The condition of a fleet of commercial delivery trucks is critical to the operations and success of a transit company. Unfortunately, some fleet managers only focus on the engine, tyres, lighting, and critical internal system and ignore the paint job when maintaining their trucks. However, if you do not take good care of a truck's body paint, it gradually loses its professional look. Besides, most companies paint logos on their trucks; hence, any damage to paintwork is likely to make insignia less visible. Thus, understanding the different causes of paint damage on trucks is crucial to finding the right repair services. This article highlights some of the most common causes of truck body paint damage.

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations — Commercial trucks spend most of their time outdoors traversing state lines, exposing their bodies to weather elements for extended periods. When temperatures fluctuate drastically, some auto paints expand and contract rapidly, resulting in tiny cracks. Over time, the cracks grow big, exposing the inner metal to moisture and other elements that lead to corrosion. If you notice such signs and your trucks spend long hours outdoors, you should ask a body paint technician to repaint the vehicles using elastomeric paint. The paint type readily expands and contracts without cracking when exposed to temperature fluctuations.

Unprofessional Cleaning — In most companies, truck drivers are charged for vehicle cleaning services. Thus, it encourages some drivers to hire unprofessional cleaning services to save costs. Unfortunately, such shortcuts damage body paintwork because inexperienced cleaners use abrasive cleaners. For instance, some roadside truck cleaners use harsh scrapers to remove dry mud or bird droppings on a truck body. Unfortunately, the tools can easily scratch the paint off a truck body and expose it to further damage. The good news is that most auto body repair technicians offer professional truck washing services that maintain a truck's original paintwork.

Hard-Flying Debris — There is always the chance that road debris in the form of pebbles, rocks, stones, and twigs flicked by other vehicles will hit your trucks. Since these stones and rocks fly at high speeds, they can easily chip the paint all over the truck's body. Unfortunately, they can also leave deep dents on the truck, which will force paint repairs. While it is challenging to avoid paint damage from flying debris, drivers can minimize paint chips by maintaining a reasonable distance from the vehicles in front. Otherwise, any dings and chips on the body paint require immediate repairs to avoid extensive paint degradation.

For more information on truck repairs, contact a company near you.