Road Salt Can Damage Your Car’s Paint! Here’s How To Protect It

Winter is just around the corner, and with the new season comes colder temperatures. While Houston, Texas, isn’t known for snow and harsh winter, we do get a common roadway problem – ice. When ice forms on the roads, road salt is often used to aid in the melting process. While this is essential for keeping drivers safe on the road, it can cause unwanted damage to your vehicle’s paint. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we know that drivers want their car’s paint to look its best, so we’ve laid out some tips to protect your car from road salt this season:

  1. Wash Off Built-Up Grime

During the winter, grime can easily build up as a result of salting the roads to melt ice. When this grime sits on your car for extended periods of time, it can eat away at the paint, exposing your car to rust and other issues. To remove buildup from your vehicle, make sure to frequently rinse your car with a pressure washer. Aim to do this every week or so, and after any particularly icy days that we may encounter this season.

  1. Apply Wax After Washing

Not only does wax give your car a nice shine, it also helps protect your car’s paint from road salt. Essentially, the wax acts as a “winter coat,” protecting your car’s paint from roadway elements like road salt. To make sure your paint survives the season, apply wax each time after you wash your car. For the most even coverage to protect your car, use a specialized applicator made specifically for applying wax. Once the wax has been applied, buff away hazy areas with a clean microfiber cloth.

  1. Choose Your Brushes Wisely

Not all brushes are created equally when it comes to washing winter road salt off of your car. Using a rough-bristled brush can contribute to scratches on your paint by moving the abrasive salt particles around. When choosing brushes to wash your car with this season, be sure to look for soft-bristled brushes that won’t allow abrasive particles to create deep scratches in your paint.

  1. Don’t Ignore Any Part of Your Car

It can be easy to ignore the undercarriage of your car when rinsing your vehicle. However, it is essential to wash the tires and underneath your vehicle, as this is where much of the road salt and winter grime will accumulate. If left ignored, it can lead to corrosion and rust that can cause problems with the overall strength of your vehicle’s structure. When rinsing your car, be sure to use your pressure washer to rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle along with the wheels to protect your entire vehicle.

While winters are milder here in Houston, Texas, road salt can still pose a threat to your vehicle’s paint. To make sure your paint looks its best this season, 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 to get started today!

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop