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How To Prevent Car Sun Damage?  
User currently offlineUnited757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 10439 times:

Hello! I just got my first car a few days ago (Volvo S60), and I have to park it in our driveway, because our garage is taken up by my mom's car and a jetski. I was wondering if there is anything (besides a car cover) that I can use to prevent sun damage to the paint and plastic parts? My dad has to park his car in the driveway also, and it's about 2 years old and it already has sun damage, so I'm hoping to find some way to prevent it. If anyone knows of anything I can use, let me know!
Thanks!
united757

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 10427 times:

Use a good wax/protectant on it and use products such as Armour All for the plastic parts and the tires.


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 10417 times:

How to prevent car sun damage ......... move to scotland!


That'll teach you
User currently offlineMdodd From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10393 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 1):
Use a good wax/protectant on it and use products such as Armour All for the plastic parts and the tires.

Ditto. I own a 94' Volvo 940 and have kept it prestine doing that. It sits in parking lots and driveways all the time.


User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10390 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):
How to prevent car sun damage ......... move to scotland!

Yeh but then it will get damaged physically!  Wink

There are various waxes out there to protect it. Go down to your local auto shop and ask which they would recommend for your car.

Rgds --James--



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10386 times:

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 4):
Yeh but then it will get damaged physically!

Hey! I resent that!

I will have you know car thieves in scotland are so experienced they can steal your car without damaging it!!!

Now take that back!  Silly



That'll teach you
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10380 times:

Wax coating helps,best would be to cover it.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10375 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
so experienced they can steal your car without damaging it!!!

Yeh see they only think they aren't damaging it because they are so drunk. You take a look around and thecars are only silver because they've been scratched so much.

 Wink

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 10368 times:

I have found that Lexoyl interior protectant is much better than others. Does not have a weird odor, and it lasts longer. It is more $$$$

User currently offlineUnited757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 10352 times:

thanks for the replies! I'll go by the auto store this later and pick up some wax and plastic protectant. I thought I'd give that a shot before moving to Scotland.  Big grin
united757


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10276 times:
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Buy a quality car! My wife has an 11 year old BMW that lives in the African sun and there are no signs of sun damage anywhere.


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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4120 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10274 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
Buy a quality car! My wife has an 11 year old BMW that lives in the African sun and there are no signs of sun damage anywhere.

Paint is paint...eventually the sun WILL bleach it out if you don't protect it...

My 1995 Acura was solid black up until last summer...by the end of the summer, the hood was about half WHITE. Thank you South Carolina...


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10232 times:

From http://www.meguiars.com :

Some waxes do contain UV-protection agents, but the amount of protection that a microscopically thin layer of wax can provide is limited

The primary goal of a wax is to protect the top layers of paint that contain UV-protection agents from the paint manufacture. If you wash and wax your car regularly, your paint will be protected and you should suffer no major UV damage over the normal course of the life of the car.

Don't be fooled by some companies that lead you to believe that it is the UV protection in a wax that protects your car's finish from fading and failure, this is dishonest and simply not true. Taking care of the paint you presently have will go further to protect your finish than relying on protection supplied by a liquid you pour out of a bottle, or a wax you scoop out of a can. UV protection in a car wax formula is only an extra-dose of preventative maintenance, not the end-all, cure-all that some companies would lead you to believe.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10210 times:

Wax it every month and wash it weekly. Also you might want to invest in a car cover if you really care about the sun damaging it.

Hunter



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