They say you will never get a second chance at making a first impression, and it’s absolutely true. More often than not, first impressions are synonymous with physical appearances. The same applies to our cars as well. The first impression of a car is often linked to it’s exterior, especially it’s coat of paint. We always want our car to look great but sometimes it’s not a question of what else you should do, but rather what you’re currently doing that needs to be changed. Below are a few pointers on how you can ensure that your car’s paint always looks great!

THE ENEMY WHAT IT DOES
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.06 (1) The first thing to avoid would be tree sap, as it acts as a glue on your car’s paint. Once used, it tends to spread around and eat away at your car’s paint, adding salt to the wound. Alternatively, you can opt to use a bug and tar remover. Mineral spirits also effectively remove dried sap. For an optimum outcome, ensure that your car gets waxed after treatment.
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.06 Next, stay away from all forms of dirty DIY car wash tools. The consequences of using such items are that bits of dirt and grit attach themselves to the sponges and mitts used. These fragments will cause scratches and swirls to appear on your car’s paint. What you should do instead is ensure that sufficient clean mitts are always available.
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.08 (1) Another thing we tend to overlook is the effect water from sprinklers has on our car’s paint. Minerals found in water bond to the surface of the paint and take great effort to remove. They subsequently also leave spots on the finish of the car. As a precautionary measure, avoid parking your car near sprinklers. However, if the damage has already been done, take your car to get professionally detailed for thorough spot removal.
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.05 Bird droppings on cars are also an eye-sore. Undigested seeds and gravel inevitably damage your car’s paint and leave unsightly smears behind. Acidic substances found in these droppings will eventually cause the paint to erode. Once you spot bird droppings on your car, wash them away immediately but don’t use grinding or circular motions.
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.07 All forms of bugs are also much detested. The guts of a bug that appear on your windshield create hazardous driving conditions. And to make things worse, any acidic remains can destruct the car’s paint. If you notice any such smears on your car, ensure that it is washed as soon as possible to remove all acidic parts. Temporarily, you can clean your windshield for improved visibility.
WhatsApp Image 2017-01-26 at 17.45.08 Lastly, always be careful when handling gasoline. Stains due to overflow will definitely stain your finish. It can also be impossible to remove if not attended to immediately. In the event that your car’s paint comes to contact with gasoline, wipe up the spill with a microfiber cloth at once.

We hope that the do’s and don’ts above will give you a better insight to your car’s exterior and the care it’s finish should be given. Make your car look like a million bucks today! Here at Lee Motors Bodyworks, our expertise includes glass coating, polishing, and swirl mark removal amongst others. For further information, please visit our website at www.leemotors.com.my/bodyworks