As summer rolls through, so do summer storms and extreme heat. And with that, there is a possibility your vehicle’s paint could suffer. Did you know in 2019, the automotive paint industry was valued at approximately $16 billion per year? That number is expected to rise with more and more drivers needing paint jobs done. What if you already like the paint on your vehicle? Well, do you know how to protect your vehicles paint job? Car paint-protection is not something new; you can do a lot to preserve the paint job of your vehicle. Below, we list a few things to protect your vehicle’s paint.
Avoid Parking Under Trees
Have you ever parked under a tree and you come back to your car, and there is a huge scratch on your roof and there lies a tree branch? There are numerous risks associated with parking under trees. Tree branches and leaves may provide shade on a hot summer day, a falling tree branch will scratch the paint of your car and may dent the sheet metal. Parking under trees also poses the threat of bird droppings, which are acidic, damaging the paint on your car. These unpleasant surprises can be corrosive to the paint. The longer the bird droppings stay on your vehicle, the more damage they can do to your vehicle.
Avoid Putting Things on the Hood of Your Vehicle
Are you someone who has the bad habit of placing keys, smartphones, or other personal belongings on the hood of your vehicle? These items can scratch the paint of your vehicle. Even just setting these items on your vehicle can cause the paint to scratch. If you are needing to transport items on your roof, consider investing in gear that accommodates these items, such as a soft-sided padded rooftop carrier, to not damage the paint on your vehicle.
Wash your Vehicle by Hand
Do you enjoy putting your vehicle in neutral and rolling through a car wash without lifting a hand? We all love the idea, but your vehicle’s paint does not. This simple trick might not seem like much, but high-pressure washes, and especially those with brushes, can cause serious damage to a vehicle’s paint. If you want to keep the paint in “like-new” condition, try washing your car by hand. Look for a pH-balanced car wash-specific detergent at the auto parts or department store, and save the dish detergent for those baked-on stains. Dish detergent is often too harsh for cars and can strip the wax.
Wax can be applied to your vehicle to protect it from dirt and grime, and this type of coating usually lasts four to six months. It can be easily cleaned with basic detergents and cleaning products. The wax coating does not bond with the paint and is also easy to remove. Wax should be considered, also, if you want to make your car have a “shiny” or “glossy” look to it.
Hopefully these tips can offer an insight when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s paint job. It is easier and a lot less expensive to keep your car’s paint in a good condition.
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