Doing This Will Make Your Car Paint Last Twice as Long

Doing This Will Make Your Car Paint Last Twice as Long

rev up your engines, today I’m going to
show you how you can make your car’s paint last twice as long, now the first
thing that you have to understand about automotive paint is, most modern vehicles
use a four stage process when the cars are painted, you got the bare metal, and
then that’s actually has a pretreatment coating in most places, which is one of
the reasons that modern cars don’t rust like they used too, when I was a kid in
Niagara Falls, hey cars would be 6-7 years old the
fenders are rust and off, they were just falling apart, because they didn’t have
any of that pretreatment stuff, then the actual process of what you might call
painting, because it’s not all exactly painting, is that they have an electric coat
and that’s to keep things from corroding normally it’s zinc based, and that keeps
electrolysis out, and keeps the bare metal from having problems with
corrosion, rust, so they don’t come apart from oxidation, now this first coating is
measured in microns and a micron is one thousandth of a millimeter, this electron
coating is 17 to 22 microns thick so that’s not very thick really, and the
next coat on top of that is the primer paint,
then on top of that is the base coat, the color that you actually see, strangely
enough that’s the thinnest coat, that’s 10 to 20 microns, then on top of that is
the clear coat that’s 30 to 50 microns, that’s the thickest one, it’s kind of
like clear fair nail polish, that coats at all and that’s what really makes shiny,
and what you want to preserve on your car’s
paint is their clear coat, because that’s what protects the paint underneath, UV
rays of the Sun are attacking that clear coat,
birds pooping on your car attacks it, dirt and grime attacks, it so what you want to
do is make that clear coat last as long as it possibly can,
so the first thing you want to do if birds poop on your car, or you get tar
from the road that gets on the side of your paint, you want to get rid of the
stuff immediately, I’ve been using this Goo Gone automotive stuff for decades
it’s really great for taking crud out you leave it in a trunk with some blue
paper towels, then you can spray it on and get it off before it does damage,
especially with bird poop, that stuff is acidic, if you let it dry sit in the Sun
it eats right through your paint, like I said the Goo gone works great, this is
the automotive one that’s more gel it’s thicker, so when you spray it on it sits
there, now like any kind of product that clean stuff, you don’t want to do it in
the direct Sun you want do it in the shade on a vehicle that’s not red-hot,
you just want to make sure you do it before the car sits all day in the red
hot Sun and it bakes in, it’s why you put it in the trunk, then you don’t have to
worry about, hey where am I gonna find this stuff, you got it you can take the
crud off your painting and not worry about it, now the next thing to make your
paint last as long as possible it’s to wax your car, it’s a good idea to do it
four times a year, once every season so if you can remember to do it in the
beginning of the season, hey that’s easier cuz you know the beginning of
winter it’s not as cold as the middle or later winter, so if you do it in the
beginning of each season, then you won’t forget, now I have to admit that I’m a
bad boy, I don’t wax my cars anymore I use this new finish because technically
it’s not a wax it’s a polish, I find that this polish
works better than a wax, seems to last long, now it says once a year but
nonsense on that , I still do it four times a year, you know a good paint job
cost a fortune this cost hardly anything, so you know a
little elbow grease it’ll make you painting last longer,
because to keep your clear coat shiny which is what makes your paint look good,
nothing works better than a really good polish like that, it’s not really
abrasive where it ruins the paint, it just keeps it nice and shiny and
protects it, now here’s something that I warn you against wasting your money on,
this is one of these nano paint protectors, really it’s a bunch of nano
nonsense this one’s using the idea of
nanotechnology and ceramics together says it’s a nano
ceramic, I tried to stuff out this little bottle it’s like 50 bucks, it’s just
garbage, and I’ve also read about people use this and they said that it ruined
their paint job, so stay away from all this marketing nonsense that some
people have, I’ve seen some German manufactured products that say, oh they
keep your car shining and stuff, and the system will be like three or four hundred
dollars, it’s nonsense their just selling you this really
expensive stuff, because they figure you got an expensive European car and you’re
dumb enough you bought that expensive thing you buy really expensive wax
for your expensive car, so waste your money on that, this stuff works perfectly
fine, of course if you want regular wax get a good carnauba based wax and wax it
four times a year, take care of it you know I just happen to like this stuff
because I’ve tried over 51 years lots of different stuff, and I found this seems
to be the best one it goes on easy it wipes off easy, and it seems to last
longer than most of the other ones do, this my
wife’s 17 year old Lexus, look at that baby shine, you can see the reflection of
the tree behind it, 17 years old and this stuff keeps it going, now the next way to
keep your car’s paint lasting as long as possible
is realized that really bad dust and dirt is abrasive, you don’t want to just
get a cloth or something and wipe the stuff off, I had a customer here in
Houston years ago that learned the lesson the hard way
there was a Mexican volcano south of here that erupted, and we got all this
volcanic ash, well he went and got some towels and stuff, they were microfiber
towels and he wiped the dust off, and what he was doing was he scratched his
paint, now that’s an extreme example, but the dirt and crud in our modern society
is all over the place, so when you do have a dirty car, the first thing you
want to do is hose it off, you want to rinse it off of water first, so that the
water can just blow all that stuff off, then once it’s gotten reasonably
hydrated, you can get some good soap to clean the car with, now when I was a kid
we were cheap we didn’t have any money, so I’d use
dishwashing liquid to wash the car, but really you want to use car wash liquid
that’s made for car it’s designed not the damage that clear
coat, I’ve been using this McGwire stuff for years, it’s a really good cleaner I
mean there’s tons of them out there, but it’s like anything else, you get
something that seems to work pretty good then you tend to stick with it, do keep it
clean if you want that paint to last and I have to admit, I’m cheating with
my wife’s car, because I park it under this tree all the time,
Sun destroys paint, whenever possible if you can park your car in the shade it’s a
good thing, then the ultraviolet rays of the Sun can’t destroy the paint, sure
putting the car in a garage is great but if you don’t have a garage to put it
into as long as it’s in the shade it’s gonna keep the paint from being
destroyed, because you really want to take care of your original paint job, as
you saw earlier, theirs four layers when a car is painted at the factory, it’s done
by machines, they do a nearly perfect job if you’ve ever had a car repainted, they
never last as long, they never look as shiny, cuz odds are no place is going to
go through those four stages and get it exactly the same thickness as a robot
will, so now you know how to make your car’s paint last as long as it can, so
you can ride around in a nice shiny car and not be embarrassed by one that maybe
has the clear coat peeling off, like it’s got a bad case of sunburn, so if you
never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that


