How To Prevent Your Car's Paintjob From Fading

Car paint is more than a simple aesthetic feature to a car – it protects your vehicle from the elements and prevents rust from developing on the chassis of the car. Over time, due to general wear and tear and weather exposure, your car paint will begin to fade, which ruins the appearance of the car and exposes the body to the elements, which can result in the spread of rust. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to prevent your car's paint job from fading.


When you park your car in a parking lot or in the street, ensure that you park in the shade. Besides preventing your car from heating up to unbearable temperatures by sitting in the sun for too long, this reduces the amount of UV exposure your car experiences, which can cause your paint job to degrade over time. This is especially true for darker colored cars, as black or dark paint will absorb more sunlight than lighter colored cars.


Before you clean your car, ensure that you wipe it down first with a soft cloth. This removes all dust particles and small pieces of debris that can cut or damage the paint job when you scrub down your car. By removing these pieces with a small cloth, you prevent any tiny scratches from developing in the paint job, which can allow rust to develop. When cleaning your car, ensure that you are using chemicals designed for use with car paint, as unsuitable cleaners can degrade or damage the paint job and open up your car's body to rust.


When you won't be using your car for an extended period of time, you should store it in the garage or under a car cover to prevent the sunlight from damaging the paint. Storing the car uncovered in the driveway, even if it is in the shade, will not be adequate for an extended period of time, because the movement of the sun will expose your vehicle to UV rays to some extent anyway.


Regular waxing of your car gives your paint job a protective coating that helps it resist minor scratches and UV exposure. Waxing your car yourself, or taking your car in to an auto body shop to have wax applied, can help protect your car while at the same time giving your paint job a shine that will make your car look brand new.

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