You can hand wash your vehicle right away, after it has received auto body repairs, but you should wait at least 60 days before going through a commercial car wash or hand waxing your vehicle.

In between trips to the garage, take advantage of these three tips for preserving your vehicle’s paint like a professional:

  • Seek Shade: Most paint damage is caused by the gradual accumulation of UV exposure from the sun. There’s not much you can do to avoid the sun when cruising around, but you can make a point to park in shady areas. If you’re consistently having trouble finding shade, invest in a car cover to block out the sun’s rays.
  • Wash Regularly: As you drive each day, small particles of dirt and debris can form a blanket over your car’s paint. In combination with strong UV rays, these particles embed themselves into the paint job, leading to corrosion and color warping. To fend off these contaminants, make a plan to wash your car on a weekly basis.
  • Provide A Shield: Without a protective buffer, your auto body paint can become discolored and dull. Create a sealant over your vibrant coat of paint by waxing your car every few months. Even if you only end up waxing twice a year, your paint will stay fresh and vivid for much longer than normal.