  • Scotty Kilmer says:

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  • Tatonka says:

    Micrometre. Not micron.

  • BeardedHonda says:

    Hey Scotty I would love to hear your opinion on Chadwick's Triple Play.

  • viyau says:

    It really makes sense to just use Nu Finish and forget all those other waxes and rainx and detailing the car with buffers when it may not need that. Only thing I thing should be done is clay bar first then apply this stuff The end.

  • Motorcityman Man says:

    ROUGH blue paper towels on your paint Scotty!!??

  • mickey philly says:

    Thanks Scotty…your. The 💩 ✌😎

  • e walt says:

    This guy needs to start stopping the video, and go to the bathroom for Chrissakes.

  • Joeballz85 says:

    Hey Scotty what made you move from New York to Texas?

  • JS Mariani says:

    I wish he would address road salt. I use a spray wax about once a month (it doesn't last), but it's so easy to apply and looks great.

  • J says:

    Scotty, those inserts in your videos are hilarious!!

  • Charlie Chauvin says:

    Ardex 9200 clear coat sealant. Biggest bang for your buck. Lasts longer than any wax. Owned a shop, tried them all.

  • David James says:

    Rev up your UV rays.

  • David James says:

    I don't trust a product that is misspelled.

  • 二倍速祖国的花朵 says:

    When we were kids, we were cheap! We use dish soap to clean the car!xD

  • Chicken n Grits 732 73's says:

    Scotty, it looks like the Venus Flytrap is eating your boat

  • Richard. Schmelz says:

    "…as a robot will"

  • bikemtn says:

    Keep the car out of sun 🌞

  • Ray Davies says:

    I like Zymol better than NUfinish, I have used both a bunch of times. The regular Zymol from walmart, about 15 bucks.

  • paintheSLAYER says:

    Scotty are car tarps any good and if so which would be best for a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T?

  • Jim Berryman says:

    That Nu Finish was does a great job my truck is 15 years old and still original paint on it I definitely been waxing my truck

  • Brad says:

    A new Scotty term; “nano non sense”! Well done sir!

