What to Do After Your Car is Repaired?
Your car has just returned from the auto body shop. It looks flawless as if it had never been involved in an auto collision. You want to keep your car looking the same way for as long as possible. To accomplish this, you need to take care of your car. You need to proactively ensure your car remains in a good working condition from here on.
Here are some tips to keep your car in mint condition post collision repair:
1. Wash Your Car by Hand
Your car has received a fresh coat of paint and finish. You need to maintain it, as it will take time for it to dry and harden. Instead of taking your car to the car wash, wash your car by hand using a very mild car wash solution and a sponge and or soft cloth. Use cold water to wash the car.
Dry your car with a chamois.
2. Wash Your Car under the Shade
Do not allow the surface of your car get too hot. So whenever you’re washing it, wash it under a shade.
3. Dry Your Car Completely
Do not let the water dry on your car’s surface, as this will ruin the appearance of your car, leaving permanent water marks ruining its finish. Ensure you dry your car completely and examine it to see no water remains on the car, not even a little bit after you wash it.
4. Park Your Car in the Garage
If you leave your car parked in your driveway, the sun will damage your car. Instead, park it in your garage at all times, as you do not want it to experience weather-related damage. If you do not have a garage, to best protect your car you can also invest in a car cover.
5. Get Your Car Professionally Detailed
When you get your car professionally detailed, tell them you have recently gotten your car fixed from a collision with a new paint job. This ensures they properly take care of the new paint depending on how fresh it is. It’s best to get your car detailed by professionals at least two times each year.
6. Wait Three Months to Polish or Wax Your Car
If you polish or wax your car right after it has received a fresh coat of paint, it can damage the finish and ruin the paint job. Wait at least three months to polish or wax your car.
7. Use a Damp Cloth to Wipe Your Car
You should never use a dry cloth or a stiff brush to wipe your car, as it can leave scratches.
8. Use a Soft Brush or Your Hand to Remove Ice or Snow from Your Car
Do not use hard plastic scraper to remove snow or ice from your newly painted car, as it can scratch the paint. Instead, use either a soft brush or your hands to remove ice or snow from your car.
By following these proactive steps to take care of your car, it will remain looking brand new and like it just left the body shop! If you’d like another read about a DIY detailing, give this post a read.