Have you recently purchased a new vehicle or took your vehicle in for an exterior paint job? To keep your vehicle in tip-top-shape, let’s take a look at a combination of factors that harm your vehicles paint job.
According to an article at cars.com, “Exterior Auto Care Tips”
Like cold germs waiting patiently for an entryway into your body, grunge clings to microscopic imperfections on the surface of car paint. Bird poop and bugs land on the finish and immediately make paint-eating acids that introduce water to bare metal. The result: new grunge, in the form of rust. More insidious, grit of all kinds hangs onto paint until you inadvertently grind those particles into the surface; you know, when you brush against the car or wash it carelessly.
If you care about your car, you’ll want something better for the skin of your baby. Here are some tips you will find useful in your efforts to raise — that is, maintain — your car.
Coatings that resist the dulling, chalking effects of sunlight have come a long way. Ultraviolet light still will oxidize a car’s finish, but unless you are parking in a barren lot in the desert, the paint on recent models is going to last many years. Of course, you can buy one of those canvas booties that encase a car, but don’t look at us when you’re fighting the wind to put it on.
The best advice is the simplest. Wash or at least rinse off dirt of any kind on your car ASAP. The longer it’s on, the more likely that it will penetrate the paint. Cool your car in the shade on a shallow incline; the angle will help channel water drops to points where they fall off the car and onto the ground.
Rinse before you wash because the mildest of car soaps and freshest of sponges — both of which you should use — won’t help if there’s sand between the sponge and the paint.
Rather than dish detergent, use car soap, some of which is made to remove stuff like wax. When it comes to tools, you don’t have to buy a sponge directly from the Mediterranean, but you definitely shouldn’t use old underwear (too hard, no snap and … just don’t).
Wash and rinse one section at a time so you don’t have water drying on the body. Don’t scrub that strong-yet-delicate surface. Use long, light strokes that run along the length of your car. Scratches created with circular wiping leave marks that are more noticeable than straight ones. Rinse your chamois or sponge before dipping it back into the bucket to prevent grit from being reapplied to the car.” To read the entire article click here.