  • Chris Chery says:

    I wash my car with Dawn

  • Jamie Price says:

    Scotty you are wrong about ceramic coatings they do work. When I bought my car the first place I took it was a detailing/car wrap garage, and had it done professionally. This was 3 years ago, I have hardly ever used my wipers. Dirt doesn't really stick, the only thing which has stuck is the ash from the neighbours bbq but that just rinses off with a hose pipe. No elbow grease, no soap, no wax, nothing except plain cold tap water.

    In future please just stick to the mechanical side and leave the paint for the people who actually know what they are talking about.

  • Danny WizBang says:

    Hey Scotty, I live in niagara falls too. On the canadian side. Road salt here is terrible and abundant, what can I do to stop my car from rusting?

  • t swartzbaugh says:

    I've been very impressed with the Simoniz Glasscoat. Got it very deeply discounted from dealer (son's employee discount) on a 2013 Elantra GT. My wife got Ziebart package on 2016 Jeep Patriot, mostly for the undercoating.
    6 years later on the Elantra and I like Glasscoat paint protection better than the more recent Ziebart.
    No paint chips on hood of either, which was a problem on an untreated Prius.

  • Fernando5455 says:

    You should try Meguiars Ultimate Wax, much better then carnauba wax.

  • Mario Manzo says:

    If ceramic coating ruined your car then you didn’t do it right

  • Walter Mawdsley says:


  • myfastgti07 says:

    POORBOYS BIRD S*** REMOVER is what I use Scotty. Green spray. Meguiars products are the best

  • Blue Cichlid says:

    I wash my car with shampoo for my hair it’s not like dish soap that’s way to stonge and won’t wash the wax off

  • SilverDollarSaloon says:

    Scotty looks outside his bedroom window and sees a Big Bird poop on his car.Hey Honey I have to go outside and Poop goo gone the car,be back in a couple hours after I Nu Finish the car.

  • Shane Travis says:

    If yous what to keep you paint work good stay away from they jet washes a specially

  • Matt Geiger says:

    Taking care of paint is hard work, I know I have 3 vehicles to care for. Alot of people I know pay 25 grand for a car and let it rot???

  • Marc Turk says:

    Tough when u live in CALCIUM chloride country

  • Mike Lopez says:

    Do a vid on F11 Top Coat!

  • Petr K says:

    Ehat the parr of US is he from? Specific accent

  • chris s says:

    Or get a ceramic coat and wash every week

  • Shawn Swigart says:

    Nano Nano

  • Shawn Swigart says:

    Magic rain, soap it up. Rub a dub.

  • Andrew Schwab says:

    Ceramic coating is complete bullshit. Change my mind.

  • blmonkey says:

    the reason you spray your car off first, because if you threw a soapy sponge or rag on it, the dirt and particles on the car will act as an abrasive and cause scratches


    5:04 Actual picture of Scotty's dealer

  • Nonya Bibusiness says:

    Love the pop ups! lol

  • L Q says:

    My 20-year old Lexus GS300 (1999) paint still looks great, because I use Nu Finish twice a year and Meguiar caranuba wax twice a year. I park the car inside my garage. Heck, I am still using the original windshield wiper blades!

  • Kunal Purohit says:

    A lot of ppl miss out on number 4 from description

  • nachos says:

    best thing to get crud off paint, aircraft paint remover (because your paint will be gone) 😛

  • Bill Simpson says:

    "The dirt and crud in our modern society is all over the place." Gotta love Scotty.


    6:25 the moment I fell in love with this man..anyone who uses this knows a thing or 2.

  • Jinder says:

    Try some chemical guys products on and do the video

  • Jimmy Shao says:

    whats that picture he used when he said “dirt and grime”

  • uk7769 says:

    I tried clay bar-ing a car with cleaning fluid on the finish before I waxed. Got all the grime and baked on crap off it before waxing. Clay bar was a bit of work, but I couldn't believe how easy it was to wax it after. It was kind of fun, and the results were amazing. Scotty what do you think of clay barring, before putting down the wax??????

  • Joe Luis says:

    Glad I been washing my first car weekly since I bought it 2 years ago; 2 buckets, nice meguiars gold class soap, wash in straight lines and dry the car in the shade and make sure it’s cool. Wax it using Butterwet Wax every 1-3 months, car looks the same as it came out of the lot considering I did paint correction on it 9 months ago.

