Around here, March is usually the month where we notice the days getting warmer and the flowers prepare for bloom. It’s also when we start to notice that thick blanket of yellow dust, pollen, covering every surface we set eyes on! And not to mention the spike in extreme allergies.
Obviously it’s a pest for those that suffer allergies, but it’s a pest to our vehicles as well. Usually people will run their cars through the carwash or do a quick rinse to get rid of the pollen, but there’s more to taking care of your car during pollen season than that.
If this isn’t news to you, just let it be a reminder, but for those who are not aware — pollen can actually damage the surface of your vehicle if not taken care of properly. Here’s what you should know:
The acidity within the pollen grain, when activated by rain or a rinse with the hose, can lead to oxidation and eventually stain the paint. Not only that, it can also hide in crevices and underneath your car, and enter into the cabin of the vehicle. There are simple ways to make sure your car is protected before the season begins, and also ways to safely and effectively remove the pollen without damaging the paint.
For the exterior:
- If you’re at home or a self-service carwash, give it a good, solid wash using soapy water and a gentle rag. After, you’ll want to be sure to wax. The soap will capture the pollen, allowing it to loosen its grip on the paint.
- Your best bet, though, is to let the pros handle it. Take it to get detailed, and they’ll be sure to handle your vehicle with care and adding the appropriate wax and protectants.
For the interior:
- Consider getting the interior of your vehicle detailed, having them disinfect the ventilation system. This will help with those allergies big time!
Lucky for you, at John Harris Paint and Body, we offer auto body paint and other great services. Whether you’re wanting to get ahead of the game and get your vehicle pollen season-ready, or needing to get your vehicle’s paint touched up from previous stains or rust, we have experts ready and willing to help you!