We know how bugs and road debris can ruin our showroom shine, but does your car need protection from the sun?
UV rays — they literally feel like sunshine on your skin and they’re amazing for boosting our vitamin D levels, but as research has found, we know too much of a good thing can be harmful to humans.
The sun can also be quite damaging to our car’s exterior paint, warping a once factory fresh paint job, to a less-than-vibrant has been.
If you had the option to protect and preserve your luxury vehicle’s paint, would you? At California Detail Studio, that’s exactly what we can do! We offer Opti-Coat products that are backed by science and vetted by luxury drivers. Venture into the scary world of paint damage with us today, as we expose how UV damage is a big risk the exterior paint on cars.
Damaging UV Rays to Fresh Paint
Just as too much sun damages our skin, UV light rays penetrate our near-perfect paint job and ruin its vibrant color.
So, why is the sun so damaging?
When the sun gets the opportunity it penetrates the surface of your car, giving it a little kick of energy. This energy is mostly given as heat, but some of them result in a reaction where the molecular bonds actually break.
As this happens day in and day out, it begins to affect the paint molecules and it can no longer react with the light in the same way — becoming dull and less reflective with less light to transmit the like-new color you once saw.
Are all car paints vulnerable to this molecular reaction?
The sun’s intensity is a constant, but there are some paint colors that fair much better. To understand this concept, let’s backtrack and refresh ourselves on the concept of light!
We know that light is a spectrum of wavelengths and the color we see is determined by how the material absorbs and reflects these wavelengths.
Let’s explore the color red because red loses its color the fastest. Colors absorb all the spectrums of light except the one in which they are in, so red paint absorbs all wavelengths, except red wavelengths.
So, what makes red susceptible to an increased rate of fading?
The wavelengths associated with the color red is on the spectrum of light as the lowest energy of visible light, it then has to absorb a much higher amount of energetic wavelengths which can cause the decline of the paint’s bonds. And this, is essentially how the other colors on the light spectrum function.
How Do You Protect Your Car Against Sun Damage?
As a result of a molecular breakdown, paint fading is unavoidable, so preventative car care will help.
- Keep your car clean – If you own a luxury car we’re betting you keep it squeaky clean, but it never hurts to mention it! Regularly wash your car and keep it out of the way of pollution! Things like salt can accelerate paint fading.
- Use shade to your advantage – When you’re out and about, park your car in the shade and keep it out of the sun. This means utilizing parking garages and valet — if only for the sake of your car! You may also consider parking under a tree, but keep in mind you may get bird droppings, and they can also be damaging to your paint.
- Get Opti-Coat – Opti-Coat preserves you paint and prevents it from fading by UV rays, in addition to protecting it from nicks and scratches, bug splatter, and bird droppings.