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The problem with oxygen is that it’s everywhere. That is to say, it’s good for us that oxygen is everywhere because we need it to live. But, it’s not good for your car’s finish because of the damage oxidation can cause. Oxygen molecules are constantly in contact with the surface of your car’s paint job. It tends to cause other molecules close to it to lose electrons which, over time, causes those other molecules — like the molecules in your car’s paint — to fall apart.

As your paint continues to oxidize, the effects become more noticeable. At first, you’ll see that the paint looks a bit duller than it did before. Then, the surface of the paint will start to fade and the colors won’t be as vibrant. A paint job that is suffering from heavy oxidation will have a dull, chalky surface. The final stage of oxidation means the clear coat will deteriorate, causing patches of paint to dissolve permanently. That opens the door for rust and means you’ll need to repaint the car.

Car Paint Oxidation

Fighting Car Paint Oxidation

Although you can’t keep your car in a vacuum all the time to protect it from car paint oxidation, you can prevent oxidation from becoming a problem for your car’s finish with the right tools and some regular care.

Here are some tips on how to remove oxidation from your car before it seriously damages your paint job:

  • Move your car into a shaded area where the temperature is between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Clean the car’s exterior completely with the Wash Mitt from CleanTools to remove all dust and dirt, drying it thoroughly with The Absorber.
  • Use a product specifically designed for oxidation removal to eliminate oxidation from the paint’s surface. Light-to-moderate oxidation can be removed with polishing compounds, while heavy oxidation requires a rubbing compound.
  • Apply the compound gently to a small area, work it into the paint and remove it quickly, repeating until all signs of oxidation are gone.
  • Waxing your car after it is washed and polished will help prevent oxidation, providing an extra layer of protection. The Glosser is an easy way to apply an extra layer of protection on your vehicle.
  • Headlights can become oxidized, as well, so don’t forget to clean and polish them with a specialized headlight cleaner. 

Preventing Oxidation

The best way to prevent oxidation from becoming a problem is simply to make sure you keep up with regular care for the outside of your car. First and foremost, this means waxing your car at least once a month to provide that protective layer against oxidation. Also, if you can, keep your car in a garage, under a car cover, or both, as often as possible. By implementing these tips, you can help prevent oxygen’s insidious influence over your car’s gloss and shine.

With the help of CleanTools, you can keep your car in pristine condition. Check out our products mentioned above, call us or fill out our online form with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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