The most common cause of scratches in your car’s paint is from small rocks or other rubble flying off the road and hitting your vehicle. To understand how to protect your car’s paint from street debris, check out this blog.
The first option to protect your car is with a protective film. This polyurethane protective tape stretches about 700 percent of its size to fit over the top of your paint job. You’ll typically install the film over highly sensitive areas, such as the headlights, front bumper, grill, and rearview mirror, but it can go over any part of the car you want.
The film then absorbs most of the damage and prevents most minor nicks from reaching the paint. It’s also very versatile, and its flexibility allows you to create your own DIY protection patterns to cover any vehicle. Also, if you maintain it well, it can last you around 10 to 15 years, which is about the lifespan of the modern car.
“Wax on; wax off.” Well, maybe you should keep the wax. That’s because, before the introduction of protective films and other modern developments, wax was always the preferred method for protecting your paint. Wax isn’t quite as effective at protecting against flying rocks and scratches as some more recent technologies, but it is better than nothing. Also, unlike protective film, the wax will shield your paint from UV rays. It also protects against tree sap and bird poop.
However, wax starts to lose its effectiveness almost as soon as you apply it. You can curb its decay with the help of polish.
Ceramic coating is a liquid you spray on your car that will harden into a thin layer of glass. This layer is incredibly durable and will protect your vehicle from street debris, tree sap, and even spray paint. It can last about two to five years before you need to replace it; however, its application is a bit more challenging than many other methods. The prep to apply a ceramic coating takes acute attention to detail for an extended period.
Polish won’t protect the paint from anything, but it’s on this list because you should use it as the final layer on top of your protective film, wax, or ceramic coating. The polish will help these products last longer, and it will give your car a glossy finish.
Now that you know how to protect your car’s paint from street debris, you can find the best method for shielding your paint job.
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