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					There are a few things you can do to keep from spending money on your
vehicle's paint coat. By doing a little research and maintenance ahead of
time, you can prevent most chipped paint incidents. Doing small paint
maintenance can prevent larger maintenance projects later.One of the
first things that you can do when you purchase your automobile is to have
a clear paint coat protector applied to your vehicle. You can do this
yourself or have the dealership apply it before you drive off the lot. If
you choose to apply it yourself, read the directions very carefully. You
want to make sure that you apply it exactly as the manufacturer
recommends.There is some question about the effectiveness of these clear
coat protectors. In the end, though, the time or money involved in
applying one of these coats will pay off. They can stop any premature
fading or harm to your car's paint. The protector will wick away water,
chemicals or other possible damage causing agents. This can be the first
step in lengthening the life of your vehicle.Something else you can
invest in after the purchase of your vehicle is a clear film. These films
are applied directly to your vehicle with an adhesive. Invisible to the
eye, they are a great way to protect a new paint job and keep you from
spending money on car repair. Generally, these films are applied to areas
of the automobile or truck that receive the most sun, water or bug
damage. Places like the front bumper; hood and roof of the vehicle need
more protecting than other areas.Finally, another habit to get into is
cleaning your vehicle on a regular basis. By keeping your vehicle clean,
especially during winter months, you are lengthening the life of your
paint job. Salt, road dirt and mud, tar from construction sites can all
damage your vehicle's paint, causing necessary car repair.Take your
vehicle through an automated wash or wash it yourself. Either way, you
need to make sure that a thorough cleaning job is done on your
automobile. One of the places that often gets over looked but can cause
the most damage is the underside of your vehicle. Especially during
winter months, it is necessary to wash these areas. Road salt used to
melt ice and snow can cause irreparable damage.Thoroughly clean the wheel
wells and under carriage of your vehicle. This will prevent premature
rusting that can lead to paint chipping. When a wheel well or under
carriage is left to rust, the vehicle's metal body is weakened. This
weakening in turn causes issues with the paint. Cleaning this area of
your vehicle will also keep you from major car repair bills later.By
maintaining your vehicle through paint protectors and through regular
washing, you can lengthen the life of your car's paint job, preventing
major car repair.

				
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