Pollen Everywhere! But Does It Damage Your Paint?

Over the past week or two, many of us have noticed a difference when walking to our cars – a yellowish tint overlaying the entire surface.

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. How? 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’s surface. 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 a previous post on acid rain. The good news, if there is any, is that for pollen’s acidic properties to take place, it needs another element – 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. Protective sealants 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.

First things first, schedule your Wash + Sealant, Hand Wash, Interior Shampoo (currently $10 off) or another detailing service by visiting us HERE or calling 202-380-7100. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.

To learn more about protective coatings such as Ceramic Pro and Paint Protection Film, please head on over to our paint protection website, Ceramic Pro DC: www.ceramicpro-dc.com.

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