3 Ways To Keep Your New Paint Looking Great

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Your car was damaged in an accident and you just got it back from the body shop. The fresh coat of paint makes your car look brand new again. You'd like to keep it that way for a while. Here are some easy tips that will help your new paint job last longer.

Go Mild

You don't have to use harsh chemicals to bring out the shine in your new paint. In fact, you can make your own cleaning solution with a few simple ingredients. This detergent will get rid of the grime and leave your car with a brilliant shine. Simply fill a bucket with warm water and add 1 cup of borax powder and a ¼ cup of castile soap. Rinse your car with water and wash with a soft sponge.

Try Shampoo and Conditioner

If you've taken your car on a road trip and it came home covered in bugs and oily road grime, you may want to reach for the shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo is designed to get your hair clean and oil-free. Fill your bucket with warm water. Add 2 capfulls each of your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

Rinse your car with water and allow it to sit for a few minutes to loosen the dirt. Then wash your car as usual. The shampoo will remove the dirt and grime. The hair conditioner will leave your car with a high gloss sheen. An added benefit is that the conditioner will rain-proof your car. The next time it rains, you'll see the water bead up and slide right off your car.

Avoid Air Drying

If you've been letting your car air dry, you may be destroying the shine. If you want to keep your new paint shining longer, you'll need to dry your car to a lustrous shine each time you wash it.


  1. Wash your car as usual using lots of warm, soapy water.
  2. Rinse your car with fresh water to remove all the soapy residue.
  3. Dry your car using a soft, microfiber towel.
  4. Go over your car again using a clean microfiber towel.
  5. Be sure to wipe in small circular motions to avoid scratches.

The new paint job looks great on your car. Now you just have to keep it looking that way. You don't have to spend a lot of money on commercial car-care products. These simple tricks will keep your car clean and shiny. For more information on new paint care, contact a local auto repair shop, like Collision-One, Inc.