No one wants to see their Beemer go through wear and tear at any point of its lifespan, especially wear on its good looks. Exceptional vehicles like BMWs deserve to be well maintained, especially when it comes to their body paint since it’ll be the first thing you, or anyone else, will notice. While the occasional scratch may appear here and there, it’s not completely impossible to either prevent or repair them, keeping your BMW shining and sparkling. Take a look at some of Edmonton BMW’s tips on how to maintain the body paint on your model.
Wash Your Car Regularly
One of the best ways to maintain your BMW’s paint job is by regularly washing it, every week or so. This helps keep the buildup of unwanted contaminants like dirt or mud from deteriorating the surface of your vehicle. Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind while washing your car.
- Keep your distance with high-pressure washers, as the force can be strong enough to strip away any outer layers of the paint.
- Hand wash your BMW if possible. The gentle and soft, but firm and thorough cleaning you get from a DIY hand wash gives you better control, compared to other car wash tools.
- Don’t use automated car washes, if possible. The more vigorous the wash, the harder it is on your car’s paint, which runs the risk of deteriorating it further. However, taking it to an automated car wash every few months should be fine.
- Wash your BMW in a cool, shady place with soft water. Hard water contains minerals, which may leave unsightly spots after the water evaporates.
Follow Your Wash with Wax & Polish
Finishing your car wash with some wax or polish is one of the best ways to ensure your car stays clean and spot-free for longer periods of time. Wax and polish help seal the paint after the car’s been washed, or after the paint’s been restored. The best time to get your BMW waxed or polished comes at least every three months, while in some cases it may even be beneficial to apply after every wash to ensure the finish is always protected. Spray-on waxes work well, especially on newer vehicles, but we fully recommend applying liquid or paste waxes.
Touch Up The Tiny Scratches
If you already spot some tiny dings while taking a walk around your BMW, you should consider picking up some touch-up paint or a scratch pen to take care of those pesky scratches instead of waiting for bigger gashes that’ll take you to the body shop and have you spending thousands of dollars for something that was initially an inexpensive touch-up.
Get Rid of Bird Droppings, ASAP
This tip may not seem like a big deal at first, but bird droppings along with dead bugs, pollen, dirt, and other forms of corrosive debris are often the biggest culprits of irreversible damage to your car’s paint, leaving greater damage the longer it’s exposed, resulting in the need for professional treatment. Much in the same vein as treating tiny scratches, clean contaminants as soon as possible and as gently as you can, to prevent any of the paint scraping off along with the dried, leftover residue.
These were only a few of your tips on how to maintain your BMW’ paint to perfection. For other quick BMW tips and tricks, make sure to stay updated on our blog, or shoot us a message if you have any questions!