Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Right Way for Cleaning Your Car

At Mike’s Auto Body, we use the finest paint (PPG) on the market and are proud to paint every vehicle with waterborne paint that is better for the environment and part of our comprehensive green approach. Once we’ve got your car back to pre-accident condition and your paint job looks spectacular, there will be a time when you will have to wash it or detail it. There are many ways to protect your car’s paint job, but if you don’t do the right things, you might be hurting—rather than helping—the situation.

Wax has long been a way for car owners to protect the paint on their cars, but it has also been the source of a wide range of paint nightmares. It’s always important to apply any type of wax in the way it was meant to be applied, in order to prevent damage to the car’s paint. Look at the directions and adhere to the instructions with wax (or polish) and you’ll be okay.
If you want your paint to last and shine, then yes, waxing your car is important. It will help protect your car’s paint job from the elements and give it a lasting shine. It’s also a great way to seal the paint, and give it a protective coat, which will help to keep the paint from getting damaged.

There are many different types of car waxes, so you’ll need to choose one that is right for your car’s paint. Some of these waxes are sealants and each product has its own unique characteristics, so always do your homework.
When it comes to any type of wax, polish or cleaner, it’s all about the application sequence. Polishes and cleaners are made to be used before you wax your car, and it is imperative that wax only be used after using one of these products. If you apply anything on your car in the wrong order, you might just be in trouble. So know the products you apply to your car and do a little research (maybe online) before you buy them.

Protect Your Paint Job
There are a lot of things that you can do to protect you paint job. You may want to invest in the ideal tools to wash and wax your car. It will help to protect the paint job of a car and keep it looking awesome for many years to come.

At Mike’s Auto Body, we suggest that you should purchase mitts made out of cotton and especially designed for washing cars.  By using the proper tools, you won’t scratch the paint job, a #1 mistake many car owners commit.
You should also never use any type of soap to wash your car. There are special soaps manufactured for use on cars only and these are the products you should buy. NEVER wash your car with dish soap, laundry detergent or any type of cleaner with an abrasive, such as Ajax or Comet.

It’s also crucial to dry your vehicle completely after it has been thoroughly washed. This will help to keep water marks off of your paint and avoid those mineral marks on your paint job, so gently dry the car after it’s been washed each and every time.
Help Protect Your Paint from Damage Done by Washing

You just got an amazing paint job at Mike’s Auto Body, so make all the right moves when you’re washing or waxing the vehicle. If done properly and regularly, your car will look amazing for a long, long time!
Serving Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties, Mike’s Auto Body is a second-generation 42-year-old family business that’s all about quality, safety and you!



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