You love yourcar, and you take pains to make sure it looks good inside and out. But what’sthat you see—peeling paint? The horror!
But why is your paint peeling? And, is thereanything you can do about it?
Sit back andlet the pros at Quanz Auto Body demystify peeling paint.
What Causes Paint to Peel?
Even when youtake the best care of your car’s paint, peeling can still happen. It’s aprocess called “delamination,” and if left unchecked, can spread.
Your car’sbeautiful glossy paint is made up of many layers that include a primer, basecoat and clear coat. Delamination begins when one of the layers no longer bondsto the layer below it.
Causes ofdelamination include:
- Compromised paint seal
Debrisand abrasive materials—anything that can cause a scratch or ding—can compromiseyour paint seal. They cut through the paint and allow air, moisture, andcontaminants to come into contact with the underlying layers (and in some casesyour vehicle’s metal body). These contaminants break down the bonds betweencoating layers. And what’s worse—if any rust forms on the metal beneath thepaint, that can also begin to weaken its structural integrity.
- Poor paint surface preparation
Ifyou’ve had your car’s paint redone or if you have a GM, Ford or Chryslervehicle manufactured between the late 80s and mid-90s, your peeling paint couldbe the result of poor paint surface preparation.
Eachlayer of paint must bond to the layer before it, and that’s especially true forthe layer that adheres to the body of the car. If the technician didn’t prepyour car correctly, the paint will begin to pull away, which results inpeeling.
Whenpaint delamination is caused by poor surface preparation, you are likely to seewidespread peeling instead of an isolated spot.
Whatever reasonyour paint is peeling, once larger flakes start to come off, you have a problemthat 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 youcan do. However, there are some things you can do to help keep your paint frompeeling due to external sources:
- Repair small spots of damage
Ifyou notice a small chip or scratch, use touch-up paint to cover the area. A fewtips to make sure your touch-up is well blended:
- Makesure the color is correct
- Applytouch-up to a clean, dry exterior
- Applytouch-up in favorable conditions—out of direct sunlight, in moderatetemperatures and when relative humidity is low
Takingcare of a scratch when it happens can help minimize the chance that damage willspread and cause your paint to peel.
- Keep your car covered
Keepingyour car out of the elements, temperature extremes and direct sunlight can helppreserve your car’s paint. Moisture, heat, cold, rain, snow, hail and blowingdirt and dust can all compromise your car’s paint, especially if you have a fewscratches or dents.
- Keep your car clean
Overtime, dirt and grime can eat away at the layers of paint on your car. So, nomatter what type of “ick” gets on your car—road grime, tree sap, bird droppingsor grit spread for traction—remove them as quickly as possible to protect yourpaint.
There may betimes when the extent of damage is too much. If your car’s paint is beyond DIYrepair, it’s critical that you have a professional technician repair the damageas soon as possible.
Quanz Auto Body offers the highest quality car paint repair.Our certified technicians have the experience and knowledge to restore yourcar’s paint to like-new condition. Call us today.