Why Is My Car Paint Peeling…And What Can I Do to Protect My Paint?

You love your car, and you take pains to make sure it looks good inside and out. But what’s that you see—peeling paint? The horror!

But why is your paint peeling? And, is there anything you can do about it?

Sit back and let the pros at Quanz Auto Body  demystify peeling paint.

What Causes Paint to Peel?

Even when you take the best care of your car’s paint, peeling can still happen. It’s a process called “delamination,” and if left unchecked, can spread.

Your car’s beautiful glossy paint is made up of many layers that include a primer, base coat and clear coat. Delamination begins when one of the layers no longer bonds to the layer below it.

Causes of delamination include:

  • Compromised paint seal

Debris and abrasive materials—anything that can cause a scratch or ding—can compromise your paint seal. They cut through the paint and allow air, moisture, and contaminants to come into contact with the underlying layers (and in some cases your vehicle’s metal body). These contaminants break down the bonds between coating layers. And what’s worse—if any rust forms on the metal beneath the paint, that can also begin to weaken its structural integrity.

  • Poor paint surface preparation

If you’ve had your car’s paint redone or if you have a GM, Ford or Chrysler vehicle manufactured between the late 80s and mid-90s, your peeling paint could be the result of poor paint surface preparation.

Each layer of paint must bond to the layer before it, and that’s especially true for the layer that adheres to the body of the car. If the technician didn’t prep your car correctly, the paint will begin to pull away, which results in peeling.

When paint delamination is caused by poor surface preparation, you are likely to see widespread peeling instead of an isolated spot.

Whatever reason your paint is peeling, once larger flakes start to come off, you have a problem that only a professional can correct.

How to Protect Your Paint

Unfortunately, if your paint is peeling due to poor surface preparation, there isn’t much you can do. However, there are some things you can do to help keep your paint from peeling due to external sources:

  • Repair small spots of damage

If you notice a small chip or scratch, use touch-up paint to cover the area. A few tips to make sure your touch-up is well blended:

  1. Make sure the color is correct
  2. Apply touch-up to a clean, dry exterior
  3. Apply touch-up in favorable conditions—out of direct sunlight, in moderate temperatures and when relative humidity is low

Taking care of a scratch when it happens can help minimize the chance that damage will spread and cause your paint to peel.

  • Keep your car covered

Keeping your car out of the elements, temperature extremes and direct sunlight can help preserve your car’s paint. Moisture, heat, cold, rain, snow, hail and blowing dirt and dust can all compromise your car’s paint, especially if you have a few scratches or dents.

  • Keep your car clean

Over time, dirt and grime can eat away at the layers of paint on your car. So, no matter what type of “ick” gets on your car—road grime, tree sap, bird droppings or grit spread for traction—remove them as quickly as possible to protect your paint.

There may be times when the extent of damage is too much. If your car’s paint is beyond DIY repair, it’s critical that you have a professional technician repair the damage as soon as possible.

Quanz Auto Body  offers the highest quality car paint repair. Our certified technicians have the experience and knowledge to restore your car’s paint to like-new condition. Call us today.