How To Protect Your Paint Job

Keep your car looking great

Do these things to protect your paint job

You know that the sun can damage your skin, but did you know it can also damage your car’s paint? The sun, squashed bugs, bird droppings, dirt—these factors can dramatically decrease the life of your car’s finish, leaving it with a faded, scratched finish. Fortunately, a few simple precautions to protect your car and its paint are all you need to keep it looking tip-top.

Keep your car clean

Regularly removing dirt and debris protects your car from tiny scratches that can make the finish look dull. Wash with a soft cloth and cleaner made for automotive finishes to avoid damaging the paint, and dry to reduce any excess minerals left behind from the water. Follow with a quality wax to add an extra layer of protection.

Park in the shade

Simply keeping your car out of the sun can help keep your car’s paint in good shape. UV rays can fade the finish and degrade your car’s rubber trim (not to mention your car’s interior as well), so parking in the shade or a garage are easy ways to prolong your car’s good looks.

Install a barrier between your car and the sun

An option that has been gaining more mainstream attention lately is a thin film (like 3M products) applied to your car’s hood and other areas. Not only does it protect the paint from UV light, but it also acts as a barrier between the paint and outside debris that can cause scratching.

Tint your windows

Window tinting isn’t just for privacy—it can keep your car cooler and protect you and your interior from sun damage by blocking harmful UV rays. When choosing a tint, pick a quality product that provides the features you need, and don’t forget to make sure it meets the guidelines for window tinting in your state.

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