Car Care 101: 5 Tips in Maintaining that Glorious Paint Job
December 15, 2014
Automobiles, if given proper care by its owner, can pretty much turn a humble citizen into The King of the Road. And one of the many customizations that will surely enhance your ride’s aesthetics is by giving it a glorious paint job. Once you’ve picked the design, paid for the process, and seen the result, you’ll be singing for joy all the way to your next Holiday vacation spot.
However, if you are careless with your car, uninformed with its intricacies, the paint job will fade into oblivion faster than you can scream “What did I do wrong?” Essential car parts like the engine and steel tubes won’t take care of themselves, and the same thing can be said for your car’s paint job. Here are five quick tips on how to maintain its awesome and shiny look:
Shield your Car from the Sun
The sun gives life to most living creatures that walk, fly, swim and crawl on the Earth. It is also the ultimate source of Superman’s powers. Although we wish that the same can be said for our cars, the reality is quite the opposite. In fact, sunlight is the bane of glorious paint jobs. The ultraviolet elements that the sun emits at our vehicles slowly cause paint to fade and lose whatever glory it has. So if you’ve just gotten your car a pint job, one helpful practice is to always find parking spots with enough shade.
Clean your Car often with the Proper Tools
No car deserves to be covered in dust and bird poop. If such is the case with your precious vehicle, then you’re destroying its paint job! In cleaning your car, it is best to do the job yourself with the proper tools. This way, you can be sure that the work will be done with utmost care, thus minimizing the chances of those dreadful scratches.
However, if you haven’t done much car cleaning on your own and are worried about the cost of buying the stuff needed, then fret not! You can buy everything you need at your local car shop without doing much damage to your wallet. You’ll simple need a dedicated car-wash product designed for car paint (please don’t use household cleaning agents), a couple of sponges for washing, and a cotton rag or chamois for drying.
Wax your Ride Regularly
Waxing your car is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to give it the “brand new look”. The wax protects the car’s paint from road pollutants, UV rays from the sun, and heat from the engine which causes extra stress on the hood’s paint. A good waxing every now and then will go a long way in keeping your car glowing. To get maximum, make sure to purchase only the best car wax brands out there.
Repair Chips and Damages before they Start to Rust
Be wary of any sign of rusting on your car. Aside from being unsightly and devaluing, it can be extremely damaging to your car, especially the paint! The best way to prevent rusting on your car is to have even the slightest chips and nicks repaired immediately. There’s really no way to completely prevent your car from scratches caused by being hit with pebbles and stones on the road, so being able to spot rusting before it starts spreading is also key to maintaining the paint on your vehicle intact.
Rust Proof your Ride
If you’re willing to go the extra mile, you can have your car undergo rust proofing. This undercoating method will keep your car paint from being oxidized by the sun’s or engine’s heat that gives the room that rust needs to set in. Rust proofing your car is even more important if you reside in a place where the humidity is high.
We can’t exactly say that maintaining a beautiful paint job is easy as reciting the alphabet, but it isn’t rocket science either! The end result will be extremely satisfying both for you and the awed pair of eyes admiring eyes from across the street. Totally worth it!