Keeping the original paint looking as good as new and protected from the elements is part of maintaining your vehicle. Other than just looking good, your vehicle’s coat of paint has many important functions. Auto paint protects the inner layer of your car from the outside elements such as moisture for one. In order to keep your car looking as good as new, know how to spot things that compromise your car’s paint is vital. Today, we at Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanics would like to share the common things that damage your vehicle’s paint.
Can Soda Damage Your Car Paint?
What may not be healthy for your vehicle is the drinks we consume on a daily basis, such as tea, juices, coffee, and soda. Spilled soft drinks can get sticky and stain the car paint when left on the body of our automobiles. We often do not even realize that there’s a stain on the body of the car and this contributes to the permanent effect of these drinks in many instances. Try to wipe it off with a wet rag or automotive cleaner as soon as you can whenever you spill a drink on the car. The quicker you clean it the better you will be since sugar and acidity of these drinks make for a perfect corrosion agent.
Is Bird Poop Bad for Car Paint?
Bird poop is another culprit. Depending on the amount, bird poop is not only sticky but can also cause chipping of paint. To avoid getting bird droppings on your car, try to park your car inside a sheltered structure such as a garage or indoor parking space. In order for you to remove any droppings that you may not have noticed on your car, it also helps to regularly wash your vehicle.
Does Oil Ruin Car Paint?
In part because some oils act like paint thinners so when spilled on the body of the car there may be damage, some automotive fluids and oils can cause the car paint to peel. It is a good idea to wash your car just in case some of it spilled on the body of the vehicle if you happen to work on the car or have service done on your vehicle.
Will Spilled Gas Strip Car Paint?
Around the area where you the gas flows, overflowing gas from the tank can lead to discoloration. The damage has been done, by the time you see it, although it takes time to see the change in paint color. To keep the gas tank from overflowing, the best solution is to watch the pump.
Can Snow & Ice Mess Up Car Paint?
Though ice is not a real problem in Dallas, it something we want to touch on. It can cause some damage when it turns into ice and freezes on your car’s body while snow is light and fun to play with. The paint can crack or chip from the expanding and contraction of ice on a vehicle’s body puts undue pressure on the paint. To protect it from snow freezing on your vehicle, it is best to cover your vehicle if you can’t get it into a shelter.