Aftercare of vehicle paintwork
Tips and tricks for vehicle paintwork aftercare
We cannot prevent external factors including humidity, changes in temperature, sunlight, road salt, industrial gases, bird droppings and tree sap from attacking a car’s coating. Without regular adequate paintwork aftercare, the gloss will soon fade, and the coating will lose its resistance to external influences. The answer to this problem is adequate paintwork maintenance with aftercare products to preserve the value of the car’s coating.
Good preparation and optimal surface drying
- Before polishing or waxing the coating of a car, it is essential that it should first be washed thoroughly
- Never use polish or wax in full sunlight, as the warm surface of the paintwork is more sensitive and therefore more difficult to work on
- New, fresh refinish paint should be cleaned carefully with clean water only (no additives) for the first 4-6 weeks
- It takes this long for the paint film to cure fully and for residual solvent to escape from the paint. Once the paint has cured, all types of cleaning may be used (car wash, high-pressure cleaning, etc.)
How to polish your vehicle properly
- Slight haze on the paintwork (for example, on vehicles in near-new condition) can be removed with high-gloss polish. Apply the mild polish to the cleaned paintwork and leave to dry.
- Remove with soft chamois leather or cotton wool. Afterwards, it is advisable to apply a high-gloss hard wax to preserve the shine.
Points to keep in mind for aftercare of older paintwork
After washing and drying, older or severely worn paintwork should be pretreated with finish cleaner.
- Soak a soft cloth or cotton wool in finish cleaner and rub into the paintwork section by section, using a circular motion. The cotton wool or cloth may assume the colour of the paint as dirt particles and weathering products are removed.
- After this intensive cleaning, it is essential to apply a high-gloss hard wax.
- In addition to regular care, we recommend examining the paintwork each year before winter sets in, to establish any stone chip or other paint damage, and have it repaired if necessary. This is the only reliable way to prevent damage from spreading.