Protect Your Nissan's Paint Job this Tacoma Winter

December 17th, 2015 by

winterKeeping your car in top condition means more than just taking it in for an oil change a few times a year. In fact, to ensure that your car is at its best, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re protecting the exterior as well as the interior. While you know that you should wash dirt, mud, and gunk off your car regularly, you may not know some of the finer points of keeping your paint job and the rest of the exterior of the car looking great.

Wash Regularly

When it’s cold outside, one of the last things on your mind is washing your car. However, if you want to keep the car looking great, you need to take it in for a car wash about once a week. Tacoma winters get snowy, and because of this you’re likely to see sand or salt on the roads. These can eat away at your paint job, and eventually lead to either cracks in the paint or rusting. Getting regular car washes ensures that you’re getting the salt, sand, ice, and other particles off the car.

Get the Right Brush

When snowy days happen, you’re likely to have a snow brush in your car. However, you need to make sure that you have the right type of brush. When your snow brush has bristles that are too hard, or you use a plastic scraper on the car, you’re likely to scratch the paint. With a soft snow brush or even a foam brush, you can get the snow off your car without damage to the exterior. These brushes are also better for your windows, as you’re less likely to scratch them with a soft brush, as well.

Consider Snow Tires

Driving in the winter in the city means that you’ll likely deal with snow and rain. Having good tires is important. In fact, having snow tires can help keep your paint job looking great. Snow tires have extra tread and are helpful in bad weather conditions. Staying on the road and staying in control of your vehicle is one of the best ways to keep your paint job looking good. No one likes to have to touch up the paint after a fender bender in the snow.

Get Detailed

One of the best things you can do for your car is to get it detailed. This will help it look great, no matter the weather. When you get your vehicle properly detailed, you’ll get a wax coat on the body panels. This puts an extra barrier between your paint job and the elements. On top of that, it helps protect the paint from salt damage, snow, and other particles. Getting your car detailed regularly helps it continue looking good for years to come.

Ensuring your paint job continues to stand up to the elements is an important part of car ownership. All it takes to keep your car looking great all year is a few simple steps. Keep these in mind as the year comes to a close.

 

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