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Common Car Paint Problems – Paint Damage

This article looks into common car paint problems that older cars run into. Paint oxidation and Paint Chipping. They are among the most difficult paint problems that you can run into. Read on to find out how to avoid them.

Paint Oxidation

Paint oxidation is when a car’s paint slowly turns from bright glossy to dull and rough. You will notice this first on the hood of the car and sometimes on the roof part. This is caused by weathering and sunlight damage.

The car’s clear coat is slowly thinned out and exposes the paint to sunlight and other damaging factors. This is a process that happens for a period of time rather than overnight so it is harder to notice for car owners. Fortunately if the oxidation is caught early you can delay repainting and polish your car instead.

Polishing your car can restore mild to moderate damage cause by paint oxidation. You can also avoid paint oxidation by parking your car away from sunlight and protecting it with a paint sealant.

Paint Chipping

Paint chipping is one of the greatest damage your paint can go through. Major paint chipping damage cuts through the color coat down to primer and well to the actual metal surface of the car. This kind of paint damage will require repainting.

Lesser paint chipping damage that does not cut all the way to bare metal can be filled with polishing products. Some even come with color sticks that you can filled the damage with. However if you are seriously wanting to revive your car you paint chipping damage is best done by professional car detailers.

Paint related damage on your car can be repaired or masked. If the damage is too great, a little painting can be done provided that you have the experience with detailing cars. Preventing both paint oxidation and chipping is the best way to go about this.

It is not difficult at all. All you need is time with your car and a willingness to maintain its paint. Half an hour each weekend will be enough for you to maintain your cars finish for a long time. To protect your car during its life it is best to provide a sealant for it.


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