Nichole Hannahs

Washing Away the Grime and Grit

by Nichole Hannahs on February 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

Winter has left a grimy gritty feeling on many throughout the area.

It’s not different with vehicles that are caked with a covering of salt left behind by attempts to clear winter’s mess from roadways and that can cause damage to your vehicle in a matter of days.

"As salt interacts with water it becomes corrosive and that can eat through your clear coat the protective covering that’s over your paint," explained Squiggly’s Car Wash Owner Larry Cordial. "Even worse is the undercarriage of your car. The areas that aren’t treated and you don’t see."

And even when the vehicle is dry with the salt grime it can still cause problems.

"People think that when the car is dry and the salt is just white on the side of the car it attracts moisture and can create corrosion as well. It’s great in an ice storm but bad for your car," said Cordial.

Cordial encourages that along with washing the undercarriage of the vehicle multiple coats of wax in the fall can add an extra layer of protection in the winter.