An image of a yellow car in the sun.

 

We live in Florida, and here the sun is always shining! While we love the sunshine and all that it brings, the sun can damage your car, just like it can damage your skin. Instead of having to just deal with the potential that your car’s exterior and interior may be damaged, there are somethings that you can do to protect your car. In this blog post, we will be discussing how to protect your car from harmful UV rays, so keep reading to learn more! 

 

Protecting Your Car’s Interior 

When your car is sitting outside on an average summer day, the metal surrounding it absorbs all the heat and all that heat then gets trapped inside it like an oven. The heat inside your car can reach temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit or more. In addition to that, the materials that your car’s interior is composed of (vinyl, plastic, and leather) are all susceptible to the direct sunlight and may fade, crack, or stain due to the sunrays. In order to help protect your car, try some of these tips. 

  • Try to Park in the Shade
    • Parking your car in the shade puts your car out of the direct reach of the sunlight. Even if your car is still outside, the shade can keep it from overheating and shield your dashboard and other parts of the interior of your car from the powerful rays of the sun. If you’re doing this, try cracking your windows to help the heat escape back out of the car.
  • Use a Sun Panel
    • Car windows can act like a magnifying glass, and because of that, it intensifies the sun’s effects, specifically the bleaching effects. Placing sun panels inside your windshield, rear, and side windows can help keep your car cooler when it’s left out in the sun. 
  • Use Seat Covers 
    • If your car has a leather or fabric covering on the seats, placing seat covers on them is a great way to help minimize any cracking or staining that may take place due to the sun’s rays. Seat covers are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to help keep your car cooler in the summer months. They’re also great to keep your legs from burning when you first sit down in the car.
  • Use Protectants and Conditioners 
    • There are many types of commercial products that are available that can be used to help clean, revitalize, and protect the interior components from the sun. If you have a leather interior, you can use a special conditioner that helps keep the material hydrated, which helps prevent cracking and fading. 
  • Consistently Clean Out Your Car
    • Cars are extremely susceptible to dust, dirt, and food particles but can build up over time and lead to even more grime. These are some of the main causes of stains, especially if you’re not cleaning or vacuuming your car regularly. Keep in mind that you don’t need a full detailing job every single month, but next time you’re at the gas station or around a car wash, take advantage of the car vacuums. Most of the time, they’re free to use or very inexpensive. You’d probably be surprised how much a difference a simple vacuum can make. 

 

Protecting Your Car’s Exterior 

Of course, the interior of your car is important, but the outside of your car gets affected by particles that are floating around in the air. Your car also tends to become victim to bug splatters, bird droppings, and anything else that could potentially stem from nature. When you add those to the exposure of the Florida heat, all of this can get baked into the exterior, making it then become a permanent stain. The sun can also fade and discolor the car’s glossy finish and trim if it isn’t protected. While some wear and tear is extremely normal, here are some helpful ways to help protect the exterior of your vehicle. 

 

  • Frequent Washes 
    • Washing your car frequently can really help protect the integrity of your car. By frequently removing all of the dust, dirt, and other things that have built up on your car, you can keep it from becoming a permanent mark on your car. While car washes are a great option, they can also become a bit pricey and add up quickly. Washing your car with gentle soap and water at home is a great way to help your car, cool you off, and save you money! If you are washing your car at home, make sure to dry it off as soon as possible with a microfiber cloth to help get rid of water spots. 
  • Wax Your Car
    • This isn’t an everyday or even monthly thing you need to do. In fact, waxing your car once or twice a year can really serve as a huge barrier for your car from the UV lights. However, if you are waxing your car, make sure that you’re not applying the wax in direct sunlight. There are also paint protection film products that are available to help protect your finish all year round. 
  • Keep It Shaded 
    • Parking your car in the shade or inside a garage is one of the best ways to protect your car. If your garage door isn’t working properly and that’s why you’re not using it, that’s where we come in. 

 

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