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5 Care Tips for Maintaining Your Car’s Paint Job

Sparkling car paint can spark confidence in a driver. However, for a car to maintain its shiny look for long, the driver must take care of the paintwork like the rest of the vehicle. There is a lot that can ruin a car’s paintwork, including scratches and splattered bugs. Fortunately, taking care of a car’s paintwork doesn’t involve rocket science. If you are unsure how to keep your vehicle shinning, consider the following useful car paint maintenance tips.

 

Regular Cleaning

 

One proven way to protect a vehicle’s paintwork is by washing it regularly. However, experts discourage washing vehicles with dish detergent because it can cause fading. Get a high-quality car wash detergent and a fine-grade Mitt and spread it throughout the body with a foam applicator. Experts recommend a microfiber towel for wiping the body after a thorough wash. Then, run another Mitt and spray a detailing lubricant all over the car and let it dry. If it is impossible to wash the vehicle daily, consider wiping it with a duster every day to prevent excessing sanding. Drying the car with the recommended materials is vital to maintaining its paintwork. Never allow the car to air dry because water minerals left on the body can ruin the paint. Paper towels, bathroom towels, and rags are not recommendable for wiping vehicles because they leave behind tiny scratches that can cause paint erosion. To further ensure your paint job stays looking like new, get it professionally detailed from time to time. 

 

Apply Paint Sealant

 

Experts recommend applying paint sealant once or twice a year. The sealant will create a protective layer over the paintwork and protect the vehicle from destructive elements. Mix a half cup of sealant with one tablespoon of the agent and apply it all over the car. You can increase or decrease the amount depending on the size of the vehicle. Apply the sealant in a circular motion and wait until it changes the texture, and rub it with a soft towel in the same motion.

 

Waxing

 

Vehicles have to be waxed the next day after the paint sealant application. Waxing can be done weekly or monthly, depending on whether you use liquid or spray versions. You don’t have to apply the paste wax frequently because it lasts longer. Waxing can remove many corrosive elements that stick to the paint, including tree sap, road grime, and bird droppings. You can rest assured that none of these elements will damage your car’s paint once you apply wax.

 

Coating

 

Applying synthetic coating is a new way to protect a car’s paintwork. If you don’t know how to apply the synthetic coating, consult a nearby car paint expert or look for help online. However, this is a simple process that involves applying polymer or ceramic coating for once. The coat can last for up to six months, so it is a worthwhile investment. Synthetic coating can’t produce a shiny look like waxing, but it can help prevent dirt and other elements from sticking to the paint.

 

Park Under the Shade

 

Ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage and ruin your vehicle’s paintwork. These rays can oxide your car’s paint and make it look older than it is. Drivers can prevent this by always parking the vehicle under the shade or covering it. Doing so will prolong your vehicle’s paintwork.

 

Well-maintained car paint can help prevent rusting and keep your vehicle’s resale value from depreciating. Washing a vehicle regularly can help prevent dirt and dust buildup and protect the vehicle from elements such as bird droppings. A layer of synthetic coating can prevent fading and keep your vehicle in its pristine look. You might need to wax the vehicle once every six months to remove tiny scratches that might have developed on the paintwork.