Your vehicle will likely be the second largest investment that you make. With that said, it deserves the utmost attention and care. Informing you on various topics regarding your vehicle will help you make good decisions regarding repairs should you ever need them. We will also give you some food for thought with various other topics.

Fresh Paint Care

The First 30 Days

  • Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges mar the finish and damage the surface. Wash the vehicle by hand with cool water and a very mild car wash solution. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Wash the vehicle in the shade - Never in the sun.
  • Do not “dry wipe” the vehicle-Always use clean water. Dry wiping could scratch the finish.
  • Extreme heat and cold are to be avoided. Keep the vehicle in the shade when possible.
  • Do not drive on gravel roads. Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days.
  • Do not park under trees which drop sap or near factories with heavy smoke fallout.
    • Sap and industrial fallout mar or spot a freshly painted surface.
    • Trees are also likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. They should be washed off as soon as possible.
  • Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid or windshield solvent on the new finish. If you do IMMEDIATELY rinse off with water. DO NOT WIPE.
  • Do not scrape ice or snow from the surface. Your snow scraper can act like a paint scraper if the finish is new. Brush off the loose material with a soft snow brush.

The First 90 Days

  • Do not wax or polish the vehicle-this will allow the finish to dry and harden completely.
  • Do not use waxes or polishes containing silicone.

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Relevant Regulations

NESHAP 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart 6H

Controlled by the EPA, NESHAP stands for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Subpart 6H applies, in part, to spray application of coatings to a plastic and/or metal substrate where the coatings contain compounds of chromium, lead, manganese, nickel, or cadmium. Auto body shops and other facilities with spray operations are affected.

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