  • Bok Yoy says:

    I'm originally from Buffalo, I sensed I had a closeness to you.

  • H J says:

    scotty, I am a fan BUT ceramic coating when applied properly actually do protect clear coat.

  • Jack Cook says:

    An old man once told me on a quiet night, if you listen really good, you can hear a Chevy rust……

  • Praneet Singh says:

    Nano is good, haven’t had to do anything to my car in 2years, still looks better then any wax job and bird droppings can sit there for weeks wash’s of with just a hose. You seid it yourself “your cheap” maybe you bought a cheap brand thats why

  • Evil pimp says:

    What if i wash my car 1 or 2 times a week

  • Al Van Schaik says:

    Just listen to Scotty he is always right on this stuff !! Why do I say that?? because like many of you I'm a car guy but I don't have access to all the latest information. Scotty is in this business and I adhere to his tips and videos. It always seems to work just as he says and that is a testament to his knowledge of the automotive world.

  • A. L.L. says:

    I just buy the car wash & wax combo from the dollar tree.

  • Trygve Hansen Eidem says:

    Hi Scotty, in Norway we have snowy, slushy and salted roads during winter. And the roads aren’t very straight; not even the motorways (over 90 km/h, two lanes). Rainy rest of the year. Sometimes sunny, but don’t count on it.

    So I chose a Mazda 6 skyactiv stationwagon, 2.0 liter petrol. Naturally aspirated 165 ps.
    2016 model. Automatic. Dark grey metallic.

    Mazda delivers their cars in Norway with Tectyl-coating against corrosion. Toyota doesn’t so I skipped them. Also, these days Toyota mostly sells hybrids in Norway. Honda doesn’t sell the Accord now either. So I skipped them as well.

    I’m a tall fellow with long legs. I need a relatively large vehicle. I love big stationwagons.

    Mazda has good handling and I like their skyactiv automatic. Really easy to use! Useful in shitty weather.

    I got a new coat of Tectyl done at a professional garage. It should last 3 years.

    And now I’m going to get a coat of Permashine over the paint. The dealer offers it. I’m a bit lazy and the weather here most of the year is mostly shitty. So I’m hoping that extra coating will replace the need for waxing the car. I don’t have a garage, I live in an old village. So I always have to park in the narrow streets.

    Cars are expensive in Norway! Stupid taxes/fees!

    I stay away from used ones here. I’m not interested in rusty german cars which will be a nightmare to repair.

    So what else can I do to keep my Mazda last many years and many km?

    And what do you think of Mazda’s plans to make straight six engines? Both petrol and diesel.

  • AD staton says:

    Use 2 buckets when you wash your car. One is the suds bucket and the other to rinse your sponge. Never put the sponge in the suds bucket without rinsing first. When you finish, let the rinse bucket settle for about 30 minutes, then pour it out slowly and look at all the grit in the bottom!

  • Fellipe Fischer says:

    My mom had her accent repainted on the drivers side doors by the dealership, it lasted 1 year

  • Damien Brown says:

    Did Scotty just say ceramic coatings were useless crap, he’s very knowledgeable but that is ridiculous. A quality ceramic though expensive is much longer lasting than any wax or polish combination and provides way more effective protection

  • MrTilbin says:

    I saw a video of a guy that waxes his windshield and he swears by it. I don't know how i really feel about it, but I can't deny the results. Does the product you use just polish the clear coat? Or does it offer a protective barrier like wax? I thought all polishes had to be at least a little abrasive as that what brings the shine back to faded or scratched clear coats. I also was told many many years ago that clear coat doesn't require a wax, just a polish as the idea behind was was to be a clear coat on older cars single stage paint.

  • think correctly says:

    Bird poop ruined my driver side rear view mirror while on vacation, clear coat came right off first time I washed it, after I came back

  • Sigor Ezz says:

    What do you use to apply wax on your car? Just a micro fiber cloth or some special tool to make it easier to wax?

