While island living is one of the best ways to experience life, it can nevertheless be harsh on our precious rides. For one, paint damage can be caused as a result of salinity from the ocean air. The effects of the heat (from the sun) lead to corrosion as the paint finish is exposed to the salty air. Humidity can also cause corrosion and damage to other parts of the car such as brake callipers, nuts and bolts. Seawater can cause considerable damage when contact is made with the undercarriage of your car.
Ways to prevent damage
- Don’t park directly under the sun
As much as you can, try to find shades when you park . We know parking can be a real headache in Seychelles but where possible try to find somewhere less exposed to direct sunlight. If you are in town, pay parking areas can provide some shade. If you are at home, park in a garage or under a makeshift tent.
- Use a vehicle cover
A vehicle cover might not be practical during the day when you are constantly on the move but overnight, it can be very useful in protecting your car from ocean air. As you have driven all over the island during the day, the pores on your paint have been exposed to the heat. Use the cover as an extra-protection for the night to keep salinity at bay.
- Wash your car regularly
By washing your car on a regular basis, you are ensuring that all the salt trapped on your car is sprayed away. Keep in mind the policies and guidelines on the use of tap water during drought season. Use a carwash to give your car the thorough wash it deserves. We don’t need to say this, but in case we do – Do Not Use Sea water to wash your car!
- Wax your car regularly
Be sure to wax the paint on your car to protect your vehicle’s finish. Some people recommend waxing twice a year and some others recommend doing it four times a year. Talk to your mechanic on a schedule which works best for your car.
- Clean the undercarriage
Although it will rarely occur to you to think of the undercarriage, it is a crucial part of your vehicle. You can do several things to protect the undercarriage before and after damage. You can use an oil solution to coat the exposed parts underneath your car from salinity and seawater. Washing the undercarriage can also reduce damage to exposed parts. If you have recently driven by the coast and received quite a splash, as soon as your car cools down give the undercarriage a proper spray.