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Post-repair paint job care

You’ve been in an accident and sustained significant damage to your vehicle. Fortunately, you did the right thing and took your car to West Rand Panel Beaters. Our expert technicians made the necessary repairs using our state-of-the-art technology. The result is your car looks and drives like new.
 
After you get your car back, going forward some “TLC” and recuperation will bode you well. You shouldn’t have any problems with the mechanical and structural repairs to your car. Most likely, either all or part of your car was repainted, and that’s where you need to pay particular attention.
It’s important to baby your car’s new post-repair paint job. So we’ve come up with some “do’s and don’ts” to follow to protect your newly painted car.
 

Do This:

 

Do Wash Your Car By Hand

The new paint and finish need to dry and harden. You should take care washing it for at least three months after it’s been painted. Use a very mild car wash solution and a soft cloth or sponge to wash and a chamois to dry. Use cool, clean water, not hot.
 

Do Wash Your Car In The Shade

Don’t let the surface dry out or get too hot by keeping it wet and washing your car in the shade.
 

Do Keep Your Car In The Garage

It’s always a good idea to keep your car in the garage. But this is particularly the case after it’s been painted. Extreme heat or cold can cause weather-related damage. If you don’t have a garage, consider getting a portable awning if kept outside.
 

Do Get Your Car Professionally Polished

Let the professionals do your car properly at least twice a year. Be sure to tell them that your car was recently painted so they can take the necessary care.
 

Don’t:

 

Don’t Go To The Car Wash

Some car washes use stiff brushes and other materials. These could scratch and damage your paint causing the finish to lose its lustrous shine. Be cautious.
 

Don’t Dry Wipe Your Car

It may be tempting to take a dry cloth and wipe off the dust. But this could scratch the new paint which is still quite fragile. You should also avoid using a stiff brush or anything rough that could scratch the surface.
 

Don’t Wax or Polish Your Car for Three Months

Wait at least three months before waxing and polishing your car. If you don’t this will possibly damage the finish or discolor the paint. The paint job needs to “cure” for some time before you can go back to waxing and polishing it. After waiting three months or longer, you can carefully apply a new coat of carnauba wax to protect it.
 

Don’t Park Under Trees Or Power Lines

Tree sap and bird droppings will eat right through the new paint job. It’s sound practice to avoid doing this if at all possible. If you do get some bird droppings or sap on the finish, clean it off promptly and carefully. The acidity will eat right through the new paint if you don’t.
 

Don’t Scrape Off Ice

Taking a hard plastic scraper to your new paint job is not a good idea. The tool can potentially scrape some of the paint off. If you can, try pour warm water over the car to melt some of the ice.
 

Don’t Use Dish Or Clothing Detergent

Don’t grab that bottle of Sunlight soap or laundry detergent to wash your newly painted car. These soaps can leave harmful residues and are too strong for your vehicle’s finish. New paint jobs cannot handle harsh soaps. Always use a car wash solution that is made for vehicles, not dishes or clothes.
 
By following these do’s and don’ts, your car will continue to look and drive like new for many miles down the road.
 

We Care For Your Car As Much As You Do

 
Nobody cares for your car quite like you do. At West Rand Panel Beaters, we treat your “baby” like it was our own. Our highly trained staff of certified technicians have many years of experience. Plus, West Rand Panel Beaters has been in business since 1978. With a solid reputation for doing quality repair work, the goal is always to return your vehicle in as close to “like new” condition as possible.
 
We feature only the latest equipment in our clean and modern workshop. We offer a limited one year guarantee that covers both the repairs and the parts. Our paint enjoys a lifetime warranty. Very importantly, R-M is our premium paint supplier. Why do we use them? R-M has been recognized as a major player in automotive refinishing for a century. By using products from R-M, West Rand Panel Beaters is able to provide the highest level of paint solutions and high color competence.
 
So by following some of these “do’s and don’ts” protecting your newly painted car, your car will look as good as new for a long time.
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Save fuel this festive season

The festive season is nearly upon us. All you need to do is look at your local shops and see how many Christmas decorations are already up! But everything keeps getting more and more expensive! And as the petrol price moves up and down, here are some thoughts on how to save on fuel (which equals money) this festive season.

