If you’re like most people right after purchasing a car, you probably washed, waxed, and polished it on a regular basis. As you gazed star-struck under the hood --- you committed yourself completely to caring for the devices powering your journeys.

If you’re still at this stage, good for you! You’ve chosen to protect the packaging on your investment and the tips included in this section will help you to continue to do so. On the other hand, if you’ve grown so comfortable with your traveling partner that you’ve begun to ignore the wrapping paper, as well as the mechanical workings, of your once prized possession --- it’s never too late! Get the inside information you need to care for your car’s outer components.

Tips From PPG On How to Keep Your Car's Finish Looking New Longer
Sponsored by the CertifiedFirst™ Network of Quality Rated Auto Body Repair Centers

Here are some tips on how to keep your car’s finish looking good from PPG Industries, the World Leader in Automotive Finishes.

• Wash your vehicle in the shade, never in the sun.
• Do not "dry wipe" your vehicle – always use clean water. Dry wiping could scratch the finish.
• Extreme heat and cold should be avoided. Keep your vehicle parked in the shade whenever possible.
• Avoid driving on gravel roads. This causes chipping of the finish.
• Do not park under trees which drop sap.
• Trees are also likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high-acid content and can damage your car’s surface. Bird droppings should be washed off as soon as possible.
• Avoid parking near factories with heavy smoke fallout. Industrial fallout can damage your finish.
• If you spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid or windshield solvent on your vehicle, IMMEDIATELY rinse off with water and DO NOT WIPE.
• Do not scrape ice or snow from the surface. Brush off the loose material with a soft snowbrush.

If you have recently had a repair or have repainted your vehicle, remember in the first 60 days…

• Do not wax or polish the vehicle – this will cause the finish to dry and harden.
• Do not use silicone-containing waxes or polishes
• Don’t use a commercial car wash. Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild wash solution. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge.

For more information on car care, check out the PPG Automotive Refinish website at www.ppgrefinish.com or CertifiedFirst.com.


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