You’ve done it all to restore your car’s former glory, from the polishing to remove the blemishes, glazing to fill surface scratches, and finally, waxing to restore the full gloss. But now that it’s out of the spa, you need to keep the paint protected to retain a sparkly vehicle for longer.
Here are seven tips on protecting your car paint:
1. Understand what causes damage to car paint
You’ll want to protect your car from bird droppings, and other animal excrement’s as they’re highly corrosive. Insect remains can also stick to the automotive patient. Similarly, avoid parking your car under trees that produce a sticky film, I.e., honeydew. This sticky film burns itself into the car paint under direct sunlight. Aim to get off any such elements from your car as soon as possible.
2. Are you neglecting your car paint?
The most expected error car owners are subject to make is the failure to regularly washing their car. The paint can resist more external influences when looked after, significantly reducing the need for touch-ups. It’s highly recommended you wash your car at weekly intervals or more, depending on your vehicle’s type and usage.
It’s best to wash your vehicle yourself to avoid the brushes and cloths of car washes that have been filled with dirt, like sand, which only damages the surface more. Keep a distance when using the pressure washer as a high-water pressure can damage the pain. Use a low pH mild cleansing agent with soft, clean cloths and sponges with nylon-thread brushes.
3. A wax treatment
You can also follow the car wash with wax to seal your car paint’s topcoat to protect it against external influences. To determine whether your vehicle needs a wax coat, notice the pattern of how rainwater drips off the car paint. As long as it slides off naturally, you don’t need to apply fresh waxing. Another determining factor is the weather; experts recommend having your car waxed in two intervals: the spring and the winter, depending on your car’s exposure. The wax coat will last longer if you park it in the garage than in the open.
4. Polishing and touch-ups
If your car paint is beginning to look dull, or you can spot some visible scratches, it’s time to polish. Car polishes tend to contain micro-fine abrasives that clear the surface without causing any damage to it to preserve the freshened paint and to protect it from further damage from the weather.
If the scratch is still visible after the polish, then the next best thing to do is touching it up with the help of a trained specialist.
5. A special case: Matt paint
Owners of automotive vehicles with matt paint must have a completely different approach to caring for matt paint. You can’t polish a matte surface because the polishes’ abrasives remove the matt paint’s distinctive rough surface. It’s best to wash by hand using specialized cleaning and care products.
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