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How to Repair Sun Damage to Car Paint

sun damage to car paint With summer upon us, your car is once again rolling under the sun’s full glory. The sun’s ultraviolet rays plus extreme temperatures can really take a toll on your car’s beautiful shiny finish. If you have already detected signs of sun damage to car paint, you should think about applying first-aid to the affected areas. Otherwise, you might be risking further irreversible damage to the paint job.

How the Sun Damages Car Paint

Parking your car out in the sun for long periods of time can take the luster away from your wax and make your paint job look dull and faded. This can look really bad especially on dark-colored cars. The overall effect is that of a poorly-maintained vehicle that looks like it has more mileage than it really does.

The sad news is that sun damage to car paint is not skin deep—the UV rays can work right between the paint and the metal finish, causing the paint to peel off. When this happens, you will end up spending for a new paint job. Another option is to do a bit of repair work on the “sun spots” on your car and see if you could live with the result. After all, a full paint job can entail a considerable sum of money, and not every car owner is prepared to break the bank just to restore a vehicle’s glorious good looks.

Repairing Sun Damage to Car Paint

Here’s what you can do to repair sun damage to car paint:

  • Purchase an industrial-grade fine cut rubbing compound and a set of buffers. You will want to work inside your garage to keep the sun from further damaging your vehicle and causing any unwanted chemical reactions between the rubbing compound and your vehicle.
  • Apply the rubbing compound directly on the buffer. Focus on the damaged areas, then slowly work your way out to distribute the product evenly on the surrounding areas. Be patient as you allow the product to work into the paint job. Rubbing compound can harden quickly, so be sure to work in small areas instead of tackling large portions immediately.
  • Wash the car with water, no soap. Rub it dry with a non-abrasive chamois or terry cloth so you can immediately inspect the result of your earlier cover-up efforts. If you should see any bald spots or areas that need a bit more work, repeat steps 1 and 2 above until you get your desired finish.
  • Apply wax to seal in the rubbing compound and liven up the luster once more. In addition, you can use a spray-on clear coat product that can truly revitalize your vehicle’s color and gloss. It will also protect the paint job from further sun and heat damage.

Use these tips as soon as you notice sun damage to car paint. Be aware, however, that repairing sun damaged paint is not a job for beginners. It requires skills and expertise.Otherwise, it might be better to just call in the professionals to restore your car’s good looks and bring on the flashy sheen that it used to have. Let DetailXPerts be your guide in restoring your car’s looks and ensuring that it keeps a high resale value and dependable functionality throughout the years.

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