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Maintain & Protect Your Automobile’s Finish

Proper care of the finish of your vehicle is one way to not only to help maintain its showroom floor look but also to maintain the value of your vehicle.  Severe and extreme weather along with chips and dings experienced during normal driving conditions can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s finish.  Read on for tips to maintain that showroom shine and to learn how Spirit West Rapid Refinish can assist with paint repair service in the St. Louis area.

BMW Certified Finish Protection Tips

According to BMW ColorSystem expert, Martin Jaworski, one of the most damaging things affecting your vehicle’s finish is bird droppings.  Read on for tips from BMW:

  1. Stay away from the birds! Bird droppings are corrosive to a vehicle’s finish and the longer the droppings remain on the vehicle, the more damage they cause.
  2. Avoid parking under trees. Many trees secrete a sticky film that can be very damaging to the vehicle.  Again, left unattended, the film creates permanent damage that can only be repaired by a professional.
  3. Know the facts about your favorite commercial auto wash. Worn threads on commercial nylon brushes can be abrasive and cause damage to your vehicle’s finish making it necessary for you to seek professional paint repair service in the St. Louis area.
  4. Consider the DIY wash. Nothing beats a DIY wash with a regular pressure hose attachment, a soft cloth and a mild detergent made for a vehicle’s finish.
  5. Stay on top of your touch-up paint needs. Schedule an appointment with Spirit West Rapid Refinish for paint repair service, finish restoration service, and minor collision repair service in the St. Louis area.

DIY Wash Shopping List

Following are some basic supplies to keep at home to maintain the health of your vehicle’s finish:

  1. Car wash shampoo
  2. Microfiber wash mitt
  3. Waffle weave microfiber drying towel
  4. Water-conserving spray nozzle for your hose
  5. Waterless detail spray or wash
  6. Waterless wash and wax
  7. Liquid or paste wax
  8. Glass cleaner

There are a variety of cleaners, waxes, and solutions, on the market.  Seek advice from an expert on the exact solutions ideal for the finish on your vehicle.

For your bumper repair service, paint repair service and minor collision repair service in the St. Louis area, contact Spirit West Rapid Refinish at 636-386-8060 Monday through Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm or stop by our convenient location at 14643 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011.




Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.