The smooth finish on an automobile is often the result of a superior paint job. Spray painting is the most widely used automotive paint technique, where a mechanical nozzle forces tiny spheres of paint onto a surface. The most common types employ compressed gas like air to drive the paint out.
The particles of paint directed onto the surface of the car attach themselves to the metal or fibreglass as microscopic dots, whose edges quickly merge into one, smooth surface. Cars are given many coats of paint, with sanding in between, to give a solid, deep hue. Apart from the standard ‘solid’ finish found on most cars, metallic paint, also called ‘metal flake’, is used on many cars. Close up, the small metal flakes suspended in the paint create a sparkling effect.
After painting, protective covering over the paint can be applied to increase its durability and beauty and assist with car care offering paint protection that guards against bird droppings, UV light, road salt and insect residue. Car detailing give a vehicle a ‘just off the assembly line’ appearance. Detailing involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the body paint, chrome trim, windows, wheels, and tires as well as other exterior components of the vehicle. The three main aspects of car detailing are cleaning, polishing, and protecting. Add a professional paint job and the result is a beautiful vehicle.