How do you prevent oxidation on car paint?

My car's paint job is starting to look dull. I remember from when I was a kid that my mom's car oxidized and looked horrible. How can I protect the paint and prevent it from oxidizing?

Answer
Your car paint will eventually oxidize over time due to prolonged exposure to the elements, but with simple car maintenance, you can put off the inevitable.
Simple ways to protect your car’s paint include:
  • Wash your car frequently with car soap or car wash. Don’t use dish soap or anything you’d use to clean your house; these won’t help your car’s paint and might hasten the oxidation and damage to your paint.
  • Wax your car. Think of wax as your car’s sunblock. This helps protect the paint of your vehicle. Pick liquid or paste style wax to protect your vehicle better.
  • Park in the shade or enclosed spaces. Parking your car in the sun and elements can wear away those protective layers in the paint.
There are also signs for when your car’s paint has begun to oxidize. These include:
  • Dulling of color
  • Losing its shine
  • Cloudy
  • White spots
  • Flaking
When this happens, you should take your car to a professional to get it repainted. Untreated oxidation on a car can lead to rust, which can damage your vehicle.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 27, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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