Tri County Collision Center
by admin, September 19, 2018, Tips
While there are car buyers who trade their vehicles every few years, many Americans own vehicles more than 10 years old. By 2019, it’s expected the average age of vehicles on the road will be 11.7 years. That makes it all the more important to care for your car’s paint job in order to keep it looking its best for its age and maintain resale value when you’re ready to part ways.
Since maintenance efforts on cars generally focus on parts and systems, let’s take a look at some tips for maintaining your car’s skin – it’s paint job.
Break out lessons learned in Karate Kid and practice your best wax on, wax off style. A good wax job protects the vehicle’s paint, including its clear coat layer, from environmental factors. Experts encourage you or a professional to hand wax your vehicle every three months for best protection.
Like human skin, UV rays can be harmful to a vehicle’s paint job. If you have the opportunity, be sure to park your car in a garage or otherwise shelter your car from the harmful rays. If you must part outdoors, consider getting yourself a car cover to provide a similar layer of protection.
As soon as you notice them, be sure to wipe bird droppings from your car’s paint job. You may think you’ll get them later but the longer they remain on the surface, the greater the chance their acidic nature will damage your paint. Try to catch them when they’re fresh when they’re easier to remove. A home remedy to assist is club soda and a soft cloth. Like sun protection, if you can’t park under cover, consider a car cover to keep these substances off your vehicle.
Like bird droppings, tree sap can damage your paint, though not as quickly. The longer it stays though, the more difficult it is to remove and the more likely it is to leave a stain. If soap and water don’t do the job, you can check out professional products designed to attack the sap.
We’ve all seen the cute “Wash Me” messages traced into vehicles. Sadly, the reality is that dragging your finger through the dust can cause deep scratches in your paint that could penetrate your clear coat and reach your paint.
A good plan of paint maintenance can keep your ride looking good for the long haul.
Tri County Collision has provided the finest paint and body repair services, accompanied by unsurpassed customer service, since 1974. We use the innovative, sustainable paint products and coatings under the AkzoNobel family of products to return your car to a fresh-off-the-lot look. Give our team a chance to repair your dings, scratches and scuffs by calling us at 215.322.5350 or stopping by our shop at 995 Jaymor Road Southampton, PA.