The Different Ways that UV Rays are Damaging Your Car’s Interior


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It is a known fact that excessive sun exposure damages human skin. Similarly, ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage the interior of your vehicle. If your vehicle is left in the sun for a long time, the temperature inside can potentially go up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Contrary to the opinions of many car owners, seats and dashboards are not the only interior components that are at risk of damage from exposure to UV rays. At DC Clear Auto Bra in Fort Washington, MD, our team of automotive specialists understands what a big impact regular sun exposure can have on the interior of a vehicle.

Whether you live in an area with sunny weather all year round, or just need UV protection for certain times of the year, you still need to protect the interior of your car from harmful rays. Installation of a high-quality window tint can contribute significantly to the protection of your investment. To help our customers and our readers get a better understanding of what kind of impact UV radiation can have on the interior of a vehicle, we decided to spend a little time going over the topic.

Your Dashboard Coloring Will Start to Fade

When the sun is shining brightly on a warm summer day, it\’s hard to resist the temptation to roll down a car window or open up the roof while driving on an open road. However, it should be noted that exposure to the direct light of the sun can adversely affect your dashboard or other surfaces. In many cases though, the real risk comes when your car is left parked outdoors somewhere in direct sunlight.

The strong combination of UV radiation from the sun and the extreme heat that builds up in a car when it is parked can significantly damage the dashboard. Repairing such damage can be surprisingly expensive because of how difficult it can be to take apart most of the dashboard components. On a typical sunny day, your vehicle\’s dashboard will bear the brunt of incoming UV radiation because it is often the most exposed interior component.

The windshield of the car further increases the dashboard\’s exposure. As a result, dashboards can fade quickly and lose perfect appearance. Dashboards are often damaged by cracks or tears due to high heat, which makes the whole structure look very ugly. Adding a high-quality tint can significantly reduce UV exposure on the dashboard, and leave it in the good condition for years to come. 

Your Car’s Upholstery is at Risk

Prolonged exposure to UV light, or even the high heat conditions of parking outdoors, can worsen the condition of your car’s upholstery. For example, if you have leather upholstery, excessive heat and sunlight dry natural oils contained in the material. They can start to dry out, harden and tear. Leather covers for car seats are often processed to be resistant to sun damage. However, this only slows the inevitable because the coating continues to be damaged by UV radiation. In the same way, upholstery can also dry and rot from the heat of baking outdoors.

Sometimes typical accidents such as spilled liquid or food are combined with UV radiation to damage your car upholstery even further. For example, food scraps, dirt, and dust can leave permanent stains when burned onto the material. Regular cleaning can go a long way towards avoiding this type of situation. At the same time, certain foreign bodies can be harder to eliminate and will put your vehicle at risk of ugly stains when exposed to direct UV radiation over time. 

Ask DC Clear Auto Bra in Fort Washington, Maryland for the Best UV Protection Solutions

If you’re worried about your vehicle’s exposure to UV rays and heat, then the last thing you should do is waste hours and days online trying to research all the different information sources that are available. Instead, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team as quickly as possible so we can work with you to find the right solution for your needs and situation.