United757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11190 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!
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.