Chevrolet V10: Exterior Maintenance
Your Chevrolet V10 is built for some cargo hauling and towing. As it carries hefty loads and does some heavy tasks on the road, the Chevy's exterior can get muddy and even rusty. While it's not unusual for a pickup to look a bit rough, you shouldn't let dirt, moisture, road salt, and grime ruin the exterior completely. You have to get rid of rust before it spreads out, destroying the metal bit by bit. You also have to fix the scuffs. To keep your Chevy looking neat but still tough, we've listed some tips to keep in mind for exterior care:
- Give your pick-up a thorough wash.
You wouldn't want to pay a visit to the nearest auto body shop in town just to get the paintjob and the rest of the exterior fixed by a pro, which could cost you some money. A good trick here is to make sure that you regularly wash the pickup. Some thorough cleaning and rinsing is what it needs from time to time. Don't ignore those bird droppings and tree sap that have covered the exterior of the Chevy. They can ruin the paint. Mud, acid rain, and dead bugs should be cleaned off; they could scratch the paint or ruin the shiny finish.
Invest in a good car shampoo or cleaner. This won't only remove surface dirt, stains, and contaminants but will also help maintain the smooth, shiny finish. Make sure that every corner or spot of the vehicle is covered. Remove grime and debris under the wiper blades and cowl panel. It would be best to use a microfiber cloth. It would be much easier to clean and dry the car using this since the material can absorb dust and dirt residue effectively and even remove water spots fast. The soft cloth is gentle to the surface.
- Protect the exterior against rust buildup.
Washing the pickup won't be enough. It's also needs to be waxed, which can be done twice or thrice a year. The wax should protect the vehicle's paint against harmful UV rays and other harsh elements on the road. While doing so, it should also help maintain the shiny, smooth surface. A good-quality wax will maintain a good finish. It will also make it easier to hide some minor scratches and chips. Car paint sealant or polish can also be used to protect the paint's surface. This should be applied before waxing and can be done several times in a year. Don't let rust or corrosion chip the paint or ruin the protective coat. Apply some protectant on auto body panels. This will keep road salt from ruining the finish. For long-term protection, rust-proofing the vehicle is a smart move. Aside from the auto body panels and paint, also keep well-polished tires using tire shine. Use some glass cleaner for the windshield and windows, so they'll be spotless and clear.
- Fix the scratches and chips.
Don't ignore the dings and scratches. Repair them even before the metal begins to rust. For minor scuffs, touch-up or spray paint can be used. Just make sure that this will match the vehicle's color/trim code. Apply some clear coat after the touch-up. For minor scratches, you may use some polishing compound. The treated portions should be buffed with wax. For stains and scores, wet sanding can be done before polishing them or touching up the chipped areas.