Most people will pay so much attention to the mechanics and inner workings of their vehicles that they tend to forget to maintain the exterior of the car as well, including the paint. One of the biggest problems we see with the exterior of cars at our auto body and paint shop is chipping, flaking, or faded paint from all of the elements we deal with in Wichita, KS. So what do you need to know in checking your car for paint damage? While this is far from a very complex process, there are things you should and should not be doing when you check the exterior of your vehicle.
As a long time auto body and paint center in Wichita, KS, let us ask you this "Is there anything worse looking than chipping paint on your car?" Something that once started out as a very small mark or chip can grow into something bigger if you are not careful and proceed with caution until you get something done.
If you don’t immediately deal with paint chips, you could soon find the problem becoming worse and instead of chips, you are dealing with a whole door that does not have paint. Is that something you really want to look at or even repair if it could have been prevented?
CAUSE OF CHIPS
The primary cause of all paint chips is the impact of some sort of hard object, such as stones that fly up while you are driving.
The more you drive your car on backstreets or suburban roads, like those in Wichita, KS the better chance there is that your paint’s finish will chip. This is all part of being a vehicle owner and a driver. Your job is to recognize when this happens and then go on to deal with the issue in the appropriate manner in a relatively quick time. Turnaround can make all of the difference in saving you some money and saving you time.
Another cause of chips is due to weather events like ice, hail, and the cleaning process to get your car ready on winter mornings. You can also get chips from daily use – like unloading groceries, putting in a car seat, or packing luggage.
HOW TO REPAIR CHIPS
While some people choose to just ignore any chipping, others will realize that making a repair can be a very simple process. Here is what you need to do on those smaller cases:
- Pinpoint the damaged areas and mark them off
- Lightly sand the chip so that it is flush
- Use a touch-up kit (purchase the exact color direct from your automaker or dealer)
Sometimes your car will have a lot of chips, a special paint job, or just be too big of a job for you to deal with. If you live in or around Wichita, KS, Auto Craft Collision Repair -- the trusted auto body and paint shop will work with you to make sure we restore your paint to its former glory!
Besides never letting it leave the garage, there are only so many things you can do to actually prevent your car’s paint from chipping. If an object is hard enough and hits your vehicle with enough force, the end result is often a chip in the paint – it can be unavoidable. To help protect against this, talk to our auto body and paint professionals about applying a topcoat system to stop many cases where damage would result.
One paint chip may not be a big deal to you, especially if you have an older car, but as these add up the overall appearance of your vehicle will begin to suffer and resale value can be affected.
If you have any type of service or maintenance related concerns, reach out to our body shops in Wichita, KS and in Tulsa, OK and we will be happy to discuss anything with you.
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