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Dust hazard

While wintery conditions are known to play havoc with your car’s bodywork, it is misleading to think that hot summer weather offers a respite. Ultra-violet light seeks to destroy your car’s protective paint, reducing the protective qualities it offers to the underlying metalwork and fades its colour. Invariably, visible dust will also settle on the surface. While you may wish to brush the dust away with a cloth, or a hand, resist the temptation. Ultimately, dust is abrasive and it will act like fine sandpaper against the paintwork, creating minor scratches that will dull the finish. A better solution is to use plenty of water to wash away the dust, followed by a wash with a car shampoo and dedicated wash mitt. The car shampoo will provide a suitable lubricant between the wash mitt or sponge and paintwork, that should reduce the risk of scratching. To help protect against further scratches, as well as UV radiation, apply a separate wax product to the paint afterwards.