It is finally time to pick up your car from the body shop and admire its new paint job. It looks shiny and fresh and you want to keep it looking that way for as long as possible. There are certain steps that you can take in order to properly care for your car to keep its paint job looking as new as possible.

A newly painted car will require a good washing and waxing. However do not run out to the car wash on your way home from the body shop. Give the paint two weeks to cure before you wash and wax the car.

After the two week waiting period, it is time to wash the car. If you have a local car wash that you trust to wash your newly painted car, than take it there. Otherwise wash your car at home. You will need a five gallon bucket and a Ph balanced cleaner. Do not use dish soap on your car. It will quickly dull the new paint. Wet the car and apply the cleaner with a scratch fee washcloth. Start at the top of the car and work down. Rinsing is very important. Even though it may look like your cleaner is not leaving any residue, a thorough rinse will get rid of anything left behind.

Once the car has been thoroughly rinsed, it needs to be thoroughly dry. Use a scratch fee, lint free towel to completely dry the car. Any water left behind can leave permanent water marks in the paint. The newly painted car needs to be washed weekly in order to maintain its appearance.

It is important to apply wax to the new paint; however, you need to wait two months before you wax. Follow the instructions on a can of carnauba wax and apply to your car. A newly painted car needs to be waxed at least every two to six months. By following these steps, your new car will stay looking beautiful for years to come.

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