02 Aug 7 Ways to Protect Your Car from Sun Damage
Miami may be the perfect place to cruise in your performance car, but it can come with a price. As far as cosmetics go, your car’s worst enemy is the sun, and Miami has no shortage of that. Ultraviolet rays and extreme temperatures can take a toll on your car’s finish and often require expensive auto body repairs or new paint jobs to correct. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to protect your car from the sun and keep it looking like new. From parking in the shade to wrapping your vehicle with paint protection film, here are the seven best ways to protect your car against a severe “sun burn.”
Park in the Shade
This goes without saying, but parking in the shade is one of the best ways to protect your car from the damaging rays and extreme heat of the sun. Parking your car somewhere directly out of sunlight, like in a garage or underneath some other covered parking structure, will also prevent damage from other elements including wind and rain. And in addition to protecting your car’s finish, a cool, shady spot will also protect your car’s interior from faded upholstery, cracked plastic, and other sun damage.
Dry Your Car by Hand
Hand-washing your car is the gentlest (and perhaps most effective) way to clean your ride, but what really counts is how it dries. Allowing your vehicle to dry in the sun will result in minerals clinging to the surface and dulling the shine. These water spots can eventually cause the paint to flake and chip if the water you use to wash your car has a high mineral content. We recommend you wash your car in the shade and dry it with a highly absorbent chamois cloth or microfiber towel before pulling it into the sun.
Keep it Waxed
One of the most effective solutions to protect your car from sun damage is to apply wax once every three months, or more frequently if your vehicle is regularly exposed to particularly harsh weather conditions. Wax creates a physical barrier between your car and the elements, protecting it against sun damage and a host of other hazards, including tree sap, bird droppings, and minor scratches.
Wrap it Up
Of course, the only thing more protective than a coat of wax is a vinyl wrap. Because these UV-protective films can go on and off your car every few years without damaging the paint job, vinyl wrapping might just be the easiest and most effective way to extend the life and luster of your car’s paint job. Luxury car wraps are also available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes, which means you can protect your car’s original paint job while changing its appearance every couple of years. If you don’t wish to change the look of your vehicle, transparent paint protection film allows your car’s paint to shine through while protecting it in the process.
Put Some Shades On
Like putting a pair of sunglasses on your vehicle, a windshield cover can protect the inside of your car from extreme heat and damaging UV rays. A study from Stanford University suggests that the temperature inside a car can go up 40 degrees higher than the outside air within an hour, so you can imagine the toll on your car’s interior after a long day parked in the sun. A windshield cover can help keep the inside of your car cool and protect the interior from fading, cracking, and other damage.
Tint Your Windows
While it may be fashionable to have dark car windows, window tinting also serves a very practical purpose. High-performance window tint can block up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays, which helps to reduce interior fading and cracking. Window tint also blocks heat-producing infrared light to help keep you cool while cruising around Miami this summer.
Lather Up the Leather
Just like for your hair, conditioner can do wonders for the upholstery in your car. Leather conditioner is designed to retain all the natural oils inside leather upholstery, which can dry up in the sun. Use a leather conditioner to lock in these essential minerals for keep the upholstered surfaces inside your car looking and feeling like new for years to come.
Take care of your car inside and out to prevent sun damage. Parking your car in the shade helps to take the edge off while waxing can work wonders. Don’t forget to dry it by hand after a good wash! Windshield covers, tinting, and conditioner will all keep your interior at the best quality possible. And finally, get your car wrapped for maximum protection.
To learn more about luxury vinyl car wraps and transparent paint protection film, contact the experts at Auto Super Shield. We are one of Southern Florida’s premier car customization shops, and our line of vinyl wraps, paint protection films, and high-performance window tints will protect your car while boosting its appearance. Contact us to learn more.