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What Causes Paint Chips on a Car?

What Causes Paint Chips on a Car

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It happens often that the paint on your car starts to chip. A flaky paint can damage the luster and appearance of your favorite car. It can also pave the way for active oxidation of the materials used in the body of the car.

There are a number of common factors that may cause the paint to chip. These include weather conditions, strong chemicals in cleaners, accidental scratches and others.

Using a good car paint protection film is helpful, but it is completely up to you, as the crowd stands split on its effects. Let us discuss some of the factors that are the most common culprits of paint chips on a car:

Weather conditions

Paint chips on a car are often caused by extreme weather conditions. The paint tends to contract at low temperatures and expands as the temperature rises. This regular contraction and expansion of the paint layer causes it to lose luster, and over time it starts to chip due to a decreased grip on the surface of the car.

Natural causes

Natural causes usually include bird droppings, dirt and dust, and moisture. All of these tend to make the paint on the car lose its initial quality and over prolonged exposure, the paint starts to chip and become flaky in nature. These factors can play a major role in ruining the paint job and force you to visit an auto detail shop to get the damage fixed.

Accidents and mishaps

Accidents and mishaps are the most common causes of chipped paint and scratched bumpers and can be found anywhere on the planet. From parking lots, to regular cruises in the city, a minor mishap and there goes the paint leaving behind an eyesore.

Paint chips caused by accidents are the worst out of the lot. They can not only affect the top layer of the paint but can also do some serious damage to the underlying paint layers.

In case just the top layer of the paint is damaged, it would be easier to fix it readily, but in case the underlying layers are damaged, it would be a time consuming process to restore it back to normal.

Low-grade paints

Over time, the industry has shifted from robust lead-based paints to less reliable water based emulsions that are easier to use as well as cost effective. The thing with water-based paints is that they chip readily in case of a slight impact on the surface of the vehicle and are less resistant to natural causes of paint chipping.

Harsh chemicals

Most industry cleaners that are commonly used on cars these days contain a number of very strong chemicals that possess a high abrasive power. These chemicals if used can actively aid the process of paint degradation and can ultimately lead to long lasting damage to the paint on your car. These chemicals are one of the leading factors that contribute to the rate of paint chipping.

All of the above factors can cause paint chips on a car. There are a number of ways that can help you in making sure that you are able to avoid paint chips in the future. The most common ones include keeping your car covered while parking outside or parking it at an appropriate place to avoid bird droppings and damage due to extreme weather. Using certified cleaners can add years to your car paint. You can learn all about these and other tips to prevent car paint chipping in our next blog.

We are all in for beautiful cars and provide you with the latest and the most effective tips and tricks to maintain your vehicles in the best possible manner.

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