 

Reduce hard braking

 
Try to drive as smoothly as possible. This means that you should avoid heavy revving and hard braking. This will not only reduce your fuel consumption but lead to less wear and tear of your car as well.
Do not rest your left foot on the brake pedal while driving. The slightest pressure puts “mechanical drag” on components, wearing them down prematurely. This “dragging” also demands additional fuel usage to overcome the drag.

Lighten your load

 
Think carefully about what you need on a journey. If you do not need something, do not pack it. Remove roof racks if not needed, as they create wind drag. The lighter the load, the lower the fuel consumption and emissions. An extra 10 kgs in the boot reduces a typical car’s fuel economy by 1 to 2%. Carrying excess weight wastes fuel.
 

Look after tyres

 
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but we feel it necessary to remind you to check your tyre pressure often. Driving with under-inflated tyres burns more fuel. Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving. Check tyre pressures regularly (especially before a highway journey). Correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%.

Reduce weight

 
A lighter car will use less fuel. So don’t drive around with unnecessary items in your boot. And unless you’re on a long journey, consider running your fuel tank half full or less.
 

Ditch the car

 
It sounds obvious, but the simplest way to save on your fuel costs is to cut your car use. Try walking, cycling or public transport for shorter journeys. Or car sharing for your commute.
 

Avoid rough roads

 
Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel can rob you of up to 30% of your fuel mileage. Every time the wheels bounce up and down, forward motion energy is removed from the vehicle. The best way to describe this is to experience driving on a “washboard” road. It is very uncomfortable and the vehicle will actually slow down from the transfer of energy. And you thought physics classes would have no application later in life! This causes the driver to apply more throttle – wasted fuel.
 

Alignment

 
Inspect suspension and chassis parts for misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, worn shocks, and broken springs can contribute to drivetrain drag. Not to mention the unsafe condition they create.
 
In summary, there are many ways to begin to save fuel. The AA  lists 9 ways to save fuel. Wherever you get advice, be sure to save fuel so that there’s a bit extra for a little present under the tree. Someone special will appreciate it.
 
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Car Maintenance is Essential

When it comes to your vehicle, prevention is 1000 times better than cure. Basic upkeep is cheaper than major repairs caused by neglect.
 
At West Rand Panel Beaters we see it all! For some reason, many people neglect basic maintenance on their car. Their philosophy is “Hey, it’s running, so what’s the problem?” The excuses never end: “I don’t have the time.” “I don’t know anything about cars”.
 

Don’t avoid basic maintenance

There are all sorts of ways to neglect a good vehicle, and one of the most common is to avoid basic maintenance. Driving too long on the same spark plugs. Forgetting to change the oil. Turning a deaf ear to squealing brakes or mysterious clunking sounds can mean an early trip to the scrapyard.
 
You can also be fined for failing to look after your car. Police at random roadworthy checks can cite you. Bald tyres; faulty brake lights; a broken seat belt; a cracked windscreen and a whole host of other issues can get you fined.
 

Maintenance is cheaper in the long run

Keeping your car in tip-top condition keeps you safer on the road and can save you heaps of money in the long-term. When it comes to your vehicle, prevention is 1000 times better than cure. Basic upkeep is cheaper than major repairs caused by neglect.
 

Read the owner’s manual

Your car service manual may not be quite as exciting to read as the latest bestselling novel. But it’s full of handy information and tips. Which fluids to top up (and how often)? How to check tyre pressure? What to do when your engine overheats? And how to change the bulbs in your blinker lights. It will tell you how to perform basic maintenance tasks in the correct way.
 

Don’t skip your scheduled service

Your owner’s guide will tell you when your scheduled services are. These usually involve a thorough check of the vehicle. Immediate attention to anything that needs replacing: spark plugs, timing belts, etc.
 
Scheduled servicing through your dealer has two major advantages:
 
  • You know you’re getting genuine parts and expertise
 
  • There’s a written record of the car’s service history. This becomes important for buyers when you want to sell the car in the future.
 

Conclusion

Look under your bonnet regularly. Listen for unusual car noises. Check underneath the car for new and mysterious leaks. Follow the service schedule in your owner’s manual. Take care of small problems before they become major ones. You’ll be well ahead of the game as far as keeping your car running smoothly.
 
And remember. Even a perfectly maintained vehicle can get into an accident, so make sure you ‘maintain’ your car insurance as well.