It happens. Cars get lackluster in appearance as their paint job fades. Of course, having a quality paint job in the first place will help extend its life, and modern paints and techniques have certainly come a long way. But if you have been noticing fading and other symptoms of a failing paint job, you will have to address this issue sooner rather than later.
Not sure if you’re imagining things? Ask yourself if it rains a lot where you live, or if you’ve recently been in a car accident. If those answers are yes, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle to a trusted auto body shop for a new paint job. Many factors can contribute to fading and chipping, from weather to collisions to negligence.
Check out these four signs that vehicle repainting is on your horizon.
1. Scratches and Dents
Multiple scratches and dents are a big sign it’s time to repaint your car. If you ignore minor scratches and dents and don’t repair them in a timely manner, this can result in bigger issues down the line. If the damage can’t be buffed out, the paint may peel or you may even spot some rust. If you have a deep scratch, a professional’s attention to detail is needed when it comes to repainting the whole car. If you just have surface scratches, you may be able to get away with a clear coat application.
2. Red or Black Colors
Did you know that red and black vehicles fade faster than others? It’s unfortunate, since they also happen to be two of the most popular car colors. Red and black cars tend to soak in more UV light, which wears away at that protective clear coat. If polish fails to restore the luster to your red or black car, you may have to get a whole new paint job.
3. Peeling Paint
Peeling paint, bubbling, and discoloration can be a sign that the clear coat is wearing down. You usually have two layers of paint underneath the clear coat, but this coat can get worn down by wrong product usage or negligence.
4. No More Shine
Remember how shiny your car was when you first bought it? Well, if it has lost that sheen that you used to love, you may need a paint job. Many people assume they just need to apply wax and that will be enough to restore shine, but this isn’t always the case. Cars can start to look dull when that top clear coat fades. No matter how much wax you apply, that rich shine won’t come back. Sure, wax adds an extra layer of protection, but as soon as it wears off, the paint underneath is susceptible to damage.
It may seem like a hassle and a lot of money to get a new paint job for your car. But your repair bills and hassles will be much higher later if you neglect this issue now.
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