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6 Easy Car Care Tips for Warm Weather

April 18th, 2024 |

Everyone wants to be outside when the weather gets warm, even the Uh-Ohs! Whether you’re driving to vacation spots or the beach, or just using your car a lot in the sun and heat, its exterior can get caked in dirt, dust, pollen, and grime before you know it. Don’t panic—just check out these car care maintenance tips so the paint job will continue looking refreshed all season long.

6 Warm Weather Car Care Tips

Check out these seasonal car tips to wash and detail your car effectively and maintain the look of its affordable and convenient paint job.

1. Use a Car Wash Solution

A cleaning formula specifically made for vehicles is best to maintain your vehicle’s protective coating. Unfortunately, many people grab their regular dishwashing liquid, pour it into a bucket, and add water. Detergents strip away wax coatings that protect your car’s finish, leaving it susceptible to scratches, nicks, and stains.

Regular trips through a car wash will keep your vehicle clean quickly and efficiently. Make sure to wait at least 90 days after any body work or paint work to prevent voiding the warranty.

Washing your car is also a terrific way to remove unwanted contaminants that may be damaging your finish such as tree sap, bird droppings, or annoying bugs and insects. If you plan to clean your car yourself, it’s recommended to hand wash your car twice a month with a mild automotive detergent. Use a soft cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the surface of the paint. This is also an opportunity to rinse the undercarriage of your car to remove dirt, salt, or other chemicals that promote rust.

2. Apply Acid-Free Tire Cleaner

Use a tire cleaner without acid to effectively clean dirty tires and remove caked-on brake dust from wheels. Non-acid products from any retail store or car maintenance shop help bare alloy wheels resist oxidation reactions like rust. These products are beneficial for wheels painted with color or clear coatings.

3. Hand Dry After Washing

Don’t let your car air dry after a wash, as leftover minerals and dirt will remain on your car’s surface once the water has evaporated. Instead, dry the surface with micro cloths or a rubber-blade squeegee.

4. Wax On, Wax Off

Proper car paint care requires a regular application of a clear coat of wax. Wax is essential and will wear off after a few weeks in the hot sun and warm rains. Use paste wax or the liquid variety to effectively cover minor scratches and stains before they eat away at your paint.

5. Don’t Forget the Glass

After you’ve cleaned the rest of your car’s exterior, clean the glass to eliminate excess grime and dirt. Use a cleaning product without ammonia to avoid streaks. An ammonia-based product inside your car may damage vinyl upholstery and your instrument panel. Finish buffing the glass with a microfiber towel.

6. Consider a Fresh Paint Job

Another way to protect your vehicle’s exterior is to bring it to Maaco for a fresh paint job. Our technicians apply specialty paint products to help protect your car from the effects of the sun in several ways:

  • Protects exterior from UV rays
  • Protects base paint with a clear coat
  • Prevents oxidation
  • Enhances reflectivity
  • Reduces paint damage

A Maaco paint job goes beyond just improving the appearance of your car; it serves as a crucial line of defense against the damaging effects of the sun. By using high-quality UV-resistant paints and clear coats, Maaco helps protect your car's paint from fading, oxidation, and other sun-induced damage. With proper care and maintenance, a Maaco paint job can keep your car's exterior looking refreshed and revived for years to come.


Whenever you wash your car, do a quick inspection for scratches, dings, or chips. Addressing these issues promptly by having them repaired prevents rust and further damage. You can also protect your vehicle further by applying wax and sealant to its surface after a wash.

Paint scratches occur when someone or something grazes your car, while chips occur when tires crush gravel or stones and send them flying into the vehicle’s painted surface. Damage, like paint oxidation, occurs over time and often in response to sun exposure. You’ll notice oxidation when a large area of your car’s surface shows off-white, unattractive blotches.

If you discover more extensive dings, scratches, or rust damage, contact Maaco for a free and convenient online estimate and professional car paint maintenance tips.

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