Did you know that keeping your car clean and your paint job shiny not only makes it look better, but it will also help ensure the overall value of the vehicle? In fact, according to Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, “Simply cleaning your vehicle not only fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it also protects your valuable vehicle investment. It’s a task that takes very little money or effort, but has huge returns.”
Here are some tips to help you take care of your vehicle’s paint finish to keep it looking sharp and help protect your investment:
How to Properly Care for Your Vehicle’s Paint Job
Polish Up – Damaging chemicals and dirt buildup can harm your vehicle’s paint finish. Polishing your car two times per year can significantly help to prevent unwanted buildup and keep the paint in tip top shape.
Check for Issues – It is crucial to routinely look for scratches, dings, and dents on your vehicle on a regular basis. Ignoring these issues can lead to more expensive auto body repairs including rust, that can ruin the paint job and drastically reduce your car’s value.
Park in the Shade – Many people are not aware that the harsh ultraviolet rays can damage the paint on your car. Always park in the shade or a garage when possible to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Wash, Wash, Wash – When dirt and grime are left on your vehicle’s paint surface for too long, it will actually start to bond with the paint. The result will be a rough feeling finish which may require a professional to fix properly. In addition, be sure to hand wash your vehicle and avoid automatic car washes if possible, as they can leave fine marks and scratches on the paint’s surface.
Wax Your Car – Experts recommend that you wax your vehicle 4 times per year (every 3 months) with a quality carnauba wax. This type of wax is considered the best and provides a naturally based paint protectant that offers a gorgeous shine. According to the National Auto Parts Association, (NAPA), it is especially important to wax your vehicle if you are in an area where tree sap is prevalent. Wax serves as a barrier between your car’s paint finish and the damaging sap, which will drastically limit the problems the sticky residue can cause to your paint.
We Can Help Your Car Shine
At City Collision Center in Arlington, TX, we know that getting that first scratch on a new car or cherished classic oldie can be a frustrating experience. No worries. Our professional auto painting pros can match the factory color and refinish your vehicle’s metal or fiberglass body to make it shine like new!
Whether you need a car paint scratch repair or simply want to improve the appearance of your vehicle with an all over paint job, our experienced paint techs can help you maximize the value and appearance of your vehicle.
Contact City Collision Center in Arlington, TX to get a free estimate today!