Protecting Your Car’s Paint Finish


A beautifully painted and cleaned car can definitely turn heads when you drive it down a busy Vancouver street on a sunny day. Without proper care however, paint finishes can fade from exposure to the elements. In places like Vancouver and the rest of Southern British Columbia, where cars are exposed to frequent rainfall, snow and hot summer sunshine, your paint job can deteriorate very quickly, and your car will turn heads for another less desirable reason as you drive it through the city. To make sure that your car continues to keep a clean, bright and attractive paint finish, be sure to use some of the following tips:

Make sure your paint is sealed

No matter what type of car you drive, it is essential that your paint finish is sealed with a protective clear coat in order to avoid a rapid deterioration of the paint job. A top-quality auto body shop in Vancouver will be able to set you up with a long lasting and highly resistant clear coat that will keep your car looking its best for a long time. A clear coat seal can go a long way towards preventing any issues like rust damage from becoming a major problem, and if you ever plan to sell your car in the future, investing in a clear coat sealer now will add to the overall value of the car.

Regular Cleaning

Like any component or part in your car, your paint has a lifespan that can ether be shortened or extended based on the amount of maintenance you perform. The best way to extend the life of your paint finish is to get your car washed regularly. As you drive around however, it is likely that some minor dirt can end up on the car. Although it may not seem like enough to cause you to get the entire car washed, things like bird droppings can leave a stain if not cleaned right away, so its always a good idea to keep a rag, sponge or shammy cloth and cleaner handy in your trunk.

Cover it up

Perhaps the most effective way to preserve the paint finish on your vehicle is to keep it covered. Even if you don’t have a covered garage there are ways to keep your car safe from the elements. For instance, many luxury or classic car owners rent a covered space where they can park their vehicles during the winter or when they aren’t driving it on a regular basis. Furthermore, whether you have a sheltered place to park or not, it is always a good idea to keep the car covered with some type of tarpaulin or a specific cover for the size of car your own.

Hazards to Avoid

There are many specific hazards that you will likely encounter outdoors while driving your car around. While none of these will do any significant damage in the short term, or with limited exposure, if left uncleaned on the body of your car they can easily start to damage your paint finish. Things like sunshine and rainfall are pretty much impossible to avoid, but the negative affect these can have on your paint seal can be limited if you follow the tips mentioned above. Other things like road salt, bird droppings and tree sap can leave lasting damage in not cleaned right away, so it is always important to keep an eye out for those types of stains on the body of your car.

Be sure to check out more of our website for other helpful car care tips. You can also contact us directly if you are interested in any of our reliable and top quality auto body repair services. Since 1991, Super Euro Auto has helped drivers throughout Vancouver with excellent auto body repairs at highly competitive prices.

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