UV Protection for your vehicle
UV rays from the sun will eventually damage your car paint over time! However, the good news is that there are a number of ways to prevent damage to your vehicle.
Protective measures for your automobile include:
Ultraviolet light from the sun is in fact a form of low-level radiation and is harmful for your car's surface. The light can cause two types of damage to your car:
In oxidation, the damage will result in a washed out, crumbling and cracked surface. At the atomic level, oxidation is just the loss of electrons from the atomic structure. The molecules have gone through a chemical change for the worse.
On the other hand, photo-degradation is just a fancy term for your car's paint that is fading. The UV rays ultimately break down chemical bonds of the surface of the vehicle. As the bonds break, colors will start to fade that is akin to bleaching.
How can we prevent this?
Aside from basic car care tips (such as parking in the shade), we really recommend washing your vehicle (we're not joking). Surface contaminants like pollen, animal droppings, and dust WILL break down the clear-coat protection on top of your paint.
Additionally, applying protection on your paint will be a great way to guard against the sun. There are a whole market of products ranging from synthetic paint sealants to natural waxes that you can apply. Generally, paint sealants can last at least for a few months and waxes should be applied every 3-6 weeks.