In this article, we take a look at what the BMW ColorSystem expert, Martin Jaworski, has to say on the best tips for paint care and washing your vehicle so that your car will really shine.
Not all blessings come from above. Bird droppings and other kinds of animal excrement can be extremely corrosive to your paint. What’s worse is that the longer you go on without washing it off, the bigger the damage it can do.
The paint expert mentioned that such damage can be irreversible and often times, it has to be repaired professionally. His tip, therefore, is to wash bird droppings off as soon as possible. The same goes for insects. A specialised insect remover will stop the insect remains sticking to the automotive paint and they can then simply be wiped away when the vehicle is washed.
Car owners who really love their cars would commonly wash them at least in weekly intervals. According to Martin Jaworski, failure to provide regular care is the commonest error that car owners make. If the car paint is looked after properly, it will also become more resistant to external influences. This means expensive repairs with car spray paint or touch up paint can be reduced significantly.
However, how often you should wash your car is still open to debate as it depends on the type of car and how you use it. But one thing is clear: Frequent washing does no harm as long as you bear a few things in mind.
If you often wash your car at an automatic car wash, you would notice that some car washes use brushes and some use cloths. One type is not really better than the other. But what you should be mindful about is have the brushes or cloths been made dirty with sand, so that they act like sandpaper and damage the paint surface? For this reason, it is extremely important for you to ensure that the car wash itself is clean and well maintained. Try to take the time to have a closer look at the brushes. If the nylon threads are brittle or torn, dirt can gather in them.
And should you follow the wash with a wax? Definitely! This is because the wax will seal the top coat of the car paint and thus protects it against external influences.
But at what intervals should wax treatment be applied?
The expert’s rule of thumb is that as long as rainwater drips off the car paint normally, there is no need for any fresh waxing. However, the weather is also a big factor. If you keep your car in a closed parking space, you can protect the wax coat for longer than you would under a carport or in the open. If you want to be on the safe side, the expert recommends doing it twice a year, with a six-month interval.
Do you prefer to wash your car yourself? Then you are a model citizen! Among car lovers, washing the car by hand is considered the kindest way to do it. The important thing here is to use mild cleaning agents with a low pH value, as well as soft, clean sponges, brushes and cloths.
Martin Jaworski also said that if you are using a pressure washer, the motorway principle to abide is: keep your distance! This is because if the water pressure is too high, it damages the paint. The correct distance between the spray head and the car paint will depend on the individual appliance and model. As a rule of thumb, if the water jet is painful to your hand, it is also harmful to the car.
Is your car’s paint no longer as shiny as it was on the first day? Or can you see slight scratches? If so, it is time for you to give your car a polish. Car polish contains micro-fine abrasives. They gently clean the paint surface without damaging it. The polish simultaneously preserves the freshened paint and protects it against the weather.
Is the scratch still visible even after you have polished your car? Then the next step is to get it touched up. Though this step usually means that you would require the help of a trained specialist staff to repair your car paint.
If you don’t want to constantly head down to the workshop or service centre, you can also request help from your BMW dealer in the form of advice as well as paint pens and spray cans. All you need is the correct colour code for your vehicle, which can be found on all BMW models. But you can also obtain the colour code from your BMW dealer. Paint colours can normally be identified easily from the vehicle identification number.
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