BETHLEHEM, PA — Did you know the seasonal display of falling autumn leaves can actually wreak havoc on your car’s finish?
A blustery Fall day can send a flurry of foliage onto your auto, giving opportunity for acid from organic debris to grip into your paint finish. But, don’t let falling foliage scare you.
Here, five ways to keep your paint glistening like new.
- Protect your auto finish from the start, around-the-clock, and throughout the year with a quality, clear protectant like Durashield, available in the Xtreme Wash at Saucon Valley Auto Spa.
- Wash your vehicle as soon as possible after leaves drop onto your auto. Even garaged autos may experience an accidental dose of foliage when parked outside while the driver is doing errands, or attending a fall recreational event.
- Do not scrub leaves that may have dried on; try a high pressure hose from a commercial car wash like Saucon Valley Auto Spa of Bethlehem. Or, try using a very wet rag or sponge at home first. To avoid damage to the finish, do not scrub finish with a solvent, or scouring cleanser.
- For heavy accumulations of leaves that have dried for several days, try using a bit of WD-40 on the area for 1-2 hours, then rewash the vehicle. The WD-40 will soften dried debris without hurting the vehicle finish. If there is a heavy concentration, repeat the procedure. A bit of petroleum jelly may also work to loosen dried, leafy debris. Repeat the procedure if needed.
- After cleaning the leaves away, be sure to apply a good car wax or better yet, a 30 Day protectant like DuraShield, available in the Xtreme Wash at Saucon Valley Auto Spa.
Saucon Valley Auto Spa is a fully automated, touch-free car wash located at 3510 Route 378, Bethlehem, just south of the Route 78 overpass. For more information, visit www.sauconvalleyautospa.com or on Facebook, or Twitter.