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Autoglym launches new treatment for minor paint imperfections

Bird poo. It’s one of the things that car dealers, valeters and owners fear most. If left on car bodywork it can cause all sorts of harm including etching marks, lacquer damage and faded spots.

But now, Autoglym has launched a brand new, innovative product that will repair bird lime deposits quickly, harmlessly and with minimal hands-on use.

Autoglym ‘Reflow’ is a water-activated heat treatment that you simply apply and leave while it works its magic on dull and etched lacquer surfaces. You simply activate it with water and apply the Reflow pack to the damaged area. It carefully heats up the lacquer surface and allows it to ‘self-heal’ as the damaged lacquer – which can become distorted or misshapen around festering bird lime – flows into itself to seal the damaged area.

Reflow takes just 30 minutes to work and offers repairers huge labour-saving opportunities, according to Autoglym.

Autoglym says while it won’t necessarily work on old or badly tarnished paint finishes, most minor imperfections on modern paint finishes will be instantly and permanently repaired with minimal user intervention, making it ideal for smart repair operators as well as dealers who are returning to work following lockdown, where deposits left on stock vehicles may have caused damage due to a lack of cleaning during the enforced shutdown of car dealerships.

In order to test Reflow to the max, Autoglym tells us it developed its own synthetic ‘bird poo’ in various formulations, causing damage to body panels and using Reflow to effect a repair, all at its UK laboratories.