4 Tips to Keep Vehicle Paint Looking Great - ADESA Auto & Truck Collision Repair

4 Tips to Keep Vehicle Paint Looking Great

If you have recently repainted your trusty late model or if you have just bought a newer vehicle you likely want to do your best to keep the car looking great. That means taking meticulous care of the paint job by practicing careful driving as well as putting a little elbow grease into it. While there is only so much you can really do to keep the car bright and shiney following collision repair or auto repainting this list of quick tips will certainly help your car, truck or SUV look better, longer!

Indoor Parking if Possible

If you have the ability to park your vehicle in a garage while not in use you should certainly take advantage of that opportunity. Foul weather can end up causing various types of damage to vehicles. While Portland may not get the hottest or most amount of a sun a car or truck regularly exposed to UV rays will suffer from fading paint. Then of course hail can cause dings, dents and scratches and a car in a windstorm has a high chance of suffering paint damage from debris being blown around.

Parking Lot Etiquette

Another thing to consider is how you park when heading to the grocery store or any other place that has an outdoor parking lot. Runaway shopping carts, car doors and a multitude of other things can all end up putting a knick in your paint. Consider parking in a back row that has less traffic, and if possible try to snag a corner parking spot to lower your chances of damage even more.

Proper Washing Techniques

When hand washing your car be sure to utilize products that are approved by the auto industry. Using dish soap and a kitchen rag will likely end up causing paint swirls or other minute scratches in the surface of your vehicle. Dish soaps have degreasers that can damage paint as well. Make sure you use cotton washing mitts to diminish any chances of scratching the vehicle based on the washing products and never lay a hand on the car before giving it a good rinse with the hose. This will remove any loose dirt so you don't end up rubbing it into the paint.


Don't forget to wax the vehicle. Wax provides an excellent protectant from dirt and dust, especially while driving down the road. Be sure to speak with a vehicle paint specialist about which type of wax is right for your car's finish, as there are many kinds available.

A new paint job can do wonders for an older daily driver, or any car for that matter, as it will surely bring it back to life! If you need auto painting in Portland or the surrounding area be sure to call ADESA Auto & Truck Collision Repair at 503-674-5463 and speak with an expert today about scheduling an appointment or getting a quote for any type of auto body repair!

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