Whether you are a car manufacturer or an individual seeking to resell your car, maintaining the appearance of your car’s exterior and interior is an essential key to attracting buyers and reinforcing customer loyalty. A squeaky clean dashboard and a shiny paint job just might seem trivial but they could tip the scales in your favor. Silicone-based car cosmetics are ideal for helping you detail and maintain your car in optimal conditions inside and out.

Silicones spruce up the cockpit

Have you ever taken a close look at your dashboard? While in the driver’s seat, you might not have noticed but the dashboard, as our main contact platform to maneuvering the car, is prone to daily wear and tear. You can reinvigorate your dull and dusty dashboards with silicone aerosols. Once applied, they restore shine and enhance color by deepening it, thus keeping the cockpit clean to give it that brand-new feel.

Silicone aerosols also have other uses inside the car, such as on seat belts. Older cars tend to suffer from “lazy” seat belts which have lost their power of retraction over time. This can result in safety issues. Spraying silicone aerosols on the retractor mechanism in seat belts prevents them from sticking as it acts as a lubricant, thus enhancing and facilitating seat belt retraction.

Silicones cosmetics add shine to your car’s exterior

Silicone-based products are not only for use in the car’s interior but can also be used on the exterior to enhance the appearance and shine of the body and other external elements of your car.
Used in car body paints for example, silicone improves the formula to make applied paint look smoother and more even. Without it, paint would form valley-like crevasses on the car’s surface. Silicone fills in these crevasses and leaves behind a spotless and long-lasting paint job. In addition, as bumpers are more and more frequently being painted, these silicone-based paints can also be used on bumpers for a perfect finish.

Other car cosmetics such as polishes and waxes incorporate silicone in their formulas to boost performance and final results. For example, adding solvents and silicones to polishes enhances shine and brilliancy given that silicone acts as a sort of lacquer. Waxes can also be based on silicones because silicone exerts a bead effect. When water comes into contact with the wax, it forms droplets that just slide right off the surface of the car body. For added shine and radiance, silicone-based waxes and polishes can also be used on the tires and headlights to give them a glossy, like-new appearance.

Lastly, hydrophilic silicones can be used on the outside of windshields for their water sheeting effects and on the inside for their anti-fogging effects. Effectively repelling water and fog on glass makes driving safer. Hydrophilic silicones can also be applied to the pinlock systems in motorbike helmets for these same reasons.

All in all, silicone-based products can enhance the shine and luster of both your car’s interior as well as exterior. Its water-repellency, slip, shine and protection properties will improve the performance of many components, resulting in a safer and more enjoyable driving experience, not to mention all the heads you will turn with your new-car look.

 

Photo credits: Fotolia / industrieblick

Gilles Champion

Posted by Gilles Champion

Global Market Manager Specialty Fluids