Ifwe’ve told you once, we’ve told you a hundred times—to keep your car’s paintjob looking fresh, you need to keep it clean and protected. But in your pursuitof 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 orsalt 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, coarsecloth is not it.
To properly remove paint-eating impediments, youneed to loosen the gunk with water. Rinse away what you can without making anycontact with your car at all. For persistent grime, use a clean microfibercloth wetted with plain water or mild car detergent.
Wash Your Car Often
Dirt, chemicals and pollution can corrode yourcar’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 thesealant, making it more susceptible to environmental deterioration.
We recommend washing your car every three monthswith careful removal of the paint-damaging contaminants above as needed betweenwashes.
Keep Your Car in the Full Sun
By all means, park your car in direct sunlight allday every day if you want to cause fading and cracking. Because UV radiationwill break down every layer of your vehicle’s exterior coat, leaving a surfacethat looks less than stellar.
If you want to prevent fading and cracking, thento the greatest extent possible, park under shade—in a garage, under a carport. If you have to park where your vehicle is exposed, at least use sunshadesto protect your interiors from solar deterioration.
Leave Cracks or Dents Untreated
Cracks and dents are the perfect places formoisture and air to find its way through the many layers that make up yourcar’s paint job. Together air and water work their oxidizing devilry to severthe layers from each other, resulting in peeling, cracking and rust.
To stop oxidation in its tracks, make sure to sealall 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 canrepair the clear coat and/or paint using DIY products, or if you need the prosat Quanz to take care of it.
Harsh Detergents and Cleaning Tools
Harsh detergents and cleaning tools can do anumber on auto paint. Some tools may scratch; some detergents may chemicallystrip away your exterior protection. Either way, your car’s paint job is leftlooking old, worn, uneven and rough.
When you wash your car, use the tools and cleanersintended for vehicles—microfiber cloths, clay bar, car-specific detergents.
Ifyou really don’t care about your vehicle’s appearance or resale value, thenyou’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.
Ifyour car’s paint job does need a bit of work, Quanz Auto Care is here tomake it better. Contact us today!