Fire Ash May Damage your Car photo of windshield with words "wash me" spelled in ash coatingFire season is a good time to remember that fire ash may damage your car. Most importantly, fire ash can mix with fog or drizzle to create a formula for car paint disaster.

For example, taking an ash-covered car outside on wet nights or foggy mornings can result in chemical etching.  In some cases this can cause serious damage to a vehicle’s painted surfaces.

“The elements in wood ash include calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, which are inert and have no effect on finishes in their dry form,” says Mike Pennington, Global Director of Training at Meguiar’s. Which means these compounds have the same corrosive effect as drain cleaner.

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) says smoke and ash is impacting the air quality here on the Central Coast.

As a result of this our air quality will be impacted for weeks to come.
In addition, there will be the possibility that ash from distant fires may damage your car. If you don’t garage your vehicle, the next best option is a fitted car cover to protect vehicle surfaces and keep excessive ash residue off of painted surfaces, wheels, and tires as much as possible.

In any case, do not try to wipe ash off a car! It is abrasive and will damage the paint. On the other hand, our car care experts know how to remove the ash without causing paint damage. The key to this is pre-rinse and brush-less washing. Which is exactly what we do every day at our full service, eco-friendly all hand car washes.

If you would like to find out more about the full-service exterior and detailing package we offer at all four of our Sunset North Car Washes, check the links below!

Menu of Auto Detailing Services at Sunset North Car Wash in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo
/auto-detailing-services-menu-for-sunset-north-car-wash-in-san-luis-obispo-paso-robles-arroyo-grande screen-shot-2020-08-19-at-9-05-34-am-256x300-6143131Prepare your car for the summer heat with these car care tips

APCD – SLO Country Air Quality Alerts


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