9 things your car paint doesn’t like

9 things your car paint doesn’t like

1. Dust

Removing dust with a dry cloth is not recommended. A gentle wash is much better. Also, as you can imagine, it is a very bad idea to scribble in the dust on your car as it is likely to scratch the paint.

2. Tar

Driving through a construction zone or through a soft patch of asphalt on a hot summer day, you can end up with tar droplets on your bumpers or license plate, for instance. Clean these off quickly as they may damage the paint on your car.

3. Hail

Hailstorms aren’t without consequences as they can often cause significant damage to vehicles. In fact, a single hailstorm can result in up to 500 or 600 dents on a single car!

This can happen to anyone. However, although unfortunate, there’s en efficient, economical and ecological solution that will save you a visit to the bodyshop: paintless dent removal. Whether the damage is caused by hail or something like a ding from another car door, paintless bodyshops can repair the damage for under $100.

4. Tree sap

The chemicals in tree sap can cause considerable damage to car paint. In just a few hours, the sap when heated by the sun can stain the paint.

Did you know? Simply washing the car is often not enough to completely remove the sap accumulated on a vehicle. Consult an expert or get a specialized product to get the job done right. You can also use alcohol to remove tree sap.

5. Gas

Sometimes gas gets spilled on your car when you fill up. Be careful. It may not seem like much, but as the gas evaporates it can damage your vehicle’s clear coat.

6. Food and beverages

On one of those mornings when you’re in a rush and you put your coffee cup on the roof of the car and it spills? Hurry to clean it up. The acid in liquids like coffee and soft drinks can damage the paint.

These liquids can also stain the interior of your car. There are specialized products on the market you can use to clean the inside of your car. They are specially formulated to remove stains caused by food and beverages.

7. Insects

Summer road trips go hand in hand with bug splatter, especially on windshields, front bumpers and behind the mirrors. The acid composition of the blood combined with heat can damage the paint.

8. Bird droppings

Not only are bird droppings unsightly, they can also leave marks on the paint when heated by the sun. Don’t wait too long before wiping them off.

9. Last but not least: inadequate washing!

If you’d rather not have your vehicle cleaned by a professional, here are a few basic rules to follow to protect the paint:

  • Park your car in the shade so that it doesn’t dry too quickly.
  • Use several sponges or cloths for the job. That will help prevent scratches from the accumulated dust.
  • Use two pails: one with soapy water and another filled with clear water for rinsing.
  • Rince thoroughly, both before and after washing.
  • Don’t overlook the drying stage. Make sure the minerals in the water are removed and won’t damage the paint.

Other tips

It is recommended that you apply wax to your vehicle before winter to help prevent snow and other residue from sticking. Wax protects and also makes your car look better. You can even apply it to the headlights and windows to make the water pearl and improve visibility.

If you’ve noticed that your headlights aren’t as bright as before, due to wear and tear, you can get them polished for less than $100 at a bodyshop. They’ll look like new and night vision will be noticeably improved.

Benoît Paquin
Appraiser – SSQ

Source: AutoGuide.com