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Get (Your RV) In Shape for Summer!

ThinkstockPhotos-100589713 (1)With summer not too far ahead, you’ve got a chance to jump into preparations before it’s time to get busy. If you’re looking at taking your RV out for a family vacation, you want to ensure that it’s tuned up, washed and ready to go. But when you take a look, there’s a scratch here, a chunk of paint missing there…

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Damaged Paint – Truth or Baloney?

The paintwork on your automobile is a major part of its aesthetic appeal, so it is no wonder that people are highly concerned about everything from minor scratches to major paint damage. However, there are many urban legends that make auto paint seem much less durable than it actually is. We have gathered a list of the most prevalent auto paint myths to help you determine whether or not you need to rush your vehicle to a local car wash after an unexpected incident or prank. Continue reading

Winter Damage? We Can Handle Your Repairs

Las Cruces is fortunate to miss out on most of the cold weather that plagues other regions in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean that your car is entirely safe from winter damage. Especially during the holiday season, when you may find yourself traveling to colder climates to visit family, you may fall afoul of winter weather. But don’t worry – ABC Paint & Body can get your car looking good as new before spring! Continue reading

Why a DIY Paint Job for Your Car is Never a Good Idea

The Internet is full of “hacks” for every aspect of your life, and auto care is no exception. While every car owner should take some time to learn the basics of auto maintenance, you should be careful when it comes to do-it-yourself repairs. Some basic things, like changing your own oil or replacing burnt-out headlight bulbs, can be mastered with some research and practice. Other things, like dent repair and auto painting, should always be left to the experts. Continue reading

Keep Your Car Safe From Pranks This Fall

Halloween is a night of costumes, candy and fun for everyone, but one person’s idea of fun could mean you’re spending a morning of scrubbing shaving cream off of your car. Pranks go hand in hand with masked festivities, but if you take a few steps to protect your car, you can escape the eggs and Silly String! Continue reading

Guarding Your Paint Job

It’s not just for show; the paint on your car is the first line of defense between the elements and the car’s frame. When paint chips, peels or flakes, that lets sun damage and rust begin to erode the car’s base structure. With sun exposure being inevitable and flying gravel a danger when driving, how do you protect your paint job so it can keep protecting your car?

Waxing is Your Best Protection

In early years, a coat of paint was just that: a base coat and a few layers of pigment. Wax was utterly vital in protecting it from flaking, chipping and peeling. It wasn’t until the 1980s that manufacturers began adding a clear coat layer to seal the paint and add shine to the car. This clear coat is also the first layer of defense against damage from UV rays, exhaust, salt and the other environmental factors that can damage paint.

That clear coat can, however, decay. It’s protecting the paint from damage and taking that abuse itself. A coat of wax provides an additional layer of protection, helping the clear coat to last much longer.

Park in the Shade Whenever Possible

Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause oxidation and premature fading to your car’s paint. Weakening the paint means the clear coat won’t last as long and then paint can begin to chip and peel. To protect your paint from unnecessary UV exposure, try parking in the shade whenever possible. Utilize covered garages or invest in a car cover and use it whenever you can’t park your car in reliable shade.

Wash Your Car Regularly

Dust does more than just dull the color of your car. It can scratch away at wax and the clear coat layer, cause micro-abrasions that open up weaknesses in the layers of paint. Eventually, it damages your car just as badly as any flung rock or scratch.

Washing your car regularly—rinse first, wash with a soft cloth and an automotive soap and rinse again—will prevent dust from building up and rasping away patches of your protective clear coat.

If your paint job has already been damaged, come to ABC Paint & Body for expert detailing and paint repair to prevent any further harm and save your car’s frame.

Show Off This Summer

Basic maintenance is something that’s just standard before a road trip. Oil changes, checking tire pressure, making sure the brakes are good to go. What about taking the extra step and giving your favorite RV a summer makeover?

Finding an auto shop that can handle giving an RV a new paint job is difficult enough. Putting your RV in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing can be even harder. You want to look for an auto shop that has a paint spray booth large enough to handle an RV. Check to ensure that the shop you pick knows how to handle aluminum and fiberglass as well.

Why Get New Paint for Summer?

It’s not just for looks!

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Peeling Paint – What Are Your Options for Prevention & Repair?

Nothing makes a car look run down faster than shabby-looking paint. Faded and peeling paint is an eyesore, and it also makes your car vulnerable to damage. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect the life of your car’s paint job – and when repainting becomes necessary, you have ABC Paint & Body available to handle the job!

Why Damaged Paint is a Problem

Cars aren’t just painted to look nice. The paint – and, most importantly, the clear-coat applied over the paint – plays a valuable role in protecting the metal underneath. Cars are made primarily of steel, which contains iron. And iron, when exposed to moisture from rain, damp air, sprinklers, car wash hoses and other sources, begins to rust.

Rust will literally eat away at the metal, eventually destroying the car. This process happens slowly, but even small amounts of rust can damage the vehicle’s structural integrity. Paint provides a much-needed barrier between the metal and the elements, lengthening the life of your car.

Tips for Protecting Your Paint Job

  • Wax your car regularly to boost the protective power of the clear-coat.
  • Wash your car frequently and use the appropriate detergents and tools to protect the paint.
  • Avoid parking under trees where bird droppings and pine sap could be deposited on your car, and wash the car immediately if it does get any corrosive substances on it.
  • Repair small dings and scratches immediately rather than waiting for them to cause more extensive damage.

ABC Paint & Body offers paintless dent repair, scratch repair and other simple cosmetic services that can help to keep your paint job in top shape. But if the paint has already begun to peel, it’s time to consider a new paint job.

Bring in your car before the damage spreads, and we’ll be able to paint the damaged area and blend it expertly with the surrounding panels, saving you the expense of a full paint job while protecting your vehicle from further damage!