Whenever you buy a new car it's never taken into consideration that you could ruin your own paint. Most people don't really think about it because the car is new and shiny, they think the paint will stay like that forever. The reality is, that isn't true. Most car owners tend to make some pretty big mistakes when taking care of their cars paint, some of these mistakes aren't their fault. That's why I'm here to tell you some of the 3 biggest things to avoid to keep your cars paint looking good for as long as possible.
Using a Automatic Car Wash
Automatic car washes have become a nation wide phenomenon, people like to just take their car into their local brown bear and make it look good again. The problem with these automatic car washes is that they pick up a lot of dirt through out the day from other cars and they end up dragging all that dirt across your paint in the process of cleaning . Those big brushes are already aggressive as they use a lot of power to make them spin and the material isn't very soft. If you were to take a brand new car through the automatic car wash you would instantly see the difference side by side on the paint. These kinds of car washes will destroy your paint over time and remove or wear down any waxes or sealants that was on your paint to begin with.
We recommend 3 ways to wash your car instead of the automatic car wash. One way is to take it to a professional auto detailer, second is to wash your car yourself, and third is to take it to a touch less car wash. Now the best option will also be to take it to a professional, but feel free to experiment and see what's best for your situation.
Using the wrong Techniques or Tools
A lot of times when people wash their own cars by themselves, they tend to use the wrong kinds of techniques or tools that end up ruining their paint over time. A lot of times people will do things like using sponges when washing a car, dish detergent, washing the car in circular motions instead of straight lines, or even using a bath towel to dry their car. The problem with these kinds washing methods is that they will ruin your paint or cause micro scratches. Using a car wash sponge can damage the paint because the sponge material is very aggressive and your paint is soft, so it ends up damaging the clear coat. Dish detergent can remove any waxes or sealant that your paint may have and this will allow the UV rays from the sun to damage your paint. Washing the car in circular motions can cause swirls because your dragging dirt all over the paint, and using a bath towel is terrible because the towel material just simply isn't soft enough and most times it wont even dry your car properly. All in all you should be very careful of how your wash your car and you should do some research or have a professional detailer wash it for you.
Placing Objects on your car
People tend to place a lot of objects on top of their cars and tend to lean on them as well. The problem with this is that if you want to keep your paint job pristine, you want to avoid placing objects on the car as sometimes the bottoms of coffee cups which in most cases are plastic which will cause micro scratches on the paint when you drag the cup towards you. Leaning on the vehicle can also damage the paint as sometimes people tend to have belts of metal objects on them, which can definitely leave micro scratches or even deeper scratches that will be too big to remove or repair.