, and even an air respirator mast.

While the paint is usually considered superior in quality, it does not flow out easily from the spray gun which can make your painting job tedious.

Acrylic paint

There are usually two types of this paint: one that requires a clear topcoat (called a two stage system) and one that does not require the top coat (known as single stage system). The two stage system is the most recommended as it gives excellent results.

It’s ideal for those with little or no painting experience. It’s easy to apply and you tend to easily get a high gloss finish. When applied by a professional, it tends to form a hard shell.

The main disadvantage of it is that it tends to be soft and as a result it does not last for long. When exposed to chemicals or UV, it tends to wear out easily thus you have to keep on reapplying it every now and then.

The paint is also difficult to apply which tends to make your painting work difficult. In addition to this, it’s usually toxic and you require personal protection equipment when applying it.

Metallic paint

It gives an excellent finish which ensures that your car is noticeable. It tends to look excellent on sports and muscle cars. Due to the elegant finish given, the paint tends to increase the resale value of your car.

Alloy Wheels for Your Car

Alloy wheels are aesthetically pleasing because they can be cast in any kind of design thus making your car unique. However, there is a reason to why they were designed with alloy material, besides aesthetics.

Engineering is designing for function first before beauty. The combined metals of these wheels are often made to enhance the strength and quality of the product. You are installing stronger wheels with better handling when you choose this option.

Wheels made with alloys are lighter in weight thus making your car lighter and, consequently, enhancing speed and mileage. In other words, they have a lower unsprung weight. By having a lighter car, not as much energy and force is required to get the car moving forward thus making your car slightly lighter on fuel.

Most commonly drivers have previously chosen to install steel rims because they are incredibly strong but they are not as efficient as alloy wheels. Often you will see that the steel rims would be used for heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and busses, but there are alloy wheels that are also made specifically for these larger vehicles.

Alloy wheels don’t require as much maintenance because they won’t rust as easily. It also is resistant to bending, which is an essential feature for a car part that needs to support a tyre and the weight of a car.

Another benefit of alloy wheels is that they are better for cooling the brake drums. This makes it less likely for you to have damaged wheels or a damaged braking system. The brakes also undergo the most force, especially at high speeds, which causes friction and the weakening of the metal. Due to this circumstance, they often need to go for a service but with the alloy wheels it will be able to withstand the braking force better thus increasing the overall brake performance.

It is important to know what parts your car needs because of all the mechanics involved. Although cars are seen as “toys for boys” they also need to be taken care of, since you are traveling constantly and could at any time have to do something crazy to save your life. The best place to start is with what is keeping the car on the road.

Effect of Wheel Size

Typically, someone wishing to plus-size starts from a 15- or 16-inch standard wheel size and upgrades to a 17-, 18- or 19-inch diameter. As wheel size increases, tire diameter decreases to maintain the same overall diameter, ensuring proper clearance, gearing and speedometer readings. Large diameter wheels and tires are often only available in increased widths, so plus-sizers must take their wheel well and fender depth into consideration as well. A manufacturer’s car wheel size guide can help determine what sizes will fit your make and model.

As to performance, increasing the size of your wheels has both benefits and drawbacks. On the plus side, tires with shorter sidewalls can improve steering response and cornering stability. Increasing the wheel diameter and width may also increase traction. On the downside, larger tires mean more weight. More weight hurts fuel efficiency, acceleration and stopping distance. Wider tires have a tendency to float, reducing traction in inclement weather. Perhaps the biggest downside to plus-sizing is the reduced durability of the tires themselves. Narrow tire sidewalls don’t have the strength of standard tires and can be damaged by potholes and road debris. They can also sustain damage from getting pinched more easily.

Numerous wheel size comparison road tests give 17-inch and 18-inch wheels and tires the highest ratings, citing good grip, steering, braking and a comfortable feel. Upgrading from a 17- to 18-inch diameter had negligible effects on ride quality and offered additional grip. Heavy 19-inch wheels and tires fared the worst in road tests, straining the suspension and increasing impact harshness. In contrast, 15- and 16-inch standard wheel sizes were the quietest and had the smoothest ride, but had slightly more understeer on the skidpad.

Vehicle Wraps

The wraps are large vinyl graphics or decals applied on your car on its original paint. The wrap application enhances the appearance of the vehicle for a limited time period and can be easily and quickly removed to get the car back in its original condition without causing any damage to the paint. The fact that the wrapping does not interfere with the paint and actually prevents scratches has made it very popular, but the marketing benefits stand out in making car wraps loved.

They grab attention – This is because the graphics are attractive, brightly colored attracting attention from people you pass by as you drive. Apart from being noticeable, they are readable, hence the message is passed across effectively.

They reach wider market – You can be sure to pass your message across wherever you drive and to all kinds of people when using the wraps. The wide market reach gives your business an advantage since you never know who could be interested in the products or services that you are offering. They offer better coverage than other marketing tools such as flyers.

They are non-aggressive – This is because you don’t have to talk to anyone who is not interested in what you have to say. The customers will simply spot the message without feeling interrupted or rudely intruded hence they get to respond better to the advert.

They are flexible – You will practically get to take your ad everywhere with you flashing the message to all who come across your vehicle. This is more valuable than having to wait until customers get to see a commercial on TV or an ad on the newspaper to know about you and what you are offering. Mobile exposure without a doubt will bring you greater business tidings.

The wraps are cost effective – The printing and wrapping services are quite affordable and cannot compare to options such as the use of billboards. You can even make regular changes to the wraps at a cost that is reasonable. You also get to choose how long you have the wrap and considering that some can last up to 6 years, you get to run your ad for as long as you wish without additional costs.

They offer targeted marketing – This is because you will be exposing your brand to the local people who can find you with ease and even get easy access to the products and services you are offering. Since they take minimal downtime to be ready, you can start with your local marketing campaign in a very short time. With the right message included on the vehicle wrap, you can only expect better returns for the business.