Pitch removal – What happens if you do it very rarely?
The effects of salted roads and studded tyres in winter leave your car with rough spots. However, driving through melting asphalt in the summer will leave an even, thick layer of pitch on your car. If the removal of the pitch is constantly delayed, varnish damage will occur under the pitch. Such damage can be seen when, after the pitch has been removed, a crusty spot resembling rust still remains in place of the pitch. This is best seen on light-coloured cars, but that doesn’t mean dark cars don’t have it. It is simply not visible and should be even more visible.
How can I avoid damage caused by pigs and pig remover?
Regular pit removal is the best way to prevent damage caused by pitting, and it is actually a good idea to do it at least once a month. In the winter months, a monthly squeeze could even be mandatory. The longer the pitch is left on the surface, the more it “woodifies”. If the pitch has been on the surface for a very long time, it may not be soaked very well by the pigmentation and the surface is much more difficult to clean without damaging it.
Is it complicated to remove the pigtail?
Of course, this is best done by the professionals in the field, the hand car washers. They have the right equipment, a wealth of experience and good working conditions. Of course, the enterprising car owner can also get the job done at home. To do this, you first need to buy proper car care products. The highest quality selection is generally chemicals that come in large packages (5L, etc…) and are generally not available in regular retail stores.
Where to start when removing pitch?
When washing outdoors, you should choose a slightly cooler weather and a shady place as the detergents will dry on the surface too quickly when working in the sun in hot weather. This way, they don’t have time to work, and can quickly leave unsightly patches on the surface as they dry.
Apply the insect and street grime remover to the entire car and leave for a few minutes. Then rinse the vehicle with plenty of water. If possible, use a pressure washer. Next, apply a spot remover to the surface of the car and leave for up to 5 minutes. Repeat this step if necessary if the pitch did not come loose the first time. If the car is not very dirty, you can start by spraying on a spot of dirt. Pigmentation is applied to the sides of the car up to the door handles, to the front end up to the bonnet and to the rear of the car up to the highest edge where the pitch has flown. *Check if the pitch has come loose by gently touching the pit with your finger. When the pin comes loose from under your finger, it’s time to give the car a pressure wash.
- If piggyback has been left on for too long, it will dry on the surface and a new coat will need to be applied. To avoid extra work, carefully monitor the soaking process.
After washing off the pitch, make sure you’ve rinsed the car thoroughly and wash it by hand with car shampoo. Start from the roof and leave the bottom edges for last. If possible, wash them with a second sponge to avoid the risk of getting a grain of sand in the sponge. Rinse the shampoo off again and dry.
- If there are a few individual pig spots left on the surface, take a clean microfibre or soft cloth and make a little paste on the end of the cloth and dab the individual spots until they have melted and the surface is clean.
- Once the car has been thoroughly washed and dried, you can apply your choice of high-speed wax, nano-protection, permanent wax or any other product you like.
What else should I know about pitch removal?
- Be sure not to use petrol, diesel, nitro solvent, white spirit or other strong solvents to remove pitch as they are too strong. Gaskets and bonnet seals can start to melt, and plastic fire windows, trim and paintwork can turn dull and grey.
- Also, do not scrub the surface with strong scrubbing brushes or scrubbing pads, as this will scratch the surface. It is sensible to apply the spot remover only to the spots stained with the spot, not to the whole car, as the substance will inevitably remove a small amount of the protective coating from the waxed car.
- However, if the car has been left on the pitch for too long and the pitch has left the above-mentioned traces on the surface of the car.
removed by “metal stripping”. This can be done after washing the car by applying a special “INDIGO 10” detergent. This is a great tool, which is also often used to wash rims. Spray the car with it and leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. If necessary, restart the soaking process to prolong the soaking time. It is neutral in composition and will not damage the surface of the car. INDIGO 10 reacts with the residues on the surface and turns the car pink. Once the residues have been removed, wash and dry the car.
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