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When exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period of time, you may notice that the appearance of your car begins to deteriorate. The powerful ultraviolet rays of the sun can easily oxidize and fade your vehicle’s paintwork, so knowing how to repair sun damaged car paint is very useful.

How to repair sun damaged car paint: Simple but effective solutions

Sun damaged car paint can look extremely unattractive and decrease the value of your car. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can both prevent the problem from happening altogether, and restore your car paint to its original condition. The sun is just one way in which your car can suffer from damage – temperature fluctuations, collisions, stones and abrasive cleaners could all ruin your car’s paint too. With this in mind, we thought we would briefly explain a few regular maintenance tips that will keep the paint on your car looking fresh and free from damage.

Did you know that bird droppings are actually corrosive? When corrosive substances come into contact with your car paint, it is likely to cause visible damage. For this reason, it is imperative that you wash your car regularly. The longer you leave bird droppings, and other corrosive substances such as honeydew, on your car, the greater the damage will become. When it comes to washing your car, you need to decide if you are going to do it yourself or attend a local car wash. If possible, we highly recommend washing your car yourself whenever possible. Although automatic car washes are fast and convenient, they are not the most friendly washing methods when it comes to the effects on your car paint. The spinning brushes in a car wash can easily pick up abrasive debris and dirt from other vehicles, which could potentially collide with your vehicle at a high rate of speed. This may result in scratches or small dents that will damage the paintwork. It is important that when you do clean your car, you avoid abrasive cleaners. For an effective car cleaning routine, utilise the best car cleaning products and wash your vehicle at least once a month.

Collisions are, of course, a major cause of car damage and typically need professional attention to be fixed. From car body work in Aylesbury to scratch repairs in Buckingham, you can rely on us to repair any damage to your vehicle, no matter what the cause.

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Prevention

Before we begin telling you the many ways which you can repair a sun damaged car, we thought we would first inform you of how to prevent the problem entirely. When it comes to car maintenance, many vehicle owners assume it has no other benefit other than making the car look good. However, regular washes and application of the correct products can actually give your car the protection it needs to withstand intense sunlight.

One of the best ways to prevent your vehicle suffering from sun damage is to, of course, avoid parking in the sun. We understand that this is not always possible, however, if you have a garage, or there is a sheltered/multi-storey car park nearby, try utilising them as much as possible. Alternatively, anywhere which offers some shade will do the trick. Not only will doing this eradicate the chance of the sun damaging your vehicle, but it will also keep the car’s interior at a comfortable temperature. We all know what it feels like to go shopping for a few hours and return to a sweltering hot car, making the journey home almost unbearable. However, parking out of direct sunlight will keep your car’s interior at an optimum temperature.

Another excellent sun damage prevention method is to use a car cover. If you do not keep your car covered on sunny days, the paintwork is at risk of becoming damaged or dulled. In more severe cases, the paint can even begin to crack and peel. Acting like a layer of sun cream for your car, a car cover will effectively block harmful UV light and prevent photodegradation. As well as being an excellent sun damage deterrent, car covers also have many other benefits which keep your vehicle in pristine condition.

Unfortunately, even the highest quality vehicle paint will break down over time due to oxidation, but applying a high-quality wax is a proven solution. The wax prevents sun damage as it provides the ultimate protection against the sun’s iultravioelnt radiation. We recommend waxing your car at least two times a year – you can find out how to do so here.

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DIY

Repairing sun damage on your car yourself is actually a lot simpler than you may think. By applying rubbing compund to the affected area, you will essentially be giving your car a new topcoat – restoring the exterior completely. For the best results, you should follow these steps:

  • Wash your car thoruoghly
  • Use an orbital polisher or clean cloth to apply the rubbing compaund to the sun damaged area
  • If you are using an orbital polisher to apply the rubbing compund, hold it over the affected area for 10-20 seconds.
  • Once you have covered the necessary area, we recommend spreading the rubbing compund over the rest of the car
  • Starting from the top, apply the compound using circular motions until it becomes invisible and no residue or streaks are visible
  • Rubbing coumpund acts as an excellent polisher for your car, so once you have given your vehcile a quick wash to get rid of any remaining compound, you will notice the colour looks more refreshed and shiny

Go to the professionals

If you prefer seeking expert help from professionals as you know you are guaranteed effective results, we don’t blame you! Having carried out hundreds of car body repairs in Milton Keynes, we know exactly how to repair a sun damaged car and give it the TLC it needs. By opting for a reputable technician to fix your car, you can feel confident that your vehicle will be restored to its flawless condition in no time. Although DIY methods have proven to have great results, you can never go wrong with seeking the help of a professional. If your cair paint has been damaged by the sun, please feel free to contact us today, and we will be more than happy to help get your vehicle looking as good as new again.

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Keeping your car looking its best

While your car coming into contact with the sun is unavoidable, there are many prevention methods and maintenance tasks you can implement to decrease the risk of damage. As well as causing damage to the extreior, the sun and heat can trigger internal issues – affecting your car’s overall performance. If you aren’t sure what you can do to keep your car functioning and looking great in the heat, read these summer tips to help your car beat the heat.

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