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What Causes Chipped Paint?
Here are the main reasons why car paint chips – read until the end, and we’ll tell you about the solution.

Your car’s exterior paint is its first line of defence against rust, as well as a major component in the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle. Chipped paint not only looks bad but also catalyzes the effects of rust and oxidation. Common factors that cause chipped paint include weather, environmental factors, accidents, poor quality paint, and harsh cleaners. Here is how these factors affect your vehicle’s paint.

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather conditions, especially rapid oscillations between hot and cold, can have disastrous effects on your car’s paint job. Vehicle paint expands as temperature rises and contracts as the temperature falls – this happens on a daily basis, as well as season to season. Regular growing and shrinking of the paint cause it to lose its shine, and eventually it will flake off due to weakened grip on the surface of the body panel.

Environmental Factors

Every day of its life your car is exposed to harsh UV rays from the sun, bird droppings, dirt, dust, and moisture in various forms. This continuous assault of the elements causes the paint to lose its quality and chip away easily.


Accidents are the most obvious way to damage a car’s paint. All it takes is the smallest fender-bender in a parking lot, the carelessly opened door of an adjacent car or a distracted motorist to cause a chip or scratch. Paint chips caused by even minor accidents can have severe impacts on your car’s paint because they can damage underlying paint layers as well as the topcoat.

Poor Quality Paint

Due to changing environmental and health standards, car manufacturers have had to shift away from durable lead-based paint. Most modern cars are painted with water-based emulsions that are cheaper, and also satisfy the demands of the regulatory bodies. Unfortunately, water-based paints tend to be less robust than their lead-based predecessors. Water-based paints are notoriously vulnerable to slight impacts and natural phenomena.

Harsh Cleaners

Many industry cleaners rely on harsh abrasives to get the dirt off your car. While these chemicals are effective at removing dirt, they can also be effective at removing the outermost layer of paint. Regular use of these harsh cleaning chemicals can eventually weaken the paint enough to result in chipping.

How to Protect Your Vehicle

The above factors can all cause paint chips on your vehicle. Fortunately, there is a very simple way to protect your vehicle from paint damage: Paint Protection Films. PPFs are a very thin, essentially invisible, layer on top of your vehicle’s paint that protects it from scratches, chips, and abrasions. It is easy to install, simple to remove, and will leave your paint looking factory fresh for years and years to come. If you have never seen these before, just click here to read all about them. You are going to be blown away.

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