How To Minimize Sand Damage To Your Car In The UAE
Minimize Sand Damage To Your Car In The UAE
When you have lived in the UAE for a number of years, you must have had a love-hate relationship with sand. This coarse and abrasive element wreaks havoc during sandstorms and can often bring life to a standstill. As a resident of the UAE, you might have a fleet of fancy cars, but if you do not know how to maintain them, you stand the risk of damaging your vehicle unknowingly. Driving through a sandstorm in Dubai region has its own pitfalls, the biggest of which is the potential damage that can be caused to your vehicle. Additionally, if you have an allergy towards the sand, it will do you no good to have sand in the immediate vicinity. Read on to discover how you can make your car sand proof during the hot months in UAE.
The body paint
Sand has the tendency to cling to the body of your car and get stuck in the crevices that have chipped paint. This phenomenon has the potential to damage the clear top coat of the paint and will make areas with chipped paint worse. Sand is composed of sharp and microscopic particles. If you touch the car full of embedded sand will cause scratches to appear on the surface of your car. To avoid this nasty outcome, you should use a water hose to rinse off the sand after there has been exposure to sand. And the best time to do this is right after a particularly dusty and grimy trip. A power cleaner also does the job of thoroughly cleaning the surface of the car off any sand particles. If your car encounters sand on a daily basis, you might want to consider a wax job to protect your paint coat from the abrasive effects of sand.
The windshield is a very crucial and sensitive part of the car. If you drive your car at high speeds through the deserts of UAE, the particles of sand will cause small cracks to appear on the windscreen. If your windshield already has cracked due to a previous misadventure, the effect on the windscreen will be more pronounced. Sand will get embedded in the cracks and thereby weaken the resistant powers of the windshield. If you live in a sandy area or frequently encounter sand while driving your car, you should make it a point to clean the windshield of the car on a regular basis. This helps to avoid cracks and prevents distorted vision from the sand grains that embed themselves on the windshield.
The Air Filter
The air filters of the car are the most susceptible mechanisms to get affected by sand in the desert. Even a few trips to the countryside will clog the air filters. This is a dangerous proposition. If the air filters are clogged, the airflow to the engine will be reduced and this will lead to overheating. Additionally to this, if there is frequent exposure to the sand and dust, the cabin filter will clog up and make the engine oil contaminated, leading to an early and unwarranted replacement of the oil. This racks up the servicing charges of the car and burns a hole in your pocket. This inconvenience can be avoided by removing the filters and cleaning the sand off in time. Leave the filters out to dry before reinstalling them.
If you happen to be a racing enthusiast, it is not uncommon for a group of friends to head off into the deserts in UAE for a chukker. And if you are a conscientious driver, you will notice that there will be sand in your vehicle at the end of the day. We list a few tips to get sand out of your car, read on;
Sand in the interior of the vehicle
If you do not immediately remove sand from the upholstery and the carpet of your car, it becomes a mammoth problem and is almost impossible to remove. Prevention is one of the best cures, and you can do this by having blankets and towels draping the seats and floor of the car. After returning from the dunes, all you need to do is to remove the towels and blankets carefully so that you do not upset them; shake the towels and blankets outside the car to ensure that all the trapped sand is dislodged to the ground.
As good as this method sounds, it is not possible always. The most preferred option in these cases is to clean out the car using a car hoover and follow this up by using a damp microfiber cloth. You can also use q-tips and similar such tools to clean hard to reach places in the car.
Shaking things out
After you have had a particularly exhilarating ride through the dunes, remove the mats and the seat protectors and shake them out thoroughly. Vacuuming is another valid option, but remember that the longer the sand particles stay in the mats the deeper they get embedded and the harder it is to dislodge them. You would do yourself a good turn if you used non-fabric, removable covers and rubber mats to minimize the damage done by the sand.
Deep Cleaning Fabrics
Vacuuming does not always do the job for fabrics that have sand in them. Sand has the potential to stain the seats and also the interior of the car. A professional upholstery cleaner or a steam cleaner can give your car the much-needed facelift. After the seats have been brushed, vacuum them thoroughly and follow it up by using a steam cleaner (handheld) to go over the seats and give them the once over, you also need to be careful at this stage not to fade the colors. Professional car upholstery cleaning services are also available online and you might want to give them a try.
Car vacuums are a good solution if the sand has not set in too deep. We recommend a 2000 W car vacuum to make sure that all the unruly grains are out of the car without any damage caused.
The wheels and the trims
If sand gets into the wheels, this can potentially spell a lot of trouble in the long term. If the fancy car has special alloy wheels and trims, the surface is prone to get scratched. The paint starts to look dull all because of the coarse sand that is playing spoilsport. Use a wet sponge to wipe the wheels and trims, and use a micro-fibre cloth to finish off. A protective wax over the wheels will go a long way to avoid problems caused by abrasive sands.
Sand damage on cars is a pretty common thing to see in Dubai. Frequent sandstorm in Dubai cause a lot of sand damage on cars and car owners must always be vigilant. There are a number of ways to prevent sand damage to cars as described above. One such new method is paint protection films that are a must have for any exotic car in Dubai. Not only do they look great but they also do an amazing job of protecting your car’s expensive paint from dirt, dust and of course sand.