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The Paint Meter Guide – Everything You Need to Know

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A paint meter, also known as a paint gauge, is a must-have product for any car owner or car dealership, and is used primarily to measure the quality and the thickness of the paint on the car. Having this information can prove to be incredibly useful if the car is due for bodywork, like a new paint job. The information provided by the meter can also help to judge the overall value of the vehicle for resale reasons.

The following information can help you to select the best device for your needs.

Selecting Your New Paint Meter

There are several important features of a good paint meter that you should look for when you are shopping for yours.

  • The display of the meter should be large enough to read and should be back-lit to allow for use in adverse light situations. The display should be able to rotate a full 360 degrees so that even the most difficult to reach areas of the car, like the wheel wells, can be read using the device.
  • The device should have a solid battery life and also have a switch to turn it on and off as needed; waiting for the paint meter to shut down on its own could run the battery down a lot faster than if you had the ability to simply switch it off yourself.
  • Ensure that the device you select is one that is self-calibrating as this can save you a lot of time and effort.
  • Determine if the warranty on the device is one that will work for your needs – as a general rule of thumb, there should be at least a two-year warranty on your paint meter. Carefully read the warranty in order to understand the finer details of it before you purchase the device.
  • When you make your final purchase, find out what the refund policy is from your selected retailer – while the manufacturer’s warranty will cover the replacement of the meter should it break down in a few months, should it fail to work within a few short days the retailer should offer you a full refund or a replacement.

Selecting A Retailer

There are many retailers that sell this type of paint measuring device, including several with online storefronts. A quick search in your favorite search engine will help you to narrow down your choices – as well as provide you with a list of devices that you can compare against one another so that you are purchasing the best possible device for your needs.

You may find several auto dealerships sell auto paint meters – call your nearest dealerships to find out; while those you reach out to may not sell them, they should be able to point you in the right direction.

Using Your Paint Meter

Be certain to closely follow the directions provided by the manufacturer of your new device – failing to do so may void your warranty. If you have any questions about using your new paint measuring tool be sure to contact the manufacturer directly as they will generally be the best source of information pertaining to your exact device.

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