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.
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.