How to Protect Your Car’s Paint from Sun Damage

Did you know that the condition of your car’s paint is one of the most important factors in determining the value of your car? Just like with your skin, the sun’s rays can cause damage to paint. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun causes oxidation and makes your car look worn out and older than it might be.

Different colors are more susceptible to sun damage than others. Dark colors are the most susceptible–black, dark blue, dark greys, etc. –but fading in brighter colored cars is often just as noticeable. There are a few things you can do to prevent–or at the very least delay– this damage to your car.

Where You Park Matters

When looking for a parking spot, you might look for the closest spot available to the front door, but parking in the bright sun adds up over time. When you are out and about, make it a habit to look for parking spaces under trees or in the shade. While you are at home, park your car in the garage (if you have one available) or in a shady area if possible. This might seem like a small gesture, but getting into the habit will greatly increase the lifespan of your car’s paint.

Washing and Waxing

Keeping your car clean is important for many reasons. When it comes to your paint, it’s not just about keeping it looking shiny and clean, you are actively washing off dirt and pollutants you pick up as you drive. Especially if you live in a larger city or if you commute often, heavy traffic from other cars adds pollutants that will strip your paint or weaken it over time.

It’s also important to dry your car after you are done washing it. Minerals from evaporating water build up when you leave your car to air dry, and that residue will damage the paint job over time.

Lastly, use wax. Just like how you use sunscreen to protect our skin on a sunny day, the wax will protect your car’s paint from collecting dirt and debris and will ward off harmful UV rays (and, of course, it will give your car a beautiful shine!) We suggest waxing with a liquid sealant, which is a much quicker process and is often more effective than dry waxing.  The process is simple enough to do by yourself and the product you choose will more than likely come with all the instructions you will need.