4 Things That Damage Your Car’s Paint Job

You might think of repainting a car as a job that is only required after a serious problem or accident when the paintwork is severely scraped — but that's not necessarily true. Over time, every car is likely to encounter a little damage to its paint job. You're likely to find small imperfections on your car even if it looks pretty good at first glance.

These minor scuffs and scrapes may not look like much, but they can lead to bigger problems. If you're taking care of a commercial fleet of cars, even miniature marks have the potential to reflect poorly on your business.

Instead of leaving those problems in place to affect your car or detract from your car's overall quality, you should consider having your car's paint job redone or retouched. It need not be very often — once every three or four years should be quite sufficient.

Still not convinced a car repaint is necessary? Here's a short list of everyday things that may be damaging your paint job.

1. Grit and Stones

Every driver has been alarmed by a pebble flying up and hitting their windscreen. Think about how much more often that happens to the painted surfaces of your car closer to the road and out of sight as you drive.

Grit and stones can damage your car even more if you regularly drive through roadworks or construction, which may be the case for commercial vehicles especially.

2. Human Contact

Unfortunately, even just touching your vehicle is harmful to its paint job, albeit in a fairly small way. If you're wearing sun cream or another kind of lotion, it could be even worse.

This is because your skin is slightly acidic, and traces of that acidity are left behind on your car once you've let go. Over time, these traces can build up and cause damage, especially if they aren't washed off in a timely fashion.

You can cause even more damage to the paint when you press down on the surface of the paint — for example, when you doodle a message in a layer of dirt. Hopefully, you can resist the temptation to do this, but we can't always control how others act around our vehicles.

3. Fuel and Oil

As your car is tended to when you fill up the petrol tank or conduct general maintenance, small drops of fuel or oil may likely touch the paintwork of the car. Perhaps a few drops of petrol drip over the cap as you finish fuelling up, for example.

The corrosive elements these traces of fuel and oil leave behind can build up to discolouration and paint damage over time — and you might have difficulty guarding against fuel and oil traces because you often can't see those traces until the damage is done.

4. Weather

No matter how much you try to protect your vehicle, you will be hard-pressed to shield it completely from the elements. Even something as simple as rain contains trace elements of pollutants which can degrade the quality of your paint job.

In all of these cases, you aren't likely to see a big unsightly patch of paint damage. The problems they cause are small to look at. However, once the layer beneath the paint is exposed to the elements, the car is at much higher risk of developing a rust problem. Paint will also chip away easier once the damage has been done.

In short, your car won’t just look good after repainting — although that is a great bonus! A repaint job now protects your car in the long run and may even prevent a more costly repaint job further down the line.

If you'd like to schedule a repainting for your car or fleet of commercial vehicles, then contact Bellarine Smash Repairs. We'd be more than happy to discuss your needs.