Summer is a great time to own a Ram truck. Whether you’re taking family trips, towing your boat, waverunner or quad, or just doing a little off-roading, the warm weather is just more enjoyable when a Ram truck is part of the fun.
But here’s the catch: An increase in activities like these also means that your truck is likely to take its fair share of punishment—mud, water and sand can all have an effect on your truck’s finish. Luckily, with proper care, you can keep your truck looking as new as the day you drove it off the dealer’s lot.
Wash It Often
Removing surface debris is a great start to your paint care regimen. Loose particles can cause tiny scratches in your clear coat over time. This can increase the likelihood of rust damage and diminish your truck’s appearance. It’s also important to note that if you’re washing your truck yourself, you should do so in a cool, shaded area. Direct sunlight can cause uneven drying, resulting in a blotchy appearance.
Spend Time Drying
Drying is a crucial last step in the cleaning process. Drying with a cotton towel allows you to remove any leftover dirt or mineral deposits that might have been left behind after your wash and rinse. It also ensures that you have a road-ready finish when you’re done.
Waxing creates a barrier between your paint and the environment, protecting it from scratches and fading. High-quality waxes can be used on your entire truck and have the added benefit of decreasing your paint’s temperature, which helps improve paint longevity.
Keep It Out of the Sun
The sun is the biggest enemy of your truck’s finish. It can cause fading, cracking and an overall dulling of the truck’s paint job. Whenever possible, keep your truck in the shade, garage or carport. Your paint will thank you.