How to Prevent Paint Discoloration and Fading

Thanks to New Mexico’s intense sunshine, everywhere you look, you’re bound to see cars with flaking, fading spots (usually on the roof and hood). While you may think, “Thank goodness that’s not my car,” your car isn’t immune to discoloration and fading. However, there are measures you can take to prevent paint discoloration and fading, so your car continues to look new(er).

What Causes Discoloration and Fading

The sun’s ultraviolet rays are the number one reason your car’s paint fades and discolors. Continuous exposure to UV breaks down the compounds in your car’s clear coat that protect the underlying paint. Once the protective coat is compromised, the paint itself deteriorates. Pigments are broken down, resulting in fading and discoloration.

However, UV isn’t the only culprit. Clear coat damage that leads to discoloration and fading may also be caused by:

  • Pollution
  • Abrasion (scratches)
  • Salt
  • Bird droppings
  • Harsh cleaners not intended for use on cars

And, of course, there’s always air and water—the instigators of corrosion.

How to Prevent Paint Discoloration and Fading

There are several easy ways you can help protect your car’s paint:

  • Park out of direct sunlight (preferably under cover of something other than a sap-dripping tree)
  • Remove corrosive chemicals, debris and other abrasive buildup by carefully washing your car every three months
  • Use only cleaners formulated for car paint when washing your car
  • Apply wax or sealant to bulk up your vehicle’s UV resistance

We’re not kidding. That’s all it takes.

What to Do if You Already See Discoloration and Fading

If you already see your paint starting to fade, don’t panic. Quanz Auto Care may be able to restore the luster of your car’s paint with buffing to remove surface damage and hi-tech sealants to restore moisture and shine. Even if your vehicle does need more involved paint restoration, our I-CAR Gold Class-certified technicians have the skills it takes to restore your car to its new-from-the-factory beauty. Contact us for a free estimate for paint restoration.