You’ve probably seen vehicles with paint that is turning white in some places. This is one of the most common types of automotive paint damage and the effect is definitely not pleasant to see. Keep reading to learn why car paint turns white and what you can do to prevent it.
Why Is My Car Paint Turning White?
Automotive paint turns white due to a chemical process known as oxidation, which (as you might have guessed) occurs when the paint loses its oil content due to exposure to oxygen and heat. Oxygen is in the air we breathe and heat comes from sunlight.
The first signs of car paint oxidation include paint that has lost its glossy quality and begins to appear dull in places. In the next phases of oxidation, the paint turns white, an inelegant look most car aficionados are familiar with.
Just like with rust, acting fast as soon as you notice the first signs of oxidation can help you save time and money. As oxidation progresses, repairing it becomes more difficult. In the most severe cases, sometimes it is necessary to strip the affected part of its original paint and repaint it.
How To Prevent Car Paint Oxidation?
Since oxygen and heat are everywhere, some degree of oxidation is almost inevitable. However, there are some steps you can take to delay oxidation as much as possible. For example:
- Wax your car often. This will create a protective layer against oxygen and sun rays
- Park in a garage or carport whenever possible (alternatively, use a car cover)
- When washing your car, use products formulated for automotive paint
For other common questions about automotive paint, check out our previous blogs, “What Is the Typical Car Paint Thickness?” “Why Is My Car’s Paint Chipping Off?” and “Why Is My Car’s Paint Bubbling?”
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