Springtime Sunshine Can Lead To Auto Body Damage – Here’s How To Avoid It



The rainy season is coming to a close here in Houston, Texas, and that means the sun will soon be out in full force. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that drivers want to protect their car from the sun and keep the auto body in the best condition possible. We’ve listed some helpful tips that can prevent sun damage to your vehicle:

  1. Try Paint Protection Film

Paint protection film kits are available for purchase to cover your entire vehicle and protect the auto body from sun damage. These films are easily applied and not only provide UV protection, but also can prevent the auto body from becoming chipped and scratched by debris kicked up from the road while driving.

  1. Invest in a Car Cover

A car cover can protect your car from the harsh Texas sun if you are unable to park in a garage. The cover acts as a barrier and keeps your car shielded when not in use. However, keep in mind that you are purchasing a product that will be protecting one of your largest investments. Do some research on the product before purchasing to ensure it is made of a high-quality material and will withstand the outdoor elements to keep your car looking its best.

  1. Apply Wax or Paint Sealant

Both wax and paint sealant protect your car from the sunlight. However, it is important to choose the protection that best fits your needs. Functionality-wise, they perform about equally in protecting your auto body from UV rays. However, wax needs to be reapplied every 3-6 weeks while sealants can last anywhere from 3-6 months.

  1. Look for Shady Spots

Try to find the coveted shady parking spots when running errands. This lessens the amount of sunlight hitting your car while you run your errands, meaning your auto body is more protected than it would be if it were parked in open sunlight.

  1. Opt for Covered Parking When Possible

If you have a garage or car port to provide some shade for your vehicle, use it whenever possible. Even if it is for short periods of time, it is always a good idea to protect your car from the intense Texas sun whenever possible. While covered parking options may cost a small amount of money, you are saving money in the long run by avoiding the need to repair your auto body paint and maintain the value of your vehicle.

As a leading body shop in Houston, Texas, we know the toll the sun can take on your vehicle’s body. These easy tips will help keep your car looking great all year long. For professional auto body or collision repair services, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524, or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001.

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop