For many car lovers, the appearance of their ride is everything. And by extension, the condition of our car’s paint job means a lot to us. But how to care for it? How to maintain the glossy surface of our vehicle’s exterior?
We often think that only the deliberate act of vandalism can ruin our car’s paint finish.
But a ton of seemingly harmless elements you encounter during your daily drive can, over time, have harmful effects on your vehicle’s paint.
So what exactly are we supposed to watch out for on the road?
Well, according to Ford Asia Pacific chief manufacturing engineer of paint Richard Burt, these are the things that can damage your car’s paint job, so it’s best to avoid these:
- Splattered insects. Insects, no matter how small, are surprisingly acidic. You can’t leave splattered bugs on you vehicle unattended for too long because they become more difficult to remove as time passes. All it takes to get rid of the mess is a little tar remover and a soft wash cloth.
- Spilled fuel. Always check the area surrounding your fuel cap after filling up at a fuel station. Fuel sometimes dribbles down from the fuel cap, seeps into the top coat and leaves an unpleasant brown blemish. If you see spilled fuel, immediately wipe it off with a fine microfiber cloth and instant detailer.
- Bird droppings. Just like bugs, bird droppings can be harmful to your car paint because avian diet includes acidic seeds and berries. If left unattended, they can take away the gloss of the affected spot. Simply spray affected areas with a wash solution, and wipe off the droppings with a microfiber cloth to prevent lasting damage.
- Stone chips. Driving on gravel or rough patches of road can often result in damage to the paint on the sides of the car. Treat these as soon as possible to prevent rusting, as stone can sometimes chip through layers of paint. This will expose your car to weathering that it’s not designed to endure.
- Fingerprints. While making doodles on the dusty hood of a car might seem harmless, it could actually damage the paint. When doing so, your fingers act like sandpaper by pressing the dirt into and dragging it along the paint of the vehicle. How do you prevent this? Just refrain from getting creative with dirty cars in the first place.
Courtesy, Top Gear Philippines.