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Acid Rain on Car Paint Can Wreck It If You Don't Do This Now

Acid rain is a serious environmental issue that affects not only our planet but also our vehicles. This toxic rain can really mess up your vehicle’s paint, glass windows, plastic trims, rubber/chrome moldings, and more.

The problem is that, if left untreated, acid rain can cause nasty stains, discoloration, and even rust, which can be costly to repair. Let’s dive deeper into acid rain and how it affects your vehicles.

Not just that, we’ll also provide you with practical tips and strategies to keep your car protected so you don’t have to worry about acid rain damage ever again!

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What is Acid Rain?

 Artistic representation of acid rain falling on a car, showcasing colorful splashes and streaks

Acid rain is a form of raindrops that contains high levels of sulfuric and nitric acids. They form when emissions from factories, power plants, and cars combine with moisture in the atmosphere.

In case of acid rain falls on your vehicle, it can be devastating to the exposed parts of the exterior. As time goes on, acid rain can eat away at the protective coatings on your car. Plus, it leaves it vulnerable to corrosion and rust.

How Does Acid Rain Affect Cars?

This informative acid rain infographic provides a visual representation of how acid rain affects cars.

Acid rain can have many adverse effects on cars. When acid rain falls on a car’s paint, it can cause the color to lose its shine and fade with time. The acid can cause rust on the car’s body, which can weaken the metal and lead to structural damage.

Acid rain can also ruin your car’s windshield and windows by staining the glass, making it difficult to see through. Besides that, acid rain can destroy your car’s rubber components, such as the tires and seals, so they start wearing out faster.

You can take several steps to protect your car from acid rain. One of the most effective ways is to wash your car regularly. That’s how you can remove any acid that may have built up on the surface.

The image depicts a car being washed with a pressure washer, highlighting the significance of regular car washes in protecting the vehicle's paint from acid rain damage

Be sure to use a pH-neutral car soap and avoid using harsh chemicals or rough sponges that can scratch the paint. After washing your car, dry it thoroughly to prevent any water spots from forming.

Let me tell you another way to protect your car from acid rain. Guess what? That’s the process of applying a protective coating. Various protective coatings are available, including ceramic coatings and paint sealants.

These coatings serve as a barrier between your car’s paint and acid rain, helping to prevent damage.

How Can You Protect Your Car from Acid Rain?

Other than washing your car and adding a protective coating, parking your car under cover is also a good idea. Give it a try, as this can help prevent acid rain from hitting your car’s surface directly. If you don’t have access to a covered area, you can use a car cover to protect your vehicle.

There’s a lot of damage that acid rain does to our cars, especially the paint, body, and rubber parts. Take the following steps to make sure your car stays safe:

These steps will surely help prevent damage and prolong the life of your vehicle. It is important to ensure that your car continues to perform at its best for years to come.

As discussed earlier, the best way to combat acid rain is to always wash your car and coat it with some type of protection.

Our Ceramic Wash Shampoo is PH Neutral, has strong cleaning power, and is infused with SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide). PH Neutral shampoos will not strip off any products on the surface; hence this is the best product if you use any sealants or coatings. SiO2 (Silicon Dioxide) provides additional gloss and protection on the surface.

You can also use Turbo Ceramic Waterless Detailer as a drying agent when drying your car. While your car is still wet after washing, spray Turbo a few times on a panel and gently wipe using a clean microfiber towel. You will apply Turbo while drying off your car safely, as it will act as a lubricant to avoid damaging your car.

Please note that you can remove Water Spots, Acid rain, Limescale Deposits, and Mineral Deposits through chemical or mechanical means. 

For best results, it would be ideal to start with the least harsh method. That’s where our Water Spot Remover comes in.

Torque Detail's water spot remover for cars, essential for protecting car paint from the damaging effects of acid rain

Thanks to an expertly formulated acid-based formula, our Water Spot Remover gets rid of stubborn calcium, mineral, and fluoride deposits that lead to hard water spots. The acid quickly breaks down the dirt and allows for easy cleanup.


