What’s Harming My Car’s Paint and How Do I Fix It? Top 10 Things That Ruin Your Vehicle’s Paint.

March 11, 2021

After being attacked by snow, salt, slush and mud over the last few months, your vehicle deserves some TLC. As we head into the spring season, it’s important to know what you can do to protect your vehicle’s paint from any damage done in the winter, and from the potential hazards that the warmer weather can bring.

Top 10 Things That Ruin Your Vehicle's Paint     

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  1. Bird Droppings 

  2. Bug Spatter 

  3. Leaves 

  4. Tree Sap and Tree Bud Casings

  5. Berries 

  6. Soda Pop and Coffee

  7. Bird Eggs 

  8. Dirt and Dust 

  9. Road Salt 

  10. Sand  

Stay Protected Against Road Salt  

When most of us think about the damage road salt does to our vehicles, the first thing that may come to mind is the underside, or maybe even those pesky salt residue stains on our interior carpet and floor mats; but have you ever considered what road salt does to your car’s paint? 

If you live in an area that experiences winter weather, you know what it’s like to get stuck driving behind a salt truck. No matter how far away you stay from them, salt will inevitably get thrown at your vehicle, causing small knicks and scratches. If left alone, the damage done to your paint could allow for the salt to reach unprotected metal, resulting in rust.  

Having paint protection film applied to your car, truck or SUV is a great way to protect its vulnerable areas from road salt damage caused by salt trucks or other vehicles on the road kicking up salt, rocks and debris. The film adheres to your vehicle’s paint without affecting its appearance or color. It’s nearly invisible and wraps around curved surfaces to prevent scratches, scrapes and paint chips. 

Get Your Car Detailed 

Washing your vehicle is an extremely important part of keeping its paint in good shape but washing it the wrong way or using the wrong tools will damage the clear coat. Even the smallest amount of leftover dirt or dust is extremely abrasive – if you rub that around you might as well be using sandpaper.   

Getting a professional exterior detailing will remove winter’s leftovers and revitalize the appearance of your car, truck or SUV.  Specialized products and equipment give results you can’t get at home, ensuring that your vehicle is free of road contaminants, oxidation and light scratches. Your vehicle will be meticulously cleaned from top to bottom and ready to take on the spring season. 

Your Vehicle’s Paint and Acids  

Protecting your vehicle’s paint from acid seems like an impossible task since just about everything your car encounters has some degree of acidity. Bird droppings, bug spatter, tree sap and tree bud casings, leaves, berries, soda pop, coffee and bird eggs are just a few of the higher-acidity items that might get on your vehicle in its lifetime. 

The most important thing you can do if your vehicle’s paint comes in contact with any of these things is to remove and clean it as quickly as possible. The longer it sits though, the more damaging it will become.  

To save yourself thousands of dollars in repairs in the long run, investing in a ceramic paint coating will help to protect your paint not only from acid, but also from UV rays, light scratches and extreme temperatures. It repels water, dirt and debris, making your car easier to clean while keeping it protected from the elements, and it gives your vehicle a “new car” vibrancy and shine for years to come. 

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of the open road again this spring, knowing your vehicle is protected against whatever life throws at it.  


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