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Paint Degradation

Degradation of Vehicle Paintwork in normal vehicle operations

Although quality paint materials are used most OEM’s, it is impossible to achieve complete immunity to damage in the course of a vehicle’s operational life. The destructive influences and loads to which all automotive vehicles are exposed are diverse, and include:
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Climatic
  • Mechanical

Chemical Influences

  • Salt
  • Sand
  • Tar
  • Oil
  • Industrial emissions
  • Fuel
  • Lubricants
  • Car care products

Biological Influences

  • Bird Lime
  • Insect secretions
  • Tree resin

Climatic Influences

  • Heat, cold
  • Humidity
  • Sunlight (UV radiation)
  • Rain, snow, ice, hail

Mechanical Influences

  • General day to day use – e.g. shopping / school bags
  • Stone chips - Gravel, grit, sand
  • Brush - car wash, hand wash