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How to preserve your vehicle's paint

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One of the best parts about buying a new vehicle is the fact that it looks new. The paint is shiny, damage free, and easy to keep clean. Unfortunately, paint doesn't stay that way forever, but you can help it look new longer with following a few simple tips.

Try to wash your car at least once a week. Some people have extremely busy schedules that don't allow much time for car washes, but try to make time if possible. Every time you drive your car down the road you're driving through dirt, leaves, bugs, and other debris on the road. It builds up very quickly, and can be damaging if you do not address it relatively quickly. After you are finished washing your car, be sure to dry it off.

Try to repair any rocks chips as soon as you notice them. Not only do they look bad, those chips can begin to rust and become an even larger eye sore. To repair a rock chip, you can simply purchase some touch up paint from your local dealership. The dealership will need to look up your paint color by VIN, so make sure to have that number handy when you go.

It is also recommended to give your paint a wax job at least twice a year. This process can be a little time consuming, but will provide protection that will make it worth your time. Wax can help prevent some substances from sticking to your paint, and can make car washes a little easier to do. You can find wax at an automotive parts store, or stores such as Walmart or Target. They also have wax on the market that comes in spray form, and can be done quickly when you don't have much time.

Rust proofing your vehicle is also a wise idea, but many car makers are now taking precautionary measures of their own to prevent rust. Many auto makers are now putting vehicles through a process called galvanization. Simply put it is a protective zinc coating that is applied to the chassis to prevent rust from occurring.

We all know about the morning dew that covers our cars every morning when we head out to work. Most people do not know that it can be potentially harmful to your paint. This dew sis acidic, and should be hosed off if possible. In coastal areas where there is a lot of salt in the air, you should also make sure to spray the dew off to ensure that dirt and salt doesn't stick to it. Many people will drip a little gasoline on their paint after filling up, not knowing that it can also be damaging to your paint. Try to rinse that surface with water as soon as possible.

Do not use any abrasive towels or cloths on your vehicle.

Ice scrapers are not made to be used on your vehicle's paint. Those are only to be used to remove the ice and snow from your windows. Some ice scrapers come with a soft brush, which is typically okay to use on your vehicles paint, but always double check.

It is possible to have a car go it's whole life without needing a new paint job. Everybody is concerned with the mechanical maintenance, but many overlook the importance of maintaining their vehicle's paint.

http://www.autogeek.net/carwax.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanization

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