The Rust Effect: What happens when you don’t clean and wax your car

In Dubai, having dust on your car is a common thing. Considering the fact that, not long ago, Dubai was practically a desert landscape with very few structures – let alone high-rise buildings – it doesn’t come as a surprise for people to see a thin layer of dust and sand coating their vehicles when they come out to drive their car to the office in the morning, or when they come down to the parking lot after a long day at work.

When we’re feeling up to it, sometimes we clean up our cars on the weekend, when we’ve got some time off. Another alternative is to bring the car to the car wash to get it spic and span once again. But most of the time, we put cleaning aside for a later time – sometimes, so much later that people can barely recognise our car at a glance because of the dirt and the grime.

What we don’t realise is that letting dirt sit on your car for a long time can have a damaging effect on your car exterior.

The effect of dirt

One of the negative effects of dirt is it weakens the paint job on your car. Letting that layer of dirt sit on your car for a long time is like slowly rubbing sandpaper on your car’s paint. It gradually wears down and weakens the coating of paint on your car without you knowing it. To better understand how this happens, though, first we must understand what protects car paint from weathering and wear and tear.

Basically, your car’s paint is layered with a clear coat, which is applied to protect it from dulling caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays and other harsh elements. This layer of coat is transparent and practically invisible to the naked eye. When you allow grit and grim to sit on your car for extended periods of time, the build-up of abrasive materials on the surface will cause that protective coating to thin out and wear down faster than usual.

This leaves the exterior of your car exposed to moisture, bird droppings, industrial pollutants in the atmosphere, and the other elements that can start and accelerate the spread of rust on the surface of your car.

That is why it is essential to clean your car on a regular basis. Not only does it make your daily driver look more presentable, but it also preserves the protective coating on your paint for a long time. You can also apply a new layer of anti-rust coating for cars on your vehicle to protect the paint job.  To find out how, visit today.