Nothing ruins a vehicle’s aesthetic then fading paint. Fading paint not only ruins the look of the vehicle, but it effects the value as well. When the paint begins to fade on the vehicle, it can leave it vulnerable to the elements. There are a number of elements that can cause paint to fade. Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic will share why paint will fade and how you can prevent it.
What Car Color Fades the Fastest in Sunlight
Sunlight is very destructive to paint. The UV rays can contribute to paint oxidation, which is a process of heat and oxygen that comes together, breaking down the exterior of the paint. Over time the heat from the sun will cause the outer layer of the paint to dissipate and fade. Under most circumstances, red fades the fastest of all visible colors. The larger surface areas will often fade at once. To prevent paint from oxidizing due to the heat from the sun, keep the vehicle in the garage, under a carport, or shade.
Salty Air Causes Paint Fading
Another major contributor to fading paint is salty air. Salty air from the coast regions of Texas can cause salt crystals to develop on the surface of the vehicle. The salt crystals heats up and weakens the paint. If the salt is left unchecked for long periods of time, the paint will break down and the paint will thin out and fade. It is important to clean the vehicle to remove salt crystals and prolong the health of the paint. Another danger of salt is that the paint breaks down the under layer of the vehicle that is exposed to the salt and assists in the developing of rust which will begin to eat the body of the vehicle.
Faded Car Paint from Air Pollution
The carbon exhaust from vehicles pollute our air and even our vehicle’s paint. The carbon particles in the air are like sharp tiny grains that create micro-abrasions in the surface of the vehicle’s paint. These tiny cuts in the paint is the beginning of a bigger problem. The paint can begin to oxidize faster around cuts leading to paint fading. The best way to protect your vehicle from pollution is to keep the vehicle clean and protected with a layer of car wax The wax not only makes a vehicle more shiny, but it provides a small layer that can protect the paint from the particles in the air.
How to Fix Faded Paint on Car
There is no miracle solution for fading paint. Once paint begins to fade, the best option is to repaint the vehicle. A fresh coat of paint will properly protect the vehicle from rusting and other damages due to exposure of the elements. However, make sure to keep the vehicle cleaned and in the shade as must as possible to extend the life of the paint. If only a small section of the vehicle is affected, the area(s) can be repainted without the need to paint the entire vehicle. It can be hard to match the paint perfectly. However, with modern technology it is easier than ever to match the vehicle color. Fading paint may also provide another opportunity. When it comes time to repaint your vehicle you can even do a custom paint job. With a custom paint job your vehicle will stand out and reflect your personality.