When you buy a new car, the paint is beautiful and perfect, no matter what the color is. The original color of cars does fade over time, and the inevitable scratches are going to happen no matter how hard you try to prevent them. That is sad, but true. However, there are some basic things that you can do that will help to prevent the paint from fading, as well as to repair the small scratches and dings yourself. It is amazing how much just a little basic care can prolong the life of your car’s finish.
Washing and waxing: Adhering to a schedule for washing and waxing your car can add years of life to the finish. All cars should be thoroughly washed at least once each week. Removing the dust and dirt that accumulates makes your car look shiny and new but just washing isn’t enough. A good coat of wax needs to be applied on a regular basis and according to the wax manufacturer’s directions. The car should be thoroughly washed and dried before wax is applied. Automotive waxes can be purchased in both liquid and paste forms.
Detailing clay: Just washing and waxing your car won’t remove all of the dirt. There will still be embedded particles in the paint. These can be fairly easily removed by using a detailing clay bar. Detailing clay is usually sold as part of a set that includes a lubricant. Carefully read and follow the directions for using these products that will be included in or on the packaging.
Using touch-up paint: Yes, you can touch up the paint on your car yourself, but you must be patient. Touching up paint is a process rather than a single event. The first thing that you need to do is to buy the right touch-up paint or touch-up paint kit for your car. An automotive paint store can help you determine which touch-up paint or kit that you need. Then it is vital that you very carefully read and follow the directions.