Your car battles a lot of elements, from rocks and salt to door dings and scratches. Fixing those dents and paint blemishes can be surprisingly expensive. Unless your car is kept in the garage and never driven, these things are going to happen. But you are not defenseless. There are ways that you can protect your car’s paint from some of the inevitable, annoying circumstances that are unavoidable when you drive your car out in the world.
Paint Protection Film
Paint protection films are applied to your car similarly to how window tint is installed. It is a clear durable film that when applied correctly is not visible to the eye. Protective film for 3m paint Maryland can be purchased in a glossy or matte finish.
Paint protective film is durable and fire-resistant. It forms a protective barrier from weather, bugs and light scratches. After sitting in the sun, the film self heals making scratches fade away. Transfer from other cars can be easily rubbed off. If a section of the film gets damaged, then that section can be removed and reapplied. This product has been around for years, but recent advances in the material have made it more attractive and affordable.
People who love their cars tend to wash them more regularly. This is a great habit to get into as long as you do it the right way. Cleanliness is key. If you take your car to a car wash make sure the spinning brushes and cloths are clean. Many people believe that cloth is easier on the paint than brushes. However, if it has gravel or grit on it, then your paint will be scratched. Car washes should be kept clean of dirt and well maintained. This is equally important if you wash your car at home. Choose a soap made for cars, or a mild detergent. Pressure washing your car is risky and may damage your vehicle’s clear coat. Remember, if it hurts your hand it will hurt your car.
Wax and Polish
You should wax your car at least once every season, preferably more. Wax seals the paint and deters damage from water, bird poop, road salt and tree sap. You can tell it is working if rain beads up and rolls off of the car. Once the rain stops beading up, it is time to wax your car again.
Polishing does not need to be done as often. Car polish has microscopic abrasives that clean paint without damaging it. Think of it as an exfoliator. Polish your car if the color has lost its shine or is starting to fade. This shouldn’t be done more than twice a year.