The paint job that your car has isn’t always going to be the one that you stick with. Some people stick to one car for years but eventually, they’ll upgrade in some way in order to stop their car from no longer being roadworthy. You want to maintain the value of your car and that means that you have to make changes from time to time to keep up with the way your car looks.

When Hitomi received a custom paint job after widebody kit, I selected a white with blue pearl underlay. The BMW Z4 looked like a cold-tone white from afar. But closely under the light, you’ll see a blue reflection shining back at you.

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I’ve thought about wrapping the car. But there’s something about a good paint job and its depth is hardly ever achievable from vinyl wraps.

Maintenance with car vinyl wraps is a great way to protect your car’s paint job, and you should think about how you can keep it looking new. The good news is that you can protect the paint job your car has and you can use the tips below to do it. Let’s take a closer look:

  1. Wash your car regularly – no, really. It isn’t just rain that can clean your car so you have to do what you can do: get your car to the cleaners and have it scrubbed, washed and polished. You need to prevent rust and other damage and washing your car can do that! You don’t have to do it yourself, though. If you want to outsource this with a carwash job, you can do that and take your car monthly to the local place that can do it for you!
  2. Don’t forget to wax it. Waxing your new car is an important way to protect the paint you’ve got on it. It’s a huge investment and you should do everything possible to protect it. You want it to remain scratch free and rust free, and there are plenty of things that you can do for this. Wax is the best option and it’s not a secret that a first class wax job will keep it well maintained and valuable.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight. If you have the option to use a car park or a garage when you are not using your car, you should think about it. Avoiding direct sunlight will prevent your paint job from warping or fading. You want to have a pleasant car to drive and parking in excess sunlight would mean too much UV light hitting the beautiful paint job you’re trying to protect. Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid it but if you park in the shade where you can you’d much rather have a bird poop on the windscreen than need to replace the entire paint job!
  4. Think about ceramic coating – the method I eventually went with for Hitomi! These are liquid polymers that can be applied to the car. It gives a barrier between the paint and the rest of the world and it can also make maintenance easier – which is what you want! Ceramic coatings are clear and the layer of protection is a thin one, so you won’t notice huge liquid dribbles all over the car. Make sure that you put your ceramic coating on your car in a dry environment. 
  5. Don’t wait to fix scratches. You might think your car can sit for a bit when you get a small scratch but you need to touch up any chips or scratches as soon as you can. It’s not just about it looking bad, but you can end up introducing rust to your car if you don’t get it fixed immediately. It’s well worth the effort to protect your car and you can even use instant patch-up kits at home if you don’t have the money to take it to a garage. If you don’t repair it promptly enough you’re going to end up with rust. Let’s avoid that!
  6. Use a car cover. No matter where you park your car, keep a cover on it to prevent it from being scraped and scratched. Covers can come in all colors and sizes and you should ensure the whole car is covered properly. It’s also one of the best things to add to your car to protect the paint job and your car cover should be breathable and durable, so shop around for the right ones. You can even get seal skin covers rather than just the reflective ones that avoid too much UV going into the vehicle. You want to make sure that you avoid your car being damaged by the elements.
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Getting your car’s paint job upgraded is fun but if you don’t have the budget for a full spray, the rest of these tips are the best options that you can use to keep your car looking great.