What Damages Car Paint?

by Meg Hooper

Your car's paint job protects the underlying steel from rusting. Keeping your paint job in good condition plays an important role in protecting the integrity of your vehicle as well as keeping it looking good. Natural elements can damage car paint over time, while the effects of a car crash or angry ex's baseball bat are more immediate.

Natural Elements

Exposure to elements such as salt, water, sunlight, fluctuations in temperature and acid rain can wear away at your paint job over time. For the best way to protect against these effects, simply keep your car clean. Wash it once a week, and polish it with wax once every six months. This basic routine will prevent the buildup of harmful chemicals and dirt on the surface of your car.


While all paint jobs must contend with the effects of time and the elements, some won't even last that long. If you've been in a collision, the integrity of your paint job has likely sustained damage. Check with your insurance company to find out whether your auto body repair policy includes paint touch-ups.

Repairing a Damaged Paint Job

A damaged paint job can lead to bigger problems down the road; have it repaired as soon as possible. If the damage has resulted from a collision of some sort and remains localized, a touch-up paint job might fit the bill---especially if the rest of the car appears in good condition. If your paint job has become cracked or faded all over due to the effects of time and the elements, have the car stripped down and repainted. This service will increase the resale value and make a car that runs well look good again too.


About the Author

Meg Hooper has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has been published in several local daily newspapers as well in "Detours" magazine and online outlets. She graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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