UV and Auto Paint: Preventing Damage
No one knows like the people of South Florida: UV rays from the sun can destroy a great auto paint job fast!
What are Ultraviolet Rays?
The sun emits all kinds of radiation. Some of it is light that lets us see the world around us. Some of it we can't see, like infrared that we feel as heat, but can't see the radiation.
There's also ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light is at a wavelength shorter than blue and violet light, thus "ultraviolet." This is the radiation that gives you a sunburn, causes cancer, and makes fabrics and colors fade.
On your car's paint job, UV light can suck out the color, dull the finish, and make an otherwise great looking car seem old and dirty. Not to get too technical, but UV rays excite the molecular bonds in the paint and the coatings. This energy breaks the bonds between molecules and causes damage.
One of the most interesting things to note is that some colors fade faster than others. Red fades much quicker than other colors. This is because red is a small portion of the rainbow. Any fading is more noticeable on red cars than many other colors.
This causes the dulling that you often see in cars that are sitting in junkyards. The clear coat and paint are less reflective.
It doesn't just affect the paint; it also changes the structure of the plastic on the headlights, the trim, and even the glass and tires.
In short, UV light is very damaging to your car long term.
How to Protect Your Car from UV Rays
There are a few things you can do to protect your vehicle from UV rays.
- Try to park in a garage or undercover as often as possible. This might not be possible all the time, but if your car is parked outside during day, especially in a sunny place like Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, some type of cover will help a lot.
- Coat your vehicle periodically in a protective layer. At Clean-Driven Mobile Detailing, we use JetSeal sealant and protectant. It's a great way to keep your car's paint job looking great.
What a Sealant Does
Sealants adhere to the paint and coat it to protect it from the weather and sun. JetSeal is the industry leader in professional quality sealants.
Using JetSeal puts a layer on the paint job.
- Water rolls off without affecting the paint
- Contaminants, including road dirt and pollution, don't stick to the paint.
- It protects the paint and clear coat from UV rays for up to a year.
- JetSeal gives the paint a high gloss finish.
- It protects vehicles that are driven every day.
- It reduces damage even for vehicles that sit in the sun all day.
JetSeal usually only needs to be applied once per year. It's a lot of protection for not a lot of work.
Different From Traditional Waxes
Traditional car waxes are only designed to last a month or two. They often can't handle the intense heat, sunlight, and weather of places like South Florida.
Car wax is usually a carnauba wax base. Since this wax melts when it gets hot, it eventually simply melts off cars that are left in the sun.
JetSeal, created by Chemical Guys, has a unique chemical structure.
"The secret to JetSeal's amazing protection characteristics is the highly-refined synthetic nano-tech polymers that bond directly to the surface for long-term durability. JetSeal creates a strong shield against water spots, contamination, road grime, and UV sunlight. Innovative UV protection technology helps reject harmful solar rays and protect paintwork against fading and discoloration." - from the Chemical Guys website
Because JetSeal is made with man-made polymers, it stands up to salt, rain, dirt, and heat better than waxes. It was developed for the aerospace industry to operate in extreme heat and cold weather.
Contact Us to Learn More
At Clean-Driven L.L.C., we offer JetSeal as part of our mobile auto detailing service. We use it every day.
If you're in South Florida, we're happy to come to your home or business and apply JetSeal to your vehicle. We'll do your entire fleet to make sure your brand looks amazing.
If you have questions on how to use JetSeal effectively, feel free to give us a call at (561) 562-0287 or use the contact form on our website: https://cleandriven.com/.