The weather in the United States is getting more unpredictable and severe. Global warming is causing rapid changes in our environment and unique weather patterns. You are bound to encounter a hail or ice storm if you drive a lot or live in states, such as Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming where heavy snowfalls occur or where thunderstorms are frequent, such as in Dallas, TX.
Large hail or intense ice storms will damage your property. But you don’t need a full-fledged hailstorm to damage your automobile’s finish and body panels. If it is cold enough outside, the rain can freeze and turn into pellets of ice that are similar to hail. They may not have the classic round shape of hail balls because they are freezing raindrops.
If the wind is strong enough, the freezing rain can hit with enough blunt force trauma to put dings in the soft sheet metal panels of your roof, hood, doors, and trunk.
How to Protect Car from Hail Damage
Few drivers know how to protect their car from hail if they happen to get caught up in a storm. It is not like you can push a button on your console to engage a hail cover or put your vehicle in “hail mode.”
In fact, the sheet metal in many late-model vehicles is thinner than ever to reduce curb weight for the sake of fuel economy and emissions standards. If you happen to own a new Dodge, for example, you are in for a surprise if you take that vehicle into areas where they have heavy winds and ice storms or traditional hailstorms.
Strangely enough, it just takes some ice beads falling off an electrical wire to put dings in the soft metal panels of your vehicle. This is because the impact is magnified by the speed of the car. These dings can cost thousands of dollars to repair using paintless dent removal techniques. Let’s consider how to protect your vehicle from hail damage in greater detail, below.
Garage Storage and Improvisation
The best way to protect your car from hail is to keep it covered in a fully covered garage. If you are driving on the highway, try to pull over under a bridge or overpass. Use this as a shelter to deflect the direct force of any hail that is blowing around. This will help protect the roof, trunk, hood, and especially the front windshield of your vehicle from direct blows.
Pulling over to the side of the road as quickly as possible is usually the best strategy if you are on the road and cannot get to a garage because it may also be impossible to see in the downpour. Using a hydrophobic water repellent like Rain-X washer fluid can help to clear up the windshield and improve visibility.
Can a Car Cover Protect Against Hail?
Although they do sell hail protection car cover kits for a variety of automobiles, these car covers may be frustrating to install. You have to practice putting them on in other kinds of rainy or snowy weather to truly be prepared. And even then, there is no guarantee that the body panels won’t be dinged. The quality of the cover versus the force of the hailstorm are the determining factors.
How to Protect Car from Hail with No Garage?
The best way to protect your car from minor hail is to invest in a high-quality paint protection film (PPF). Rayno Creed Paint Protection Film offers superior protection, clarity, and durability. This is because it is engineered using nano-coating technology. This molecular precision allows the PPF to self-heal when it is scuffed, scratched, soiled, or exposed to trauma.
This is similar to the engineering concept behind the undentable doors that were installed in Saturn vehicles. Except, this PPF is nearly invisible and protects the paint and retains that new car look for many years.
It is also hydrophobic and will repel water and, thus, protect your vehicle from corrosion. PPF provides a protection against many environmental factors that ruin perfect showroom finishes.
Don’t leave yourself unprotected. When you install Rayno Creed PPF, you have more than one benefit. It won’t just protect against minor hail damage, but will also protect against stones and pebbles being kicked up by traffic or your own wheels.
Creed PPF is like a bulletproof vest for your car that deflects the impact and resists damage. It works so well because minor hail is not able to overcome the surface tension that the protection film creates.
Think of PPF like the peel of an orange. You can’t get into the soft center without first breaking through the tough outer skin. This surface tension deflects the pressure of each blow by distributing it across the entire layer.
Its ability to repel water eliminates the need for Carnauba waxing. Unlike some PPF brands, the Rayno Creed nano-coating technology is pure and consistent to prevent it from turning yellow over time. This ensures that it always looks as good as the factory paint job. The authentic colors can resonate.
When you consider how expensive it is to have a vehicle repainted ($7,000+) or the difficulty of finding a talented body shop, it makes sense to protect your paint. It is easy to scuff paint with doors in parking lots, road debris, and the erosion and softening from acid rain. Even bird droppings are acidic enough to eat away at the paint.
If you live in an environment that exposes your vehicle to road salt in the winter or sea salt from a nearby shore, PPF provides an even more significant benefit. It stops the corrosion process before it begins.
A garage is one inexpensive method of keeping your vehicle free of damage when it is parked. However, when you are on the roads, Rayno Creed PPF is your best insurance against having to make an insurance claim on your car. Find a Rayno dealer near you today to get your auto wrapped in “hail-proof skin.”