Cracked, faded, and worn leather in your vehicle immediately ruins the appearance of your car’s interior. Keeping your vehicle’s leather in pristine condition does not have to be that complex.
How To Protect Your Vehicle’s Leather
Because leather is an organic material, it naturally contains some moisture. When leather is heated to high temperatures (like those in a hot car sitting in the sun), it forms steam. This steam will go on to attack the fibrous material and cause drying and cracking throughout.
Less sun exposure
The sun naturally emits UV rays. When these rays reach certain materials, they change the colour and makeup. For example, when UV rays penetrate the skin, they make it tanner in colour. When UV rays hit your car’s leather seats, it can change the material colour in as little as four months.
How To Lower Heat And Lessen Sun Exposure In Your Vehicle
Lowering heat in a parked car is nearly impossible, you cannot control the weather or outside temperatures. You can, however, reduce the amount of light and heat entering your car by tinting your windows. Tinted windows reduce the amount of sun that enters the car and the darker tint immediately cools down the inside. Not to say the heat is reduced enough to eliminate wear on your car’s leather interior, but it can help slow the natural process.
How To Tint Your Windows To Avoid Leather Damage
The darker the tint, the less light that gets in. That being said, there are strict legal and safety regulations around how much your windows can be tinted. In Ontario, you legally cannot have any tint on your front windshield, and your front side windows cannot have any less than 70% tint. Your back windows, on the other hand, can have as much or as little tint as you want, so long as your front mirrors are functioning properly.
How Tinted Windows Keep Your Car Smelling Good
When leather seats crack and age, they may emit an unpleasant and even slightly stale odour. This can make the experience of driving your car less pleasant and less enjoyable for passengers as well. Tinting your windows will dramatically decrease the chances of cracking leather, which can, in turn, keep your car smelling better for longer!