The 4th of July is basically here, and with it comes great pride in our history but also some very specific questions about automotive paint. For example: can fireworks damage your car’s paint? Keep reading to discover the answer.
Can Fireworks Damage Your Car’s Paint?
The short answer is yes, fireworks can potentially damage your car’s paint.
Chances are that if you like to drive somewhere to watch the fireworks you have already noticed the ash that often settles on your car on such occasions.
If still hot, this ash may leave burn marks on your car. And even if the ash is already cold, it can turn into a problem if it gets wet due to rain or other factors, such as sprinklers or mist.
The reaction between ash and water can be corrosive for your car’s paint, so should your ride come in contact with firework ash, make sure to give your vehicle a quick rinse as soon as you get home.
Being mindful of all this information is important for several reasons. First of all, it will help you maintain your car in pristine condition. But it will also allow you to avoid insurance headaches since firework damage often falls within a grey area of some policies.
So, to summarize, fireworks do damage your car’s paint, so be careful out there. If you drive to watch the fireworks, rinse your car when you get home and check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers firework damage.
Oh, and by the way: Happy 4th of July from all the staff at Inland Empire Autobody & Paint!
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