Protect Your Car’s Paint with these Smart Tips
By thinking ahead, doing what you’re told, and going for the gold, you can protect and preserve your vehicle’s paint job for many, many years to come. If you’re proud of your vehicle’s sparkling finish, things such as grime, debris, salt, sand and snow should frighten you.
Whether you’re not aware of it or not, your vehicle’s paint will face year-round drama big-time. According to Autoblog, a vehicle with faded paint and a dingy look sells for 10-20% less for the same vehicle that just looks cleaner.
Start with a nice thick coat of wax, then be on the lookout for these common scenarios that can harm your car’s paint, brought to you by Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA:
Stay Away from Trees: Trees may provide shade, but they also produce sap and can drop twigs or branches on your vehicle on a super windy day. Your best defense is to make certain that the paint is properly waxed. If you find sticky tree sap on your paint anywhere, get some bug and tar remover from your car parts store to completely dissolve it. Then, be sure to rinse and wax the area again to remove any and all residue that still remains.
Another Hazard from Above: Without sharing the physics and biology surrounding the topic of bird droppings and how they react with paint, you can just trust us that it can wreak some major havoc. When a fowl mistakes your vehicle for a large portable commode, the smartest thing you can do is remove it promptly. A wet cloth will usually do the job, but be certain to wipe with a lifting motion so that you won’t grind it into the paint.
Someone with A Nasty Sense of Humor: Using your finger as a writing utensil to draw “Wash Me Please” in dirt isn’t as harmless as you think. Dirt and grime can act as sandpaper when dragged across your vehicle’s paint, leaving the writer’s message behind permanently and the owner a little upset.
Insects Go Splat: Bugs and other flying objects hitting your windshield on the highway is really gross, but it is also relatively harmless. Have your car washed on a semi-regular basis, and for the most stubborn insects, use bug and tar remover as soon as you possibly can.
Washing Your Vehicle: We’ve suggested washing your vehicle frequently, but be sure to do so vehicle fully. Using dirty sponges or towels can actually do more harm than good. Some older automatic vehicle washes still use abrasive brushes rather than a soft cloth, which can scratch the paint. Another safe bet is a “touchless” vehicle wash that uses high pressure water jets to clean your car.
Sources: Autoblog and AARP