Whether you were recently in an accident or simply wanted to upgrade your vehicle's look, there are several reasons to have your car expertly painted. The new paint job looks amazing, and you want to ensure it continues to shine, and impress your friends, for several years to come.
Properly caring for your new paint job during the first few days and weeks is the best ways to ensure it remains sleek and immaculate. Here are a few tips to help you care for and maintain your vehicle's new paint.
Wash Your Vehicle Carefully
Washing your car often, such as once-a-week, is a quick and easy way to protect the new paint. However, it's important to wait two weeks for the new paint and clear coat to cure completely.
To clean your car, you will need two plastic buckets, a microfiber or sheepskin cleaning cloth, microfiber drying towels, and car shampoo. Begin by dampening the car with the microfiber towel cleaning cloth and plain water. In the second bucket, combine water and car shampoo, according to the package directions.
Clean your car in sections, making sure to completely rinse off the soap from the previous section before continuing to the next section. When you're finished, dry the car thoroughly with the microfiber towels. Once again, cleaning your car at least once-a-week will help protect it from dirt, debris, and chemicals that can ruin your new paint job.
Avoid commercial car washes for at least the first month. The strong jets of water are too harsh for your new paint. Also, avoid waxing or polishing your car for at least three months. This will ensure the chemicals inside the wax and polish don't damage the new paint.
Parking your car in a safe and covered spot for the first few weeks and months will help prevent fading and other damage. Ideally, park your car in your garage as much as possible. If you are away from home, avoiding parking in direct sunlight whenever possible. Also, park away from other cars to avoid any dings or scratches that can damage your new paint.
Avoid parking your car outside overnight. The morning dew is filled with a variety of acids and toxins that car wreak havoc on your new paint job. If you are forced to park outside at night, wipe away the dew as quickly as possible in the morning with a microfiber towel.
Avoid Bird Droppings, Sap, and Other Stains
Parking under trees seems like a good way to prevent sun fading. Unfortunately, it also increases the chances of bird droppings and sap on your new paint job. Avoid parking under trees or anywhere else that a chemical or other damaging substance could come into contact with your new paint job.
If you find bird droppings on your car, remove them immediately. The best way to do this without scratching the paint is to dampen a cloth or paper towel with warm water. Hold the towel on the bird droppings for a few minutes. This will loosen the droppings, which allows you to wipe them away more easily.
To remove sap, dampen the affected area with your garden hose. Dampen a sponge with hot water and car shampoo. Gently rub at the sap until it softens, and is removed. Once the sap is gone, rinse off the shampoo with a garden hose. Wipe down the newly-cleaned area with a microfiber towel.
Taking the necessary steps will help protect your new paint job. If you have any further questions about auto body painting or collision repair, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Jim's Auto Body.