“I left my car parked at my parent’s house while I was deployed,” Ken said. “No big deal – it should be perfectly safe in their driveway. And it was safe – there’s no damage to the car. But the paint job took a beating from the sun – it’s totally faded!”
Can the sun cause your car’s paint to fade?
Automotive paint is vulnerable to being damaged by UV rays. UV A rays cause paint to crack and chip. UV B rays fades paint. You can’t put sunblock on your automobile, but you can do what you can to protect it from UV rays. One way to do this is to park your car in a garage, under a cover, or in some kind of shade.
Unfortunately, Ken’s car was in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. Compounding the problem was reflected sunlight off of his parents’ Airstream trailer. “There’s a spot on the hood where the color loss is so much more pronounced,” Ken said. “And it’s clearly from this reflection fading it out.”
A car’s color and top coat also determine how vulnerable it is to sun damage. You may be wondering what can be done to restore a car’s appearance after sun damage. This is a situation where you’ll want to find your best local paint and collision shop. They’ll be able to tell how deep the damage is. In some instances, the top coat can become filmy and opaque, which makes it look like the paint is faded. Skilled work by the paint and detailing team can restore a car to like new without needing to repaint.
If the damage is more severe and repainting is required, choose the most experienced paint and collision shop you can find to do the work. That way you can be proud of your car’s appearance after the repairs are done.