Car Care Lessons: Protect Your Vehicle Against Heat

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car interiorAny object subjected to extreme temperatures will have some form of damage, be it the more visible ones or those unseen by the naked eye. The same can be said of your car if you leave it under the scorching heat of the sun for too long.

Although modern day cars have specialised coating on their surfaces to protect them from harsh weather conditions, with the passing of time the coating will degrade. Your job as a responsible car owner is to make sure your vehicle has protection from the sun and other sources of thermal radiation.

Strengthening your car’s outer defences

Your car’s exterior is its first line of defence against the scorching effects of heat damage. Strengthening this is a central point in the overall protection of your car. To do that, remember these:

  • Always put your vehicle in a shaded portion of your backyard.
  • Make sure your garage is well-ventilated. Convection heat can be as damaging as radiant heat.
  • Invest in a quality, heat-resistant vehicle cover if you have neither a shade nor a well-ventilated garage.
  • Wash your vehicle using car-approved cleaning products, and thoroughly dry it with chamois especially made for motor vehicles or any soft cloth made of cotton.
  • Apply car wax at least once every week to provide some layer of protection on the surfaces. Use a buffing device if you have one.
Reinforcing your vehicle’s interior

Heat doesn’t just damage your car’s exterior. Extreme heat can also wreak havoc inside your vehicle, so keep these in mind:

  • Regularly clean your car’s interior with cleaning products designed for vehicles.
  • Apply a vehicle interior surface protective coating or conditioning agent.
  • Invest in a good tint. This will lessen the amount of heat coming inside your vehicle. However, before you get car tinting, Perth car experts remind that you pay attention to the level of tint. Choose one that complies with your state laws.
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Protecting your vehicle from heat damage includes the use of vehicle-approved cleaning and protective products. Also make sure you  shield your car from direct heat sources.