Why is the paint on the hood of my car flaking? To begin with, the flake is not necessarily paint, it is the clear coat on top of your color paint. Virtually every car made since the 90’s is covered in a clear coat to produce shine but also to protect the vehicle from the weather elements. The clear coat protects the paint and vehicle from everything ranging from the sun’s UV rays to bird droppings and road dirt. Although some vehicle may not have a clear coat, the same care process applies to both vehicles with and without a clear coat.
The clear coat on a car flaking and failing is due to a few reasons. Lack of proper care and letting the paint become dry is one reason. Another reason for clear coat failure is the application process when the vehicle was being painted. The clear coat could have been thinned out a little too much and now that it's exposed to the UV rays, it begins to break down. Clear coat flaking is hard to deal with but many ways to prevent it.
To prevent damage to the clearcoat and paint, wash your car regularly. Washing your car and keeping the paint clean to increase the life of your paint by preventing dirt build up. Although we can’t control the sunlight, keep the vehicle in the shade and garage as often as possible to keep away from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Another thing you can do is to use a quality car wax and or a paint sealant regularly on the paint. A quality car detailing will protect the paint but also give it a great shine.
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