Avoid Car Sunburn

Avoid Car Sunburn

Our bodies aren’t the only things that can suffer from the strong New Zealand sun – we also have to protect our cars from sunburn!

Strange as it sounds, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can actually burn the coat of your car, creating a cloudy appearance in the top layer of paint or making your car’s vibrant paint coat fade and peel.

Years in the sun can take its toll on your car, but there are some things you can do to minimise the damage.

Clean your car 

Cleaning your car regularly goes a long way to helping its coat remain durable to the elements – not to mention easy on the eyes! Dead insects and other bits and pieces accumulate on the car from daily driving which can cause long-term damage to the car’s paint coat. Keeping a clean car is really important and the best way to ward off damage.

Look for shade 

The best thing you can do in summer is park your car in the shade whenever possible. It’s much better to find a shady spot and have to walk a bit further to get to the beach or office! And if you have a garage or a car port or even just a big tree at home, always park under there, protecting your car from those strong UV rays. 

Invest in sunscreen 

Wax on the coat of your car offers protection to its delicate outer layer of paint. Luckily, unlike our skin which needs reapplication of sunscreen every few hours, you only need to apply wax to your car once or twice a season. The UV will eventually get through the wax, but it should last a good two to three months. 


Sometimes, despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. While your car won’t respond to aloe vera, there are things you can do to minimise the damage.

Clay bars or rubbing compounds applied onto burn spots will help repair the paint coat – just apply it to small areas at a time rather than the entire length of the car’s body.