The 4th of July holiday is coming up, and many Houston, Texas, residents are planning to enjoy the holiday with fireworks. While a fireworks show is a wonderful 4th of July tradition, the ash produced by those fireworks can cause damage to your car’s paint. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that drivers want to keep their car looking great, so we’ve laid out some tips to help protect your car from ash damage this 4th of July:
What Does Ash do to Auto Body Paint?
Dry ash doesn’t pose a risk to your paint, but once ash residue gets wet, a corrosive combination is created. The water releases elements from the ash that can easily eat away at your vehicle’s paint, leading to problems with both the appearance and structure of your car.
To Prevent Ash from Getting on Your Car:
- Put Your Car in the Garage
A garage is made to protect every inch of your car by completely enclosing and keeping it away from harsh, outdoor elements. If you have access to a garage, be sure to park your car in it before celebrating the holiday. Keep in mind to close the door completely to prevent the wind from blowing ash into the garage and making contact with your vehicle’s paint.
- Purchase a Fitted Car Cover
If a garage isn’t accessible, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to protect your paint. Consider purchasing a fitted car cover to protect your vehicle. These covers keep large amount of ash residue from reaching the auto body, wheels, and tires. You can easily find a fitted cover at a local automotive parts store or online but be sure to do some research on the quality of the brand you are considering purchasing. You don’t want the cover to blow off and expose your car’s paint.
What to Do if Ash Gets on Your Car:
Keep in mind that dry ash doesn’t cause the problem with your car’s paint. If ash gets on your vehicle, it will not do any damage until the next time the car gets wet. However, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid washing the ash from your car. A careful car wash can help remove ash residue without causing paint damage. Begin by spraying the car from top to bottom to ensure ash does not re-contaminate any area of the car. After the first rinse, grab a microfiber cloth to apply soap and begin washing the car again from top to bottom. Keep in mind that if you use a sponge, you run the risk of debris getting trapped in the porous material and spreading contaminates around your car. Rinse the cloth frequently to wash off ash and dirt residue. It’s a good idea to keep two buckets of water to rinse the cloth in to help the water stay cleaner. Rinse the vehicle again from top to bottom and apply a high-quality wax to protect your vehicle from any other damaging elements.
Fireworks may be a 4th of July tradition, but it can be damaging to your car’s paint. These easy tips can help ensure your car will stay looking its best. For professional auto body work in Houston, Texas, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001.