5 Things Damaging Your Vehicle’s Paint
Avoid these to Preserve Your Paint Job
Paint wears out over time. That’s why you can bring your vehicle in to have it painted here at Big Sky Collision Center. Or, if it hasn’t reached that point yet, you can always come in for auto detailing to help keep your vehicle in the most pristine shape possible.
The best way to prevent your vehicle’s paint from wearing out faster than necessary is to make sure to protect it from unnecessary damage. We know that keeping it clean and keeping it out of the direct sunlight as much as possible will keep things lasting longer. But here are a few more ways that you can avoid major damage to your paint.
We have mentioned this one in the past. Bird droppings aren’t just an eyesore, they’re detrimental to your vehicles paint. The droppings are generally very acidic and if left in place on the vehicle’s paint, they can “eat” through the protective coat on your vehicle.
If you get bird droppings on your vehicle, it’s best to wash them off right away so damage isn’t done.
Soft Drink Spills
Most of us aren’t dumping our pops onto our vehicles. However, in the summer when it’s hot out, you may set one down on the hood or the roof while you’re working on the car or playing outside. A little big can tend to dribble out the side of the cup or down the can. No big deal right?
Coca-Cola has a pH of about 2.3; which is very acidic. If you don’t wipe it off right away, it can discolor your paint job and cause an unsightly blotch.
We don’t think much about motor oil. Sure we have it changed out every few months to keep our engine running smoothly, but aside from that it’s not on our radar. But every day when we drive, a little bit of oil leaks from other vehicles (never our own, we maintain them better than that!). When it is driven over, it can fling up on to our vehicles.
Oil from the road, usually in the form or road grime, not only looks unsightly, but it can cause oil to peel or chip. In fact it can act like a paint thinner and cause damage to your car. If you happen to spill oil onto the paint, get it cleaned off right away.
How many times have you tried to top off the gas tank thinking you can get just a little more in there? Then it gurgles out and down the side of the vehicle. No big deal, it will dry, right? Yes, it will dry, but it will cause damage too.
Gas acts as a degreaser, a sort of stripping agent. One little spill on the vehicle may not matter too much, but if it happens a couple of times the paint can discolor. When this happens, the damage has been done.
During our Montana winters we can get a lot of freeze and thaw. It’s nice to get that ice off the roads for safer driving, but when it thaws and freezes on your vehicle, it can have some detrimental effects.
While most of the time re-freezing water will stay on the surface, if your paint has any little chips, cracks, scratches, or dings in it, the water can get down in there. A thaw freeze cycle can end up pushing that paint around and causing much further damage. The best prevention: park in a covered area where the ice can fully melt and drip off.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
As we work our way to being the best auto body repair shop in Billings, our goal is to make sure that you have great information on how to protect your vehicle. So our blogs are designed around showing you how to keep great care of your possessions.
If you do happen to get in an accident, we hope that you will think of Big Sky Collision Center to restore your vehicle to factory safety standards.