Few things are more unsightly on a car than a bad paint job — and bubbling paint is among the worst automotive looks. Bubbles often show up just a few weeks after you get your car painted, which causes instant frustration about the time, energy and money you invested in your car's new appearance.
Unfortunately, you can only fix bubbles by removing the affected paint and covering it with a new coat. But if you're confused and frustrated by your car's rippled appearance, keep reading to see what caused the paint to bubble and how you can avoid paint problems like these in the future.
1. Your Paint Was Exposed to Water
One main reason for automotive paint bubbles is moisture trapped beneath the protective film that overlays the coat of paint. The moisture could be introduced during the painting process — for instance, if the car wasn't properly cleaned and dried before the paint's application — or it can seep under the protective film if the car gets scratched in an accident.
Water can also seep under the film if you live in a humid area and didn't paint the car in a climate-controlled area that minimised moisture exposure.
The chance of a ruined paint job is one key reason to get your car repaired as soon as possible after an accident. Even if the damage seems minor (like a scratch along a car door), it can cause major problems that cost hundreds of dollars unless the area is repainted and coated with protective film right away.
2. You Did the Paint Job Yourself
Painting a car is much harder (and more expensive!) than it looks. You have to thoroughly prepare the car's surface by scrubbing it clean of all dust and debris, apply the right paint colour and let the car sit long enough for the top coat to set, which can take days or even weeks.
So if you tried to tackle the difficult job of painting a car yourself, you may not need to look further than your own garage to understand why the paint is rippling. The process is complicated enough that a small error, like failing to remove a spot of dirt or let the paint thoroughly set, can create unsightly bubbles.
Bear in mind that if something goes wrong with your paint job, you can't always drop the car off with the professionals and expect an easy, affordable fix. If your car's paint is bubbling, an auto paint company will usually have to scrape the previous coat of paint off the car to deal with any introduced errors and prep the surface for a new coat, which means that painting the car yourself might not save you money in the long run.
3. You Chose the Wrong Paint Company
What if you didn't paint the car yourself but are still experiencing unsightly paint bubbles? Unfortunately, not every auto painting company has the right experience for the job. If your paint has started bubbling only a few weeks or months after you took the car back on the road but you haven't been in any accidents, the problem may not be you — it's likely the company that took care of the car.
If a professional paint job bubbles, it's likely for the same reasons that a DIY paint job blisters: the company didn't properly sand and clean the car before painting it, they painted it without climate controlling the environment or they used cheap paint thinner that evaporated quickly and left moisture behind.
You (and your car) deserve the best paint job possible, so when you need a professional auto painting company you can trust, turn to Bellarine Smash Repairs. The quality of our work speaks for itself. Request a quote today and bring your car in for total peace of mind in your new paint job.