Does Pollen Damage Your Paint?

Many of us went out to our cars this morning only to notice layers of pollen accumulated on top.

If you’re lucky enough to park in a garage, or in case you haven’t noticed, it’s pollen season. Pollen not only makes your car, truck, van or SUV look like you’ve had a hastily executed yellow paint job, it can also have harmful effects. This is what pollen looks like on a microscopic level:

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Now, imagine millions of those on your vehicle’s paint.

The tiny thorns on pollen are what help it stick to your car, clothes and more. The most damaging aspect of pollen, however, is not the thorns, but the acidity. We’ve discussed acidity and how it can damage your paint on our previous post of acid rain. The good news, if there is any, is that pollen needs another element to cause this acidity – water. So when your vehicle is covered with pollen, the oncoming rain is what will activate the acid properties which will, over time, deteriorate your vehicle’s paint.

Pollen should be removed from your car as often as possible through hand washing – avoid automatic car washes. The more layers of pollen there are, the more chance it has of clinging to the paint’s pores and causing damage like premature rust and fading. Wax, wax sealant and paint protection options like Ceramic Pro, Opti-Coat Pro and Paint Protection Film can make washing pollen off much easier. Simply put, the more layers of protection between your car’s paint and outside elements, the better protected it will be.

BONUS! Our Wax Sealant and Paint Protection formulas not only make your vehicle easy to clean, they also helps protect your paint from the sun’s UV rays and gives your vehicle the SHINE it deserves.

To see what’s included with our Wash + Wax Sealant package, click here, and be sure to ask about a protective coating like Ceramic ProOpti-Coat Pro or Paint Protection Film. Now you’re ready to head over to our scheduling page or click the button below to make an appointment! Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.