Why is my Car’s Paint Peeling?
Peeling Paint has a Few Causes
Your car’s paint isn’t just there to look good; it protects the vehicle from the elements. So when the paint starts to chip, fade, or peel, it can be irritating to say the least. But why is this happening? And what can you do about it?
If you recall from our last post, the paint is actually three layers: the primer, the paint, and the clear coat. Different causes of paint damage and failure are the result of different aspects of the paint job.
As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Montana, we want to make sure you know why these things are happening, as well as what you can do about them.
Paint on your vehicle will fade the same way other things fade: exposure to the elements. When it comes to paint, we often combine fading and oxidation. There’s one big reason that a vehicle left outside in the elements will fade or oxidize. It had a poor paint job to begin with. Naturally everything will break down over time. But poor paint will make it happen faster.
Living in Montana you’re bound to get a rock chip or two on your vehicle. This is especially true on the hood and around the windshield. That chip damages the clear coat, or breaks right through it. This opens the paint up to exposure to the elements and ultimately the paint can start to peel away from this spot. This happens faster when water gets through and rust starts.
Paint will end up peeling, in the traditional sense of the word, when it hasn’t bound to the primer adequately. This is a big problem for a lot of the vehicles made in the 80’s and 90’s. Changing paint techniques, different compounds used, and age have caused the paint to start to peel up and away from the surface.
Delaminating is similar to peeling, but it’s usually reserved to when talking about how the layers of paint come apart. As we know there is primer, paint, and a clear coat: when these don’t hold together we say they are delaminating. Often just the clear coat is coming off the paint due to a poor paint job, or simply due to exposure.
What to Do About Peeling Paint
As you own your vehicle, the best way to deal with peeling, fading, or oxidizing paint is to prevent it in the first place. If possible park your vehicle in the garage and protect it from the elements. Wash and wax it regularly, and pay attention to any chips or scratches.
Of course, we usually notice the problems after they have become problems. If you are suffering from paint woes, then you can bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Billings. Our certified paint techs color match your paint to the manufacturer’s source and can expertly blend the old into the new. Don’t let the problem worsen, give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to get your paint repaired.