New cars have a natural glossy shine. However, as the years go by, you may notice that the paint begins to fade or develop a cloudy appearance. This is due to oxidization. Fortunately, it’s possible to remove car paint oxidation in most instances.
What Is Car Paint Oxidation?
A car’s paint is constantly exposed to oxygen, causing the molecules in the paint to disintegrate. Visibly, the paint will begin to look duller. In more severe cases, the paint’s surface will develop a chalky appearance.
The consequences aren’t just aesthetic, though. If left untreated, car paint oxidation can eventually eat away the paint’s outer clear coat. This causes the paint to dissolve completely, leaving the metal frame exposed and vulnerable to rust. Rust weakens the metal frame on a structural level. Once this occurs, you’ll need more than just a costly auto repaint job.
How to Remove Car Paint Oxidation
- Move your car to a shaded area
- Wash the car thoroughly to remove surface dirt and debris.
- Apply an oxidation remover. These are readily available at your local automotive store.
- Once signs of oxidation are gone or minimized, apply a coat of wax.
- Polish the headlights as well because the covering can also become oxidized.
Car Paint Oxidation Prevention
Paint oxidation isn’t 100% preventable, but you can slow down the process. Waxing once a month is highly recommended because this keeps a barrier between the paint and the oxygen in the air. If possible, keep your car parked in the garage as often as possible. If you must park in the driveway, use a car cover.
We Restore Auto Paint
Our exterior restoration process includes a combination of waxing, polishing, and clay treatment. This vehicle detailing removes the majority of existing oxidation. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail to remove paint oxidation and get back its natural shine.
Auto Paint Restoration
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