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A pink gloved hand washes the front corner of a black car with a sudsy yellow sponge.
Washing your car regularly will help protect your paint from grime and chemicals it picks up from the road.

Nothing ages your car more than bubbling, chipping, or rusting paint. Your car is a large investment that you want to maintain properly, both to save you money over the years and to have a car you’re proud of.

Taking care of your paint is easy. Get in the habit with these tips.

Wash your car regularly

Dirt and grime can become stuck on your paint, and over time, certain road materials can damage your paint. Letting dirt and chemicals from the road stay there can eventually cause rust. Experts recommend washing your car every two weeks, depending on how often you drive and the sort of road conditions you’re driving on.

Use the proper tools when washing

There’s a myth that you can use dish soap as a substitute for car wash soap. This can strip the wax and polymers from your car that protect your paint.

Instead, buy a quality car wash soap in order to remove dirt and preserve your wax. Using a microfiber wash mitt or microfiber towel is also recommended for your paint. Some sites suggest using a T-shirt, but even clean, the cloth can scratch the surface and grind the dirt that may be on the surface into the paint.

Don’t forget to dry

Mineral deposits can be left behind with water droplets. Use a 100% cotton detailing cloth or a sheepskin chamois to gently get the water off.

Use wax and/or paint protectant

All protectants deter oxidation, but paint sealants are more advanced to protect your paint. Many waxes combine enriching oils and protective polymers for an attractive, and hardworking, shine.

Use clay

Detailing clay can easily be used to clean tough deposits on your paint, such as tree sap, tar, or bug residue. Many recommend using this at least once a year to get rid of stuck-on contaminates.

Park smart

Parking in the shade will help protect your car paint from sun-caused fading. If you can park in a garage, this will further protect your car from the elements and unexpected damages.

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Three young men take a selfie, two inside a white SUV, the other standing outside. They have ski gear, and snow and trees are visible in the background.
Holidays are a busy time for the roads. Make sure you and your family and friends arrive safely.

It’s the season for family and friends to come together and enjoy time spent with one another. This can mean taking a road trip, along with many others who will head out on the highways and roads. But with more travelers comes a greater chance of accidents.

Leave early

It helps to leave early for your destination so you don’t feel rushed. Plan ahead to avoid making hasty driving decision. The more time you give yourself, the more likely you’ll be a patient and careful driver.

Get a good night’s rest

Never take a road trip while drowsy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 72,000 accidents nationwide are caused by drowsy drivers. Go to bed in time to get a full night’s sleep the night before a trip.

If you travel overnight, consider traveling a short distance and then stopping for a rest break. If you are having difficulty focusing on the road, pull over and take a 20-minute rest. A well-lit grocery or hospital parking lot is ideal at night because of the amount of people around.

Monitor the roads and weather

Prior to leaving for your road trip, look at the road and weather conditions. If you think you may run into bad weather, pay attention to travel warnings. If conditions are extreme, wait until the weather improves to take off. It’s better to arrive a day or two later than to not arrive at all.

If you do not feel comfortable driving in the weather occurring on your route, you might also look for alternative routes that may allow you to avoid it.

Watch your surroundings

Accidents can happen on residential roads, rural roads, and major freeways. No matter the time of day, pay attention to your surroundings while driving. Stay away from erratic drivers, pay attention to exits and entrances to the freeway, and always use your lights and turn signals so others can be aware of where you’re going.

At Fogle Collision Centers, a Houston body shop, we want everyone to be safe when traveling for the holidays. If you are in a collision, give us a call for a free estimate and we’ll exceed your expectations for efficient auto body repair.

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Eco-friendly paints aren’t just better for the environment, they’re better for your car.

Quality has always been a top consideration for collision repair shops when purchasing paint. But shops must also think about safety to the environment.

Choosing body shop locations that will provide the quality you expect and be friendly to the environment takes research. When you inquire with body shops you are considering, ask if they use water-based paints.

Using waterborne paint

Waterborne paints have benefits beyond being safer to the environment than lacquer-based paints used in the past. Waterborne paint has heavier viscosity and applies three coats of coverage in nearly half a mil thickness. This means less clear coat is needed to even out the surface.

Only paint technicians trained to use waterborne paint should perform the paint job to a vehicle for a quality result. Imperfections will appear easier and the paint is sensitive to humid conditions. Different blends are available in more humid climates. If a technician is not used to working with water-based paints, the paint can have a different hue when it dries.

The difference of waterborne paint

Some body shops still use solvent-based paints. This type of paint has higher levels of organic solvents, and when it dries it releases Volatile Organic Compounds into the air. VOCs are toxic to humans and the environment.

Water-based paints have improved over the years and are quickly replacing the use of solvent-based paint. Waterborne paints feature acrylic emulsions that offer a faster drying time, similar to solvent paints. It also has less odor and greater durability.

Our team at Fogle Collision Centers is trained to provide an exceptional quality paint job to your vehicle using waterborne paints. Give us a call today for a free estimate and we’ll give your car a fresh look that is safer to the environment.

The first cars available for purchase did not offer a variety of color choices. All the vehicles were in black because the luxury was owning a car, not the paint color. Now you have a multitude of options for repainting, changing colors, and customizing.

Auto painting is no longer about applying a coat and making sure it is even. Giving a vehicle depth and a unique appearance takes skill and training.

Uncommon colors

According to PPG, the most popular car colors are still monochromatic: white, black, and silver. This year has seen a lot of blues and oranges from manufacturers. But custom paints are a whole other game.

A bright orange Lexus sits on a wide road with trees in the background.
The Molten Pearl on a Lexus is one of many combinations luxury car owners might find enticing.

Many car owners who want to stand out look for a unique color for their vehicle. For example, a Molten Pearl Lexus or Austin Yellow BMW are not . These colors are not offered by the vehicle makers and it takes a professional auto body shop to do the work.

Bright and unique colors are striking on luxury vehicles as well. A Bentley isn’t offered by the maker in bright blue, but it is possible with a custom auto paint job. If you are a fan of maroon, you can have a Rolls Royce painted that color. And colors are not limited to just one color per vehicle any longer. A car can have a variety of shades and designs.

Changing tones

a few people stand and talk behind a seemingly iridescent purple, blue, and red sportscar.
TVR, a British sports car manufacturer, has a variety of color-changing paint for their vehicles.

The possibilities are endless with custom auto paint jobs. Want the exterior of your car to change colors? An iridescent paint detail creates different color tones in different lighting, and is an emerging trend among car enthusiasts.

In 2011, Range Rover created a custom Spectral Amber ChromaFlair option that features tones of lemon and lime.

More unusual, an incredible color changing paint detail was created on a BMW X6 with “thermochromic” paint that changes with heat. As hot water is poured on the vehicle, a painting of The Incredible Hulk appears. While this is definitely on the rare (and expensive) side, it demonstrates the breadth of possibilities for drivers looking to customize their paint.

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