How Does the Sun Damage Car Paint?
We’ve all seen a car lose its once-vibrant color after years exposed to the sun, but why does this happen? As it turns out, most car paint fade or damage is due to the same component of sunshine that ages and damages our skin: ultraviolet (UV) rays.
If you’re living in Phoenix or Tucson, then you’re definitely familiar with the hot climate and excessive UV rays in Nothern Arizona. As a matter of fact, Arizona (on average) gets almost 4,000 hours of sunlight every year — imagine the UV rays and potential sun damage on your car’s paint job!
UV light is invisible but very powerful. When it makes contact with a surface, that object’s molecules receive a jolt of energy. This extra energy is usually given off as heat, but some of these jolts result in molecular bonds breaking.
Over time, when this happens to enough molecules of paint, it no longer interacts with light in the same way. It becomes less reflective and duller, transmitting less light outward that we see as color. As a result, you’ll begin to notice the car paint fade.
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Who doesn't love a red car? Of all the colors known to man, red has to be the most evocative. The color of passion and love, blood and romance, the power of crimson has been tapped to signify everything from danger to lust. It's no wonder that car manufacturers almost always offer a shade or two of red for their vehicles.
The color red has been so important to automotive history that it was, in fact, the first color offered by Henry Ford after black. Since then, we've seen a million shades ranging from near orange to maroon purple. There are so many shades of red for cars that many of the more recent red pearls and metallics could easily be mistaken for black at some angles.
It's a strange and wonderful new world for this most evocative of automotive colors. But even so, the meaning behind it never really changes. Red cars always seem to evoke passion and excitement. No wonder red is often seen on sports cars like Ferraris. Once you decide on a shade of red check out these great names for red cars.
HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CAR’S PAINT FROM FADING
The sun is already shining brightly in beautiful British Columbia, and while this is totally welcome, it poses some trouble to those who want to keep their car’s cosmetic appeal in tip top shape. Being in the automotive industry, one of the biggest questions we receive is how you can prevent your car’s paint from fading in the sun.
In this post, we’ll outline the science behind how the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays can be damaging to vehicle paint finishes, and the best processes and treatments you can use to protect that coat of paint from fading.
What Causes Paint to Fade?
To best understand how to keep your paint looking new, it’s always a good idea to better understand why the problem exists in the first place. There are two types of paint jobs, both of which respond to the various contributors of paint fade differently. Clear coated paint jobs feature a sealing layer of lacquer to protect the paint underneath, and single stage paint jobs have no protective layer.
Single stage paint jobs are, therefore, at risk of paint fade and oxidization before that of clear coated paint jobs. Most specifically in red cars. They can develop an unsightly faded pink look to them over time due to the sun stripping the paint of its moisture and oils.
The main contributors to fading vehicle paint are:
- Ultraviolet rays, or sunlight
- Chemical pollutants in the air
- Salt from road maintenance
- Bird droppings
Ultraviolet (UV) rays affect the pigment in vehicle paints by slowly breaking them down over time. Paint pigments are, in essence, extremely finely ground minerals mined from the earth and blended into the paint. What’s known as a ‘prime pigment’ gives paint its colour, so when this prime pigment is stripped of its protective qualities by UV rays, chemicals, etc., the minerals lose their lustre.
How Can you Prevent Paint Fade?
The best thing you can do to prevent paint fade due to UV rays is to park your vehicle in the shade as often as possible. Storing your car or truck in a garage, or in a part of your yard that receives considerably less sun than others is a good way to prevent accelerated paint fade.
The next thing you can do is to routinely wash your car – every couple of weeks or so. When your car is exposed to continuous road grime, chemicals from road salt and bug guts, the paint’s protective layer will slowly be eaten away exposing the paint itself to air. Bird droppings, in particular, contain strong levels of acid, which can burn and etch the paint’s surface if left for too long. New studies denote that it’s actually a differentiation of cooling paint lacquer that contracts and hardens around a dropping that contributes to fading paint. So wash, wash, wash – being certain that your soaps and brushes are free of harmful abrasive materials.
Third, and most effectively perhaps, is the benefits of waxing your car. A good synthetic car wax, or carnauba wax – with the mechanical help of an orbital waxing arm – will add a layer of protection to your car’s paint job, unlike polish, which removes tiny bits of the car’s protective layer to leave a fresh surface that appears new. If you don’t have an orbital waxer, good old fashioned elbow grease will do, but prepare to feel the burn in your arms the next morning. Wax provides excellent additional protection by filling in tiny imperfections and smoothing paint, but like everything – exercise caution. Over-waxing can cause build-up on your car’s surface, which is equally as unappealing.
All too often, we’re told by customers or friends that their faded paint job meant having to repaint the whole thing. This is not true. This is likely the response from a paint garage, or technician. 9 times out of 10, a good quality, all-in-one car wax will cut through the layer of oxidization that builds up on the vehicle’s surface to allow the lustre of the paint to shine through again. Restoring this layer of moisture in the paint by adding a wax, essentially replacing a layer of protective lacquer, should protect and restore the colour.
Protecting your car’s paint job is a great way to preserve its value and its aesthetic appeal. By following these few basic maintenance tips for preserving your paint job, you can enjoy a shiny, lustrous paint job for years to come.
