Finally, the scary traffic collision you were in not too long ago has reached its final chapter, and you are about to get your “baby” back from the auto body shop. Your vehicle, your prized possession, looks better than new. The car doesn’t even look like it had been in an accident! However, what maintenance you do next, determines how long and to what extent your car continues to look marvelous. Here are some tips from us at Pete Solis Collision Center, El Paso’s Auto Body Shop, on how to keep up your ride after you take it home.
In the first month after you get your car back from the shop, wash your car by hand. Especially, if the body had been repainted. A lot, if not all, commercial car washes use extremely harsh detergents and brushes that can really do a number on a car’s finish.
When you do wash your ride by hand, use a bucket of clean, fresh water, mild car soap, a soft sponge, and a new “shammy” or drying cloth. Also, never “dry wipe” your ride as it may again ruin your newly painted finish. Before and after washing the car, do not leave it exposed for long periods in the sun. Of course, we all know that our Southwest sun loves to eat away at paint! It is better to wash your car in the shade, if at all possible.
As far as waxing, we suggest to Not wax your newly painted car for a least two months. Believe it or not, some types of car wax may interfere with the paint and cause discoloration or other unpleasant side effects.
For winter and summer extreme temperatures, it’s a good idea to keep your vehicle in your garage when not using it, rather than outside. This will help protect the fresh paint by preventing weather-related damage. Also, do not scrape ice from the surface of the car in the first month, as the paint is vulnerable to scratches. If ice does form, let it melt naturally.
Finally, when driving around town, try to avoid driving your car on gravel roads in the first month after you get your ride back. Needless to say, the car’s new finish can be easily chipped by pebbles. Also, do not park your car under trees that attract birds, as bird droppings have a high acidity level and may damage the fresh coat of paint. If you do happen to get bird droppings on your car, clean them up as quickly as possible.
Here at Pete Solis Collision, we use the finest high-tech Sherwin Williams Automotive paint and Color Matching process, plus our state of the art Garmat Auto Spray Booths. We are proud of the work we do to make your car or truck look great again and want to ensure you enjoy your “like new” ride for as long as possible!
Got Questions? Please, call us at Pete Solis Collision Center. With over 47 years of experience behind us, we are El Paso’s top choice for bodywork, paint, and more. PSCC is home to ICAR certified professional body shop technicians, as well as quality Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. Pete Solis Collision Center is located at 1434 Lomaland Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Call (915) 599-8666. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.