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Maintaining Automotive Paint

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Tools & Materials

Automotive paint & applicator
Wall-hung shelving
Wall hooks for sports equipment
Power drill
Wood or concrete screws
Microfiber cloth
Water
Automotive wax
Soft, lint-free cloth

How to Maintain Your Automotive Paint

1. Walk around your vehicle monthly to check for scratches and chips.

2. Use vehicle’s color code to match paint.

TIP: Code could be under hood, on door jam, in trunk.

3. Use abrasive tip of paint applicator to clean out damaged area.

TIP: Paint won’t stick to rust or grease.

4. Apply small amount of paint.

TIP: Use pen tip for scratches; brush for chips.

TIP: If damaged area is larger, use aerosol paint matched to the vehicle color code.

5. Seal with clear topcoat.

6. Keep paint in top shape by parking in garage whenever possible.

7. Free up floor space in garage with wall-hung shelving and hooks for sports equipment.

8. Outdoors, park in shade, but avoid trees and power lines because of sap and bird droppings.

9. Remove sap, bird droppings, and bugs immediately so acid doesn’t eat into paint.

10. Soak microfiber cloth in water and place on spot for 5 to 10 minutes.

11. Bunch cloth and lift.

TIP: DO NOT RUB. Grit in bird droppings could scratch paint.

12. Wax garaged vehicles twice a year, outside vehicles every 2 to 4 months.

TIP: If water beads up on paint surface, wax job is still good; if water sheets, vehicle needs waxing.

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