Which Car Paint Colors Fade the Fastest

A blue car.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that any particular car paint colors will fade quicker than others. Much depends on how long the paint on a vehicle will last before it begins to fade. It is commonly believed that black and red paint will fade faster but this is a myth. The main reason for this is actually how our eyes respond to colors on the spectrum. White vehicle paint fades at the same rate as black and red colors, but white has no pigment and therefore it is not as noticeable.

Keeping the Vehicle

Where you park your vehicle overnight will have an impact on the longevity of the paint. If your car is parked outside it becomes susceptible to weather conditions, both extremely hot and extremely cold. If your car is kept in a garage every night and left there until needed, the weather will have less of an impact on the life quality of the paintwork.


It’s not just the weather elements that can affect the paint on your car. Salty and coastal areas can cause damage to the paintwork on a car. Snow can damage a car and extra hot sunny climates can fade the car paint quicker owing to the extensive exposure to UV rays. Acidic pollutants are corrosive to a car and cars kept in heavily industrialized areas are vulnerable to nitric acid and air borne chemicals that damage the paint on vehicles.


How you care for your car is a vital component to the lifecycle of the paint. If you wax and polish your car every week with a protective wax coating, it will help keep the UV rays from ruining the paintwork on your car. Taking it through a car wash which has great heavy brushes will actually cause more damage to the paintwork surface by leaving minute scars and scuffs on it. If you rely on the use of a car wash, try to find one which is contact-free. These car washes have no brushes and do not make any contact with the vehicle at all, except to spray detergent, water, steam, and wax and are much less harmful to the paint.


Apart from washing the vehicle regularly and protecting it with a good wax polish coating, vehicles that are parked outside and do not have access to a garage should be covered. There are many types and styles of car covers that can slip over the top of the vehicle for protection when not being used. Covers are partially heat and UV resistant and using a cover will increase the longevity of the paintwork on a vehicle. If you keep your vehicle in a covered car port it will still be open to some weather bashing but less likely to be damaged than if it is left outside. Using a cover on your car even if it is kept in a car port will offer garage-type protection.