  • Detailing_Panda says:

    To simplify things:
    Spray Waxes (Up to 2 weeks)

    Carnuaba wax (Organic) lasts up to 3 months.
    Polymer Sealants (Up to 6 months)
    Silica Dioxide Sealant (Up to 6 months)
    Ceramic Coating (2+ years)

    Just like painting cars, all in the prep work for best bonding, wash it clean, claybar it to remove embedded contaminants at a minimum, for better results and for glossy finish paint correct with compound and polish then apply any of the above. This isnt a complete rundown, sure there is more to it but for the basis of clear coat protection this is simplified. Also, to note cheaper cars (hondas, toyotas etc) have thinner clear coats thats why you mostly see those types of vehicles with clear coat failure, oxidation, peeling, cracking etc. Protect your investments and resale value by keeping that clear coat protected. If the paint doesnt bead anymore = NO PROTECTION. At a minimum just spray wax it after every wash or so.. ***Only applies to people who care.

  • flipmode00 squad says:

    I need to find a spot for mine, the sun will kill my paint it already destroyed the paint on my gsxr

  • Roy Borgersen says:

    Are you using a car wash with wax before the Nu finish?

  • Jason Reyes says:

    I polish and wax. Ohhh yeah.

  • fastacker2 says:

    The pic of the kid in the trunk killed me. 🙂

  • Robert Jones says:

    Scottie, I hope you make tons of money because you deserve it.

  • erepsekahs says:

    Scotty, you need to talk with a paint-shop manager at a name brand manufacturer. He/she will familiarize you with the process and the technical terms. As far as waxes are concerned use Meguire's, they are exceptionally good. So I see Scotty has finally gone into the advertising business.

  • Alkatraz415 says:

    I always avoid parking under trees. Washing a car is easy but the typical toughest stuff to deal with is the lower part where you get tar kicked up off the road and all the sticky stuff from trees. If you want to go next level you can clay and use chemical fallout removers to get the embedded particulates out of the paint.

  • Kuba USA says:

    Scotty please turn off the translation of the titles and subacription in polish language they are very poor and imunderstandable

  • Spencerianism says:

    Why is bird poop acidic?
    Cause they're always flying high…..

  • Georges Abouzeid says:

    Nano nonses thats nano true 😁😁😑

  • Norman Ran says:

    how about to use 3M Pro Series Paint Protection Film?? it this better than wax?

  • Jet Earlewood says:

    Niagara Falls?

  • XantheFIN says:

    This won't help save your Tesla Model 3 with super thin and peeling off paint layer.

  • King Brilliant says:

    Paper towels will scratch the hell out of your paint…use a microfibre towel.

  • JoviTV says:

    Wait Scott, if Nu Finish is a polish won’t it just clean and smooth out the clear coat? Not necessarily protect it?

  • Cake from State Farm says:

    What if a man poops on your car?

  • Teleman 777 says:

    does the spray on wax at the carwash adequate?

  • Joe Salerno says:

    “Tried over 51 years lots of different stuff” shows pick of smoking weed 😂😂😂

  • R Terry says:

    Would love to have you over for dinner and smoke a huge fatty !

  • A. Randolph says:


  • mohammad khan says:

    So the type of car wash you're using is a mix of soap and wax? And that's good to use before polishing?

  • Robert Nazarov says:

    Do you think nu finish liquid can be a good mild abrasive to clear foggy head lights?

  • CARLOS MERIDA, pintor says:

    When are you going to get rid of that boat?

  • Sticksbass says:

    what about F11?

  • Sas Boi says:

    You gotta try Optimum no rinse, cost effective and cheap

  • MileHighCatMom says:

    Unless it's a Neon hahahaha!

  • Kudos Padilla says:

    Hi, can I use the nu finish on plastic headlight? Thank you.

  • Brian says:

    I use Rainex car wash and rain repellent. It works better than wax. If the car isn’t that dirty you don’t even need to wash it.

  • Jorge Barron says:

    Scotty Killmers great

  • Gary Frye says:

    What was the first product he had? He was moving his hand so fast the name was a blur.

  • j freed says:

    Waxing a car often makes it a joy to clean and take care of. It's way less work than cleaning long-neglected pain, the dirt and road grime wants to slide right off.

    Waxing can be relaxing. 😎 you also get to have the best dressed car in the parking lot, and it's slightly harder to scratch and ding the paint, and snow and ice glide off better.

  • Protector K9 says:

    Brought to you buy goo be gone

  • Alex Dimov says:

    Idk who editing but they need a raise 😂😂😂

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