How to Care for Your New Paint Job

The First 30 Days:

• Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface. Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild car wash solution. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge.
• Wash the vehicle in the shade – never in the sun.
• Do not “dry wipe” the vehicle – always use clean water. Dry wiping could scratch the finish.
• Extreme heat and cold are to be avoided. Keep the vehicle parked in the shade wherever possible.
• Do not drive on gravel roads. Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days.
• Do not park under trees which drop sap, or near factories with heavy smoke fallout. Sap and industrial fallout may mar or spot a freshly painted surface.
• Trees are also likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. They should be washed off as soon as possible.
• Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid or windshield solvent on the new finish. If you do IMMEDIATELY rinse off with water. DO NOT WIPE.
• Do not scrape ice or snow from the surface. Your snow scraper can act like a paint scraper if the finish is new. Brush off the loose material with a soft snow brush.

The First 90 Days:

• Do not wax or polish the vehicle – this will allow the finish to dry and harden completely. (Do not use silicone-containing waxes or polishes.)

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