Is Your Cars Exterior Paint Protected from the Elements?

How Can You Protect Your Exterior Paint from Oxidation?

Many of you out there wish you’d added paint protection to your vehicle when you first bought the car.

Especially those of you who live in a climate like California.

Where the sun always seems to shine.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the sun. I don’t like what it can do to my car’s exterior paint and interior.

Washing and waxing your car can help wash off some environmental contaminants.

But I understand that life gets hectic and a chore like washing and waxing your car often takes a back seat (like the pun?) to more critical matters in life.

The problem with ignoring your car’s paint is that it will get swirl marks and scratches and that once lustrous shine now looks cloudy.

Ok, I know your paint doesn’t look that bad now, but that can happen if you don’t protect your exterior paint from the elements.

When that unprotected clearcoat fades, your paint can get gray water spots and peal right down to the metal. Ouch!

We have the environment to thank for that.

Hey, I’m all for laying in the sun and letting the UV rays turn my skin a golden brown. But the sun mixed with the pollutants in the air when it encounters surfaces can damage your skin (Cancer) and other materials, especially the car’s exterior paint.

Have you ever left a garden gnome or any other painted sculpture in your garden? Then after a year or so, you moved it? The side that wasn’t in the direct sun still had its bright lustrous colors, but the side that faced the sun had lost most of its bright pigments.

Now think about your car’s exterior paint.

You leave your car parked in your driveway when you are home, and it’s parked in an open parking lot when you’re at work.

Exterior paint is exposed to the elements twenty-four-seven. No wonder your car’s exterior paint takes a beating and can fade.

So, how can you stop your exterior paint from fading?

As soon as you drive your brand-new car off the dealership parking lot, the price drops in value.

But did you know that you can retain some of that value by applying a ceramic coating or paint protection film to your vehicle as soon as you’ve purchased your car?

I’m talking about taking your brand-new vehicle to a professional paint protection installer like Quality Auto Glass & Tint immediately after buying your car.

As soon as you drive your brand-new vehicle on the freeway, those damaging UV rays are beaming down onto your car’s paint, and those acidic bugs as splattering all over your car’s front grille and hood. And let’s not forget about being a prime target for a bird flying overhead.

Your exterior paint is exposed to contamination as soon as you get behind your brand-new car’s wheel.

Natural and manufactured contaminants are eating away at your car’s clear coat, and once that’s gone, the environment will destroy your paint.

Pollutants are everywhere.

No matter what you do, pollutants are everywhere. They are in the air from natural disasters like wildfires and extreme heat to manufactured pollutants such as Industrial pollution and vehicular emissions.

And let's not forget about water.

I did say everywhere!

Whether it’s rainwater, water from your tap, or even an irrigation system, water contains minerals, and minerals damage exterior paint if allowed to sit on your paint.

So, how can you stop all this from happening?

I have two words for you: Paint Protection.

At face value, the paint protection offered by a ceramic coating is well worth the cost you’ll pay for it.

You can expect robust protection against surface contaminants and light scratches, such as dirt or swirl marks.

But if you want to get the whole Enchilada, my suggestion is to apply ceramic coating and paint protection films.

So, what is the Difference?

Suppose you opt for ceramic coating because it’s a little cheaper than applying a paint protection film. In that case, we recommend revitalizing your ceramic coating with a spray or foam protectant every 2-3 months for optimal results.

Does Ceramic Coating wear off?

Ceramic Coating is not permanent. Nothing is permanent. Everything on this Earth has a life expectancy and will break down with time. That’s why it’s essential to maintain the coating every 2-3 months.

How do you know when Ceramic Coating is gone?

Life can get hectic. One month can roll into two, then three, then four, and before you know it, maintaining your ceramic coating has been forgotten.

If the ceramic coating has worn off your vehicle’s exterior paint, you’ll notice drops of water will cling to the car’s surface. You’ll see that sheets of water turn into visible beads. This leads to water remaining on exterior surfaces for longer than before and could lead to water spots on your exterior paint if not removed with a microfiber towel. Water beading will become less pronounced when the coating starts to lose its effectiveness.

So, How Do You Protect Your Cars Exterior Paint from the Elements?

Let’s give a round of applause for Paint Protection Film! (PPF).

It’s also known as a clear bra.

Applying paint protection film means less time is required to maintain your vehicle’s paint. PPF prevents dust from buildup on your car, and when you have time to wash your car, the paint protection film makes the job easier and faster.

Plus, it comes with the peace of mind of a ten-year warranty.

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And, if you don’t have time to wash your car, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth and an exterior detailing spray for it to look clean and bright again.

We want you to have a positive experience when Quality Auto Glass & Tint, Inc applies your paint protection film, so you’ll share the love with your friends and family.

Schedule your appointment today!

We have been proud to serve the Sacramento and Modesto area with your window tinting and paint protection needs for over 20 years.  

Ceramic Coating service is currently not available at our Roseville, CA location. But we are more than happy to serve you with applying XPEL Paint Protection Film. 

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