The new year is here, and while many Houston, Texas, residents are focused on resolutions to eat better or get in shape, there’s one resolution that is just as important: protecting your car’s paint. While it may not seem like a big deal, protecting the paint on your vehicle can actually prevent a variety of problems with its overall structure. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we know the importance of keeping your paint in great shape, so we’ve laid out some tips to help keep it protected in 2019:
- Quickly Clean Bird Droppings
Bird droppings are a problem every vehicle owner in Houston, Texas, has had to deal with at some point. Whether you’re driving or are parked, these droppings can wind up on your car wherever a bird may be. While the problem may be unavoidable, it’s important to quickly take steps to remove the droppings before they cause problems with your car’s paint. These droppings are highly acidic, meaning they can “eat away” at both the clear coat and paint on your car. When you notice droppings on your car, it’s important to remove them with a soft cloth and club soda as quickly as possible. The quicker the droppings are removed, the less damage your paint will incur.
- Utilize Covered Parking
Whenever possible, park your car under a covered area. This helps protect your paint from fading caused by the sun’s rays – a problem that can happen even in the wintertime. Not only does covered parking protect your car from the sun, it can also protect it from other damaging substances like sap or abrasive dirt kicked up by the wind. While a completely enclosed garage is ideal, any sort of covered parking will result in more protection than no cover at all.
- Wax Your Car Often
In addition to giving your car a beautiful shine, regularly waxing your car creates a barrier that protects the paint from environmental elements. This can include intense sun rays in the summer, harsh weather in the winter, and even pollen during the spring. For the best level of protection, you should apply a layer of wax to your car every 3 months, after giving it a wash.
- Don’t Rely on a Clear-Coat Finish
Cars produced within the last couple of decades typically have a clear-coat finish applied after the vehicle has been painted. This gives the car a more vibrant appearance and does provide some level of protection. However, a clear coat shouldn’t be used as the only method of defense for your paint, as it doesn’t provide 100% protection. A layer of wax is still needed for the most complete level of protection against the harsher elements. Making a resolution to protect your car’s paint this year not only will help your car look great, it’ll also prevent problems like rust that can damage the structure of your vehicle. For paint and auto body services from the leading body shop in Houston, Texas, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001.