How to Keep Your Car\’s Paint from Fading in the Summer Sun


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Whether you live in a sunny, warm climate or under a near-constant sheet of clouds, your car’s paint is vulnerable to fading in the sunlight. If you want to take care of your car and protect it from the sun’s harsh rays, here are a few things you can do.

Wash Your Car Often 

When dirt and grime collects on your car, it can oxidize in the sun and expedite fading. Prevent this by giving your car a regular, gentle bath out of direct sunlight. Use a gentle car cleaner and a soft washcloth for the job, and use gentle strokes to slowly remove the accumulated grime. Use salt-free seltzer to get rid of tough spots like dried bird poop. Once you’re done washing, thoroughly rinse your car to get rid of chemical residue.

Your wash schedule is up to you, but we recommend washing your car once a week if it spends more than five days a week in the sun. If you can’t or don’t want to wash your own car, find a car wash service near you.

Always Hand Dry Your Car

After washing your car, or after it’s been exposed to rain, we recommend hand drying the exterior with a soft, absorbent cloth to remove any chemical residue which might fade your paint faster. It’s time consuming, but keeping your car dry can go a long way in protecting your paint from fading.

Invest in a Car Cover

If you don’t have the option of parking in a garage, invest in a high-quality car cover. A cover won’t completely eliminate the sun’s rays, but it’ll greatly reduce the impact they can have on your paint. 

Don’t cover up a wet vehicle or use a wet cover, since mold can build on your car’s exterior if the moisture is trapped inside the cover for too long. We also recommend taking the cover off and letting your car breathe for at least a few minutes a day. 

This method works best when combined with regular washing and protective coats, and it’s ideal for anyone seeking the highest quality protection for their car.

Paint Protection Wax and Films

Lastly, protect your car’s paint from fading in the sun with a protective coat. Whether you choose a paint protection film, sealant or wax, you’ll be able to add another layer of protection to your vehicle. Protective coats also keep your car from being scratched or marked on the road, and protective paint films are sure to protect your car for a long time.

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