Nothing is more irritating than spotting chipped or damaged paintwork on your car, especially if you've only recently purchased your vehicle.
Whether it's loose stones and pebbles, unpleasant weather, bird droppings or abrasive cleaners, there are countless factors that can cause your paintwork to become damaged.
But how do you protect your car's paintwork and prevent your investment from losing any value due to damage? We explore the common causes of car paint damage, give top tips on paintwork protection methods and showcase Carbase's unique member's Paint Protection programme.
Common causes of paintwork damage
There are several causes of car paintwork damage that drivers should be aware of. The most common are:
Loose stones and pebbles are common car paintwork damage culprits. Often occurring on high-speed roads such as motorways, loose pebbles, gravel and other small pieces of debris can find themselves flicked backwards from the tyres of vehicles in front of you.
Due to the high speed at which the small stones are travelling, they often leave dents and unsightly chips in paintwork, with the most common areas being the car bonnet or bumper.
While we all love soaking up the sunshine, UV (ultraviolet) rays are harmful to a vehicle's paintwork. When exposed to sun for long periods, a car's paintwork can start to fade. Avoid this by keeping your car well protected under a cover or storing it in a garage if possible.
The cold snap will soon be upon us, and with the winter weather comes an increased chance of your car's paintwork becoming damaged. Road salt, sleet and snow can cause significant, and sometimes permanent paintwork damage.
If you live in an area susceptible to rain, or are located close to the sea, the sea salt or rain minerals can cause unsightly water spots that can be tricky to remove.
While we're told it is "good luck", bird droppings on your car can cause serious paintwork problems. The acidity found in dried bird droppings can cause permanent damage to car paint. Avoid causing more damage by scraping too hard to remove the dry bird droppings.
If a dead bug or insect finds its way onto your paintwork, try to remove it as soon as possible. Dead bugs are highly acidic, and if not removed quickly, could cause damage to your paintwork.
If diesel or petrol, engine oil or brake fluid comes into contact with the body of your car, it can lead to long-term damage and cause the paintwork to peel. Protect paintwork by wiping up any accidental fuel spillages or leaks straight away.
Avoid using harsh scrapers or sponges when cleaning your car, as these can cause unwanted damage to paintwork. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or soft brush, which are less likely to cause scratches. When drying your car's bodywork, use light, circular motions and avoid harsh, scraping actions.
When to protect your car
It is important to keep your car well-maintained and looked after all year round. However, as we mentioned above, certain seasons and instances of motorway driving may mean you need to be more vigilant of potential paintwork damage.
Most methods of paint protection should be carried out regularly to ensure your car's bodywork stays in tip top condition. However, if you have recently had a scratch or dent repaired, this area should not be polished or waxed straight away.
Leave the repaired area for five days before attempting to treat it - this will allow any repaired paintwork to be fully cured before any extra finish is added.
Car paint protection methods explained
There are several methods that can be used to protect your car's paintwork:
Wax enhances the colour of your paintwork, as well as protecting it. Waxing creates an additional layer of protection which sits above the top layer of paint (known as the clearcoat). This extra layer adds further protection and keeps the paintwork looking tip top.
Using polish alongside wax will add an additional layer of sparkly shine to your car. Polish helps revitalise a car's shine, which can fade overtime. Due to its abrasive properties, car polish can successfully remove marks and imperfections in the paintwork and, if applied regularly, will keep your car paintwork in great condition.
Ensure you follow instructions and only use as much polish as instructed - too much can damage the paint.
Ceramic coating creates an additional layer to protect car paintwork from the elements, similar to car wax. Like wax, ceramic coating is hydrophobic, and delivers robust protection against extreme weather conditions. Ceramic coating can be applied on top of additional protection already on the paintwork's surface and is applied either as a rub or through a spray bottle.
Ceramic coating works well if applied after you have polished your car, as it helps seal this protection with its ceramic coating.
Known for being one of the best alternatives to car shampoo, snow foam contains chemicals that help lift dirt from the paint surface unlike traditional shampoo products. Snow foam creates a deep clean which can be achieved easily and efficiently.
While clay bars aren't as well known, they offer a higher level of cleaning than a standard car clean. Made up of natural or synthetic materials, the resin compounds found within a clay bar remove dirt and pollutants that standard washes won't touch. They can be used to clean paint as well as glass, fiberglass and metal.
Devaluing your vehicle
Not only does damaged car paintwork look unattractive, failing to get scratches or damage repaired can significantly reduce a vehicle's re-sale value. It can also cause long-term rusting to the paintwork.
Paint Protection from Carbase
So, how can you keep your car looking in the same shiny condition as the day you drove it away while protecting its long-term value? Safeguard Paint Protection from Carbase is the solution.
Safeguard is a lifetime protection system for your vehicle, which delivers a locked-in deep gloss finish to enhance your car's bodywork and provide a protective layer.
Once applied, Safeguard Paint Protection:
- Enhances the appearance of any car
- Repels water
- Provides a protective barrier to protect paint from everyday pollutants
- Removes the need to polish your vehicle for three years
- Makes it far easier to achieve a superior shine when washing your car
Become part of Carbase's Members Protection Programme and reap the many benefits, including a showroom-shiny, well protected car all-year-round.
Find out more about Paint Protection here.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about Carbase's Paint Protection plan and how we can help your car stay in superb condition, contact us today. Our team of experts are more than happy to discuss your options and help you be one step closer to driving away in the shiny car of your dreams.
Is paint protection on a car worth it?
Yes, not only does it enhance the appearance of your car or van, there is a number of benefits including, repelling water, provides a barrier to protect for every day pollutants, removes the needs for you to polish your car for three years, makes cleaning your car easier and also can retain the future value of your vehicle.
How long does paint protection last?
Scotts Safegard paint protection comes with a lifetime guarantee!
What is paint protection?
A treatment that is applied to the exterior of your car or van. It is an invisible coating that covers the car's paintwork and serves as a protective layer.