Caring For Your New Paint Job
Is your car in need of a new paint job? When it comes to taking care of a new paint job, there are several things to keep in mind. Collision repair often requires a new paint job; paintwork can be performed for a variety of reasons, whether your vehicle has been sun-faded, hit with large hail, or even winter road treatments. Taking care of the new paint job is very important, especially in the first month! Here are a few paint job tips to keep your car looking as good as new for as long as possible.
Wash Car By Hand
During the first 30 days of your car’s new paint job, avoid using your local car wash and, instead, opt to wash your car by hand. Automated car washes use stiff brushes that can mar the finish and damage your car’s new paint. When washing your car by hand, follow these quick tips, wash your car in the shade, and use a soft sponge and cold water.
Never Dry Wipe
In between washes, it is best never to dry wipe your car. When you wipe your car while it is dry, it can cause scratches on the finish! If there is some fine dirt or dust that you just can’t live with, we recommend rinsing it off with clean water.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Avoid extreme temperatures can be easier said than done. After all, we do live in Nebraska, a state known for extreme shifts in weather. Do your best to avoid exposing your vehicle’s new paint to extreme cold or heat in the first 30 days.
Trees are Not Your Friend
When parking your vehicle outside, avoid parking under a tree. Trees are great for shade, but they come with plenty of possible problems for your car. Trees can drip sap, attract birds, and for some unknown reason, new paint jobs are like magnets for bird droppings! Acid from bird droppings will eat through the new finish and damage the surface.
Rinse Spills Immediately
We get it accidents happen to everyone. If you spill gas, oil, or even wiper fluid on your new paint, make sure you immediately rinse it off with clean water.
Avoid Car Wax
We know you mean well for your vehicle, taking the time to wax it by hand. In the first 90 days of your car’s new paint job, the finish has not hardened completely. By skipping waxing and polishing your vehicle, you will help the finish completely dry and harden.