Is Minnesota's Road Salt That Bad for My Vehicle?

Summer has faded away, and as we’re moving into fall, it’s time to get the vehicles ready for winter driving in the Twin Cities.  In most areas, that means dealing with road salt.  Road salt is what a lot of us really do not want on our vehicles, but do you actually know how much damage the salt does? Is it damaging? How often should we wash our vehicles?

sep0920j12The more you wash your vehicle, the more salt is going to be removed, which can be better for your vehicle in the long run. Salt doesn’t automatically start rusting the vehicle; it doesn’t rust the paint – it rusts the metal. There are a lot of layers that the salt has to make its way through in order to eat through the rust. Overall, it is not easy for the salt to get in there and do the damage especially when paints and primers on vehicles have come a long way.


Chipped Paint Plus Road Salt = Rust; Get Your Car Paint Repaired Now

However, if you’ve got areas where the paint is already chipped and bare metal is exposed, you have a problem waiting to happen.  The best move is a spot paint chip repair before winter.  Check with us – we handle this unique restorative process in the Minneapolis area.

There are corrosion-resistant coatings that are applied to new vehicles, and manufacturers ensure that they are thorough with the coating. Rust is a large cosmetic issue when it starts to be apparent on the surface of vehicles. You should also keep in mind, though, that rust can show up in areas that you never noticed before.

By frequently washing your vehicle, around once a week, you can help remove any salt that is in those hidden spots. If the temperatures are expected to drop between 5°   and 35°, you should wash your car prior to that arctic storm coming at you.  Don’t forget about the undercarriage.

If your car is parked in a warm garage throughout the winter and the ice outside melts, the car is at a higher risk for salt damage. This is due to the moisture and oxygen combination that rust uses to form; salt is just an accelerator for the process. Hiding your vehicle in the garage is great for the motor and transmission, but not so good for the overall body of the vehicle when it’s exposed to road salt.

Provide a layer of protection on your vehicle in the fall months. Consider a layered wax coating or even a bra that can protect the metal underneath it.  The front end of your car gets a lot of exposure to road salt – it’s thrown up as you drive.  Scotchgard premium paint protection film or Xpel performance wrap can help reduce damage.

Getting road salt inside your car can be hard on the upholstery and carpet, too – protect your interior with Scotchgard and be ready for the Minneapolis winter ahead.  Call us today to schedule a professional application.