|FIRST TWO WEEKS
It is best not to wash the vehicle for the first 15 days. This is a guideline and not a hard rule. If your vehicle is dirty enough to annoy you during the first couple of weeks then wash it following the guidelines below.
FIRST TWO MONTHS
Caring for your vehicle's new paint job is critical for longevity. Be sure not to wax new paint as it takes about 90 days to fully cure. This will allow the finish to completely dry and cure. Your paint needs to "breathe" to ensure a complete cure. This is a hard rule, don't wax it during the first few of months!
Wash the vehicle in the shade only - Never in the sun. Do not dry wipe the vehicle. Always use clean cool water with automotive soap. Dry wiping can cause scratching. Use plenty of water first, then wipe with a clean, wet, cotton cloth or sponge to wash off dirt. Be sure to keep the surface wet to prevent scratching.
Always use a quality wax approved for automotive paint. Do not use silicone containing or super polymer containing waxes or polishes. Silicon-based wax penetrates all layers of paint. Today's finishes do not need such extreme protection. Removal of such waxes is very time consuming and makes touchups difficult.
It's important to keep your paint waxed, as this helps to protect the finish from minor scratches. Most waxes incorporate UV inhibitors also, which helps to protect your paint from the sun.
Accidents do happen, and minor scratches can be buffed out of your clear coat. Be sure to enlist the help of a professional for this procedure. When done properly, a scratch will completely disappear, and cannot be seen after buffing. A good rule of thumb, which ironically uses your thumb (nail), is if you can catch the scratch with your finger nail it probably can't be buffed. In other cases it may be possible to wet sand the paint and then buff. This is not for the weak hearted; this is your paint you're sanding into! When in doubt get with a professional auto body technician!
If you're lucky enough to find the mess while it's still wet, use a damp cloth and wipe it off immediately. However, if you find it dry and caked on, soak a paper towel with warm water and hold over the mess until it loosens and gets soft. Then taking a damp cloth, wipe it clean. Birds can make a mess of your paint, so clean it up as soon as possible.
HOUSEHOLD SOAPS AND DETERGENTS
Never, under any circumstances should you use a soap designed for cleaning dishes or clothes, or other areas of your house. These soaps can and will damage your paint over time. You're better off buying even the cheapest bottle of automotive soap for 99¢ cents!
OTHER TIPS ...
What do you think or feel when you look at your car and see all the salt and road grime? How about when you open the doors and see all the grease and dirt inside the door jambs? Or engine bay? How about on the interior? Carpet, seats, sticky cupholders?
Do you know that if your vehicle's finish is not kept up, it can and will eventually hold moisture and begin to rust? Well it will! We recommend a complete detail, or an exterior detail at the very least at least once a year. We believe the best time is in the spring. This will get all the corrosive salt off of your vehicle as well as all the other contaminants that float in the air.
To understand, you have to know that the paint on your vehicle is essentially a form of plastic. It is very easy for metallic particles to embed themselves into your vehicle's finish and begin to rust. Look closely, you might even be able to see them!
When you come in to Meyers Auto body and have us repair your vehicle, you will recieve 20% off a detail. You are free to use it whenever you wish. Right away, in the spring, or even next fall. It does not matter!
Besides, who doesn't like to feel fresh and renewed in the spring time? I know I do!!! Remember how it felt to drive that car off the lot looking fresh and shiny and smooth? Just mention this ad!!!!
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Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847 263-6577
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