Protecting Your Chevrolet SSR from Fading: Some Tips and Suggestions
Fading is a normal process among vehicle parts that are exposed to the elements—your car paint, the dashboard, and even your leather seats. However, while fading is not a serious problem that will spell the difference between being able to use your car or having to car pool with a friend due to car damage, it is a major indication of your vehicle's age. Unless you're fine with your Chevrolet SSR looking all tired and defeated, you better take some steps to prevent fading among its various components.
Fading is often caused by various elements, primarily the sun but not the only one. Below, outlined are some tips to protect your car parts from fade and keep your roadster looking new for a long time:
- Polish and wax the surface of your car body regularly.
Waxing your car will add an extra layer of protection to its car paint from damaging elements like the sun's rays, so take some time to apply wax to your vehicle paint now and then. And to keep that shine longer lasting, polish. Just remember, however, that polishing can take away the layers of protection in your car surface bit by bit. Some polish formulations also have harmful chemicals that will slowly strip the paint of wax and other protective elements, exposing the color to the sun and to the environment and making it susceptible to fading. So when polishing, choose the right polish for your car body.
- Protect your car dashboard with the correct protectant.
The dashboard is located right by the windshield, so it soaks up most of the heat of the sun when you drive. After a while, this can eventually lead to the fading of the dash. In worse cases, the dash might even crack. What you can do to protect the dashboard is to apply protectant on its surface whenever you wash your car. The correct protectant will be able to repel harmful UV rays, protecting your car dash from damage. You can further the protection that you offer your dash by ensuring that you always park in the shade and you use a windshield protector when parking under the sun.
- Keep your leather car seats in great shape.
Leather is an elegant material inside the vehicle, but it can fade over time due to exposure to the sun. To prevent fading, or at least to slow it down, you must regularly condition your leather seats with the right conditioner formulation. Be sure to pick the right conditioner, one specified for leather use, to ensure that you won't encounter further problems. Another thing to do is to keep your car interior cool. During summer, hot temperature can build up inside the car, and this can accelerate fading of the leather seats in your ride. To prevent this, you can open your windows a bit so you can allow air to circulate around inside.
With these car care tips for the various parts of your ride, you can be sure your Chevrolet SSR will look new for a long time.