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Ford’s Poppy Red
Poppy Red is one of those iconic colors that made a big impact at its first appearance and now reminds of a specific car. The car in question is the first-generation Ford Mustang, which was launched in this color at the 1964 Worlds Fair. Featuring a hint of orange, Poppy Red remained popular throughout the 1960s on both standard Mustangs and Shelby models. It was also offered as Calypso Coral by Mercury.
Porsche’s Kiln Red Metallic
Also a classic, Kiln Red Metallic adorned the Porsche 911 and 928 produced in 1983 and 1984. Combining shades of burnt orange and light brown, it stands out among most red colors, which aren’t particularly exciting. This shade of red also reminds me of Mopar’s high-impact cars from the golden muscle car era.
Ferrari’s Rosso Corsa
Rosso Corsa needs no introduction.
This color adorned just about every Ferrari model from the 1960s and continues to be offered today.
An interesting fact is that Fiat actually used it for the first time with this name in 1967. Ferrari adopted the Rosso Corsa name only in 1981 and used it until 1996. However, Ferraris from the 1960s and 1970s were painted in a similar shade of red, despite not wearing the "Rosso" tag. Starting 1997, Ferrari made the Rosso Corsa slightly darker.
Lamborghini’s Diablo Rosso
Lambo had a similar color to Rosso Corsa for many years, offered on iconic models like the Miura, Countach, and Diablo.
But the Italians launched an even cooler metallic shade in 1999. Darker and with a hint of burnt orange, it was called Diablo Rosso and made its debut on the Lamborghini... yes, you guessed it, Diablo.
Chevy’s Rally Red
Like any sports car out there, the Corvette features its very own red color. Rally Red is by far the most iconic, and it’s just as recognizable as Rosso Corsa. It was officially offered from 1965 to 1968, but previous Corvettes were available in a similar hue but with a different name.
Ford’s Ruby Red
Moving on to a more modern option, Ford introduced Ruby Red in 2012. As the name suggests, it replicates the color of rubies with a rich red in a metallic finish. It was offered, and it’s still available on popular Ford models, including the Mustang, Fusion, F-150, Edge, and Kuga. This color will make any car stand out in a full parking lot.
Dodge’s Viper Red
If you had posters of the Dodge Viper on your wall as a kid, there’s a big chance that it was red. Called Viper Red, it’s by far the most popular color for this American sports car, and Dodge offered it under the same name from 1992 to 2010.
The company replaced it with Adrenaline red in 2011, but the color itself remained unchanged.
Nissan’s Midnight Garnet
Midnight Garnet might not sound like a red color, but it’s somewhat similar to Ford’s Ruby Red. Darker than the usual red at first glance, it has the cool ability to shift between bright red, purple, and near black depending on angle and lighting. It was offered on a variety of vehicles, including the Murano, Armanda, Juke, and Maxima. It’s also known as New Dark Red, Dark Red, and Tuscan Sun.
Ford’s Vermillion Red
Arguably the oldest color on this list Vermillion Red dates back to 1935. The color became very popular during the golden era of hot rods and returned into the spotlight in the 1950s thanks to the F-100 truck. Discontinued in the late 1960s, it made a comeback recently on the company’s new pickup trucks.
Chevy’s Black Rose Metallic
Introduced in 2017, Black Rose Metallic isn’t a pure red color. Actually, you can see a red tint only when you look straight ahead on a flat surface. Otherwise, it’s metallic purple or similar Mopar’s classic plum crazy. First offered on the Corvette for the 2017 model year, it’s definitely eye-catching when combined with the sports car’s angular styling cues. Buick and Cadillac also had it on offer as Black Cherry and Deep Amethyst, respectively.
Ford’s Fiesta/Fleet Red
Yet another classic red from Ford, it was offered on several models, including the Mustang and the Thunderbird, from 1956 until the early 1970s. With the Mustang offered in Poppy Red, Fleet and Fiesta red was a more popular choice for the Thunderbird.
Dodge’s Stryker Red
The Dodge Red was gorgeous enough in its classy Viper Red, but things became downright spectacular in 2013, and the American brand added Stryker Red to the palette.
Initially, a bespoke color reserved for the Viper, this bright, deep and metallic red eventually found its way on other vehicles.
You may remember it better on the ludicrous Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Chevy’s Victory Red
Somewhat of a tribute to the old Hugger Orange, Victory red stands out thanks to its orange accents. Introduced in 1989, it has been offered on a variety of trucks and SUVs, but also on the Impala and the Corvette. It is probably more famous on the Chevy Camaro in combination with the nameplates black "go-fast" stripes. This color was also offered as Fire Red and Blaze Red.
Mopar’s Bright Red
An iconic color from the muscle car era, Bright Red arrived on Mopar vehicles in 1966 and survived, under various names, until 1983. The classic Dodge Challenger and Charger are the most known examples that made an impact in this hue, but Bright Red was offered by other Mopar brands too. Depending on automaker and model year, Bright Red was also available as Scorch Red, Flame Red, and Matador Red.
Lambo’s Rosso Granata
Rosso Granata isn’t as known as other colors on this list. Actually, it’s quite rare, with very little information known about it. It turns out this color was released sometime in 1979, a year confirmed by a few Espada models finished in this color. I also know about the existence of a Miura SVJ in this color, but most likely it was restored in this exotic color. The rosy, almost pink hue makes this metallic color a somewhat strange but unique choice for high-profile vehicles sporting the "Lamborghini" badge.
Do you know any other red colors that Santa might like on his car? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession. Read full bio
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