UV rays are a well-known contributor to paint fade that can dull that vibrant color you carefully selected to match your personality. Now that spring is heating up, your vehicle is likely to be out in the sun a lot more often. Your paint job can really take a beating under the New Mexico’s powerful sunshine, so it’s going to take dedication and proper maintenance to keep your paint color looking like new.
Washing Your Car
While UV rays can really knock the intensity out of a good paint job, paint fade is also caused by the buildup of road grime and chemicals. With warmer weather around the corner, we’re about to encounter a host of insects and plant matter that can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s paint. Things like tree sap and road grime can actually stain and leave permanent damage. Washing your car at least once a month can help prevent corrosion and damage caused by toxins on the road.
The water from your wash won’t completely remove the toxins from your car’s surface, though. Moisture can cause corrosive chemicals to build up in those hard-to-reach places, potentially causing rust and other unsightly problems. When you’re washing the car, make sure to thoroughly dry those hard to reach areas with a 100% cotton cloth.
Wax On, Wax Off
While taking preventative steps like parking your vehicle in the shade and keeping dirt off will help keep your color bright, you can most effectively protect your car’s vibrant color by regularly waxing the surface.
Car waxes shield your car’s surface from UV rays, prevent dirt and road grime from sticking to your vehicle and make your car shine like new. Ideally, you want to wax your car every three months.
The variety of car wax out there is pretty outrageous. At Quanz, we recommend carnauba car wax, a natural car wax that comes from a plant native to Brazil. However, when you buy car wax, you usually can choose from two categories:
- Natural—this type of car wax produces the best glossy finish and will often be a paste car wax. Natural waxes work best when they are renewed regularly, every two to three months.
- Synthetic—this wax will definitely enhance your vehicle’s paint job, but it’s not going to offer the same degree of UV protection. Synthetic waxes do, however, last a lot longer than the natural waxes.
When it comes to preserving the intensity of color of your automobile, the advantages of the natural waxes outweigh the synthetic. Because synthetic waxes last so long, they contain abrasive chemicals that may erode your car’s surface.
Shine Without Sun Damage
Your car’s surface is like skin—if you don’t put sunscreen on, you’re going to end up with discoloration and an aged appearance. Protecting your car from UV damage is the best way to maintain the sleek, intense color that keeps your car looking like new. Regular washing and waxing of your car not only protects your vehicle from sun damage; it preserves its resale value.