My car paint started peeling off

                                                                        Car Paint Peeling Off


Mostly, all of us love our cars but, when the paint of your vehicle starts peeling off, it can be really annoying. Due to advancement in technology, this factor is less common in Modern cars. But, older car models from 80s and 90s regularly face such problems. Below we will discuss the causes of paint peeling and then give you some tips for fixing it.

What causes paint healing?

In modern automobiles, paint comes in 3 layers that is: primer, paint and the coat. The primer is used to lay down a solid foundation for paint. It becomes a lot easier to paint on the primer surface as compared to the alloy. Finally, for fine and shiny finishing, a coating layer is applied. The coating layer work as a hard shell and protects the paint from oxidization, minor scratches and prolong the life of color paint. The car paint feeling also known as de-lamination, mostly happens when one of these layers lose adhesion to surface underneath.

to alloy under it. In similar way, paint and the coating layer can lose adhesion to bottom surfaces. As a result of this, large flakes of paint start chipping off the vehicle surface.

Beside this, there are two more primary reasons of paint de-lamination: the first and most commonly experienced paint de-lamination is caused by improper preparation of paint surface. In late 1980s and mid 1990s car manufacturers were having problems to produce quality paint, which resulted in the failure of either the primer, paint and coat.

Now comes the second part of paint de-lamination, which happens when the seal of the coat, paint and primer get compromise by a small air bubble or scratch. Once the barricade becomes vulnerable, moisture and other contaminants can easily penetrate through the coating and creates a hatching stop for de-lamination. There are several reported incidents, when a small chip in the coating has caused catastrophic damage, when the vehicle was intensely washed. The pressure water gets a passage through the coating to infiltrate and weaken the surface by making it brittle and fragile. However, this is one exceptional case out of thousands attributed to poor quality of paints.

Time to fix peeling pain area

Below are some useful tips to curb paint peeling:

  1. Inspection of infected area

To determine the extent of the problem, you have to ditch in to the roots and then examine the whole area carefully. So you do not miss a single patch, which can cause severe consequences. Often what appear to be small flakes could be the tip of iceberg. A closer assessment of small flakes will reveal wider area infected by paint peeling.

After confirmation of total infected area try to carefully mark the whole area. Then give a thorough wash to remove any trace of debris and grime.


  1. Apply Sand paper

To avoid future painting, only guaranteed protection can be acquired through removal of coat down to the primer layer. For best results, always use 1200 grit sandpaper. You should remove the paint from an area of 5 centimeters around the infected area, even though you cannot see any signs of peeling here. Removing paint from the extended portion will prohibit any future damage. Once the bare metal becomes smooth and paint free, prepare to replace it with a new primer, paint and clear coat.



  1. Prime foundation

If you are thinking to save money and directly spray the paint on the metal, you will face certain problems. First of all the paint will find it really difficult to stick to the surface. Secondly, it will not be able to shield the metal and. Thus, it will become more vulnerable to rest and other problems.


A primer foundation clings to surface and create a smooth layer, which becomes eligible for paint. The primer works as a glue between the bare metal and paint layer. Never compromise on quality when purchasing a primer. A high build primer not only removes imperfection but also helps in giving you a smooth finishing.


Before applying primer, try to clean the area with a wet cloth then properly dry it. To cover the entire metal surface, apply primer in multiple layers. Allow sometime to primer to completely dry up. Carefully examine dried primer layer and you will be able to fetch any imperfection spots. In case, if anything comes into your notice, immediately erase it with sandpaper and then reapply more primer. Take your time to get the surface as smooth and suitable for paint as possible.



  1. Apply paint with clear-coat

Once the primer layering is finished, paint the affected area. For exact paint match use a paint match pro. You can also find the right type of pain by manufacturer name, color and model year. However, if you know the paint code then it will be like a walk into the park. You can also find a stockiest nearby who will give you some useful suggestions about primer and other techniques.


For best result, try to apply 2-3 layers of paint. Leave the pain for 30 minutes then apply clear-coat 2-3 times as well. This will provide a hard shell that can protect the paint from oxidization, scratches and increases the life of your paint.

You can take you car to the city best Car Paint service provider ‘Crystal Shine’ located in Dubai UAE. However, before reaching them try to take a prior appointment because they are always busy with their stuff.

Crystal Shine Auto Center

Crystal Shine Auto Center

Crystal Shine Auto Center in Dubai has been at the forefront of car care and car detailing. We specialize in preparation, appearance and all aesthetics in a car for over a decade in the UAE. We offer car detailing, polishing, painting, washing, car caring and repairing etc services.

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