Fall is here, and that means candy corn, pumpkin lattes, and yes, also dead leaves that can damage your car’s paint. However, don’t panic: here are some tips to protect your car from leaf stains.
How do Leaves Damage Your Car?
Any agent that comes in contact with the surface of your car has the potential to damage it and dead leaves are no different. Leaves can scratch automotive paint when removed carelessly. They can also stain your car’s surface when the natural compounds they contain are transferred to the paint, which happens often when the leaves are wet.
Additionally, leaves can also clog or damage important parts of your car like your air filters.
Some Common-Sense Tips
The most basic protective measure is preventing your car from coming in contact with dead leaves in the first place. These are some strategies you can consider:
- Avoid parking under trees; park in a garage or carport whenever possible
- Consider using a car cover
- Remove leaves as soon as you can
- Wash your car regularly
Above all, make sure to remove the leaves one by one, picking them off by hand. Other methods, like brushing them off or using a leaf blower, can potentially damage your car’s paint.
How to Deal With Leaf Stains
If you detect a leaf stain on your car, consider using a leaf stain remover product. If that doesn’t take care of the stain, it means that the leave compounds have worked their way through the clearcoat (the pigment-free paint that protects the basecoat). In that case, it’s best to seek the advice from the experts in auto paint at Inland Empire Autobody & Paint.
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Keep your ride always in tip-top condition with these posts that cover about every aspect of care and maintenance of your car.
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