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Understanding the Damaging Effects of Mag Chloride

The Damaging Effects of Mag Chloride

Magnesium Chloride, or Mag Chloride, is a compound commonly used to de-ice roads. It is very effective in making roads safer by lowering the temperature at which ice melts and clinging to roads’ surfaces to avoid getting washed or brushed away. The adhering qualities make mag chloride a very effective de-icing compound; however, these qualities also make it difficult to clean off the exterior of your car.

As you can see in the infographic, Mag Chloride can have damaging effects to your car’s body paint, windshield, underbody, chrome trim, and any exposed metal. Here’s some more information on the damaging effects to all of these parts of your car:

Body Paint

If left on your car’s exterior, Mag Chloride can dull and tarnish your car’s body paint. To avoid this damage, wash your car thoroughly with hot water from a high-pressure hose and use soap liberally. You’ll have to scrub hard to get the Mag Chloride from the surface of the body paint. Sometimes applying a wax finish can help to keep the compound off of your car during the next snowstorm.

As noted in the infographic, Mag Chloride doesn’t chip or break your windshield, but it can adhere to the glass and cause severe visibility problems. Wiper fluid can help with this, but a proper car wash will ensure that all the Mag Chloride is removed from your windshield.

Premature rusting

Any exposed metal can rust after exposure to Mag Chloride. If you have any areas without paint on your car, removing the compound from these surfaces should be your top priority. This can go from a small problem to a big problem quickly.

Underbody corrosion

This is tough to see and can be even tougher to clean on your own. Full-service car washes can take care of possible corrosion of electrical wires, brake shoes, and ball joints.

Chrome or aluminum trim

“Soft” metals can be scratched or warped by harder metals and materials. Mag Chloride can pit soft metals, such as the chrome or aluminum trim found on many vehicles. Carefully clean these areas after snowstorms to avoid corrosion.

The bottom line is that you should get your car thoroughly washed after exposure to avoid the damaging effects of Mag Chloride. A few minutes in a car wash could prevent many problems with your car’s exterior and underbody in the future.

Can a Car Wash Scratch My Vehicle?

Automatic car washes are still as popular as ever because they save you trouble and time. But the question is, can a car wash scratch my vehicle? In most cases, car washes are the safest procedure for most vehicle owners who like to keep their vehicles clean. It is also a lot safer than washing your vehicle on your own because the technology at car washes tends to be better than what you can get at home or elsewhere. When considering an automatic car wash, be mindful of the following:

  • Make sure it’s touchless

Other old car washes utilize abrasive brushes which can create tiny scratches into your vehicle’s exterior finish. For older vehicles, light scratches can simply be rubbed out because they have undergone single stage paint works. Nowadays, modern vehicles utilize a base system which uses a thin clear layer coat above the first color coat to offer shine. In the event that this clear coat is damaged, the underlying color coat will get chipped which seemingly results in vehicle scratches.

  • Be mindful of the rags used after a wash

After a vehicle has undergone a thorough wash, excess water is removed by spraying a powerful stream of heated air onto the vehicle. As the vehicle is driven away from the wash area, attendants will be wiping it down to dry it or there may be blowers that do the majority of the drying. On busy days where several vehicles have gone ahead of you, the rags accumulate more dirt and other abrasives that can scratch the vehicle. This can also leaving swirl marks in the lacquer of your vehicle ruining the vehicle’s sheen and appearance.

  • Strong chemicals and hard brushes

Although not as common anymore, these are sometimes used to detach the dirt from the vehicle’s exterior. These are usually strong acids that can remove any protective coating sealed on your vehicle. If the chemicals cannot loosen or dislodge the dirt, a rotating brush is sometimes used to disturb the surface and loosen hard-to-remove dirt. Because the rotating brush can be dirty, is usually hard, and moves at a fast speed, this combination can be a cosmetic disaster for your vehicle’s exterior.

Questions? Give The Wash a visit today at Market Square.  Our touchless car wash technology is the best around, and will never scratch or harm your vehicle.  Visit us today, or buy your car wash online!