Protecting Your Truck from Sun Damage
Let’s not waste any time.
Here’s how to prevent your truck from getting sun damaged.
5 Tricks to Prevent Sun Damage to Your Truck
We’ve come up with five tips, all focused on different parts of your truck, to keep it looking good for as long as possible.
- Avoid Prolonged Direct Sunlight
- Wash, Dry, and Wax Often
- Use Windshield Sun Protectors
- Use Seat Covers
- Monitor Tire Pressure
Let’s take a closer look at how each one of these helps and why you should consider doing them.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
This one may be obvious, but it’s by far the easiest way avoid sun damage. If your truck in parked in the shade—be that under a tree, in the garage, or under an awning—the sun’s heat and UV rays won’t wreak havoc on your truck. However, avoiding the sun all the time definitely isn’t possible in a place like Arizona. So, whenever you can, park in the shade. When you can’t, well, that’s what the other four tips are for.
Wash, Dry, and Wax
This one is not so obvious. By washing your vehicle, you’re removing dirt and dust particles that damage your truck’s clear coat. However, you need to make sure to dry it off as much as possible before letting it sit in the sun because water magnifies sunlight. Waxing helps stop all those UV rays from destroying the clear coat and paint underneath by creating a protective barrier.
Windshield Sun Protectors
It’s not just the outside of your car that needs to be protected. When the inside of your truck gets too hot, the vinyl, plastic, and other construction materials degrade quickly. A sunscreen for your windshield will not only keep your interior a more comfortable temperature, but help prevent damage to everything inside.
While a windshield sun protector helps a lot, your seats are still prime targets for sun damage thanks to their placement directly under side windows. Simply putting some seats covers over them can save your truck’s upholstery and stop you from scorching the seat of your pants.
Extreme temperatures can severely damage your tires. Hot temperatures combined with low tire pressure can lead to blowouts. By cleaning your tires and making sure they’re properly inflated, you make sure to minimize chances of a blowout.