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New Paint Maintenance

After SDR repairs your vehicle, we recommend the following paint care & maintenance procedures.

First 30 Days:


  • When washing the vehicle, only wash by hand with cool water.
  • Use a mild car wash solution and a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Always use clean fresh water.
  • Wash your vehicle in the shade.

Do Not:

  • Do not use a commercial car wash. Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface.
  • Do not “dry wipe” your vehicle. Dry wiping can scratch the finish.
  • Do not drive on gravel roads.  Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days.
  • Avoid parking under trees and utility lines. Bird droppings and tree sap have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. 
  • Do not scrape ice or snow from a newly painted surface.


First 90 Days:

Do not wax or polish the vehicle. This will allow the finish to dry and harden completely.