Ways to ruin your paint without knowing!

Keeping your car’s paint job looking good isn’t just a matter of enhancing its resale value,  it’s also your car’s only line of defense between the sheet metal and the elements. You already know parking lot dings, gravel roads or scratches can ruin your car’s paint in the blink of an eye, but a lot of things out there can do just as much, if not more, harm to the exterior of your vehicle.

Wildfires: When wet, ash forms an alkali that can ruin your car’s finish!

Tree Sap:  Wiping sap off when it’s still gooey only smears it around a larger area. Instead, get a bottle of bug and tar remover from your local car parts store, and use it as directed. If the sap dries, mineral spirits can dissolve it, and remaining residue will come off with a clay bar treatment.

Gas: Accidental gasoline spills when left alone will eventually stain your cars paint!

Sprinklers: Water spots created by the minerals left behind, will eventually bond to your cars finish making them very hard to remove and in some cases etching the paint permanently.

Bird Droppings: Bird poop is an acidic that can easily stain the paint.  Not only that, but birds eat seeds and bits of gravel that can scratch your paint. The same issue will come from bugs as they are an acidic too!

Egg: Egg is also an acidic that will horribly and in some cases permanently stain your cars paint even by letting it sit overnight!

Advice:  Remaining residue from the mentioned above contaminants will come off with a clay bar treatment and keeping a good coat of wax on your car. Not only does it keep it looking pretty, it helps prevent most paint damage, or at the very least, buys you some time to get your car professionally washed. Another benefit would be the prevention of paint discoloration, peeling of the clear coat and oxidation.

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