If your car is involved in a collision, touching up the paint will most likely be part of the repair process. At Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, we use factory paint formulas to match your paint with its original color so your repair will be seamless. We also use modern application systems and finish the repair with our oven-baked drying process.


If you’re thinking of scheduling your auto body repair, you may have questions about caring for your paint job afterward. With the right care, your car will continue to look great for many years to come. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to walk you through taking care of your paint job after we’ve finished repairing your vehicle.


1.      Take a Break from Wax and Polish

It may be tempting to give your newly repaired vehicle a little polish now that it’s looking great again. But if you’ve recently had your car repaired, it’s important to avoid adding extra substances to your paint job that could damage it.


That’s why we recommend taking a three-month break from polish and wax. This gives your paint time to cure so it won’t discolor. Once you’ve waited the appropriate time, you can get back to waxing your car so it will shine.


2.      Wash Your Car By Hand

In general, it’s probably a good idea to avoid automatic car washes as they can damage or even scratch your paint. Those automatic brushes can be tough on your car under any circumstances.


But if your vehicle’s new paint hasn’t had enough time to cure, you risk causing damage to your car’s new paint. Instead, wash your car gently with a mild cleaning solution for at least three months after your car repair.


3.      Park in the Shade

Until your new paint has had plenty of time to cure, it’s a good idea to park in the shade. If you have a carport or garage, it’s your best bet for at least three months after your repair. This helps protect your vehicle’s paint from damage from the sun’s UV rays.


Twin Cities Auto Body and Collision Repair

Whether you’ve got a few dings from hail damage to repair or you’re in need of a new door, we can help you get your car back in business fast. We’ll restore your car’s body in line with manufacturer specifications and offer SuburbanEZ service to make the entire process simpler and easier.


Our professional Twin Cities auto body and paint team can restore your car back to its original beauty after a collision. Speak with a member of our team by calling us at 651.633.8900, or contact us for a free estimate.