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Top 10 Contaminants That Will Destroy Your Vehicle Paint


destroy your vehicle paint Steve's Detailing & Hand Car Wash DenverWe know how much our customers love their vehicles and how determined they are to keep both the interior and exterior looking brand new for as long as possible.

If you fall into this category, then you should be wary of what can destroy your vehicle paint.

Today, Steve’s Detailing in Denver discusses all the damaging forces you might encounter while driving, as well as their effect on the paint and finish of your car, truck or SUV.

If you have any of this going on with your vehicle, come see us at our Denver Tech Center location.


Ever pull into a gas station and see a vehicle covered in bugs from bumper to headlights to roof? Where did they just come from? The Amazon?

Well, wherever it was, they better deal with those dead bugs promptly. Bugs are acidic and stick like glue to paint, causing deterioration and more. Dealing with this situation as soon as possible is your best line of defense. Besides, it is not pretty to look at.

Bird Droppings

Much like bugs, this gross stuff has an acidic effect on paint. And if not dealt with, bird excrement will destroy your vehicle paint quickly.

The bonus with bird droppings is that also carries some debris that actually scratches the surface of your nice new paint job. Because birds eat seeds and nuts, and seeds and nuts contain sharp and rough edges, guess where that result ends up? Right where you don’t want it, on your car’s paint.

Clean as soon as possible if you want to save your paint.

Pebble and Stone Chips, and Everything in Between

If the road were solely yours, life would be great on your car’s paint job. Unfortunately, life is not like that, and we have to share the road with others.

That means big logging and gravel trucks that send debris of all sorts flying our way, salt and sand machines that keep our roads safe while flinging loose material, and who knows what else.

Following too closely is not the greatest idea, but even if we stayed way back, we simply can’t avoid the inevitable. Chips happen, so does debris. Steve’s Detailing can help.


You’ve probably written “wash me,” or “please give me a bath” on the back of a dust-laden vehicle at some point or another. While it gives us a chuckle, it doesn’t do anything for the paint job.

In fact, it grinds in that dirt, dust, and debris, not to mention dirty fingerprint oils deeper into the paint, causing scratches that are hard to get rid of. A professional polish will need to be in order after a complete wash.


Yes, just neglecting your car can destroy your vehicle paint. It might seem futile to have it washed or detailed only for our unpredictable weather to immediately dump rain or snow on your car.

But, that build up needs to get cleaned sooner rather than later, so adhering to an ongoing regimen ensures lasting paint brilliance and peace of mind.

Tree Sap

This one’s a doozy. Depending on where you live, and what trees are near where you park, whether at home, work or the gym, avoid parking under trees that drip sap.

This stuff is deadly and sticky and will destroy your vehicle paint quickly if not removed immediately. Our car detailing services will handle this mess in no time. Don’t delay as this stuff is destructive.

Water Spots

If you park your car on the street, keep an eye out for nearby sprinklers. An errant spray might seem like it would be harmless, but it can and will affect your paint.

Here’s the problem. Minerals and chemicals in public water dry on your paint. If you have hard water in your home that leaves your skin feeling dull and dry, just imagine how its effect on your car.

Hard, scummy or treated water needs to be washed off and your vehicle polished out.

Improper Washing

Dirty rags, brushes, and even water buckets are filled with bits of debris that can permanently cause streaks, swirls and damage to paint quickly. Don’t let this happen to you.

Invest in some clean rags and products or have the professionals attend to details. By bringing your car in for an auto detailing, you can trust that we never use rags or materials that are dirty, and each vehicle is treated with products and materials that are proven to work flawlessly.

Spilled Gas

Fuel stains can be hard to get rid of. Avoid overfilling your gas tank and causing spills around the gas receptacle. You will most likely need a detail professional to get rid of the stain permanently.

Too Much Sun

Prolonged exposure to the sun is not good for anyone, or anything, and will destroy your vehicle paint. While a garage or covered parking is always preferable, that’s not always possible.

So, cover your vehicle for long-term, outdoor parking and try to find a nice, shaded spot at work or the grocery store to prevent exposure to extreme heat temperatures.

The damage is almost irreversible if left unattended to for too long.

Get Rid of What Can Destroy Your Vehicle Paint

Road salt to bird droppings, if your car takes a hit, bring it to a reputable company like Steve’s Detailing.

With our professionals, you can customize your service, as well as get into a regular detailing schedule that fits your budget, lifestyle and schedule. You can trust that we use only the finest products, and our crew is experienced and knowledgeable in the art of vehicle detailing.

Steve’s Detailing knows all too well how quickly your vehicle can be damaged, so visit us soon and ask about our special services for all sorts of vehicles, including luxury, sports cars, collectible cars, everyday drivers and more. Your paint job will look as good as new (or better) once we are done, so get in touch today for dependable and prompt service.