Tips to Protect Your Car’s Paint

August 22, 2015 - 3 min read

Even a few scratches on your car’s paint can devalue your vehicle. While some dings, dents and marks are unavoidable, our top tips will help you keep your car’s paint job in pristine condition wherever you can.

From avoiding those dreaded bird droppings right through to using the proper car washing techniques, you’ll be surprised at how much longer your car’s paintwork lasts by making a few simple changes. Read our tips to protecting your car’s paintwork below.

Protect from the elements


If you’re not properly protecting your vehicle from everyday elements, you’ll start to notice some paint damage sooner rather than later. Extreme temperature changes during summer and winter can cause your paint to expand and contract, resulting in cracks. These cracks allow moisture to seep through and can cause rust down the track. If you don’t have a garage to regulate the temperature, then using a car cover is your next best solution; this will protect your car from the harsh long-term effects of the sun and other natural elements.

Avoid droppings


There’s nothing worse than washing your car only to have a pesky bird do their business on it straight after. Not only is it annoying, but droppings contain harmful chemicals that can eat away at your paint job. If you want to avoid this type of paint damage, avoid parking under trees and clean-up any messy incidents immediately with soapy water.

Careful with your car maintenance


Whether you’re filling up at the petrol station or replenishing your brake fluid levels, you need to be careful not to have spillages. Petrol and (in particular) brake fluid can cause your car’s paint to deteriorate and strip. If you do have an unfortunate accident, you can limit the damage by washing it off with water as soon as possible.

Wash your car properly


If you’re washing your car at home and run out of speciality cleaning products, it can be tempting to reach for your everyday household soap and detergents. Don’t even think about it! While these cleaning chemicals might be good for your dishes, they can deteriorate and even strip your car’s paint job.

Paint protection products


There are a number of paint protection, car wax and polish products on the market, which all claim to be the next best thing. Try to find an all-in-one product that can protect your car from bird and bat droppings, as well as UV rays, acid rain, road salt and bug residue.

Want some car care advice? We’ve featured some local Southern Highlands mechanics who will be happy to share their car protection tips.

AJ Automotive Services Bowral

When’s the last time you’ve had your car seen to by a mechanic? The professionals at AJ Automotive Services Bowral offer a range of mechanical services to have your car running smoothly in no time. From mechanical fixes and registration inspections all the way through to car washing and detailing, AJ Automotive Services Bowral are the experts in car care. Servicing all makes and models, call the friendly team and book your vehicle in today!
Where: 64A Bowral St, Bowral, NSW

Bowral Auto Care

Are you looking for a mechanic you can trust? With more than 20 years’ combined experience, Bowral Auto Care is your one-stop shop for everything mechanical. Specialising in logbook servicing and vehicle inspections, the versatile team here can also see to any general mechanical fixes, battery replacements and much more. Perhaps you’re keen to get a tuneup? The team at Bowral Auto care can do it all, so let them take a look under your bonnet.
Where: 224 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong, NSW

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