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Avoid These Common Causes of Damage to Your Car's Paint

posted 10 September, 2019 by Jackson Balling
Education, Car Care
As a car owner, it’s essential to be aware of the countless threats to your vehicle’s paint. We’ve discussed the three levels of paint protection in the past, but that hardly scratches the surface of the common causes of damage to car paint. With this guide, you’ll be well-informed to prevent damage through your clear coat from familiar yet unexpected sources.

Tree Sap

One of the most common sights for a car in need of a wash and detail is tree sap. These small rough spots on your clear coat can quickly add up whenever your vehicle is parked under a tree with a broken branch. The critical thing to know about tree sap is that it doesn’t damage your paint immediately. Instead, it gradually destroys your clear coat over time, often leaving a discolored patch or stain behind in its wake.
High temperatures, such as during the summer, speed up the process significantly by baking the sap onto your paint. If you live in a warmer climate, it’s vital that any sap stains on your car are removed as soon as they discovered. If not, then it will take more than a routine car detail or polishing treatment with a clay bar to bring your paint back up to standard.
If you’re looking to minimize the effects that sap can have on your paint, then consider getting your vehicle waxed regularly, such as every 1-3 months.


If you have to drive long distances as a part of your job, then you likely have experience with a front bumper or grille that’s been covered in dead bugs. Not only is this a gross sight, but it’s awful for your paint as well! That’s because dead bugs are acidic and can be challenging to remove, especially when you factor in the summer heat. The longer you leave large swaths of insects on your car, the more likely your paint suffers from corrosion and leave behind blemishes.
It’s impossible to limit your vehicle’s exposure to bug marks, but you can keep your car’s paint in mind after every drive. Being proactive with a routine car wash and front-end wipe down can do wonders for the long-term quality of your clear coat.

Water Spots

While water is crucial to clean your car, it can just as quickly do the opposite to your paint. Whether you have a sprinkler system for your yard or live in a more rainy part of the country, unattended water will easily cause water spots. Evaporation is the cause, as it leaves behind the trace elements from any water that sits on your paint. Most often, our technicians encounter hard water spots, which is the result of mineral-rich water that dried on the surface of your car.
The most challenging kind of water spots to remove are etched-in water spots, or “type III water spots.” These occur when the evaporation of water droplets is accelerated by heat, effectively baking the spot onto the surface of your car’s paint. If left unchecked, these water spots can leave behind permanent damage.
Vinegar has proven to be a useful hack for treating water spots at home, but the best method for avoiding them in the future is with a cleaning chemical treatment and routine wax coating.

Car ownership comes with a lot of responsibility, especially if you want your vehicle to last well into the future. While it’s easy to ignore spots on your car’s paint, it ultimately proves easier to take proactive measures and protect it. Only consistent car wash and detail services, such as waxing or a ceramic coating, can maintain the quality of your car’s paint for the long term.

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Posted in Education, Car Care

Written by Jackson Balling

Jackson is our Content Marketing Manager, bringing over five years of professional experience in creative copywriting, audio production, and video editing to the Spiffy Marketing team.
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