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Old 02-07-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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Does freezing water hurt the paint?

So its about 3 degrees here with a -12 windchill. My truck (Touareg) is covered in salt, almost looks white instead of black. On my way home from work I wanted to ge t it washed but most of the touch free car washes and larger washes are closed because of the temp. So I pulled in a manual wash and sprayed it down to get the salt off. I had no towel on me, so I just drove home. My Touareg is now in a cocoon of ice.

Is this bad? Is it bad to actually have water turn to ice while on your paint?

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Old 02-07-2007, 03:36 PM   #2
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This is my car under about an inch of ice:



It didn't hit the car as ice, but it froze anyway. The paint did not suffer any ill effects.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:41 PM   #3
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LOL, nice pic. Glad to hear no ill effects. My truck is currently melting in the garage. I feel like I'm going to go out to check on it and the whole car will melt and go down the drain.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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I had the same thing happen to my car as FrayAdjacent did. Its ok but the one time the whole sheat of ice on the hood slid off when I parked it in my garage, and I think the dust and such under it left some fine lines down my hood and bumper
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I can attest to that. Very fine lines, especially on a black car...
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:22 PM   #6
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ehh, its nothing to be worried about
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:28 PM   #7
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only if it's painted with water colors.

paint will stand up to almost anything, a little/a lot of ice won't effect it at all. The salt would have more of an effect on things than ice.

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