Gianetta Palmer is a writer, copywriter, and essayist. Her work has appeared in EverydayHealth.com, Healthline, and The Dyrt Magazine. She is the author of Scrunchie-Fried and writes a lot about car insurance in her spare time.

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UPDATED: Jun 24, 2020

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Few areas of a modern car are as misunderstood as the paintwork.

There are so many competing companies vying for your attention, it is hard to know who to trust.

From clay bars, to waxes and polishes, looking after your paintwork is far from straightforward.

Today we’re going to be looking at the humble car cover and pointing out five myths you may have been taken in by.

Myth #1. UV Rays Will Fade Paintwork

There are some car covers which let UV light through from the Sun.

Many people buy car covers because they are worried about the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in natural sunlight fading their car’s paint.

Car cover manufacturers tout how effectively their product blocks UV and imply that car paintwork left exposed to sun will fade, crack and peel.

In fact, all cars have one or more coats of clear paint on top of the colored layers.

This clear coat blocks all UVA and UVB radiation as long as it is in good condition.

The plastic and rubber parts on a car will benefit from being covered but covers are unnecessary to protect paintwork.

Myth #2. Car Covers Protect Your Car From Scratches