Most people know salt can damage their car in harsh winter months, but did you know summer sand and dust can cause a surprising amount of damage to your car in warmer months? Here’s how those trips to the beach can hurt your car, and what you can do to protect it!
The Paint Job
The combination of sun and sand can erode the paint job on your car. Not only does sand start to eat away at the clear top coat of paint on your car, it will embed itself in any cracks or chips in your paint and worsen them.
Much like the paint on the body of your car, sand can cause damage and reduce the strength of your windshield. If there is an existing crack, grains of sand will collect on the windshield and become embedded. This can lead to overall weakening of the windshield. Extreme wind and sand could even scratch the glass and reduce visibility.