For years, acid rain has been blamed
for killing lakes and trees, but today it constitutes bad news for the
paints used on many late model cars.
The reason: today's "clear coat"
paint technology, which is easily attacked by acid rain as well as other
Acid rain is caused by industrial
pollutants that decompose into both sulfuric acid and nitric acid, both
of which may fall from the atmosphere hundreds of miles from their source,
mixed with precipitation.
After "acid rain" lands
on cars, the rain or snow goes away but the acid sticks around, looking
like a blemish on the paint finish. Far from a benign stain, however,
the sulfuric acid residue is capable of eating clear through a car's finish.
Acid rain's most severe effects are
felt in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic States.
Commodore Coatings paint sealant bonds
with today's paint finishes to form a virtually impenetrable barrier against
acid rain, enabling vehicle paint finishes to look new for far longer
periods than would otherwise be possible. Vehicles that look new also
have higher resale value than acid-rain-splotched cars and trucks.