Being in the auto industry, I have seen it all too often: people simply don't properly care for their car's paint job. Often times this results in the owner not being able to get back as much money as possible when selling the vehicle. a few hundred dollars to repaint a car could be the difference in it selling and not. However, by implementing with the tips presented here, your paint job will last as long if not longer than it is expected to.
Wash & Wash Often- Dust, dirt, bugs, sand and everything in-between can lead to the rapid deterioration of your paint job. It's important to routinely wash your car. If you live somewhere where it's not easy to wash your car consider going to a coin operated car wash. If you're in Riverside, there is a coin operated car wash at 8566 Limonite Ave between Baldwin & Pedley Rd, Riverside, CA 92509.
• Use the Proper Tools
You wouldn't wash your clothes with a bar of soap- So don't wash your car with dish soap. Household soaps can actually damage a paint job. Use an automotive soap. An affordable option is to order Car Guy Garage's car wash soap.
• Think Threads
Microfiber is a synthetic fiber made that has many extremely tiny threads. Since there are so many threads at the micro level, the cloth is incredibly absorbent while remaining soft. Use a microfiber cloth to make sure you don't scratch your car.
• The Sun: Your Car's Sworn Enemy
Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight, especially in the not-so-cool 112 Riverside heat. Excessive heat can cause the soap to dry, leading to streaks or spots. To avoid damage, wash & rinse your car in sections. This will give you enough time to rinse the section before the sun dries the soap.
• Wash & Dry Her
To avoid water spots, always dry your car after you wash it. A microfiber cloth works just like a chamois in regards to being able to be rung out.
• 1oz Prevention = 1lb of Cure.
By taking these tips to heart, you could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Regularly washing your car may seem like too much of a chore at first, but regardless of what you drive you should have pride in your car. Pride doesn't have to be the result of buying a Lamborghini, it can come from simply appreciating your car & caring for it properly.
So there you have it, the most powerful thing you can do to extend the lifetime of your car's finish is to wash often, and when doing so use the proper tools. A microfiber cloth, car wash soap & water are all the materials you need to get started and be proactive regarding the appearance of your car's paint.