How the Sun Damages Your Car
Left side view of blue sport car with sun light.


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They’re an iconic duo: sunny summer days and long rides in the car. There’s nothing quite like sunlight to show off your car’s incredible paint finish. Unfortunately, the sun’s ultraviolet rays and heat can cause damage to your vehicle if you don’t take proper precautions — and that damage is not limited to the paint job. Here are some of the many ways the sun can wreak havoc on your car. Some of them might surprise you.


Harmful Effects of the Sun

  • Interior Heat Damage. When the sun comes blazing through your windshield, the temperature in your car can easily shoot up to 40 degrees hotter than the outside air. Over time, exposure to the sun causes fading, cracks and peeling on the dashboard, steering wheel and seats. Try to keep your car protected from the sun’s harmful rays by parking in the shade, using covered parking, or purchasing sun shades.
  • Low Fluid Levels. The summer sun can cause vehicles to overheat if their cooling systems aren’t working properly. Ice cold air conditioning feels great on a hot day, but constantly running it can make your engine work overtime. Make sure your radiator fluid is topped off to keep your engine cool.
  • Broken Parts. Sun exposure can cause some rubber and plastic car components to become brittle and break prematurely. Always inspect your belts and hoses for signs of sun damage.
  • Paint Damage. Of course, paint damage is the most infamous effect of sun damage on cars. Even early in a vehicle’s life, exposure to the sun can cause its paint to fade. This can lead to cracks in the paint and eventually to large areas where the paint has peeled away. That type of damage can be costly to repair. Luckily, it can be prevented with a paint protection film from DC Clear Auto Bra.


Cars Need Sun Protection

Just like humans need sunscreen to block the sun’s harmful rays, vehicles need a layer of protection between their exterior and the sun. Road debris can put dents and dings in your paint job during those summer road trips, and sand, salt and sun will wear down the shine with disappointing speed. To minimize the damage and upkeep, call DC Clear Auto Bra to ask about our high-quality paint protection films. We have films for all makes, models and paint finishes.

We also have the ability to apply films to certain areas of your car’s exterior. If you want an interesting contrast between matte and glossy finishes, we can do that! If you want to keep your flat or frozen paint finish looking like it did straight out of the showroom, the XPEL Stealth paint protection film is the solution you need.

Our films go on clear and protect your car better than waxing ever could. We use XPEL films because we believe they are the best in the industry. They are applauded for their ability to self-heal from scratches and minor damage, and we find them to be the longest-lasting and best-adhering films available.


Let DC Clear Keep Your Car Shining

At DC Clear, we are car lovers who understand the joy that comes from having a great-looking paint job. We want your car to look its best all summer long and all year round. That’s why our techs are certified to install XPEL paint protection films. We have films for all finishes and all budgets. We also apply ceramic clear coats in our shop.

Come on by, and you’ll see why so many happy customers trust their vehicles to DC Clear Auto Bra. Call today for more information about paint protection films or to get a free estimate!