  • Carefully read ALL instructions before use. It can damage glass with the incorrect application.
  • Apply to a clean surface that has been washed, rinsed & towel dried. We recommend using our Decon Wash beforehand. Do not apply to hot surfaces.
  • Spray the product onto a clean microfiber towel & wipe it onto the surface. Gently rub to break up the particles. Let the product stay for 30 seconds maximum.
  • Quickly clean the surface with water, soap, or waterless wash to neutralize the product.
  • For stubborn water stains, repeat multiple applications.
  • Apply a coating after removing water spots to protect against future contamination.


This is acid-based, so use it with caution. We recommend wearing nitrile gloves & avoid contact with eyes, skin, or ingestion. Do not leave the product on any surface for more than 30 seconds.

Glass Warning:

The product will damage the glass if left on longer than 30 seconds. Apply the product to a microfiber towel, rub over the area, and then wipe it away quickly. Do not spray directly on glass. It is not recommended for side mirrors.

A person using a microfiber towel to remove acid rain residue from a car's paint

Safe On: 

You can use it on paint, rims, chrome & glass. Never use it on raw aluminum or bare metal. We don’t suggest using this on plastic.

For more stubborn acid rain deposits you will need a solution that can cut and remove them safely. You can use Reverse to take off the deposits. Put a small amount on a microfiber towel or applicator and rub it into the area.

The next step is to protect your exterior from acid rain damage. We recently just launched Redline Shine, and it’s one of our best products yet!

After two years of development, we’re launching Redline Shine! Get over 2 years of protection with this scratch-chemical-resistant coating.

Glowing Radiant Shine With Deep Depth

Get 2+ Years of Protection With This Scratch & Chemical Resistant Coating


6k+ Verified Customer Reviews

Redline Shine is a 7H hardness polysiloxane ceramic coating that protects your vehicle from grime, contaminants & chemicals. You’ll get up to 2 years of protection even in the harshest conditions.

1. Glowing Radiant Shine With Deep Depth

Your paint will look like it’s glowing the whole year round. With Redline Shine, you get a better shine that lasts longer. Restores color richness to plastic and vinyl.

Redline Shine by Torque Detail provides protection against acid rain for car paint.

2. The Longest-Lasting Coating We’ve Ever Done

Redline Shine is a 7H hardness polysiloxane ceramic coating that protects your vehicle from grime, contaminants & chemicals. You’ll get up to 2 years of protection, even in the most extreme conditions.

3. Quick & Easy Application For Any Skill Level

Put away your elbow grease, and that Ph.D. We engineered this coating to be incredibly simple for the first-time user. We removed multiple steps, making it much quicker to apply! Typical coatings use a tiny applicator that gives hand cramps by the end.

We designed Redline to work with a large microfiber applicator that perfectly fits your hand. We also formulated longer flash times so you can coat more of your car with less stress before wiping it off. Lastly, it also comes off easier than traditional coatings.

4. No High Spots or Streaks: A Perfect Leveled Coating Every Time

We got rid of the most tedious & nerve-racking step of ceramic coatings: high spots. Normally you would walk the entire car, carefully checking for high spots & have to correct those areas. It’s a tedious nerve-racking step because if you do leave a high spot, it’s a nightmare that requires a machine polisher to fix.

That fear and extra hassle are no more with Redline Shine. Our coating is the only one on the market that has ZERO high spots because of our “Perfect Level Technology” in the formula.

5. A Self-Cleaning Shield That Resists Grime, Repels Water & Reduces Scratches

Water beads up and rolls off the car, taking dirt and grime with it! This coating is harder than your clear coat, thus providing stain resistance against bugs, tree sap, bird poop, acid rain, and other nasty elements. The chemicals simply can’t penetrate it. You’ll get an insane slickness & softer surface, which makes your car extremely scratch resistant.

6. Enhanced Water Spot Protection

Our special formula has a unique ingredient, not commonly found in ceramic coatings, that provides increased water spotting resistance.

7. Applies Everywhere and Protects Everything

If it’s on the exterior, it’s protected!

  • Published on Jul 26, 2023