After a New Paint Job

After Leaving the Body Shop

If your car, truck, or SUV just got a fresh coat of paint, we have a few tips on keeping your ride in the best condition possible. Don’t worry, the paint is not super fragile and will be completely dry when you pick up your car. We just want to help you avoid chipping your new paint.

The First 30 Days After the Paint Job

  • Try to avoid using a commercial car wash. They have stiff brushes and sponges that could damage the surface. If you need to wash your car, do it by hand with cool water and a mild amount of soap. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge. Also, try to wash the vehicle in the shade – not the sun.
  • Don’t use wipes to wash your car. Always use clean water. The wipes could scratch the finished paint.
  • Avoid extreme heat and cold. Try to keep your car parked in cool areas during the summer and warm areas during the winter.
  • Do not drive on gravel roads. The gravel can chip the paint. Chipping is easily done within the first 30 days.
  • Wash off bird droppings. If you found a shady tree to park under, it is likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and should be washed off as soon as possible.
  • Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc. If you accidently spill some, immediately rinse with water. Do not wipe.
  • Do not scrape ice or snow off the paint. Your ice scraper can chip the paint if the finish is new. You should brush off the snow with the soft snow brush and leave the ice scraper to the windows.

Scholfield Hatchett Collision Center

Whether you’ve had a minor scratch or were in a car accident, we are committed to providing the best quality collision repair possible. For a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us.  You can book online here or by calling our offices.

East Wichita Office: (316) 688-6550

West Wichita Office: (316) 260-1354

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