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    My sister has just ordered a new Corsa.

    The salesman told her that with the new water based paints used on new cars it is recommended to apply a glaze coat over the body work. This is to stop the effect of sunlight degrading the paint finish. Also to prevent bird droppings from eating into the finish.

    The finish on her car is metallic so it already has a laquer coat applied.

    Is the salesman correct, or is this just sales hype with no foundation?

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    most stuff from dealers mate is crap just a gimick they make more money out of that than the car my mate sells cars

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    He's just trying to sell you there product. He's right in saying its water based and your right in saying it has a clear coat on the metallics, but also a glaze is usually water soluble and goes under a wax so he's got confused in his own bable, what he means is a Sealant. Don't take there surface protection. A good coat of Collinite will do the job, and a must as were moving towards the winter months.

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    A glaze offers no protection whatsoever, and will just wash of when it rains. Glaze is basically a filler to help mask tiny imperfections and add a glossy wet look.

    To help protect the paint, you will need a wax / sealant. One would expect this to have been applied to a new car. Whether is has or not, it wouldn't hurt to pop another coat on. This is what I would use: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/sealan...t/prod_26.html

    You will get about 4 applications from it. To keep your car looking tip-top, apply it every 3 months.

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    Complete waste of time. dealers make a mint from selling them.

    Doesn't matter if the paint is water-based or not, these days most are and they're just fine. If you think you'd like a sealant, just buy one and apply it yourself at 1/4 the price. Bird droppings left on a sealant still cut through and discolour the paintwork anyway, just keep the car clean and polished and it'll be fine.

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    I would say that salesman is just trying to sell another product.
    Nothing wrong with using a glaze after a clay, a polish, and then finishing with a sealant or a good wax after the glaze.

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    It's just as cheap to respray the car, prior to sale, due to wear and tear!
    Sadly it's more obvious on a dark colour paint, however if the car is silver, grey, etc then it is less noticeable

    Another option is to seal the paint with a plastic skin, but this is REALLY expensive and only practical for high value cars
    However, I have seen it done to large saloons, where just the front panels have the plastic skins applied
    For a Vectra it is about £500, so I would imagine for a Corsa it would be about £400

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    Living amongst millions of seagulls as we Plymothians do The only way to preserve paintwork is washing off the bird **** and regular wash n' wax.
    Spot of elbow grease is all you need.
    Cheaper too

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    The salesman has probably offered your sister SupaGuard which i was offered when i bought my Vectra but i have a box full of the stuff at home already.To be fair is a really good product and does protect to some extent and does come with a 3 or 5 year Guarantee.I sold this stuff on Land Rovers and it does bring the car up really well years after application but to be fair i would buy it from Ebay than the £300 price tag they probably offer,it also comes in a kit which contains an interior waterproofing for your seats and carpets which is also a good idea.

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