If you are lucky enough to be able to park your car inside most of the time (at home and at work), it will be well protected from all the environmental elements which can, unfortunately, hurt your bodywork.
It is important to keep your paintwork protected with a good wax, which will need to be reapplied every few months. Your wax might tell you it lasts years, or even a lifetime, but in general you will need to either reapply it regularly yourself or get a professional to wax it.
Parked outside, your car is vulnerable to wax from trees and bird droppings. Both of these, if left, can do real damage to your paintwork.
If it’s a small mark and it’s been made very recently, you can try dealing with it yourself, but otherwise you are better off letting a professional cleaner and detailer take care of it as they will make sure your paintwork is restored to its former glory.
If you park under trees you might notice sticky marks on your car. This is the sap from the trees, or it could be insect honeydew. You shouldn’t leave these sticky patches, because then they go hard and become even harder to get rid of. As with many things, the best cure is prevention – keep your car waxed and if possible covered.
To remove a fresh sticky mark you will need a grease removing product. These are available from garages and home stores, and are specifically designed to remove grease and wax from cars without hurting the paint. Follow the instructions on the grease remover, but remember to always use a soft cloth and never scrub at the paintwork or scrape marks off. You’ll need to polish and wax the area afterwards. Remember, if the marks are a bit hard then get a professional clean, because you will almost certainly remove paint if you try and get it off yourself.
For bird droppings, first soak the mark with water and a little bit of soap. Don’t scrub at it because that could cause the acid in it to take the paintwork off. Instead, use a hose or water spray to rinse it off and then buff the area with a soft material.
Most people are aware that moisture will cause metal to rust, but it is less commonly known that salt contributes to a lot of rust problems. Car owners in coastal areas, particularly windy ones, will find their vehicle is more prone to corrosion. You might also find that the lower areas of your car are damaged by salt on roads during icy and snowy periods. Using a protective wax more regularly during these times will help, as will gently rinsing your car with water to remove the salt deposits.
Treating your car to a really nice professional wash and detailing every now and then will also make sure that any marks you’ve missed get dealt with, and that your car will have a nice finish to it.
Guest Author Bio: Kat Morris lives in Manchester and enjoys travel, green living and technology. She is a keen blogger on several topics including motoring and car financing.