Caring for Your Car’s New Paint after a Repair
When you bring your car to ABC Paint & Body for collision repair, our experience and attention to detail ensure that your car looks as good as new. So, how can you keep it looking that way? We have a few tips to keep your car’s new paint job looking beautiful. As the city’s largest independently owned auto body shop, we know a thing or two about protecting your car’s shiny, new paint. We suggest that you:
- Be gentle with your new paint job
It takes 30 to 60 days for a new paint job to fully cure. That means your car may be more vulnerable to chips and scratches that, when fully cured, your clear coat can protect against. You obviously can’t keep your car at home and beg for rides for a month or two, but you can plan your routes to avoid the most paint-damaging road hazards, such as rough or gravel roads and construction zones.
- Wash your car by hand for at least three months
A powered car wash is too strong for your new paint job. Wash your car by hand with gentle detergent formulated for car washing and microfiber cloth or clean, soft sponges.
Wash your car in the shade or on a cloudy with and dry thoroughly with soft towels. It is important not to leave water spots as the mineral buildup can damage the new paint.
Also, do not over-wash your car (one wash every three months is sufficient) and in between washes, do not brush dust from your car with your hand or a cloth. The small particles could abrade the new paint.
- Keep your car in the garage
Damaging UV rays from the sun cause fading and cracking, which is the opposite of what you want for your new paint. Protecting your car’s paint from the sun means keeping it covered—in a garage, carport or, at the very least, in the shade. However, do try to avoid parking under trees that drop a lot of sap and/or where birds perch and leave droppings on your car as those contaminants deteriorate your clear coat and paint.
- Get your car professionally detailed
If everyday driving has coated your fresh paint with a layer of dust and grime, and you want to restore the fresh-out-of-the-body-shop gleam inside and out, invest in professional detailing. Our detailers will ensure your vehicle is gleaming without damaging any body and/or paint work you’ve recently had done.