In recent years humans have been hiding away from the sun and protecting our sensitive skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. But did you know that these powerful rays hitting the earth directly from the scorching sun can also dull your cars?
Upon falling onto your car, the UV radiation accelerates the breakdown of the paint molecules. Your car paint is held together by the firm bonds between its molecules, yet as soon as they are separated from each other, your car paint starts to fall apart and makes your car look completely dull and old.
UV radiation is not the only thing that damages car paint. When combined with bird droppings and salty air, it becomes even more dangerous for your car paint. Bird droppings are loaded with uric acid, a compound that directly reacts with the chemicals of your car paint. But what makes matters worst is the sunlight that falls on the bird waste. The UV included sunlight heats up the uric acid, making it rigorously reactive. It doubles the damaging potential of bird waste and can permanently affect your beloved vehicle.
Salt is another dangerous element for your car paint. Salt itself, especially when combined with air, can ruin the beauty of your car by exposing it to ugly rust patches. When salt remains on the surface of your car for too long, it leads to corrosion. The process can be sped up upon exposure to sunlight. Thus, UV radiation from the sun can cause severe damage to your car, alone or in combination with other elements.
How Do I Protect My Car?
To ensure the defeat of UV radiation in the battle of sunlight versus car paint, follow two simple ways. First of all, make sure to wash your vehicle twice a week. First and foremost, give the tires a thorough wash to get rid of the tar and the reactive chemicals it contains. They too may react with your car coating by throwing chemicals onto car paint when the tires are rotating.
Next, rinse off your car from the top. This is important as it prevents the risk of cross-contamination. It also helps dirt and debris flow down in a gentle and aligned manner. Finally, pat it dry softly with a clean and delicate towel.
After the cleansing part of the wash comes the protective layering of your car, and it’s similar to you putting on moisturizer after exfoliating your skin. Instead of using sealants/wax, opt for ceramic coating. This transparent layering fills in all the microscopic gaps in your car paint, ensuring 100% protection and longevity. The UV rays will not be able to come in contact with the paint molecules, and the bonds within the paint will be protected.
You should also try to park your car under the shade more often and keep it in the garage when you do not need it. Follow these steps for taking complete care of your car to see it glisten and glow!
Posted on: October 23, 2020 By Alara Garage