You’ve had your car painted and now it’s time to learn about caring for a new paint job. We suggest waiting two weeks before washing your car. If you have encountered mud, dust or bird droppings within this period, rinse with water and gently dry with a soft micro fiber towel designed for cars. Be especially careful during this time.
After the two week waiting period, you can wash the car. Use only a specially formulated, mild car soap (like Meguiars or Mothers). Never use dish soap on your car as it can dull the new paint finish. Wet the car first and then apply your soapy water gently with a soft, scratch free towel or sponge designed to be used on cars. Do not scrub the car. Rinse with lots of water. If you are in a car wash, use the spot-free rinse. It is important to rinse very thoroughly since it removes all residue the soap may leave behind. Dry the car gently with a soft, scratch free, lint free towel meant for cars. Water left behind can leave permanent water marks on fresh paint.
Be sure to wash your car in this manner every week as a newly painted car should be washed weekly in order to maintain its appearance and protect your new investment. The better you look after your new paint job, the longer it will last.
It is important to apply wax to the new paint; however, it’s best to wait two months before waxing your vehicle. This allows enough time for the paint to “cure” completely. (The term “curing” really applies to allowing the solvents and thinners used in the paint to fully evaporate allowing the paint to fully harden). It is recommended that you use the best wax your budget will permit, preferably a carnauba wax. Follow the manufacturers instructions on the can of wax and apply to your car. To protect your paint for years to come, wax your vehicle on a regular basis.
It is always best to park your car in a garage or covered area if possible. Of course this is not always possible so we have prepared a list of tips as a reminder to help you protect your new paint.
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