Inclement weather can be brutal on your vehicle, which is why it’s important to the best methods for winter paint protection. You spend all summer waxing and washing, coating and cleaning, and then it happens: snow and ice creep into your neighborhood and pelt your vehicle’s exterior throughout the season.
If this happens enough, it’s going to cause serious issues with your vehicle’s paint, which will chip, rust (especially if you drive on a highway with lots of snow salt) and look old well before its time. Use these best practices to ensure your vehicle’s exterior looks just as good as it did throughout the summer all winter long!
As you attempt to protect your vehicle paint in the winter, wax is going to become your new best friend. As soon as the cold weather has arrived, coat your vehicle with polymer wax. This will keep your vehicle from becoming damaged by sleet, ice, rock salt, and of course, snow. Going forward, apply spray wax to your automobile about once every two weeks to ensure the vehicle’s body is properly protected.
If you have the time and patience, use paint coating to protect your vehicle paint in the winter. Lasting longer than traditional paint sealant, paint coating can protect your vehicle up to three years in some cases. This means you don’t have to worry about adding extra coatings; you can set it and forget it. The downside is that it requires an open afternoon to prepare the coating. If you want to add protection in a hurry, go with a paint sealant that lasts up to six months.
Wash even during the winter
Rock salt will absolutely destroy your vehicle’s paint. Avoid this by going to your local car wash weekly, even if it’s going to be dirty tomorrow. The last thing you want to do is keep rock salt and snow strapped to your body’s exterior as it will severely destroy the look of your automobile. Moreover, right when winter hits, consider power washing your vehicle to remove all of the gunk and grime from the summer. With a perfectly clean automobile, your paint will be protected.
The easiest tip on this list is also the most beneficial. The best thing you can do to make certain your vehicle is protected from the elements of Old Man Winter is to give it some kind of cover – any cover will do! It’s preferable if you use a garage, but if you can’t a vehicle cover is the next best thing.
If you have a hard-bristled brush for removing snow, toss it. Having a brush to remove ice and snow is vital to winter survival, but you need one that isn’t going to damage your vehicle’s exterior. Instead, use a foam brush to clean your vehicle’s exterior to make sure you don’t accidentally scratch your paint when brushing!
Whether you want to learn more about a part for your automobile or you want to learn more ways to properly protect your vehicle’s paint during the winter, give GM Outlet Parts a call today. You will be glad you did, and the best part? We can ship any part you may need at an affordable rate. We now ship to Canada, so call now!