The way your car’s paint looks has absolutely no effect on your cars performance or safety. However, and almost of equal importance, your car’s appearance does affect how you feel about your car as well as your car’s value. Keeping your car’s finish looking nice and near new is relatively easily.
Know thy Enemy
Basically there are five main factors that damage your car’s paint:
1. The Sun
The UV rays of the sun damage your cars paint just as they damage your skin. Cars that sit in the hot sun absorb more dirt and moistures. Eventually the paint fades and looks dull.
Park in a multi-storey car park whenever possible and in a covered area or garage at home. When neither is available, try to park in an area that is shaded.
3. Tree Sap
One of the disadvantages of parking in a shaded area is tree sap. Some trees leave a small mist like residue and others large sap deposits. Both attract and hold dust and grime and can result in permanent stains. Once again regular washes and wax will remove the sap and protect your finish.
5. Bird Droppings
Bird Droppings are another hazard of parking in a shaded area, but everyone knows that your car can be a target no matter where you park. Bird dropping are very acidic and can permanently damage your car’s finish. Regular waxing will help protect your car. Between washes and waxes simply perform a quick clean up with a soft cloth and a gentle detergent.
Protecting Your Car
Parking in a covered area whenever possible is step one to protecting your car. Some drivers go as far as to buy a car cover for whenever the car is parked. These provide a decent amount of protection for the car, but have been known to entice a certain degree of mischief.
Your best protection comes from a regular schedule of washing and waxing. If you use regular wax, you should wash and wax your car every six to eight weeks. If you choose a paint sealant plus a wax coating, expect the sealant to last anywhere from four to six months.
Do it Yourself
If you have the time (a better part of the day) and the space, washing and waxing your car is the best way to protect the finish. Just find an area where your car will be out of direct sunlight and follow these simple steps.
– Use the correct tools.
– Use paint-safe microfibre cloths or washing mitts.
– Use cleaning products that are specifically formulated for cars.
– Rinse your car thoroughly before starting. Dust and other debris can scratch your finish if not removed prior to washing.
-Rinse your car thoroughly after you finish.
– Dry your car. Use an absorbent cloth and dry it completely to eliminate water spots which can leave mineral deposits. Don’t let your car air dry.
– Wax on/Wax off. Use high quality carnauba wax for protection as well as shine. Once again use soft microfibre cloths to rub the wax on and to remove it.
Or you can choose the easier option and take your car to the shop and have them do all of the above.