5 Surprising Things That Can Damage Your Car’s Paint



Vehicle owners in Houston, Texas, often understand the importance of keeping the paint on their car in good condition. Not only is this the first impression people have of your car, properly maintained paint can also add value to your car if you ever sell it. As a leading Houston body shop, Santa Ana Body Shop understands the importance of keeping your vehicle’s paint in good condition, so we’ve listed 5 surprising things to look out for that could cause damage to your paint:

  1. Silly String

If your kids enjoy spraying silly string in the driveway, be sure to move your car far enough away to where it won’t get hit. If the silly string dries and hardens on your vehicle, it can easily peel away the paint and damage the auto body when you try to scrape it off.

  1. Coffee and Soda

It’s not uncommon to place your cup full of coffee or your soda bottle on the roof of your car when you need to free up an extra hand to open your car. However, this can mean bad news for your vehicle’s paint. These drinks are acidic and can eat away at the paint on your car.

  1. Dead Bugs

Dead bugs on your car are hard to avoid here in Houston, Texas, but it’s important to keep them off your car as much as possible. When the bugs splatter on your car, the acidic remains can lead to stripping the paint around them. To avoid this, be sure to wash away any dead bugs on your car with a hose as soon as you notice them, and follow by drying the surface with a clean, soft cloth.

  1. Construction Zones

Construction zones often come along with loose pebbles and rocks, dirt, and other debris that can cause damage to your car’s paint. These materials are abrasive, meaning they can scratch away the paint and leave you needing the help of your local Houston, Texas, auto body shop.

  1. Sprinkler Systems

If you park your vehicle in the driveway, make sure it is out of the way of any sprinkler systems on your lawn. The sprinklers can leave little droplet of water on your vehicle. When paired with the sun, these water droplets “burn” into the car, leaving the paint on your car permanently damaged. If possible, the best option to avoid this kind of damage is to park your vehicle in a fully-enclosed garage.

Avoiding these 5 things can dramatically improve the appearance of your car and protect the paint. For help keeping your auto body in top condition, 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.

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop