What to Do if Your Jaguar’s Paint is Fading?by schearerswpadmin February 28, 2022
Jaguars are beautiful cars with quality clear coat paints that should last you about 12 years, but for various reasons, it might fail you at an earlier time and lead to an aesthetically unpleasant look. Fading of the paint is quite a common problem for Jaguar owners and there are ways to prevent, arrest or solve these problems when they arise.
Firstly, let’s take a look at some paint problems in Jaguars. They include:
- Fading: Fading doesn’t occur the same way across all car paints. For Jaguars, red paints fade faster even with protective polish coatings.
- Dimples: These happen especially when polish residues aren’t removed before respraying. They are crater-like depressions in the paints. In more recent times, this almost never happens in factory paints, as the degreasing process that would have caused the problem is now fully automated.
- Blistering: This happens when metal areas under the paint have been corroded or perforated. These areas must be repaired or replaced before painting again to avoid continuous blistering.
- Dents: Things are small depressions on your car body that affect paintings. You can attempt to use a vacuum suction on it but it can easily be cured by dent masters and so should be taken to them.
- Micro blistering: This happens mostly when moisture goes into the primer before top coat spraying as caused by economic respray in cases of insufficient heating or when the work stays too long in primer coating.
- Cloud peeling: This is a problem with the clear lacquer due to UV exposure in Jaguars with metallic paintwork. This type of peeling also occurs in poorly applied paints.
Causes of Paint Fading in Jaguars and How To Rectify Them
There are a plethora of things that cause fading in vehicles, and your Jaguar is not excluded from these causes. These issues are mostly environmental factors that can sometimes be easily avoided or repaired and in some other times, more extreme or expensive measures have to be taken. The causes include:
- Oxidation: Oxidation is the major cause of paint fading in vehicles. It happens when oxygen reaches the under a layer of the paint and combines with heat which is absorbed by the metal causing fading in the car.
- UV Rays: UV rays are the main source of heat to car paint which initiates oxidation via oxygen. Exposed cars will usually fade faster and the easiest way to avoid it is to make sure your car is not parked under direct sunlight.
- Salt: Salt is very corrosive to vehicle paints and metals especially in the presence of UV rays, which melts the salt crystals increasing the surface area, making it more corrosive. This leads to fast-fading paint cars, especially those used in ocean areas. Try not to allow the salt to stay too long on your car, but when that cannot be avoided, you should go to the professionals to check out the paint.
- Abrasive automotive cleaners: Some automotive cleaners contain abrasives that peel off the protective paint coating exposing the underside of the paint to UV light, thereby leading to oxidation and then fading. The best bet is to avoid the use of abrasive automotive cleaners. If it’s too late, you can bring your Jaguar to the professionals to help you with your problem.
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Our outstanding 5-star service department brings you error-free repairs and maintenance. We offer air conditioning repairs, alignments, brake, wheel, and steering repairs, complete vehicle evaluation, engine repair, fleet services, factory-required maintenance, on-board diagnostics, PA safety, and emission inspection, performance upgrades, transmission repairs, and many more in not just your Jaguars but also in Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo, etc.
Fading might start mildly and from very small damage that may be invisible to your eyes. Do not wait for your car to become very ugly from faded paint, bring your car to us for proper and quality inspection, maintenance, and repairs by the best mechanics. Book an appointment with us now.
* Jaguar F-Pace Car image credit goes to: YuriyVlasenko.