B2 Perfection Auto Body Industry Info

(408) 800-1693
150 North Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Tristin Wurzbach, Manager
Use quality wax to maintain your car’s exterior finish.

A car’s paint is similar to human skin—they’re both porous materials, which means they exfoliate over time and peel, crack and eventually fall off. That’s why it’s important to apply a high-quality wax to your car’s finish at least two times a year. “Wax fills the paint’s pores and helps sustain its integrity,” explains Brad Trost, owner of B2 Perfection Auto Body in Sunnyvale. “Beyond peeling and cracking, a car’s clear coat is also susceptible to environmental damage, so a good coat of wax will go a long way toward preserving the paint.” To further protect your car’s exterior, consider the following tips:

Don’t treat washing your car like washing the dishes. Though dish detergent and cotton towels are commonly used to wash and dry vehicles, both are detrimental to clear coats. The chemicals in dish soap can remove a car’s wax coat, strip the exterior finish and dull the paint job. Hard cotton towels can leave fine scratches on a car’s exterior that can cause a “spider webbing” effect. Instead, use soap that’s specifically designed for car washing and dry with a chamois leather cloth or microfiber towel.

When washing your car, avoid dropping the cloth or sponge on the ground, as it can pick up small debris like rocks, which can scratch the clear coat when the towel is reapplied. Also, wash your car in the shade if possible—the sun invariably causes water-spotting.

Avoid using heavy chemicals on your car’s exterior. Though heavy-duty chemical products like acetones, lacquer thinners, and bug and tar removers usually won’t cause any harm to stock manufacturer paint, they can potentially be detrimental to the exterior of a car that has been repainted. Often, the second or third owner of a car doesn’t realize that it’s been repainted, and if the repainting job was done with low-quality paint, chemical products can cause major damage. If you decide to use a chemical product, test it first by applying a small amount to a hidden area on your car’s exterior. If there’s no negative impact on the paint after testing it, it’s probably fine to apply to the rest of the car.

Remove sap and bird feces before they harden. Tree sap and bird feces are both extremely acidic and can easily damage your car’s paint job, so it’s best to immediately wipe these off before they dry and harden. If you find sap or bird feces that has already dried on your car, take care of it as soon as possible—the longer it sits, the worse the damage will be. Common nail polish or alcohol should easily remove the stain, but you can also try acetone or lacquer thinner if you test it first on a hidden area of the car’s exterior.