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    How does the kia soul paint stand in hot climates ?

    would like to know how does the paint in hot climates stand? in other word does the color witholds or does it fade ? does the paint chips out or peels ? does the clear coat withhold this climates ? does it need any paint protector when in hot climates ?

    asking because a friends car is all day at full sun ( no shade in his jobs parking lot ) and looks like this
    How does the kia soul paint stand in hot climates ?-bnm5lo0cmhs7kahpizqm-1-.jpg


    so would like you coments , thanks

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    Kia & Hyundai have a large testing facility dedicated to extreme temperatures.

    It's not often I see a car that looks as bad as your photo. That looks more like lack of maintenance (waxing with a UV product). In the old days I remember cars quickly oxidized & faded if not taken care of. Todays paint with UV coatings makes it stronger.



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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoSoul View Post
    Kia & Hyundai have a large testing facility dedicated to extreme temperatures.

    It's not often I see a car that looks as bad as your photo. That looks more like lack of maintenance (waxing with a UV product). In the old days I remember cars quickly oxidized & faded if not taken care of. Todays paint with UV coatings makes it stronger.



    very interesting geosoul : ) , that is great to know the do those tests , but as you mentioned , maybe it could be lack of maintance and if so would like to know what brand

    ( if its posible or admited to gives its name )

    do you use or recomend to wash and wax the kia soul that also has uv protectors integrated that can keep the kia clean and protected and how often should it be done : ) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoSoul View Post
    Kia & Hyundai have a large testing facility dedicated to extreme temperatures.

    It's not often I see a car that looks as bad as your photo. That looks more like lack of maintenance (waxing with a UV product). In the old days I remember cars quickly oxidized & faded if not taken care of. Todays paint with UV coatings makes it stronger.



    Thanks for sharing that video! I am always interested to see things like this, and to learn more about the hard work and testing that goes behind a product that I already believe to be a well made piece of equipment!

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    I wash my 2010 every other week, unless it gets unusually messy in between and I wax at least 6 times a year. I have no clear coat around my tail lights, the plastic endcaps on each end of the roof, key hole trim and rear bumper are all flaking off.

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    Thread: How does the kia soul paint stand in hot climates ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gr8pumpkin View Post

    I wash my 2010 every other week, unless it gets unusually messy in between and I wax at least 6 times a year. I have no clear coat around my tail lights, and rear bumper are all flaking off.





    Mr Great pumpkin,
    From what you have written,
    you appear to be taking egg-cellent
    care of your Kia Wagon!

    Who else waxes their car,
    every two months?

    It is unfortunate that your clear coat
    has degraded to the point of actual
    damage to the finish of your exterior.



    I looked at you self listed vehical info.

    Who knows besides you...
    What color are you sporting?

    I believe the paint color details ARE relevant.
    That, or they used to be.

    Seems to me "the darker the color",
    the quicker the paint loses it's badda-bing.

    The lighter colors seem to bounce the bad UV rays
    over to the absorbing darker colored vehicles.

    Lemme guess..... Sure it's wild and unsubstantiated, but...
    You are not, driving a white Soul, yes?

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    What are y'all calling a HOT climate?

    Last week it was hotter in Chicago than it was here in Florida. Nothing unusual about that. So could we call Chicago a HOT Climate? You probably would if you live there.

    My white Soul with Clear Coat, is now five years old and is never in a garage, gets hand washed when I can get to it and never waxed, and the paint is still just like new.
    Driving around town on any typical day, I see at least a dozen or more Kia Souls, and I'd say at least 80% of them are white.

    Coming out of Walmart recently I had to walk past three white Souls before I got to mine. Mine was the only Gen-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulCamper View Post
    Thread: How does the kia soul paint stand in hot climates ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gr8pumpkin View Post

    I wash my 2010 every other week, unless it gets unusually messy in between and I wax at least 6 times a year. I have no clear coat around my tail lights, and rear bumper are all flaking off.





    Mr Great pumpkin,
    From what you have written,
    you appear to be taking egg-cellent
    care of your Kia Wagon!

    Who else waxes their car,
    every two months?

    It is unfortunate that your clear coat
    has degraded to the point of actual
    damage to the finish of your exterior.



    I looked at you self listed vehical info.

    Who knows besides you...
    What color are you sporting?

    I believe the paint color details ARE relevant.
    That, or they used to be.

    Seems to me "the darker the color",
    the quicker the paint loses it's badda-bing.

    The lighter colors seem to bounce the bad UV rays
    over to the absorbing darker colored vehicles.

    Lemme guess..... Sure it's wild and unsubstantiated, but...
    You are not, driving a white Soul, yes?
    Sorry should have mentioned the color. Its the orange that the ignition special edition came in. I'm not sure if the Georgia heat caused it or if its bad paint by kia. I have a co-worker with a red soul which is also flaking around the tail lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLHamster View Post
    What are y'all calling a HOT climate?

    Last week it was hotter in Chicago than it was here in Florida. Nothing unusual about that. So could we call Chicago a HOT Climate? You probably would if you live there.
    I would suggest that the issue with "hot" isn't what the thermometer reads, but how intense/unremitting the sun is. The sun is hard on stuff. As a rough cut, cloudless and close to the equator would count as "hot". Probably the American SW would be "hot". Puerto Rico is far enough south, but I know nothing about what the skies are like there.

    At 10 years old in Minnesota, the clearcoat (but not the base coat) was starting to go on the Hyundai I had. I'm guessing that (being the same company) Kia's paint isn't much different. Around here, I rarely see cars that look as bad as Technico's photo. That looks a lot like clearcoat failure https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...y-archive.html )

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