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  • Writer's pictureConnor Knopp

How the Sun and Elements damage your car

The sun and various elements can damage a car's clear coat in several ways:

  1. UV Rays: The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are one of the primary culprits for causing damage to a car's clear coat. Over time, UV rays can cause the clear coat to fade, lose its luster, and even crack.

  2. Oxidation: Exposure to air and moisture can cause oxidation, which can break down the paint's molecular structure and cause it to deteriorate. This can cause the clear coat to lose its color and shine.

  3. Acid Rain: Acid rain is caused by pollutants in the air reacting with rainwater. Acid rain can cause the clear coat to corrode and weaken over time.

  4. Bird Droppings: Bird droppings can be extremely acidic and can eat away at the clear coat if left on for an extended period. This can cause the paint to corrode and even leave permanent stains.

  5. Tree Sap: Like bird droppings, tree sap is also acidic and can cause damage to the clear coat. It can also be difficult to remove, which can further damage the clear coat during the removal process.

To prevent damage to a car's clear coat, it is essential to regularly wash and wax the car. Regular maintenance will help protect the clear coat from the elements and prolong its life. Additionally, parking in a garage or under a carport can provide additional protection from the sun and other elements.

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