How to protect your car from the sun.

How to protect your car from the sun.

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun and so we should also learn how to protect your car from the sun. The famous Australian anti-cancer advertising campaign of slip, slop, slap which encouraged us to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat, reinforced our awareness of the damage that the sun can cause.

The same can be true for our motor vehicle’s exterior. Repeated, unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, can have devastating effects on the vehicle’s duco. Some of the results include fading, dulling and even peeling due to continued exposure. Many people take the effect of the sun on their vehicle’s paintwork for granted, and suddenly the damage creeps up on them. If the paintwork is not protected, it’s inevitable that it will deteriorate.

If you live near the beach, the mere fact of your location can accelerate the process. The combination of ultraviolet rays, infrared radiation and sea mist will slowly break down the vehicle’s clearcoat will dull the paint, not to mention cause rust in any stone-chip or scratch. Fortunately with a couple of simple steps, you can protect your vehicle from harsh environmental elements.

The first step is to keep your vehicle’s exterior clean. It’s important to wash your vehicle regularly with a quality automotive paint shampoo, not dishwashing liquid. Unfortunately I have to mention this as we come across a number of people that insist that dishwashing liquid really cleans their vehicle. This is true, but it also damages the vehicles paint by stripping all the protection out of it. Dishwashing detergent is designed to strip baked on grease and grime from metal and porcelain surfaces, and is therefore too harsh to use on a vehicle’s duco.

Instead of dishwashing detergent, it is best to use a quality automotive car washing shampoo. Whilst they also remove dust and grime, they are gentle on the paint’s surface and usually contain an additive what will provide some protection against the sun.
After you have shampooed your vehicle and have wiped all the excess water off with a microfibre cloth, applying a quality paint sealant or polish is recommended. The best paint sealants and polishes contain super polymers. Super polymers have amazing anti-static properties that repel water, oil, dust and road grime and provide comprehensive paint protection. Your vehicle actually stays cleaner because foreign particles literally slide off the polymer coating. The polymers bond to the automotive paint and form a layer of protection from the sun. The beauty of this is that it only needs to be applied twice a year.

Finally, if you want further protection, you can apply a wax coating. This provides another guarding layer from the harsh effects of the sun. As a good quality paint sealant include protective properties, a good quality wax contains protective elements that enhance polymers and also contain additives that provide an additional shield against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Like a paint sealant or polish, it only needs to be applied twice a year.

Protecting your vehicle’s paint doesn’t have to be a never-ending chore. With a little maintenance every six months, your vehicle’s paint surface can maintain its shine, despite the harshness of the sun and the elements. If your current vehicle’s paint surface is starting to fade or is becoming dull, you can contact one of What Scratch’s trained technicians, who can revitalise your paint, bring back the shine, and provide ongoing protection for your vehicle’s paint surface. To find out more, phone 1300 283 333 or go to what Scratch? Website

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