As the summer heat is well and truly upon us, it’s time to protect your car from the harsh UV rays. It’s not uncommon that your cars exterior can reach up to 90◦ C when exposed to direct sunlight in the summer. This amount of heat can not only result in permanent damage to your exterior, but it’s interior as well. The powerful rays of the Australian sun oxidize your cars paint giving it an old and worn out look, especially when kept out in the sun for extended periods of time with no protection.
So how can you protect your car? The obvious answer is to keep it indoors. This is also the most impractical solution. What if you have to make an emergency trip to Bunnings, pick the kids up from school or park your car at work all day where there’s no undercover parking?
Fire up your air-conditioners and keep reading, this is life and death for your cars paint job!
Wash your car often.
Thanks to the summer heat, all the usual suspects of debris like bird droppings and tree sap are at a greater risk of embedding themselves into your cars paint if left unattended for too long. In order to protect your car from the heat, it’s important to wash your car often.
The first step to washing your car is to give it a good pre-rinse with the hose removing all loose dirt and grime. Next, you should use a high quality microfibre wash mitt along with a gentle automotive car shampoo to wash your car from top to bottom. Make sure you do not apply too much pressure and move the mitt in straight lines to avoid swirls. It’s also important to rinse your wash tool into a bucket of clean water before dunking it in your soapy bucket and continuing washing your car.
If you come across bird dropping or tree sap stains that are hard to remove, do not scrub at it or try to pick it off with your fingernail. You will need to use an automotive clay bar with plenty of lubrication to get it off safely without scratching the paint.
Once you’ve finished giving your car some T.L.C, rinse the exterior of your car thoroughly to remove any residue from the soap. Finally, dry your car with a microfibre drying towel to prevent any water spotting.
Protect your paint.
Now that we have cleaned the car, it’s time to protect it. The most cost effective method for protecting your paint will be to apply a spray wax or sealant. There are thousands of products from different brands so it can get overwhelming when trying to choose. We recommend Optimum Spray Wax for its patented UV inhibitors and ease of use. Generally, you spray the wax onto the car and work it in with a microfibre towel, simple. This is going to add a layer of protection against the UV rays while helping prevent oxidization as well as making it easier to clean your car next time.
Of course this isn’t a one time job. If it’s not possible to keep your car garaged then you should wash and protect your car once every week to keep it in the best condition possible.
Protect your interior.
Okay, so we have washed the car and protected the exterior using our favourite spray wax or sealant but the sun is still beating down through the windows onto our nice leather seats and vinyl dash board. Eventually the interior will begin to dry out, fade and crack if we don’t look after it. Here are some tips on how to protect your interior from the sun.
Decontaminate. First we want to get rid of all the germs, dust and grime from the surfaces. For the dashboard and center console you can use an all purpose cleaner (APC) or a 2-in-1 leather & interior cleaner with a microfibre towel. You can do the same on your leather seats. Ensure that you follow the directions on the product and test on an inconspicuous area first.
Protect. You can use a product like 303 Aerospace Protectant to dress your vinyl, rubber, leather interior surfaces. Much like a wax on your cars paint, this product leaves a non-sticky barrier that blocks UV rays preventing drying, cracking and premature ageing.
The bottom line.
Your car doesn’t have much fun in the sun, so you need to take the necessary steps to protect it, or let us do it for you. Keep your car protected this summer and book in with us today.