car-care

Caring for Your Car’s New Paint after a Repair

Your car has been to the collision shop, it’s been repaired, made to look new, and you’ve taken it home. If it had a new paint job, your body shop technicians were meticulous in ensuring that the new paint matched the old paint. Paint is tasked with protecting your car from rust, so it’s up to you to keep it in shape.

Look for Flaws

As with any repair, if you notice something isn’t right, say something as soon as possible. This goes for paint too! One of the hardest parts about painting a car after a repair is matching the original paint.

  • Look at the color on a bright sunny day.
  • Check up close and from a distance.
  • Look for hairs, dirt and overspray.
  • The paint should be smooth and even.

Take Extra Care for 30-60 Days

When your car was new, you were probably extra careful with it, protecting its shiny new paint and treating it with some fragility. After a major repair, this is a great way to treat fresh paint! It needs time to cure and harden before it can truly protect your car. While new cars have time in a protected environment before they’re sold, a fresh repair is back out on the road ASAP. Make sure to give your paint a little extra love and care.

The following are some everyday things that can damage your paint.

Dirt Roads & Construction Zones

Loose gravel and dirt is on the road, it’s unavoidable. If you can avoid dirt roads and major construction zones while your paint is fresh, it will go a long way in protecting your paint, which is vulnerable to chips and scrapes from flying debris.

Scraping or Chipping at Snow or Ice

In winter (or long-lasting spring), chipping away at snow and ice on your windshield is necessary. Make sure you’re not scraping it from the paint too!

Splattered Bugs

Splattered bugs on the windshield are an obvious annoyance, but thanks to the acidity of bug splatter (ew!) they’re also damaging to your paint and can become permanently etched into the surface.

Bird Droppings

As gross as it is go find bird poop on your car, the droppings can also be full of acidic berries, hard seeds, and other grainy bits that can dull and scratch the paint on your car.

Tree Sap

Parking under a tree leaves your car vulnerable to more than damage from animals, it might leave your car covered in sap! Sticky and full of chemicals that aren’t meant to interact with car paint, it’s best to find another shady spot to leave your car.

Sunlight

Sunlight can also damage your paint. The UV rays cause paint to dull and fade, just like they can damage your skin.

Commercial Car Washes

Keeping your car clean is an important part of protecting the paint! It’s best to hand-wash new paint in cool water with mild soap with a soft sponge or cloth. Don’t use chemicals, avoid dish or laundry detergent, and make sure your water is clean and not full of dust and pebbles. Avoid leaving it to dry in the sun.

Fist of all, I’d like to say thank you to Clarkstown Collision and their team for making everything go so well and for making this repair a lot easier and smoother than I thought It would be. The team at this place is honestly unbelievable, everyone is so kind and very patient! I want to say thank you to Marlon, who kept me aware of everything that was happening while my car was at the shop. Marlon kept me informed and was in touch with the other insurance and kept me updated. I feel like it’s very important to be made aware of everything that’s happening while your car is at the shop because it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Marlon and the Clarkstown Collision team have made this experience a lot easier and I would definitely recommend them moving forward ! Thank you

Keyla Medina

Front desk girl was very nice!

Elizabeth M.

The only place to get your car body work done! As clean as a hospital. Progress reports sent by text. Most importantly, my car which suffered major damage from hitting a dear, is now perfectly new. This shop is so good we drive 2 hours from our home to have all our body work done here.

Michael Corsello

Clarkstown International Collision did superior work on my automobile today. They replaced a mirror and touched up some of my paint. Elias kept me updated on the service in a timely manner, and they completed the work ahead of time. I totally recommend this business if you need auto body work on your car.

Neil Rosenthal