Taking Care of the New Paint of a Car after Repair
You have just left the collision repair center with your car looking like new. Basically, you’ve just had a new paint job done on your car. Experts like my friend Chris C. that owns a Windshield Replacement shop, came to explain to me and he was meticulous to make sure and double check that your new auto paint matches the old paint. So, how do you protect the auto body from rust to keep your car looking amazing? Here are tips to guide you.
Inspect the Car for Flaws
Before you leave the collision repair center, inspect your car carefully. Check the paint job to see if there is something wrong. Matching the new paint of a car with the old paint is not easy. Nevertheless, check the paint on a sunny day, from a distance and close to the car. Also inspect the paint job for dirt, overspray and hair. Make sure that your vehicle has an even and smooth paint.
Be Extra Careful with the Paint Job for 30 to 60 Days
The new paint job will be curing for 30 to 60 days after application. Remember that at the auto body shop, there is an ideal environment specialized for curing the paint job. So, once you drive out of the body shop, you should make sure that your car is protected to allow the paint curing and hardening time. Give your car extra care during this time.
Additionally, protect your car from bird droppings, tree sap, and splattered bugs as well as chipping or scrapping at ice or snow. If possible, keep your car away from direct sunlight because UV rays cause fading of paint. This will give your vehicle a dull appearance faster than expected.
Avoid Driving in Construction Zones and Dirt Roads
Dirt and loose gravel are unavoidable. But, if possible, avoid construction zones and roads with dirt. This will protect the paint on your vehicle since it is vulnerable to scraps and chips from flying objects and debris.
Commercial Car Washes
It’s important that you keep your car clean to protect its paint. However, try to hand wash the new paint using cool water and mild soap. Use a soft cloth or sponge that does not scrap the paint off. Avoid laundry or dish detergents and chemicals. What’s more, make sure that you clean the car with clean water without pebbles and dust. Additionally, don’t leave your car to dry out in the sun.
Follow these tips to ensure that the new paint of your car lasts longer without losing its appeal.