Caring for Your Car

It’s important that you take care of your vehicle after a recent collision repair. Fortunately, doing so is easy and will maximize the durability of the repairs your vehicle has just received.

  • To ensure that your vehicle’s new paint job cures completely and to keep it looking like new, wash the vehicle by hand at least twice a month using a soft sponge and dry the vehicle using a terry cloth or cheese cloth towel.
  • Make sure to rinse off any kind of oil or petroleum residue (i.e., gasoline) from your vehicle’s finish with water.
  • Try to avoid running your vehicle through an automated car wash or waxing it for at least the first couple of months after a repair.

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Washing Your Vehicle

  • Wash your vehicle when the weather is cool and in a shady place.
  • Wet the vehicle thoroughly, so that the dust does not scratch the finish when you rub the surface with your sponge.
  • Wash your car from the top down.
  • Don’t use dish soap or household cleaners as these can strip down the top coat.
  • Remember to wash behind your vehicle’s mudguards.
  • Before drying, open all doors and the back hatch so that all crevices air out and to prevent humidity build-up inside the car.

Waxing Your Vehicle

  • Use high-quality wax and stay away from products promising to eliminate scratches, stains or rust.
  • Never wax your car under direct sunlight since the heat may adversely affect the wax and ruin your vehicle’s top coat.
  • Wax a small area at a time and use a circular motion to remove the wax. Use care to use a clean piece of cloth to the remove the wax each time.

Protecting Your Vehicle's Top Coat

  • If at all possible, avoid exposing your vehicle to gravel roads. Gravel creates small cracks in your vehicle’s top coat which deteriorate over time.
  • Use bug remover to eliminate bug remnants from your finish. The exoskeletons of some insects possess acidic qualities which can deteriorate your vehicle’s finish.
  • Clean bird droppings as soon as possible. Bird droppings contain phosphates that convert to phosphoric acid which cause damage to your finish.

About Automated Car Washes

  • Avoid car washes with rotating brushes as these can scratch the dirt into the vehicle’s surface.
  • Avoid automated car washes using recycled water conditioned with ammonia.
  • Save some money and select the most economical wash. These usually cycle the vehicle once through the wash and are less harsh on the its exterior.