Unfortunately, most of the common causes of automobile paint damage are unavoidable. At …… today, we use advanced technology and manufacturing methods to increase durability, and fading and cracking naturally cause damage over time. However, there are steps you can take to extend the life of your car’s paint job. Some of the most common causes of damage to your car’s paintwork are detailed below.
1. Temperature fluctuations
When a car is constantly exposed to fluctuating temperatures, the paint expands and contracts with the temperature. Over time, tiny cracks and openings are created that allow moisture, salt, and other chemicals to seep in, leading to rust and rapid deterioration of the paint.
2. Shoe polish and shaving cream
These two items are sometimes used to write messages or etch decorative pictures on car windows, such as after a wedding. However, if either of these two items get on the car paint, they are difficult to remove and are likely to leave permanent marks.
Always avoid parking near construction zones. In addition to high levels of dust, there is also the danger of wet concrete falling on your car. If this happens, the concrete will leave visible marks when scraped off after it has set.
4. Bird eggs and droppings
Bird eggs and bird droppings can cause considerable damage to your car’s paintwork. They naturally contain chemicals that corrode the car paint and expose the underlying coating. Therefore, it is important to remove these messes as soon as they appear.
5. Gasoline and brake fluid
These fluids from other parts of the car must be kept away from the paint. If the paint surface comes in contact with these liquids, it may cause the paint to flake off.
6. Sharp objects
Sharp objects such as keys, razor blades, scissors and pocket knives can damage car paintwork. These items are often used by vandals to damage cars that have been left unattended for long periods of time.
7. Stones and rocks
Cars traveling on highways are often damaged by small rocks and stones. The same goes for unfinished roads. These small items can leave chips in the paint surface and cause the paint to deteriorate.
8. General and abrasive cleaners
When washing your car, always avoid using regular cleaners like detergents and soaps. Always use high quality car cleaning products. Never use rough cleaning products or abrasive materials to clean your car.
After cleaning your car, be sure to wipe it down thoroughly to remove all moisture. This will eliminate water stains and protect the car’s finish from the effects of accumulated moisture.
10. Dirty rags
Do not use a dirty rag to wipe the car. Dust particles can scratch the paint and leave marks. Avoid wiping dirty with a dry rag as well, as this can cause friction and damage.