Even a small chip in your car’s paint can detract from its appearance, but with some basic, simple care you can preserve your vehicle’s finish so that it always looks brand new. Here at A&K Body & Paint, we offer quality paint shop service to Las Vegas car owners who only want the best for their vehicle. The following tips will help you keep your car’s paint looking shiny and new whether you’re taking it in to a professional or handling some of the upkeep yourself.
Preserving Your Car’s Paint Requires Frequent Maintenance
You’ll need to devote some time to caring for your car if you want to keep its finish looking good. Wash your car once or twice a month to remove dirt, grime and other debris that can cause your vehicle’s finish to deteriorate. Also, remove bird droppings promptly, because they can cause permanent damage to your car’s paint. If you clean them up immediately you typically only need to soak them with soapy water for a few minutes and then spray them off.
Be Gentle On Your Car’s Paint
When washing your car, a light touch clears away grime without being rough on your finish. Don’t use harsh soaps or cleansers; instead opt for a mild dish soap or a non-detergent soap. In warm weather use cool water and in cool weather use warm water. Use something soft such as a sponge, mitten or towel for both washing and drying, to avoid scratching the paint.
Waxing Your Car
Only use wax designed for cars, as other types could be too harsh or won’t be compatible with your vehicle’s paint. Review your owner’s manual to determine if the manufacturer specified a certain type of wax to use. If so, only use the recommended wax to prevent inadvertently damaging your paint while trying to maintain it. Also, don’t apply the wax directly to your vehicle. Instead, apply it to the pad you’ll be using for waxing, and then transfer it to the vehicle. If you’ve just painted your car, wait at least 30 days before waxing it.
Special Notes for Clear Coat Paint Finishes
Most newer vehicles use a two-step paint application method that includes the base coat and a clear top coat designed to prolong the life of the finish. Taking care of this type of finish requires extra care, including washing and waxing your car regularly. With a clear coat finish, it’s much easier to prevent damage than to repair it.