If you’re like most car owners, you like to keep your vehicle looking shiny and clean. It is hard to do that if your paint is chipped and damaged. Several different things cause damage to your car paint, but fortunately, there are also several ways to prevent them. Let’s look at some things that damage car paint and how to avoid them.
Change in Temperature
If your vehicle is regularly exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, like frequently driving across the country, this could lead to cracks and chips due to the paint expanding and contracting with the heat and cold. To avoid this, keep your car parked in a temperature-controlled environment whenever possible or avoid frequent trips to different climates.
Debris from Construction Sites
Concrete debris and dust from construction sites can severely damage the paint on your car. Avoid parking near construction areas or any parking lot that is being redone or repaired.
It may sometimes be unavoidable since birds fly where they please, but bird droppings that have dried on your vehicle can cause your paint to chip or peel when removed. Avoid parking under trees, power lines, or forest areas for this reason.
Gasoline is highly toxic to paint and can cause it to peel if left on the vehicle. Get a car wash right away if any gas spills onto your car while filling it up. The quicker you get it cleaned off, the less likely it is to cause any damage.
Stones and Rocks
When driving over pebbles or rocks, they can fly up and hit your vehicle, causing little nicks and cracks in the car paint. Avoid driving on unpaved roads and if you have to, make sure to drive cautiously.
It’s important to wash your car, and you can save money by doing it yourself, but avoid cheap or generic soaps that may have abrasive chemicals that can damage your car paint.