Well-serviced fleet

Oil field companies are often known for keeping a well-serviced fleet of trucks for their staff employees, including often replacing these trucks for aesthetic purposes in order to maintain a strong marketing position within their competitive marketplace of client oil and gas producers. One of the most notable deteriorations of oil field service vehicles with relatively little age and mileage is the exterior paint coating of the vehicle. What air pollutants do you think might be responsible for the deterioration of the vehicle paint color, luster, and integrity? Carefully explain your answer from a chemical perspective.


For the most part pollution plays a vital part in cars paint and the exterior features that are associated with the vehicles. One factor that plays a role in the deterioration of paint is the weather, because of high amounts of rain or water systems that can over time when added sunlight occurs allows for the vehicles integrity to break down. Another factor that plays a part which is common is smog, exhaust, or power plant facilities that put a lot of emissions (nitric oxide) out within the air and this plays a part in the deterioration of the color scheme. Many people don’t know that over time if staying by the beach, most cars become corrosive due to the large amounts of sodium chloride (salt) in the air mixed with water and sunlight impact vehicles. The amounts of pollution in the air with sunlight and weather aspects over time can play a crucial role in the paint, color, and luster of cars over time.

Godish, T., Davis, W. T., & Fu, J. S. (2014). Air quality (5th ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.