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Winter Car Care Tips From The Auto Body Shop

January 3rd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

The iceman cometh and your car’s body will suffer

As a body shop there is nothing like the look of someone’s face when there beloved truck, car or suv has been restored. It is a great feeling redoing the paint job or getting dents out after a wreck. And as much as we love to do it, we want you to avoid situations that can damage that paint or exterior.

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Bring on the Winter…

The Winter months pose a threat to that car body in a lot of different ways. Some are seemingly innocent. You go outside after a snowfall and your car is covered in powdery snow and ice. Naturally you go to remove the snow. Guess what, do it wrong and you can damage the paint.

Winter Deicing And Snow Removal Without Car Body Damage Tips

Here are pitfalls you want to avoid. If you deice or scrape your car wrong, you are going to look pretty scratched and dinged up come Spring. Here are some situations to avoid:

The Car Is Covered In Snow…

You come outside and your vehicle is covered in lots of puffy snow…So you grab the snow shovel to dust that car off. You may remove the snow but that shovel will scratch the paint. Shovels have sharp metal edges that can destroy your paint job.

The Solution:

Make sure to a get a tool that says it will not scratch your car or auto body paint. What is the point of removing snow if you cost yourself thousands in repairs. You could even use your hand but make sure to avoid things with sharp edges.

Not So Nice..Ice

Say you come out and your car has a layer of ice coating the doors, hood, and just about everywhere else. You grab the ice scraper tool and scrape the windows.. Once done you decide to use the scraper tool on the car body. But before you do keep in mind, it will damage the paint.

The Solution:

Scraper tools are designed for windows, not paint. A better way is to let the car heat up and let ice melt away  independently of the scraper tool. Then use your hands to pick pieces of ice away.

Salt: Double Threat

Salt can pose two big threats.  One, it can corrode your vehicle’s body if left there for a long time. Two, if you try to rub it off it can scratch and degrade your automobile’s finish.

The Solution: Wash It Off

When you can, wash that salt off and let the water remove it from the vehicle’s body


And when you need Auto body or car body work done..Come See Us At Mack’s. We can work with your insurance carrier.

And as always..Be Safe This Winter

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References

How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice Damage. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-protect-your-car-snow-and-ice-damage.htm

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Car Paint Maintenance

September 6th, 2018 Posted by auto body paint, car paint, car paint maintenance No Comment yet

It may not be as valuable as the engine, but the first thing people see will be your car or trucks’s paintjob. Whether you drive a sports car, utility vehicle, van, luxury car, or sport utility vehicle people will see, and judge, based on the paintjob and appearance of your vehicle.

We probably don’t realize just how much time we spend in our car. Think about the hours in traffic. And then it is the first things people see when they come to your home, gleaming in the driveway. Your car, and its appearance say a lot about you. So it is more than vanity that you want to take care of that paint. Naturally anything wears down over time. Nevertheless there are still things you can do to extend the life of the paint on your vehicle and minimize damage to the exterior.

Commitment

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I Read a few articles on caring for your cars paint job and you will probably see this theme going through them. The theme I speak of is that you have to be committed to caring for your car’s paint exterior. This means a regular schedule of washing and waxing your car. Like any other part of the vehicle you have to make concerted scheduled effort to maintain it, and the rewards are obvious.

You wouldn’t think neglect would be one of the big reasons people do not properly maintain their car’s paint job but it really is. And the remedy for this is not that complicated. Here are a few basic things to incorporate into your car maintenance routine to protect that paint.

Regular Car Washing

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This one is pretty much car maintenance 101. Regular car washings are a big part of a paint maintenance program. A few caveats here. Make sure to actually have a reminder to do it as it easy to put something like this off. Second use a detergent or shampoo that is designed for cars. Do not use something designed for dishes or anything except an automobile. It will make a big difference.

Protecting Automotive Paint

But there is more to washing the car to protect the paint

Washing is not enough. You want to make sure it is dry without damaging the paint. For this use a microfiber cloth to gently mop up existing water. Avoid jerky or expansive movements that can spread dirt around or potentially ad spots or blemishes to the paint. Think steady, slow , controlled movements and do not rush.

Car Paint Maintenance: Detailing

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If you are still reading at this point it is time to detail. This is the stage of going back to the car and gently working out any additional dirt, spot, or blemishes. There are a number of compounds you can use to do this. Just make sure it is a reputable brand designed for car detailing. Also read the directions thoroughly and follow them.

Waxing The Vehicle Paint

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Waxing is the final step in this simple maintenance program. Make sure to wax your car or truck after detailing. Use a microfiber cloth and smooth circular strokes to apply it.

Word To The Wise

Make sure to read the directions and understand them before you apply any product to your vehicle. Better yet, hire a professional to do this for you. Your time is valuable and using a car paint product incorrectly could have disastrous consequences.

Looking For A New Paint Job For Your Car And Truck

Mack’s Body Shop In Portsmouth is the perfect place to give your car or truck a new paint job. We specialize in paint and auto body work. Call us for a free estimate. We do accept all types of insurance if that is applicable to the job.


References

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 7 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR CAR PAINT

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