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
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.