Getting a new paint job done on your vehicle can make everything look brand new again. It is a great investment which is why we here at Todd’s Auto Body want to make sure that you know how to properly take care of your vehicle now that it has been painted.
There are a number of things that you should keep in mind during the first thirty days and onward. From something small like a motorcycle paint job to a large semi truck paint job, a few simple tips can make a big difference in the look and quality of your vehicle. Let’s take a closer look.
During those first thirty days after having your vehicle painted, you should wash your vehicle by hand only. Stay away from commercial car washes that could end up damaging your paint job.
Stiff brushes and high pressured water could damage the paint. Use a soft sponge, cool water and wash your vehicle in a shady spot. Make sure that you dry your vehicle very well before you take it back out on the road.
There’s nothing better than that newly-painted shine that comes with a fresh coat. If you want to maintain that shine for years to come make sure that you never dry wipe your vehicle. There are certain times of the year when dust and pollen can accumulate on your vehicle when it is parked outside.
It’s tempting to give it a quick wipe with a dry cloth. This can actually cause very subtle scratches on the surface of your vehicle. Your chances of this happening are even higher if you have recently had a new paint job performed.
You don’t have to spend an hour washing your vehicle, but a quick rinse and dry of your vehicle can prevent scratches and keep your paint job shiny. If anything spills on your vehicle you should make sure that the mess gets cleaned up right away.
Don't just grab a towel and go to town drying the mess off. Take the time to wash your vehicle properly. It might seem like an inconvenience now but years down the line when you are still enjoying a shiny paint job then you'll realize your hard work paid off.
When you have recently had a paint job done on your vehicle you don’t want to leave it out in the sun for any length of time. If you have room in your garage then this is the best place to park your vehicle.
If you don’t have the space then you can invest in a very affordable canopy tent that will cover your vehicle from the sun. There are even portable car ports that you can install anywhere on your lot.
When you are at work, try to park your vehicle in a covered ramp that will protect your vehicle from the sun and the elements.
Another factor that can lead to sun damage is having a dirty vehicle. When you have dust and dirt particles on your vehicle and they stay there, this can lead to small scratches that can let the damaging sun’s rays right in to the exterior paint job.
Frequently wash and wax your vehicle to create a protective coating on the exterior. This is something that should be done throughout the year to protect a vehicle from the sun but also from snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures.
The paint on a car can chip or peel when it is not taken care of. You might not lose large chunks of paint, but the clear coat on a vehicle can begin to peel and chip because of damage, sun exposure and extreme temperatures.
In addition to staying away from commercial car washes you can make sure to regularly wax your vehicle.
The general rule of thumb is to wait at least two weeks before you wash and wax your vehicle if you have had a new paint job done recently. After that it is actually recommended that you wash and wax your vehicle.
If you don’t have the time or equipment to wax your vehicle you can always take it to an auto body shop or detailing shop that will do a good job. Read 7 more tips on caring for your car's paint from BMW.
If you have an existing chip on your vehicle that you would like touched up, we offer expert color matching technology to make sure the end result is flawless.
If you are wondering about a car paint job services near you, then contact us here at Todd’s Auto Body to get an estimate. We have a staff of employees that are experts when it comes to painting and detailing the exterior of a vehicle. Our prices are very reasonable.
You may be interested in having your entire vehicle painted, or you might be interested in having a scratch repainted. If you bring your vehicle in to our location we can get you a quick estimate and have you scheduled for an appointment. We know that you will find our service exceptional.
We are the best in town and look forward to providing you with the results that you are looking for.