One of the most inevitable downsides of cars is fading paint. Over time, the paint on your car may fade due to the various elements it is constantly exposed to. It can be incredibly frustrating to spend your hard-earned money on a nice car only to have the paint fade. Luckily, there are ways that you can prevent this fading from happening. The McDowells Auto Repair team has created a list compiling the most important tips for preventing your paint from fading. Check it out!

Clean Your Car

Your car’s clear coat of paint breaks down over time and as a result, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate the paint easier. One thing that will help with preventing the clear coat on your car from breaking down as quickly is making sure to always keep it clean. If you let dirt sit on your car for an extended period of time, it can accelerate the breakdown of the clear coat on the paint. After the dirt breaks down your clear coat, the sun will immediately begin to destroy your paint.

Choose the Right Color

Unfortunately, the sun discriminates on which colors it will cause the most paint damage to. Generally speaking, red is the color that the sun will fade the most. This also includes colors that have red in them too, though. Shades of purple and orange are equally susceptible to fast fading from the sun. If you want the best chance of avoiding fading, you should steer clear of these colors.

Ceramic Coating

One of the most effective ways to prevent fading on the paint of your car is to apply a ceramic coating. A ceramic coating is applied on top of the paint by a professional to fill the gaps and any imperfections in the clear coat on your paint job. This ceramic coating will not only protect the car from UV rays, but it is also scratch-resistant!

Keep It Inside

The most simple solution to keeping your car’s paint from fading is to keep it inside as much as possible. If you have a garage, you should try to keep your car in it whenever you’re not driving it. If your garage is currently functioning more as a storage unit rather than a place you want to keep your car, check out these pro tips for organizing your garage. Most cars with fading paint that you see are those that are parked on the street or in the driveway. Although parking in the garage will not completely prevent fading, it will slow the process immensely.

At Mcdowells we know not all damage is preventable, but it is fixable. Contact us with any questions you may have about our auto repair services, we’re always here to help!

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