If we’ve told you once, we’ve told you a hundred times—to keep your car’s paint job looking fresh, you need to keep it clean and protected. But in your pursuit of maintaining a shiny paint job, here are some things NOT to do:
Wipe Off Road Dust, Bird Droppings, Salt or Mud
Dust from a summer road trip, bird droppings or salt and mud from wet, snowy and icy roads can do a number on your car’s paint, especially if they stay on your car for an extended period of time. However, there is a proper way to remove them, and using your hand or a dry, coarse cloth is not it.
To properly remove paint-eating impediments, you need to loosen the gunk with water. Rinse away what you can without making any contact with your car at all. For persistent grime, use a clean microfiber cloth wetted with plain water or mild car detergent.
Wash Your Car Often
Dirt, chemicals and pollution can corrode your car’s paint. Without a wash, they build up and cause a lot of damage over time. But if you wash your car too frequently, you strip away moisture in the sealant, making it more susceptible to environmental deterioration.
We recommend washing your car every three months with careful removal of the paint-damaging contaminants above as needed between washes.
Keep Your Car in the Full Sun
By all means, park your car in direct sunlight all day every day if you want to cause fading and cracking. Because UV radiation will break down every layer of your vehicle’s exterior coat, leaving a surface that looks less than stellar.
If you want to prevent fading and cracking, then to the greatest extent possible, park under shade—in a garage, under a car port. If you have to park where your vehicle is exposed, at least use sunshades to protect your interiors from solar deterioration.
Leave Cracks or Dents Untreated
Cracks and dents are the perfect places for moisture and air to find its way through the many layers that make up your car’s paint job. Together air and water work their oxidizing devilry to sever the layers from each other, resulting in peeling, cracking and rust.
To stop oxidation in its tracks, make sure to seal all minor cracks and dents. If you are not sure about the extent of the damage, bring your car in for a professional evaluation. We can tell you if you can repair the clear coat and/or paint using DIY products, or if you need the pros at Quanz to take care of it.
Harsh Detergents and Cleaning Tools
Harsh detergents and cleaning tools can do a number on auto paint. Some tools may scratch; some detergents may chemically strip away your exterior protection. Either way, your car’s paint job is left looking old, worn, uneven and rough.
When you wash your car, use the tools and cleaners intended for vehicles—microfiber cloths, clay bar, car-specific detergents.
If you really don’t care about your vehicle’s appearance or resale value, then you’re free to disregard our advice. But, if you want to be proud of your ride, then follow our tips and give your vehicle’s exterior a little TLC.
If your car’s paint job does need a bit of work, Quanz Auto Care is here to make it better. Contact us today!