4 Natural Products Destroying Your Car’s Paint
Avoid These to Prolong the Beauty of Your Vehicle
Sometimes we get caught up in thinking that natural is better. In some cases, that’s true. Natural cleaners are better for our health than those such as bleach. Natural foods are better for our bodies that overly processed foods. Natural wood is often more beautiful than synthetic wood. But there are natural products that are just no good for your car.
The good news: nobody is intentionally putting these things on their vehicle. No, these are everyday items that we find rearing their heads in the spring, when the weather is warming, the days are lengthening, and we are getting out and about more often.
Avoid These Paint Destroyers if Possible
To keep the luster of your paint, without having to come to Big Sky Collision Center for a full auto painting, we recommend that you avoid these if possible, or at least clean your vehicle regularly to remove them.
Pollen Spores – Ah, spring. The weather is warmer, the grass is turning green, the flowers are opening, and the pollen is clogging our noses. That pollen that is the life-force of the plants, is also the bane of the allergy sufferer’s existence. And it’s not just your nose that is affected.
Pollen is microscopic. So small that it can easily infiltrate the tiny holes in automotive paint. Once inside, a dab of moisture can cause acid to leach from the pollen and deteriorate the vehicle’s paint. Over time, your paint wears out much more quickly because plants around you are simply trying to reproduce.
You can’t really avoid pollen floating in the air. But you can wash your vehicle regularly. Using a high quality automotive soap you prevent the acid from leaching from the pollen; and you prevent long-term damage to your vehicle. We recommend washing at least once every month.
Tree Sap – Trees give us a fresh breath of oxygen when their leaves come out. But when the tree is happy and healthy, it has sap running through it. Any little scratch in the bark means the sap can ooze out.
Parking beneath a tree can be a great way to avoid the scorching rays of the spring and summer sun. That UV light, after all, does a lot of harm to your vehicle. But trees drip sap, and once on your vehicle, it’s hard to get off!
If you do get dripped on, be sure to clean the sap off right away before it has time to damage the paint on your rig.
Bird Droppings – Parking under trees is often a double whammy. Birds love the trees as much as we love to park beneath them. Birds are known to seek out the freshest, cleanest vehicles only to spoil them with droppings.
Just like the sap, the longer bird droppings stay on your vehicle, the more harm they will do. Ideally, you get them off before they dry. With sap and droppings, a good wax will minimize the damage done.
Bug Splatters – The life of driving in the warmer weather means that bugs will smack into the front of the vehicle. Drive around dawn or dusk, and it’s all the worse. Those splatters are irritating and gross, and they’re causing the paint to wear out.
As with the previous “natural” products, bugs should be removed right away; especially after a road trip when they’re piled on thick. Getting them off will minimize the number of wasps swarming the front of your vehicle, it will wash away their acidic guts, and it will help your car stay shiny for years to come.
Big Sky Collision Center Offers Full Auto Detailing
Not in the mood to spend an afternoon washing and waxing? Did you know that we can do that for you? We aren’t the best auto body repair shop in Billings because we do quality work and have more factory certifications than anyone else around… we go above and beyond and clean vehicles too.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328, and we can get you scheduled to have a freshly cleaned vehicle in no time.