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Five Items that Can Damage your Car Paint

Calling car owners.  In addition to bumps and accidents, there are also many products and chemicals which can permanently damage your car’s paint. Knowing in advance which of these products and items can impact on the paint work of your vehicle will help to avoid expensive repairs or repainting costs.

The top five products or chemicals you need to be aware of include the following.

Brake Fluid

You need to be careful when handling brake fluids that are not silicone-based.  These are generally older types of brake fluid which can be caustic and act rather like paint thinner which can cause the outer layer to peel.  Fortunately, the development of more durable, modern car paints has also helped to protect the vehicle from these chemicals.

The good news is that if the brake fluid is cleaned off right away, your car probably won’t have any problem. As it sits on the paint, however, the fluid can quickly cause harm. So, if you do notice brake fluid on your car, wipe it off straight away.

Bird Droppings

Another substance which can your vehicle is bird droppings. The droppings can leave a permanent mark on the outside of a vehicle because they are acidic and, when left in the sun, they harden onto the paint. It’s best not to let the droppings dry and remove them promptly with a wet rag and mild detergent. When cleaning, try not to rub the spot because seed particles and grit in the droppings can scratch the surface of the underlying paint.

You should also park your car away from areas where you spot a lot of bird dropping on surfaces or the floor.

Petrol or Diesel

Car owners should be careful when filling up the car with petrol or diesel to avoid overflows or drips onto the body of the car  which can also  stain. The gasoline evaporates, but it can leave marks behind and damage the clear coat. The best preventative measure is to have the vehicle waxed after each car wash which will make cleaning up after these spills much more effective.


When the outside temperatures rise during the summer months, it’s possible that tarmac on our road can start to melt. Tar can also pose a problem if you drive through fresh surfaces  that have just been laid. The substance tends to stick to the car’s paint and, if allowed to dry, it can be tough to get off. If this should happen, IPS Paint Supplies offers a range of products that will help dissolve the tar without damaging the paint.


During the winter months,  salt is used to prevent ice from sticking to our road surfaces. Though this is an effective way of making our streets safer when the temperatures drop, it can lead to big problems for your car.

Road salt can make your vehicle more susceptible to rust and speed up the corrosion process. To help protect the paint and body of the car from rust, wash it often during the winter. You should also have it treated with a wax or sealant before the first snow. If you have just purchased a new car, consider investing in permanent rust protection treatment.

IPS Paint Supplies

We hope these tips for keeping your vehicle’s paintwork free from damage.  We stock a wide range of cleaning and valeting products to deal safely and efficiently with any product removal from your paintwork.

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