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Pollen – Sunshine’s evil brother in the war on paintwork.

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We all love the summer but it is not all good news if your paint work is exposed to the elements.

01 May 2018

Despite the British weather, we are all too familiar with pollen and the effect it has on our senses. But are you aware of the damage pollen can do to your cars paintwork and interior? While allergies are the most common sign of spring being underway, we delve deeper and explore the real issue with pollen…

How can pollen Damage my car?

If you look at pollen under a microscope, you will see it isn’t a smooth object; it has spores that act as little “hooks”, hooks that can latch onto our hair, our clothes, and—you guessed it—onto our cars. Pollen can also be highly acidic and that acidity can eat away at the paint on your car.

What Not to Do

It might seem like an easy answer would be to simply wipe the pollen off your car with a non-abrasive cloth. The problem is that while the cloth may not scratch your car, those microscopic hooks can.

Secondly, a water bath won’t fully do the trick either. As we stated earlier, pollen is acidic and when it comes in contact with water, the water can activate the acidic qualities of the pollen. This acidity will begin to ruin the paint job on your car and may eventually even lead to rust in some areas!

How to Protect Your Car

What a headache a little yellow dust can cause! But don’t worry—there are some very manageable and easy things car owners can do to offset the lousy effects of pollen.

1.         Clean - Give your car a prober wash with warm, soapy water. The soapy water will neutralise the acidity of the pollen and allow efficient pollen removal.

2.         Protect - Apply wax to your fully clean and dry car. This will create a protective layer making it harder for pollen to stick to your paintwork.

3.         Watch where your park – If you can park your car in a garage, do, even in the wamer months. Where that is not an option, avoid parking under trees, while they offer refreshing shade they are a hot spot for pollen and sap damage.

4.         Cover your Car – While we are a little bias, covering your car throughout the year is excellent way to protect your car and paintwork for that pesky pollen.

While we love the spring and summer months, our real love is car and paint work protection making for a tricky time of year for us all here at Coverzone. Pollen is a necessary evil, leaving our cars coated in an abrasive yellow sheen and if left untreated can wreak havoc on your cars interior and exterior.

 
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