Summer is here, and in New Mexico, that means sun, sun, more sun, bugs, construction zones, trees and some severe thunderstorms thrown in for good measure. And all of these can damage your car’s paint.
At Quanz Auto Body, we will always take the best care of your car. But we also think it’s even better when we don’t have to do any repairs at all. So, here are a few tips to help you protect your car’s paint this summer!
Cover Your Car
UV rays from the hot summer sun, hail, sap and leaves that trees drop—they can all do a number on your car’s paint job.
The sun’s UV rays deteriorate the clear protective coating, and once that’s degraded, UV rays fade and crack the paint. Hail from a summer storm can cause dings, dents and scratches that are unsightly and may compromise the integrity of the clear coat, allowing further issues down the road. And sap, bird droppings, bugs and the many other things that bombard your car while parked under a shady tree can corrode paint layers.
Making sure your car is covered as often as possible, preferably in a garage or carport, is one the #1 way to protect your car this summer.
Keep Your Car Clean (But Not Too Clean)
Bugs left on your car after a road trip can start compromising the seal on your paint. And the resulting damage can spread. This is also true of road dust, mud, dirt and the other travails of summer driving. So, spot wash it off as quickly as possible (because over-washing your car can strip moisture from the clear coat, making it less resistant to heat and UV radiation).
Repair Chips Fast
Chips and scratches are inevitable. It could be road construction or a stray pebble from the car in front of you. You may even get stuck outside in a hail storm. But when you see a chip, or scratch or dent, the best course of action is to repair it ASAP.
Your car’s paint job is made up of many layers bonded to each other and the body, then sealed. A chip or scratch can compromise that seal as well as the layers underneath it, causing them to pull away from the others. When that happens, your paint starts to peel. And if you don’t take care of the peeling quickly, it will spread. The damaged area can also let in moisture and air, creating the perfect environment for rust.
If the scratch is small enough, you can use the small paint bottle that came with your car to do a touch-up. Make sure you use it out of direct sunlight and when it’s dry (heat, sun and moisture can all affect the color match and bubbling).
If the scratch or dent is more significant, you should bring it into Quanz for a repair. Our certified technicians will fix the problem and achieve an invisible blend so your car will look good as new!