Tips for Keeping Your Car’s Paint Job Looking Like New
November 28, 2011 by Victoria In Category Home & Garden & D.I.Y.
Even a few minor scratches to a car’s exterior can make it look old and worn. Fortunately the paints used on cars today are more resistant than ever to scratches and dulling; the acrylic used in these paints helps it to adhere to the surface better and also helps it to keep its shine.
This doesn’t mean that your car will never get a scratch or a scrape; obviously something sharp and rough can damage your car’s exterior and leave unsightly gouges. To avoid this be sure to be mindful of where you park and how you drive. Stay away from car corrals in the supermarket parking lot and leave plenty of room between you and other cars and drivers.
If and when you do get a scratch, the first thing you want to do is try to buff it away with a special buffing cloth. Sometimes just a quick wipe with such a cloth, available at an auto parts store, will remove the scratch since it may just be something on the surface. If the cloth itself doesn’t work, use touchup paint you purchase from the auto parts store that is meant specifically for your car. Never use any other type of paint or polish as it may easily chip away even more and actually damage your car’s finish.
Touchup paint for cars is typically available in very small jars since you’re only doing minor work, so don’t worry about the expense. A small dab of this paint can help your car to look new again and prevent you from having to take it to the repair shop for more serious work on the exterior.