Not as well as it used to. Spray paint sticks very well to many things: wood, metal, glass, plastic, paper, cloth, etc. The paint does not stick to oil, grease, wax or grease-based formulations. The paint can stick to water, but not with sufficient force or speed to adhere. Spray paint will not stick to latex, but will stick to other oil-, grease- and wet-based formulations that can be removed by washing the surface as recommended by the manufacturer. If the paint has previously been subjected to rubbing, washing or other treatment, it will not stick to the painted surface.
When it comes to durability and performance, most consumer products have a shelf life of approximately 12 months. If you’re going to take your vehicle all the way from “new” to a new paint job at 30,000 miles or more, the paint will probably wear off over time. You don’t want to wait that long!
How do I maintain a new paint job?
Paint jobs tend to start off with a basic wipe-down to remove residue that may not have evaporated when the job was done. For a regular, regular, good-old-fashioned wipe-down, start with a soft water-based, detergent-free rag or sponge that uses a low oil content. If the vehicle has been in an accident or has been previously washed, the first thing to do, as suggested by the manufacturer’s instructions, is to wipe off the paint with a medium (or high-volume), low-alcohol wash. Never, ever use petroleum-based cleaner. For best results, rinse the vehicle with just a water-based car wash (not petroleum-based), followed by a low-alcohol wipe-down. Allow this to soak for 8 to 10 minutes depending on the condition of the vehicle, then dry with a soft water-based car wash and a low-alcohol wipe-down. Be sure to remove any residual cleaner from the rag and sponge before wiping it clean.
What precautions do I need to take before a paint job?
Always use a vehicle’s owner’s manual and keep a record of the following:
Year the vehicle was made, vehicle make/model, vehicle model and model year
Manufacturer’s service-manual (if any)
Wash vehicle thoroughly, as described in the owner’s manual
Never let vehicle dry completely
Never leave car in the sun
Never dispose of vehicle
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