How to Protect Your Paint from Contaminants – Tips
When it comes to vehicle paint, “contaminants” come in all shapes and sizes.
Although the word itself might sound rather foreign, there are plenty of natural contaminants ready and waiting to ruin your car’s shiny surface. The solution is to act quickly.
Essentially, the longer you let contaminants sit in the surface below, the harder they are to clean, so the first thing that should come to mind is not to leave them too long.
Acting now is the secret, especially when it comes to getting rid of unwanted visitors from the paint surface, but what if you really left it too long? Here are some practical ways to remove common “natural” blemishes.
It seems that by the time you finish washing a vehicle, those cute but pesky birds stare at it like a shining target. The best way to avoid them is to park away from trees and power lines, which is often much easier said than done.
Damage from bird droppings depends on the type of bird and what it ate for breakfast. Often, the bigger the bird, the bigger the poop and whether it’s birds of prey or berry-eating sparrows, the poop is quite acidic.
The way to remove dried droppings on paint is to soak it. Simply dampen a microfiber cloth and just leave it on. The good thing (if there is such a thing) with most bird droppings is that it often hits the car on the horizontals, so you can just leave the rag behind and walk away. Once it’s soft, use running water to wash it all off.
Do not use a solvent, such as turpentine, or any form of scouring pad, unless you are looking to repaint your vehicle.
Especially prevalent in the summer, these natural contaminants can be tricky because if left on too long, they can leave yellow stains on the clear coat. The solution is to wash with water and more than likely a little car wash. If you have some yellowing of the clear coat, it’s usually only temporary as the light will bleach it out within a few weeks.
It’s basically the secretion of resin from the tree – or even falling leaves. Some can be removed with water or a water/methylated spirit mixture, the alcohol helping the water by penetrating the resin and softening it. Again, use a soaked cloth and leave it for a while on the contaminant. Try this first, unless you already know it doesn’t work on sap from a particular tree.
More often than not, we don’t know which tree decided to win the car, so if the above doesn’t work, try a solvent like turpentine or undiluted rubbing alcohol. For example, pine sap in particular responds very well to this.
Keep in mind that not all tree sap will dissolve in solvent or react with water, but it is best to start with the least invasive and/or most readily available liquid before proceeding. take out the heavy stuff.
The debris can look rather nasty, the insects having met their creator at high speed in front of the vehicle; however, water is the best solution and, if necessary, a little detergent. If they persist, keep them moist for a while according to some of the above suggestions for soaking.
Prevention is better than cure and therefore makes removal easier, so try to be careful where you park.
On top of that, a regular waxing of your car or a professionally applied ceramic coating will go a long way in removing all of the above to ultimate satisfaction and with much less effort.