Taking Care of Your Car’s Paint Job
No matter the age or model of your automobile, we are certain you want to keep the exterior looking as new as possible. The sad truth of the matter is that taking a car on the road exposes it to the elements — but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your paint job in tip top shape.
There are a great many things you can do to protect your car’s paint! Keep the exterior looking like new with these pieces of wisdom:
Don’t Park in Direct Sunlight
Direct rays from the sun can oxidize a car’s finish, leading the paint underneath to fade or even the body of your car to corrode. Always park in a garage if you have one, or else use a car cover to protect your vehicle from direct sunlight. If you’re out and about, try to park your vehicle in the shade rather than directly in the sun’s rays. If you do occasionally need to park in direct sunlight for an hour two, your car will survive. Your paint job is not that fragile. But don’t leave your car out in the open during the summer for days in a row.
Keep Your Car Clean
The best way to protect your paint job is to remove the dirt and other unwanted materials on your car that may harm it. Follow a regular washing schedule — at least one wash every two weeks. Even if you don’t have any visible dirt on your car, chemicals from the atmosphere get on your car’s exterior from daily use and can wear down your paint’s protective coat. And the longer dirt and chemicals are on your vehicle, the more likely they are to harm your paint job. Click here to read our DIY car washing tips!
Wax After Every Wash
This is a paint protection step that many car owners often skip or save for a special occasion. But waxing is something that should be done after every wash. Wax creates a thin layer of material that protects your paint job and makes it look shiny and new. Regular waxing will keep UV Rays, dirt, and grime away from your car’s paint job, making scratches and fading much less likely. Your best bet is to use a polymer-based wax. It gets the job done and can usually be purchased for less than $20.
How else do you work to protect your car’s paint job?