Trying To Keep Your Paint In Great Shape? Don’t Believe These Myths



While most drivers don’t think about it often, your car’s paint plays an important role. It helps preserve the value of your vehicle, while also protecting the frame underneath. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that drivers want to keep their paint looking great, but unfortunately, there are some myths that, if believed, can actually ruin your paint. That’s why we’ve laid out a few myths you should never believe when it comes to protecting your car’s paint:

  • Mechanical Buffers Ruin Your Paint

When used with the correct techniques a mechanical buffer poses no risk of running your paint. However, there are a few key steps that must be followed. Always keep the pad moving and be sure to use light pressure when using the buffer on your vehicle. Additionally, be sure to use the lightest pad and polish possible and be sure the pad is completely saturated with polish to avoid scratching the paint. If done correctly, the result of using a mechanical buffer will be beautifully polished paint.

  • You Shouldn’t Use Wax if Your Car Has Clear coat Paint

Clear coat can certainly provide benefits for your car’s paint, included adding fade-resistance and a scratch-resistant coating to the paint. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it can perform all the functions that a coat of wax can. Using a high-quality wax after you wash your vehicle adds an additional layer of scratch- and fade-resistance, while also adding a layer of protection against water spots and potential chemical damage.

  • You Can’t Use Any Kind of Soap When Washing Your Car

While they may seem like harmless alternatives, household cleaners, including dish soap or laundry soap, actually do more harm than good for your car’s paint. These products are not formulated for automotive use and will strip away the wax and coat of paint on your car, potentially exposing the frame to problems like rust. If this happens, it can weaken the structure of the frame and make the car less sturdy against impact.Instead of using household cleaners, be sure to keep soap that is formulated specifically for automotive use on-hand.

  • You Should Wash Your Car’s Wheels Last

While it’s true that you should wash your car from top-to-bottom, this rule doesn’t necessarily apply to your wheels. If you typically wash your car, let it dry, then move on to washing the wheels, you’re actually getting the body panels dirty all over again. Cleaning chemicals and dirty water splash up onto the body panels, and often leave a streaky or spotty appearance.

Keeping your car’s paint looking its best is important.However, believing these myths can actually have the opposite effect. If you’re in need of professional auto body services in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas, 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.

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop