Protect Your Car Paint From the Summer Sun

There’s no denying that year after year your car’s gorgeous shine will fade from the sun. The hot sun can often lead to sunspots and premature rusting. During the summer months your car is also exposed to excessive debris, bugs and bird droppings that can damage surface paint. When it comes to maintaining the appearance of your car, there are several things you can do to make your car paint sparkle and shine.

Give Your Car A Good Wash
Make it a good rule of thumb to wash your car regularly to keep from damaging the paint. When debris gets on your car, the longer it bakes in the summer sun – the more likely it is to permeate the clear coat and damage the paint. As soon as you realize there is dirt or debris on your car, in the summer, you should rinse it off until you can give a proper wash. Cars need to be washed every other week in the summer to maintain that luster and shine.

Make Sure You Hand Dry
After you wash your car, you should give it a good old fashioned hand dry. While you might be tempted to let your car air dry, water can leave mineral deposits that can cause your car to fade in random places. To air dry, use clean, soft cotton cloths, shamees or rags to dry your freshly washed car.

Wax On, Wax Off
Give your car an added protection from the summer sun with a coat of wax. Wax also helps keep debris and dirt off your car in between washes. Be sure to follow the directions on the wax, as most cannot be applied in direct sunlight.

Give Your Car Some Shade
The best way to keep your car paint from fading in the summer sun is to give it some shade. If you don’t have a garage, try to park your car under trees or somewhere with a little shelter from the sun. Not only will you salvage your paint job, you’ll extend the life of your tires, headlights and interior too!

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

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