How do you remove antifreeze from car paint?
If by any accident you splash or pour antifreeze into your car paint, do not worry, as it is fairly easy to remove it. Luckily, antifreeze is water-soluble and can easily be cleaned with water and a little soap. This also applies when you accidentally spill it on the driveway.
Almost all, if not all, vehicles will have a clear coat of paint applied as the final coat. It is painted after the primer and the pigment paint. This clear coat paint doesn't only offer shine and gloss to the finish of the car but also an extra protective layer from the actual color paint.
Because of this coating, the antifreeze should easily come off your vehicle's paint with water. We still recommend using a light soap, like dishwashing detergent or car shampoo, to thoroughly wash it away, and, at the same time, clean your vehicle.
This is not the case with old and vintage cars. Cars manufactured in the 80s and earlier would react differently if antifreeze accidentally gets in contact with its paint job. This is due to the usage of ethylene glycol in older vehicles and it being highly reactive to antifreeze compared to the propylene glycol in modern paint.
It is also true if you have had the car for years now. Due to its constant exposure to the elements and weathering, the protective coating will wear off over time. Big culprits are acid rain and parking your car in the open, mainly if you leave it like this for some time.
It's important to note that antifreeze could possibly leave stains on your vehicle. This would mainly occur if it's not immediately cleaned and dried. The good thing about an antifreeze stain is that it's not necessarily permanent when the right course of action is taken.
What ruins car paint instantly?
Now that we know antifreeze will not ruin your car's paint for the most part, here are some that will. Be on the lookout for things on this list, as this will help you preserve the paint of your vehicle.
Acid rain is the product of sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxides being released into the atmosphere. When it rains, it makes the droplets acidic, hence the term. This damages vehicle paint and even windshields. These acids come from burning fossil fuels and the emissions emitted by vehicles.
Acid rain affects your paint job by slowly wearing on your clear coat and discoloring the paint on your vehicle. If you have noticed that your car is not as shiny as it was, then you are probably a victim of acid rain.
This is more common if you leave your car parked in the open without any protection from the sun and rain. But luckily, there are acid rain removers that you can apply to your vehicle.
As you know, tree sap is very sticky and impossible to remove if it gets on your clothes. The same goes for your car. Tree sap, over time, shrinks and settles on your car's paint. Once you see it on your car, immediately remove it with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.