You and your family may love the picturesque falling leaves of autumn. However, the season isn't always kind to your car paint. To keep your vehicle in excellent condition, use these three car cleaning tips during the fall.

How to Maintain Your Car's Paint Job

1. Keep It Covered

Due to the wind gusts that are so common in the fall, leaves can still end up on your car even if the tree is not directly overhead. When they get wet, they can hold moisture against the paint, which can degrade any wax or sealant and lead to rust formation. To avoid this, park your vehicle in an enclosed space, such as a garage. If you don’t have one, a carport or awning will stop leaves or nuts from landing on the car paint.

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2. Remove Leaves Carefully

If you need to park in an open lot, such as when shopping at the grocery store, you may return to find your car littered with leaves. In this case, don’t brush them off in one quick motion—the sharp, brittle ends could leave scratches in the paint. Instead, pick them up and drop them on the ground to keep your car’s finish intact.

3. Get a Car Wax After Washing

Get regular car washes to remove the dust and dirt from dead leaves and road salt and sand. However, before you head home, ask for a car wax as well. This product is applied after your vehicle is washed and dried, adding a protective layer over the car's finish. This way, should debris fall on your car, it won’t make contact with the paint itself. Plus, it will leave your car looking clean and shiny for longer.


If you could use a thorough fall car cleaning, head to Richie's Express Carwash of Parker, CO. Their swift, four-minute washes ensure that every driver can maintain their vehicle without disrupting their daily routine. In addition, they can also apply car wax or perform a tire shine to polish the exterior to perfection. To learn more about brushless car cleaning equipment, visit the website. You can also call (303) 840-1696 to speak with a staff member today.