How to Protect Your Car’s Paint from the Summer Sun
As we enjoy the warm summer weather, there are more days where your car is exposed to the hot sun which can lead to fading or premature rusting. During the summer, your car is also exposed to more grit and grime from road trips like bird waste, bugs, and other debris that can cause damage to the surface of your car’s paint. The summer sun adds to this by baking debris into your car’s paint, making it harder to remove.
There are some precautions you can take to protect your car’s paint from fading or getting ruined from the summer sun.
- Wash your car frequently. Washing your car regularly will reduce the possibility of dirt or other debris from ruining your car’s paint job. The longer dirt or debris bakes and dries into your car, the more likely it is to penetrate the paint and the more difficult it may be to remove. Washing or rinsing your car off ASAP after objects have dirtied your car is highly recommended.
- Hand dry your car after a wash. It’s easy to let your car air dry after you wash your car, but water spots can leave minerals behind that can lead to the fading of your car’s paint job. To prevent fading, make sure you use clean cotton rags to absorb and dry away the water spots.
- Wax your car. Waxing your car creates an extra level of protection from dirt, debris, and also helps protect your car from the summer sun’s rays.
- Keep your car in a cool place. Parking your car in a garage, under trees or somewhere where you can shield your car from the summer sun will not only prevent your car’s paint job from fading, but also helps keep your interior, headlights and tires in better shape.
We hope these tips are helpful to protect your car from the hot summer sun, but if you do end up getting fading or blemishes, you can find an auto body shop near you to help restore your car’s paint job to its original state.