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is salt really bad for your car's paint? YES!

Newer paints and protectants can help keep your vehicles paint looking better for longer. Without considerable care and maintenance, your paint will start to diminish. Our location in Elkhart, Indiana gives a great insight to a vehicles paint maintenance against the almighty enemy… Salt. It’s important to know that salt is corrosive. This means that salt sitting on your vehicle throughout the winter months, it will eat away the paint over time. Eventually, the damage will lead to rust forming on your vehicle. Rust will devalue your vehicle due to its appearance, and lack of maintenance. Here are 3 crucial tips for maintaining your vehicles paint, and protecting it from the elements throughout the year.


Wash and Wax 

Washing and waxing your call all year long is a given. This is the bare necessity when it comes to paint maintenance. This would mean a weekly wash to get the dirt and salt off of your vehicles paint to not embed itself over time. Clay Baring your paint every few months will help pull out more grime from the paint and keep it feeling silky smooth, while aiding the appearance. Applying a wax every 3-6 Months ensures protection from the elements, as well as another enemy to paint.. Ultra-Violet rays from the sun. This will ensure your paints color stays vibrant, and that your clear coat doesn’t split/bubble over time. 

Clear Vehicle Wrap (Paint Protection Film)

Applying a clear vehicle wrap to crucial areas of your vehicle that are hit the hardest can help keep those areas clean and protected. Thinking even bigger, some have chose to apply a full vehicle clear protectant wrap. This film aids as a barrier against all elements, and forms a thick shield around your paint, blocking out both debris, as well as harmful UV rays from the sun. Though this is a premium investment, it’s easily one of the best for vehicles you wish to keep the original paint up to perfection.


Ceramic Coating (Blocks UV)

Ceramic coating your vehicle has become very popular in the past decade. Forming a crucial barrier against moisture and giving a deeper vibrancy and gloss to an already clean paint job is a bonus. But does it help against fading, or debris? Ceramic coating is a chemical polymer solution that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle to protect it from external paint damage. Typically applied by hand, it blends with the paint of your car and creates an additional hydrophobic layer of protection. Due to this chemical bonding and creation of a new layer, the car’s factory paint job remains untouched over its use. Though it isn’t as refined or obstructive as the protective film in keeping out debris, it is a nice middle ground for a higher end shine, and a strong barrier to protect your vehicles paint.

No matter the application, a Clean Machine Auto Wash membership will help you keep your vehicle clean and clear from the road’s grime and debris, as well as the corrosive salt from the winter months. Check out our memberships to have access 24/7 to keep your vehicles clean, and your paint protected!

Your vehicles appearance keeps it’s value, so you’ll want to maintain it, and what better way than with an Unlimited Membership with Clean Machine Auto Wash!