3 Main Causes of Vehicle Paint & Car Clear Coat Damage

July 30, 2021

3 Main Causes of Vehicle Paint & Car Clear Coat Damage

Damage to the look of your car is something we all want to avoid. But do you know the top three causes of this? Read on to discover the culprits behind these common defacements and the steps you can take to prevent them happening.

Car Coat Damage and How to Prevent It

  • 3 top reasons for car coat damage
  • How to prevent vehicle paint damage

3 top reasons for car coat damage

OK, so we can’t wrap our cars in cotton wool and expect them never to be exposed to the risk of damage. However, there is an awful lot we can do to reduce the risk of said damage occurring in the first place.

To do so, we need to appreciate what are the most common causes of damage to a car coat and vehicle paint.

  1. UV rays and sun damage: In hot climates especially, the number one cause of car coat damage (and therefore, the paintwork beneath it) is caused by the sun. Direct sunlight on a car will, after a while, cause the uppermost protective clear coat to become fragile. This eventually leads to its failure.. It will first become dull before beginning to crack, chip, and peel. When this happens, the paint below it is exposed to the elements, meaning this too begins to degrade.
  2. Stone chips and environmental damage: Stone chips are the bane of every car driver. The tough clear coat exterior of a car is easily damaged by a flicked up rock, scraping past hedges, twigs, or branches, as well as environmental issues, like acid rain. Bird droppings are also a big problem due to their highly acidic nature. They should be cleaned off as soon as possible. The same applies to bug splatters—and, yes, that includes even the smallest of them.
  3. Incorrect cleaning products: However tempting it might be to grab a household cleaning product—such as washing up liquid—to create a lather to wash the car, this is one of the worst things you can do. Such cleaning agents are designed to cut through dirt, grime, fat, etc. If used on a car, they will degrade any wax coating and are also harmful to any factory clear coating. Continue using them and they will eventually cause irreversible damage to the paintwork.

How to prevent vehicle paint damage

The number one top tip is to keep your car parked out of direct sunlight. Ideally this should be a garage or carport. However, a shady tree will also do the job—but do be aware of the danger of tree sap on the paintwork.

Regular cleaning and waxing will ensure that any buildup of contaminants is removed. Follow this with waxing and you’re adding an extra protective layer to help reduce environmental damage.

The ultimate level of protection is created with a paint protection film (PPF) and/or ceramic coating. These are long-lasting products that will negate the need for constant waxing, as well as protecting the clear coat and paintwork from damage. Carried out correctly and with high quality products, these last for years. The best are hydrophobic, so they repel water. They’re also self-healing, meaning that rock chips and scratches really are a thing of the past. 

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Beautiful looking cars are at the heart of what Auto SuperShield stands for. Not only do their experienced technicians ensure that every ride rolls out looking its very best, but they provide vehicle coat and paint protection to maximize the longevity of these great looking vehicles.

Whether you want a car wrap, PPF, ceramic coating, clear bra, or combo of any of these, their experienced technicians will advise on the ultimate solution and carry out the work to the utmost of standards.

Your vehicle is your pride and joy, so ensure it looks and remains in tip top condition. Contact https://www.autosupershield.com/ today and protect your paintwork for today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.


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