Finish care

Aug. 4, 2016
How to promote a longer lasting vehicle finish.

PPG Commercial Coatings group of PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business recommends the following precautions be taken to insure a long-lasting finish on a new vehicle, says J.J. Wirth, PPG’s brand manager fleet segments, USCA, commercial coatings. Failure to follow these recommendations may result in voiding the paint warranty.

PPG ( is a developer of paints, coatings and materials.

  • During first 30 days, do not allow tree sap, bird droppings, gasoline, antifreeze, transmission fluid or windshield solvent to stand on painted surfaces. Remove as soon as possible.
  • Wash the vehicle by hand with cold water and a very mild detergent soap. Use a soft cloth or clean sponge, and wash the vehicle in the shade.
  • Do not wax vehicle within the first 90 days. The vehicle may be polished with a premium quality product after 90 days.
  • If any mounting of additional equipment (lights, handles, etc.) is necessary, use these steps: 
    • Drill mounting holes using a sharp drill bit.
    • After drilling, remove all metal shavings.
    • Prior to mounting equipment, apply an electrolysis corrosion control product to all screws to help prevent corrosion around the newly drilled holes.

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