The iceman cometh and your car’s body will suffer
As a body shop there is nothing like the look of someone’s face when there beloved truck, car or suv has been restored. It is a great feeling redoing the paint job or getting dents out after a wreck. And as much as we love to do it, we want you to avoid situations that can damage that paint or exterior.
Bring on the Winter…
The Winter months pose a threat to that car body in a lot of different ways. Some are seemingly innocent. You go outside after a snowfall and your car is covered in powdery snow and ice. Naturally you go to remove the snow. Guess what, do it wrong and you can damage the paint.
Winter Deicing And Snow Removal Without Car Body Damage Tips
Here are pitfalls you want to avoid. If you deice or scrape your car wrong, you are going to look pretty scratched and dinged up come Spring. Here are some situations to avoid:
The Car Is Covered In Snow…
You come outside and your vehicle is covered in lots of puffy snow…So you grab the snow shovel to dust that car off. You may remove the snow but that shovel will scratch the paint. Shovels have sharp metal edges that can destroy your paint job.
Make sure to a get a tool that says it will not scratch your car or auto body paint. What is the point of removing snow if you cost yourself thousands in repairs. You could even use your hand but make sure to avoid things with sharp edges.
Not So Nice..Ice
Say you come out and your car has a layer of ice coating the doors, hood, and just about everywhere else. You grab the ice scraper tool and scrape the windows.. Once done you decide to use the scraper tool on the car body. But before you do keep in mind, it will damage the paint.
Scraper tools are designed for windows, not paint. A better way is to let the car heat up and let ice melt away independently of the scraper tool. Then use your hands to pick pieces of ice away.
Salt: Double Threat
Salt can pose two big threats. One, it can corrode your vehicle’s body if left there for a long time. Two, if you try to rub it off it can scratch and degrade your automobile’s finish.
The Solution: Wash It Off
When you can, wash that salt off and let the water remove it from the vehicle’s body
And when you need Auto body or car body work done..Come See Us At Mack’s. We can work with your insurance carrier.
And as always..Be Safe This Winter
How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice Damage. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-protect-your-car-snow-and-ice-damage.htm