Ways to Ruin Your Paint | GIC Car Clinic

Did you go out to your car this morning and see the word’s “Wash Me” written on the back in all of the dirt? Ha Ha, very funny! The truth is that it really isn’t that funny, it is actually very damaging to your car’s paint. There are many things out there that are waiting to harm your car’s finish and many people don’t even realize what these things are. In fact, there is something that you can do about each and every one of these harmful perpetrators of paint and polish pain. It is time for you to fight back and protect your car’s finish and we’ll teach you how.

We, at GIC Car Clinic, care about your car so we have some ways you can protect it. The following is a list of things that can harm your car’s finish and how you can stop them.

  1. A good way to protect your car’s valuable finish from these hazards is to keep it washed on a regular basis and use a good wax to protect the surface, even in the winter months.
  2. If you wash your car yourself at home, make sure to clean your wash mitts and scrub brushes after every wash. These items can harbor dirt particles that will leave scratches on your paint.
  3. Soot or ash from a fire. If you live in an area prone to wildfires or are having a bonfire, make sure to park your car out of harm’s way. Park it inside your garage or well enough away from the “fire zone” because the soot or ash from a fire will go through a chemical change and become an alkali solution that will feed on your car’s finish. If you cannot avoid getting soot on your car, be sure to wash it off right away.
  4. Bugs and animal droppings are one of the most common things that is damaging your car’s paint. Both are acidic and will do a lot of damage in a short time. Soft drinks and coffee are also just as harmful. Make sure to wash these off of your car as soon as possible.
  5. Gasoline is very harmful to your paint and any that gets spilled on your finish should be washed off right away.
  6. Road debris is another hazard that you need to watch out for. Whether it is tar from recent road repairs or salt from the winter road crews, trust us when we say that it will do major damage to your paint and can even leave it exposed to rust and corrosion.
  7. Where you park your car makes a big difference also. Sure, you want the shady spot by the tree or the front row near the gardenias. Well, that tree can drip sap which will change the color of your car’s paint and those flowers get a good soaking from the sprinklers that will also soak your car leaving hard water deposits that can be difficult to remove.
  8. Think twice before pranking someone’s car. Silly string, condiments, shaving cream and shoe polish can do major damage to a car’s paint and the urge to use them should be avoided.