HOW TO PROTECT CAR PAINT FROM THE SUN?
Basking in the sun has several benefits for the human body however, did you know that the sun can have some pretty detrimental effects on the car? What are these adverse effects and how can you protect your car’s paint from the sun will be discussed in great lengths here!
What happens to a car paint under the sun?
A car is made up of 4 layers of paint. There are many reputed brands in the auto care industry that manufacture their very own versions of hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs and each one of these brands offer a unique paint finish to their respective cars. Some cars generally tend to have a thicker paint compared to their counterparts but irrespective of the type of paint thickness it possesses, if not taken care of properly and protected, it will eventually get damaged due the exterior conditions/ atmosphere and the sun.
The sun consists of something that is known as UV rays which stands for- ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays are a form of non-ionizing radiations that are emitted from the sun. It is in a way absolutely vital for human beings because it produces vitamin D in the body whilst assisting in bone development and absorption of essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorous in the human body however, overexposure to UV rays can cause a lot of serious health problems.
Similarly, when a car is overly exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun, it could lead to several forms/ types of damages to its delicate interior and exterior surfaces. Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to paint oxidation, discolouration, fading and other types of irreversible damages which is why it is important for every single car owner to protect their car’s paint against the sun.
How to protect the car’s paint from the sun?
The simple answer to this question is- one can protect their respective cars against the sun with the assistance of 2 important car care chemicals such as- an exterior dresser for the paint or a protective coating for the car’s paint such as ceramic coatings. Protective dressers are an excellent option for DIY car care owners who are passionate about maintaining their respective cars and who prefer doing every detailing job themselves whereas, ceramic coatings are a long-lasting and durable option for paint protection that is only applied to a car with the assistance of a professional car detailer.
What does a dresser have to offer?
An automotive dresser for a car’s exterior comes in the form of car waxes. The purpose of car waxes is to provide the car’s exterior painted surfaces, chrome components and headlights with a high gloss mirror-like shine whilst offering a superficial layer of protection that prevents the formation of hard water spots due to its hydrophobic properties and protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Automotive waxes are applied to a car’s exterior surface after it has been thoroughly washed and dried. Brilliant car waxes such as Wavex’s Premium Paste Wax offer unmatched paint protection that tends to last anywhere between 3 to 4 weeks when applied in an appropriate manner. Using car waxes prevents premature paint yellowing which is also known as paint oxidation that is again caused on a car’s exterior surface due to the UV rays of the sun.
Once the effects of the applied wax naturally wear off, you could re-apply it to your car’s exterior. If 3 to 4 weeks seems too little for you, Wavex has a longer lasting paint protection product in the form of the Wavex Paint Sealant that can easily last up to 6 months when applied properly.
Pro tip: Does your car’s paint have visible signs of oxidation that hampers the overall look and finish of your car? You can use the Wavex One Step Polishing Compound that has been specifically developed for the removal of minor paint defects and paint oxidation. Taking the assistance of a detailing professional whilst using this product would be advised to achieve best results.
What do ceramic coatings have to offer?
Ceramic coating are a type of semi-permanent coatings that can last anywhere between 1 to 5 years. This is a purely professional product that shouldn’t be applied by a layman as it requires a proper and professional setup/ environment coupled with detailing knowledge and practical experience. Ceramic coatings aren’t applied as standalone product rather, there are several products that are applied to a car’s exterior surface before the application of ceramic coatings in order to prep it. Ceramic coatings such as Wavex Auto Care’s 10H Graphene Ceramic Coating has a stay of approximately 5 years. It is a multi-surface compatible coating that can be applied to various exterior components of a car such as paint, rubber, plastic, fiber, glass, chrome etc. By applying the Wavex 10H Graphene Ceramic Coating, your car’s exterior surface will be equipped with some of the following features:
- High gloss mirror shine
- UV protection/ paint protection
- Heat resistance
- Frost resistance
- Contamination resistance
- Fouling resistance
Ceramic coatings that have been appropriately applied to a car will effectively protect the car’s paint from the sun. To further add an effect to the ceramic coating after it has cured is to wash it with the assistance of the Wavex Graphene Ceramic Wash Shampoo followed by dressing it with the super effective king of Waxes- the Wavex Maxximus Graphene Ceramic Paste Wax.
Pro Tip: If for some reason, you cannot get Wavex’s Ceramic Coating applied to your car, you could opt for the Wavex Ceramic Seal Wax which will offer your car with instant gloss, hydrophobicity and paint protection for up to 3 to 4 years.