The following is an excellent article describing some important aspects of correct car paint protective measures you can take. Many of us usually sit by and watch the paintwork deteriorate over time and this does not have to be the case. Read the following article to get the lowdown on this topic from our good friends at carcare.org. We hope you enjoy the read.
9 Ways to Ruin Your Paint Without Knowing It
Keeping your car looking good isn”t just a matter of enhancing its resale value, although that”s important too, it”s also your car”s only line of defense between the sheet metal and the elements. You already know parking lot dings, gravel roads or an angry ex can ruin your car”s paint in the blink of an eye, but a lot of things out there can do just as much, if not more, harm to the exterior of your car.We contacted Mothers for advice on how to deal with common paint-damaging situations. While their specific advice is below, time and time again, they recommended keeping a good coat of wax on your car. Not only does it keep it looking pretty, it helps prevent most paint damage, or at the very least, buys you some time to get your car professionally washed. Mothers also recommended keeping a bottle of quick-detail spray and a microfiber cloth in your trunk. As you”ll see, a lot of these common problems can be prevented with a quick wipe of this solution.
The Source: Wildfires
The Problem: When wet, ash forms an alkali that can ruin your car”s finish.
The Solution: Keep your car covered, use a car duster for white ash, wash thoroughly if it”s soot.
These days it seems like every state is burdened with wildfires. The ash gets everywhere, and your car”s finish is no exception. While your instinct may be to hit the windshield washers, or just hose down the whole car, water mixed with ash can create powerful alkalis, which will ruin your paint. White ash can be removed with a car duster, or just by driving away and letting it blow off. Black ash can scratch your paint, even when you use a duster, so you”ll need to wash it off using a car wash solution, and dry thoroughly. Once the fires are out, get your car professionally washed, and put on a new coat of wax.
The Source: Tree sap
The Problem: Ancient peoples used tree sap as glue for a good reason.
The Solution: Bug and tar remover, mineral spirits, clay bar treatment
Just wiping sap off when it”s still gooey only smears it around a larger area. Instead, get a bottle of bug and tar remover from your local car parts store, and use it as directed. If the sap dries, mineral spirits can dissolve it, and remaining residue will come off with a clay bar treatment. Just be sure to wax the car after you”re done.
The Source: The gas pumpThe Problem: Spilled gasoline
The Solution: Don”t top off, and clean up accidental dripsTimes are tough, but “topping off” your gas tank and accidentally letting it overflow is a surefire way to damage your car”s paint. If left alone, gasoline will leave a stain on your car”s finish that”s nearly impossible to get off. If you do happen to spill gas by accident, the best solution is to grab a bottle of instant detailer and a good, clean microfiber cloth and clean up the gasoline before it does any harm.
The Source: Fingertips and mischiefThe Problem: Writing or rubbing on dirty paint causes permanent marks.
The Solution: Keep your car clean.We”ve all seen “wash me” written on a car”s finish, but the well-intentioned tagger actually just made things worse. Dirt acts like sandpaper when it”s dragged across paint, and it can make the marks last long after the dirt is gone.Get yourself a long-handled duster and wipe down your car every day to prevent accidental sanding. If it”s too late, most small scratches come out with a polish or scratch remover. Just always be sure to clean the car well before waxing or polishing.
The Source: Your morning coffeeThe Problem: Coffee and sodas contain acids that can etch your clearcoat.
The Solution: Wash it off immediatelyDriving off with your coffee cup or soda bottle on your roof isn”t just a day-ruiner, it can ruin your paint. Many beverages are acidic, and since any acid can hurt your car”s finish, you”ll want to get it washed off as soon as you can. Letting it sit will only give it more time to do damage, and letting it dry will only make it harder to get off later. If it”s a soda, or if you take a lot of sugar in your coffee, then you”re going to be dealing with a sticky residue in addition to corrosive chemicals. If you can”t hit a car wash, then break out your bottle of quick detailer and your microfiber cloth and wipe it up.
The Source: Dirt on your car-wash toolsThe Problem: Unseen dirt can scratch
The Solution: Keep an extra mitt handy.Washing your own car can be fun, but a common mistake can cause more damage than you think: dropping your sponge. Even the finest, most expensive microfiber wash mitt on the market can be ruined if it touches the ground. The bits of grit and sand it inevitably picks up can”t be entirely washed off, and you”ll have swirl marks and other scratches before you know it. The solution is to never drop anything. But if you’re like us, it’d be best to keep a spare washing mitt or two on hand to avoid the resulting expenses from car detailing or repainting.For complete article click here:
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