How to Keep Black Car Paint from Fading

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  • 2-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Car wax
Buffing machine
Dusting brush
Car cleaning compound
Car cover

If you car's exterior sports black car paint, you will want to know how to keep the color from fading. The following steps will help prevent fading while keeping your car looking new.

Step 1 – Cleaning

The manner in which you wash your car is important if you want to make sure that the black car paint doesn’t fade. If the car has any loose dust or debris on the paintwork, begin by lightly wiping the surface to remove the excess. This will prevent scratches from any sharp particles during washing. Use only soft waffle cloths and suitable cleaning solutions in the process of cleaning the car to ensure that the paint does not suffer damage. Make sure that there are no harsh chemicals or bleaching agents in the cleaner and keep up a regular cleaning regime.

Step 2 – Waxing

Waxing your car properly is essential to maintaining your black car paint because it works to repel dirt and UV rays. For an initial wax application, it is prudent to use an electric buffer to ensure that it is applied well and evenly. Once wax has been applied, it remains effective for a significant period of time so this will not often be required. Work in a uniform manner so that you do not miss any sections of the paintwork. Top ups to the wax can be undertaken by hand as and when necessary. Where possible, use a car wax that is designed to enhance black car paint so that you can keep it looking good as well as improving protection. Ensure that the waxing is maintained regularly to keep the car protected.

fading black paint on the hood of a volkswagon beetle

Step 3 – Parking

When you are looking for street parking, always find a place in the shade if it's going to be there for any period of time. Bear in mind the movement of the sun so you don't come back to a hot car that has been baking in the sun.

Step 4 – Car Cover

If you are unable to park your car in a covered area or a shady space and you are going to be away for a number of hours or days, make use of a car cover to protect the black paint. In addition to protecting the car from UV rays, it will also stop the surface of the car from heating up which is another cause of fading car paint. Make sure that the cover is the correct size for the car.

Step 5 – Storage

When you are storing your car at home, make use of a garage wherever possible to protect the car from the sun and pollutants in the atmosphere. If you do not have a covered garage, consider building a covered car port so that the car can be afforded some protection.