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5 Signs You Need Autobody Painting
Lots of vehicle owners go many years without considering getting a new paint job for their car. Many of them begrudgingly opt for it only after being in an accident and suffering dent damage. But you don’t have to wait until your paint is fading and flaking to get it painted. There’s no hard and fast rule that says when autobody painting is needed.
Take clues from your vehicle. A new paint job doesn’t just keep your car looking new. It protects it from rust and can actually have an impact on how long your car will last.
Here are five signs that you may need autobody painting services.
Being involved in any kind of accident is a good reason to take a look at the exterior of your car. Any ding or scratch from a minor fender bender to a full-on collision can make your car vulnerable to serious issues. Sure, it may drive fine. But if your exterior has paint chipping or bubbling, rust will set in fast.
While it may drive just fine, an exterior with paint chipping or bubbling could open your autobody up to rust.
2. Fading Paint
If your paint job is fading, this means it’s starting to wear – the #1 reason people bring their cars into the shop for painting. There are many things that can cause your paint job to look less than stellar. Maybe you’ve left your car out in the sun for too many years. Temperature can have adverse effects on your car’s exterior.
Maybe you haven’t washed your car enough. Dirt and grime tend to leave an uneven film that can damage your paint job. And if you don’t wax your car enough or at all, you will find that your car will need to be repainted sooner than if you had given it some TLC.
And of course, fading just happens with the passage of time. Is your car still driving like a dream but it’s lacking that shine you love? Have it repainted.
3. Clear Coat is Peeling
Your car’s first line of defense is its clear coat. Once that is lost, your car is vulnerable to the weather and elements. If you notice paint peeling from your car, this is likely the clear coat being separated from the base coat. Once the clear coat is completely gone, the base coat will lift from the body, exposing your car to damage.
Do you see bubbles and discolored areas? This is the first sign of clear coat failure.
4. Deep Scratches
Whether your car was sideswiped on the highway, scratched up by a grocery cart, or was the victim of a keying, the paint job has to be treated. Have a professional look at the scratches and make a recommendation. It will depend on the severity of the scratch how invasive the solution is. While some scratches can be buffed out, others require a panel replacement. If you have to repaint your car, an auto body painting professional will help you determine what you need.
This is why it’s important to always drive carefully, whether pulling into your garage or navigating around the grocery store parking lot. If you have to back out of a tight space, for example, always check behind you. Double check the mirrors when merging into another lane.
5. Rust Issues
Rust is more prevalent in colder climates due to the cold weather, snow and salt on that is used to treat ice. If you’re buying a car from someone in a cold climate, or you just moved to Dallas from a cold area, you may already have some rust damage.
If you were lax on washing the underside of your car to wipe away any salt, you know that it can quickly eat away at your car. Once winter is over, you may notice you have scratches or rust that have developed.
But Dallas isn’t immune to rusting cars, either. The worst culprits when it comes to rust is hot, humid, salty air. Bottom line is, if you don’t regularly clean your car and take good care of it, that little bit of rust can lead to quick deterioration of your vehicle. Holes can even result in the worst cases.
Fresh paint on a regular basis will keep this from happening. And if you’ve been in a collision where a large dent or scrape has compromised your car, get it painted as part of the repair.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
If your vehicle is in need of a new paint job, contact us to schedule an appointment in Dallas or Plano.