How to Protect Car Paint

by Ann Smith

We all want our cars to look the best they can, but weather and driving conditions can really take a toll on a car's paint job. Luckily, there are ways you can protect the paint on your car and keep it looking great for years to come. Who knows, you may already be doing more to protect your car's paint than you think.

Keep the car in a garage. Unfortunately, that's not possible for car owners who do not have a garage. Your next best option is to use a car cover. These are sold at many auto shops. Covering the car, especially in inclement weather, is a great way to protect the paint on your car.

Wash your car. Always use a commercial car wash and never apply soap from your home, such as detergent. Commercial car washes are designed with your car's paint in mind and are safe to use. Make sure to use soft cloths when washing and always rinse thoroughly. Wash the vehicle in the shade, if possible.

Wax your car. This is never a fun job, but can do wonders for your car's paint. Wax according to the directions and out of sunlight, if possible, as sunlight can make the wax extremely difficult to remove. Waxing ever two weeks is best, but if that isn't possible, even waxing once a month will help protect your car's paint job.

Rinse your car frequently. Road salt and sand are two of the most destructive elements your car's paint will come in contact with. If washing is not possible, simply rinsing it off will help keep salt and sand from damaging your car's paint. Be sure to wash it as soon as possible.

Have a paint sealant applied to your car. This will give your car's paint job many extra years. The service should be done by a professional. Check your local telephone book for auto shop that performs the service.


  • check Original paint always increases the value of a car so protecting it should be important, especially if you plan to sell the car later on.
  • check Never clean your car with hard bristled brushes. Always use soft cloths on your car's paint.
  • check Don't let road salt, sand, or tar set on your car's paint for any longer than necessary.

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About the Author

Ann Smith has been writing informational articles for more than seven years. Beginning her career with bed-and-breakfast reviews, Smith now covers health and parenting issues for various online publications.