You have to laugh; the very first scratch on a brand new car is a complete crisis. The vehicle loses its lustre somehow and is never the same. It’s like the moment a partner says something in the heat of the moment you know cannot be retracted and will never be forgotten!
The main difference is that there are some very clever and skilled people around who have the ability to eradicate scratches, nicks and dings to restore that ‘new from the showroom’ paint finish. The entrepreneur who actually sets up the equivalent for tarnished relationships will literally ( and metaphorically ) clean up I reckon!
In fact, cars and driving can be two of the most bitterly contested areas in a relationship and going home to face the music with, ‘I’m sorry darling, but I’ve scratched the car’ must be in the top 10 least palatable phrases. Looking after acar’s paintwork is tough, let’s face it and if we have another winter where the ‘gritters’ are out in force we will have yet another hazard to the paintwork that we will need to compensate for.
Protect Your Paintwork
It’s true in summer too, sun can ravage paintwork; the temperature of the bonnet on a really hot day can reach astronomical figures and will cause oxidation which in turn contributes to fading more prematurely than you might anticipate. Treat your car like you would your skin and you won’t go far wrong. This is also important when you clean it too. Parking in the shade is recommended and will not only mean your car is cooler when you return to it but being kept out of the sun will protect both rubber seals and headlights.
Keeping the bodywork washed helps too and you might want to be gentle by using a soft cotton glove and a specialised cleaning product. Did you know that if you don’t dry your car afterwards, then minerals deposited from water evaporation can be damaging too?
Probably the most effective way of keeping that showroom shine is to get into the habit of waxing, which will even offer some protection from the sun’s ultra violet rays. It also shrugs off water, dirt and grime which all contribute to ‘poorly’ paintwork. Even bird droppings can have a significant impact on car bodywork as a consequence of the acid, birds also excrete. You know how some cars have significant damage to the bonnet, well this is to do with the heat beneath and of course scorching sun above. A wax really will help as will a routine of wash, dry and wax.
Then of course there is the little matter of how you drive. Yes, stone chips are an inevitable part of driving on roads but you can certainly affect the velocity with which they hit your paintwork and moderating speed will also help with petrol consumption which can save tremendous amounts of money these days.
Finally, anyone who regularly drives on country roads will know how they rapidly become rat runs. If you meet traffic coming at speed from the opposite direction then a quick dive into the hedge is the only option. Depending on said hedge the branches can be extremely sharp and before you know it, one side of your car looks like it’s covered in minute silver cables which are very unsightly.
Of course you could protect your car with a car protection product whatever its age. Obviously it’s better to start when new but never too late and it will obviously do wonders for your car’s appearance which in turn does wonders for our own self esteem.
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