5 Ways To Protect Your Truck’s Paint In 2019

February 15th, 2019 by

So you’ve purchased a beautiful new truck. You’re in love with that crisp, fresh off the showroom floor paint job. But, then you start to wonder, how long is that new paint job going to last?

Whether it’s a brand new truck, or a fresh paint job on your old, favorite truck, preserving the luster and shine of your vehicle’s colors can help your vehicle hold its value for more extended and continue looking great for years.

Here are five ways to protect your truck’s paint in 2019.

1.) Avoid Certain Car Washes


We take our cars and trucks to the car wash to help remove the dust, dirt, and grime and get them looking clean and fresh again. The irony is that some car washes can actually do more harm than good. The drive-thru style car washes that use a variety of machines to clean your truck are not only expensive, they may also be potentially damaging to your paint in the long-term.

Instead, you should opt to hand wash your truck or use only a light, non-aggressive jet wash. It may take some extra time, but you’ll preserve your paint.

2.) No More Dirty Old Rags

Do you have a bucket of old rags that you keep on hand specifically for hand-washing your truck? This may have been alright for your old paint, but your new truck paint job deserves a little more TLC than your old t-shirt rags.

You should invest in a microfiber cloth or mitt to really ensure the best clean. You can find these at any store selling car parts and pick up truck accessories.

3.) Park Strategically

When you have to leave your truck parked, mainly if it is in a busy lot, perhaps at a mall or grocery store, it is essential to choose your spot very carefully because some elements can damage your paint.

Other people: You take a lot of care when opening your truck doors. You don’t want to accidentally hit a nearby vehicle and cause damage or paint transfer. Unfortunately, other people don’t take this same level of care and attention when entering or exiting their car/truck. Try parking away from other vehicles or next to a pole or divider to limit how many other people can park nearby.

Sunlight: This is the silent killer of truck paint. Too much time in the direct sun and your paint will begin to fade. Ideally, you’ll want to find parking spots that are shaded or enclosed. If you’re planning on parking for an extended period, you definitely want to opt for a garage.

Tree Pollen: When people hear “shady parking spot,” their first reaction is to park by a tree. The drawback to this is, while you’re protected from the sun, you’re exposed to tree pollen and other debris that may fall from the tree. Tree pollen and plant material can contain acids that will damage the surface coat of your paint.

4.) Choose Your Products Carefully

One of the biggest downfalls to a new paint job is an owner buying into the hype of a new product or paint treatment that promises to protect and clean a truck’s paint. Unfortunately, not all of these products and services are the miracle paint polish/cleaner that they promise to be.

There’s a long list of products out there that are designed for maintaining your car’s paint. Some are just better than others. In some cases, these products do more harm than good to a new truck paint job.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of always researching new products, especially if you are unfamiliar with them. Relying on Consumer Reports and other review sites can be an excellent way to get the 4-1-1 on any product before you buy or use it on your truck’s paint.

5.) Always Clean After Off-Roading

A lot of truck owners like to take their vehicle off-roading. Sloshing around in mud and dirt is a lot of fun, especially when you’re sitting high in a powerful truck. Wearing around that dirt and grime is sort of like a badge of honor that shows you’ve been to places that other cars just can’t venture.

The drawback to keeping your truck aesthetically dirty is that all those small specks of mud and tiny pebbles can expose your truck’s paint to rain, sun and other tools of Mother Nature. If left on too long, those small pebbles may leave behind tiny scratches in the paint’s finish when you finally decide to wash your truck.

You like to show off you’ve been off-roading, but if you want to preserve your paint, you should clean that dirt and grime off your truck the moment you get home.


Protecting your truck’s paint is really a matter of knowing what elements and conditions are most likely to cause it harm. Then, limit any contact with those factors. This will extend the lifespan of your truck’s paint and allow it to look fresh and new for years to come.