6 tips for a perfect care of your car body in summer
Summer has finally come, along with that road trip you planned for a long time.
The most common thing is to pay attention to the mechanics and tires of our vehicles. Unfortunately, drivers rarely think about checking their bodywork, and that might be dangerous when traveling.
First of all, an impeccable body is aesthetically beautiful to see, and that also helps maintain its market value. Secondly, any damage to the sheet metal, no matter how small, can lead to severe damages in the medium-long term.
During the hottest months, the exterior of our car is exposed to sun, saltpeter, insects, bird droppings and other harmful contaminates. It’s highly recommended to take care of the car body, and doing that it’s not hard at all. Just take a few basic tips.
1. Avoid parking your car in the sun
Although vehicle paints are becoming more and more resistant, they still can deteriorate and loose their original brightness and intensity. One of the factors that accelerates this deterioration is the prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Whenever possible, park your car indoors or in shaded areas. In case you don’t have any place where you can protect it, cover it with a car hood.
2. Extreme care with sand
In summer, it is almost inevitable that beach sand ends up reaching the body of the car. Removing it is not hard, but you have to be very careful because the risk of scratching the paint is high.
3. Frequent washing
Saltpeter is a very corrosive element; a serious threat to vehicle paint if we drive frequently along the coast. Washing the car weekly (best manually, and drying it with a cloth and in the shade) will erase its remains and avoid future problems.
4. Don’t let insects and bird droppings on the car paint for a long time
Lots of mosquitoes and small insects will be embedded in on your car body, and not a few birds will soil it with their droppings. Adding to that tree resin, particles of industrial dust and tar fragments, and the chances that the corrosion will end up affecting the paint and the metal will be very high risk.
So, don’t let these elements remain on your car for long.
Nowadays, thanks to nano-ceramic technology, we can find in the market new products that protect the body against scratches, bird droppings, solar rays and some chemical elements. They repel water easily and help maintain the paint’s shine.
6. Repair quickly any eventual damage
Scratches, bumps and dents that break vehicle paint leave the body exposed to rust and corrosion. A slight flaw in the sheet metal that is not treated in time can become a serious problem in the medium term. Also, the repair cost won’t be as cheap as it should have been. It is essential to act quickly against any damage, no matter how small it might be.
What if, despite all precautions, the body is damaged?
Obviously, advice and good practice help to reduce risks, but not to eliminate all of them.
Anyone of us could have an accident that can damage some part of our vehicle, and also remember that an unexpected hail storm can cause dents on a car surface. When that happens, Lever Touch technicians will apply the most appropriate treatment to the case.
If the car’s paintwork has not been damaged, the panel will regain its original appearance in a short time thanks to the PDR technique, without affecting the manufacturer’s quality. And if that damage is on a relatively small area, the so-called Smart Repairs (Spot Repairs, if the damaged area is minimal) will help us to solve the problem without disassembling the panels of the car which are affected.
We hope our tips will be useful to you. Enjoy your summer!