When you buy a new car, you want to do everything you can to keep it looking great for as long as possible. You’ll park as far away from other cars as possible to avoid the chance of a door ding, and no matter how hot it is outside, you won’t park under a tree. Even though today’s new cars are manufactured with a clear resin top coat to help protect the paint job, you fear once you get that first scratch, your car will never be the same again.


Fortunately, if the unexpected does arise, paint repair techniques have come a long way over the years. At Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, our auto body and paint repair can help you restore your paint job to its original beauty. Check out this list of some of the more unexpected causes of paint damage to watch out for and then give us a call to restore your car’s paint job to showroom-perfect.

1.   Fuel Pump

No matter how careful you are at the fuel pump, it’s not surprising when drops of gasoline drip out of the fuel nozzle onto the ground or even your paint. Although the gasoline will quickly evaporate, the impact of all of those minor interactions can have an additive effect, creating microscopic damage to the clear coat or even paint. Be aware when topping off your tank, and be sure to clean up any spilled gasoline immediately.

2.   Human Touch

Anyone with children knows that fingerprints can seem to appear out of nowhere if you’ve got any level of dust or dirt on your vehicle. Little kids have a tough time keeping their hands to themselves, and it’s unsurprising when you realize the side of your car is covered in tiny handprints and fingerprints.


But even adults can end up touching the paint job without realizing it. On the microscopic level, fingers and hands move around any dust or dirt particles, creating a sandpaper effect that can create subtle scratches over time. These can easily be removed by a professional auto body and paint technician.

3.   Insect and Animal Debris

Any time biological materials touch your paint job, they create a chemical reaction that can eat away at your paint job. That’s why it’s always a good idea to clean up bird droppings right away. The same is true for insect splatter. If you take a road trip or regularly commute, insect debris can have an acidic effect on your paint job.

4.   Beverages and Snacks

Anyone who has ever left their drink sitting on top of their car and accidentally driven off knows the pain of getting sticky soda or cappuccino on their paint job. While the sugar in these drinks might seem like just a minor nuisance, it can actually damage your paint job if it’s not cleaned up right away. Spilled food and snacks that get on the outside of your paint job should also be cleaned up immediately.

Call Our St. Paul Auto Body and Paint Shop

Even if you do everything you can to protect your car against dent damage and wax it regularly, eventually time and nature can take their toll on your beautiful new paint job. Paint chips and minor scratches aren’t ideal, but thanks to modern paint technology, we can turn back the hands of time.


Speak to a member of our Suburban Auto Body team by calling 651-633-8900. Or you can contact us online to get a free estimate on your paint repair. Give us a call today!