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Charleston's Weather is Beautiful... but How Does it Affect Your Vehicle?

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

The low-country is known for many things, not the least of which is its warm, wet weather. While Charleston's proximity to the salt, sand, and sea may be a bonus for residents and visitors alike, it isn't doing your vehicle any favors.

System X Ceramic Coating on Red Sports Car in Charleston, SC

Most cars are made of materials like aluminum and plastic to attain the right balance of safety and durability. Unfortunately, these materials are susceptible to damage from everyday weather conditions, as well as the extreme weather Charleston occasionally sees.

Here Comes the Sun

You protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun by wearing sunscreen, but what about the exterior of your car?

Direct sunlight causes your car's paint job to fade more quickly. It can also accelerate oxidation, which will cause the paint to peel away from its protective layers. The consequences can also extend beyond your car's looks: Your car's paint helps protect the chassis against moisture damage, dents, and other issues. When it is compromised, so is the structural integrity of your vehicle.

To keep your car safe from the sun, park in the shade as often as you can, either in a covered garage or under a carport or canopy.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Some people think that rain will wash dirt and contaminants off their vehicle... but they're wrong.

Rain is dirty. As it falls, it collects pollutants and contaminants from the air. This "acid rain" does far more harm than good. When the rain hits your car, it can leave those pollutants behind. Over time, they can etch their way into your paint and damage your car's surface.

Furthermore, driving in the rain can cause mud and dirt from the road (complete with debris) to splash up on your car's surface, which can cause even more damage.

Dust in the Wind

That ocean breeze wouldn't be that bad for your vehicle if it weren't for the sand, dirt, and other debris it carries.

Sand, even in small amounts, can scratch your car's clear coat and cause your paint to peel. Nevermind the branches, small bits of debris, and other items that hit your car and leave behind dents and scratches that compromise your vehicle's exterior protection.

In a windy, salty, sandy place like Charleston, it's a good idea to cover your car or park in an enclosed garage.

Prevent & Protect

One way to protect your vehicle is to wash it regularly to remove dirt and other debris and wax your vehicle to protect the paint and clear coat.

Of course, ceramic coatings and paint protection film offer added protection:

UV Protection – Sun exposure can dull and discolor your car's paint, especially if you frequently park outdoors. Ceramic coatings and PPF lessen oxidation and UV damage, so your vehicle will continue to shine for longer.

Chemical Resistance – Your paint surface is exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals every time you drive. Ceramic coatings and PPF provide a strong, protective barrier that helps prevent damage, including fading, oxidation, and staining.

Hydrophobic Features – Ceramic coatings effectively repel water, causing it to condense into beads and roll off the automobile, picking up dirt as they go. When it rains, the coating's hydrophobic features actually help your car stay clean!

Ready to get your free quote? Call or text Josh at (843) 896-6534!


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