After investing in a new paint job for your car the last thing you want is for the paint to oxidize. Oxidation is a common occurrence when it comes to automobile paint. When the paint begins to oxidize essentially the paint is beginning to fade in spots around the car. Oxidized paint on a car can reveal it’s age and make a vehicle look neglected. For those who may want to do a resell in the future it is important to prevent the paint from oxidizing. Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic will share how you can prevent the oxidation of your car’s paint.
What Causes Paint Oxidation?
Oxidation is essentially the paint breaking down due to the elements. When cars are left outside the weather has an effect on the paint. First the paint will lose its shine. Next corrosion occurs that breaks down the paint, most often in spots. The paint will lose the oils and begin to dry out which is why it looks dull and spots occur. During the summer time the heat and oxygen helps speed up the oxidation which is why it is recommended to keep your vehicles out of the sun.
Heavy Oxidation Causes Car Exterior to Rust
The paint isn’t just to give your vehicle a shiny color but it also helps to protect the outside of the vehicle from the elements. Vehicles in which the paint has oxidized are no longer protected and often rust will begin to eat away certain exterior components. As the paint breaks down so does the value of the car. Often when the paint oxidizes, repainting the vehicle can help recover the value of the car.
How to Prevent Sun Damaged Car Paint
Nothing can actually stop paint form oxidizing. However, you can prolong the paint and slow down the oxidation process. Heat is one of the major contributors to oxidation. Therefore it is recommended to keep the vehicle out of the sun and in the shade. Either park your vehicle in the garage or keep it under a car port. Additionally, make sure to wash your vehicle often. The dirt can assist in oxidizing the paint and can also cause micro scratches in the paint that allows the sun to affect the paint. When washing your vehicle never use dish-soap or other household cleaners. Instead, always uses automobile cleaning agents. Others will remove the wax that helps to protect the paint. After washing your vehicle make sure to apply a fresh coat of car wax. Make sure to use car wax that helps prevent UV damage. Not only will the wax help make your care nice and shiny, it will also help reduce the sun damage to the paint. Avoid spray-on wax and instead use liquid or paste wax as they do a better job protecting your vehicle’s paint.
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If your car paint has oxidized, contact Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic. We provide custom repainting services and other related services. In the meantime, don’t forget to reduce future paint oxidation. Contact Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic today!