Sun, salt and bird droppings - how can I protect my car?

BASF Coatings provides practical tips for paint care

Münster, (PresseBox) - A car's finish is vulnerable to the outside elements: bird droppings in spring, direct sunlight in summer and road salt in winter. A vehicle's skin is subjected to tough demands throughout the year. To prevent your glossy finish from turning into a dull reminder of what it used to be, you need to invest some time and effort. It takes regular care tailored to the needs of the vehicle to maintain the gloss and resistance of the finish. BASF Coatings, one of the world's leading manufacturers of automotive OEM and automotive refinish paints, is providing car owners with helpful finish care tips.

Prior to treating your car's finish to a round of polish or wax, be sure to thoroughly wash the car. Once you have dried off the vehicle with a chamois, you can take the next steps for preserving the finish. To do this, use circular motions to apply the hard gloss wax to the finish and then use a soft cloth to buff it to a high sheen. It's important not to polish your car in the blazing sun. When paintwork heats up, it is more sensitive and more difficult to treat. In most cases, waxing your car twice a year is enough. In general, the protective film provided by the wax should be refreshed when water spreads out on the finish surface instead of forming beads and rolling off.

Freshly refinished surfaces call for extra special care. During the first four to six weeks after refinishing, only clear water, without any additives, should be used to rinse the finish. Do not take the car through the car wash. The new finish does not fully harden until this period is over. Then you can treat it as usual.

Some new cars have a light dull film on their finish. By using a mild high-gloss polish, which can be removed with a soft cloth after it has dried, you can solve this problem too. On the other hand, older finishes or those exposed to a great deal of wear and tear require more care. Intensive pretreatment with paint cleaner should be followed by preservation of the surface with hard gloss wax.

BASF Coatings recommends that you check the finish for stone chipping and other damage once a year. Regularly repairing damage to the finish is the only way to prevent rust and keep the paintwork in mint condition.

BASF Coatings GmbH

BASF Coatings, the Coatings Division of the BASF Group, develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia/Pacific region. In 2007 BASF Coatings achieved global sales of almost 2.6 billion euros. The internet address of BASF Coatings is www.basf-coatings.com

About BASF
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition, and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. It is one of the biggest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry. The company currently has more than 6,000 employees and operates 23 BASF wholly owned subsidiaries and 10 BASF joint ventures. In 2007, BASF achieved sales of about €4.4 billion in Greater China. For further information, please visit www.greater-china.basf.com.

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