Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips

Now that your car is glowing again, it's time to make sure you take care of it!!!   

Newly Painted Car Care Tips for First 60 Days

Do not wash car with detergent within 30 days after your paintwork is completed. When necessary during these first thirty days, hose vehicle down with cool water only, and wipe down with a soft cloth/shammy so as not to leave water spots. After the initial 30-day period you may then wash your vehicle with a car wash detergent, rinse well and wipe/dry with a soft cloth/shammy. Hand washing with a wash mitt is always best to keep finish looking new. Do not use dish soap or any other soap which is not designed for automotive use. Only automotive/car soap is formulated so that it does not strip off the wax and protective sealant from your vehicle’s paint. 

Wait 60 days for the new paint to cure before waxing. After the first 60 days, wax car for 2-3 weeks consecutively to build wax for surface protection, using a high-quality carnauba wax. This wax has a natural base and rock hard finish to protect your paint. Water will form in large beads on a well-protected/waxed vehicle surface. Avoid extreme heat or cold temperatures when waxing your car, and make sure no war residue is left. 

It is recommended that your freshly painted vehicle be garage kept or away from tree sap and bird droppings. These substances contain acids that can damage the finish. If contact occurs, wash immediately using soft cloth/wet tissue paper and water, and dry carefully. This is particularly important for the first few days. Avoid driving on gravel roads with new paint, as the paint is easier to chip in the first 60 days. Do not put a bug shield, fabric tarp, or visor for the first 30 days after painting. Allow fresh paint to breathe. Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or windshield solvent on your car's new finish. If you do, rinse immediately with water. Do not scrape ice or snow from freshly painted car surfaces. 

Maintaining Your Car Paint After 60 days.

It is recommended that you should wash your car once a month to ensure the best paint durability and results. Moisture dries quickly on a clean surface, but will remain longer on dirty surfaces, leading to corrosion, rust, and oxidation. Always wash your vehicle in the shade when the surface of the paint is cool to the touch. Use a wash mitt and use only automotive car wash, which is pH balanced to protect a car's paint. Dry with a soft cloth (shammy/chamois/microfiber). If your vehicle is exposed to the sand/salt/mud, it is important to occasionally pressure wash to dislodge dirt/salt/grime from behind moldings, inside wheel arches, and under bumpers. Do not use excessive pressure, which may peel off the paint around chipped areas. 

Wax your car at least every 6 months. To determine if your vehicle needs a fresh coat of wax, just notice how water runs on its surface. If water beads up, then your paint is well protected. If it spreads/flows across, then it is time to wax. Avoid extreme heat or cold temperature when waxing your car. Protect your investment by waxing your car as necessary to insure the protection you need from the elements. Make sure all excess wax is removed. 

Leaving your car out overnight allows acid dew to sit on the top surfaces of your vehicle. Also, in coastal areas, sand/salt from the air may also stick to this morning dew. A quick simple rinse/hose down while still moist, is highly recommended to prevent dirt/chemical film build up which will lead to damage on the paint. 

It is also common to get rock chips or scratches as a result of every day driving. It is important to repair immediately as possible in order to prevent rust/corrosion from forming. Minor scratches can be touched up at home using a polishing compound to cover/protect any exposed metal from the elements.

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