I've had the same problem. I've left them outside for ages. I put a lounger in a nice sunny spot (no shadows) and left the sim out there for most of the day for several days and she just didn't get sub-burn.
I've got no custom skins or anything like that which could mess it up.
Maybe it only works on really hot days and I've just got to keep trying.
its acctually not a silly question as it doen't say in the gaem manual at all (it all doesn't say how to freeze them but i managed that first day of playing) but i wouyld say leave them in a sunny spot that is defently sunny (turn shadows on whilst you place the lounger)then let them just have fun in the sun (let them swim if they have a pool but in it's sunny areas)then once there starting to get tired let them grill a hot dog and eat it in the sun then retire them to the sun lounger for a nap (in the sun). just let them go about every day buissenes in the sun or let them mess around in the sun and then they should get sunburnt (also iut would probally help if they got hot)
I've been wondering, does the sunburn really work on custom skins? From what I've heard they are supposed to, but I still haven't seen any sunburn. My sims was making out with her husband, and red went all the way up, but she still didn't get the burn. Maybe she needed to be outside?
My sims never get sunburnt....Not even leaving them outside in the sun asleep.....They don't explode either, even when I left them in the hot tub for several hours. Their meter was red and kind of glowed, but no heat stroke and no exploding sims. They do freeze though....Strange.
ive never managed a sim to get sun burnt and i dont knwo if i had oen freeze yet im a bit confussed really becaus ei had one sim get turned blue and i kept them out side longer because i wanted to see if theyd fall and freeze but they didnt they just stayed blue and would complain but that was it, until i gave up and suck them inside hwre ethey eventually warmed up enough to get changed back to the normal skin tone rather annoying
Err...this is strange...I have never had anyone actually freeze either, or get sunburnt, or burn up! I have had at least 2 townies die from lightning though, and have had a bush catch on fire from lightning at the moment the rains stopped, so I had to call the fire brigade.
I had one sim run on a treadmill for DAYS during the summer, outside, and she just wouldn't get sunburn, or combust, or do anything. I even took out Paladin's hack, too, so I dunno what was going on. None of sims have ever frozen, either, although they have turned blue..
I left a sim in the hot tub for hours everyday during the summer...nothing ever happend, not even a sunburn. I wanted to see if they reall combusted :-\
I did have a sim freezes to death though. You have to leave them outside for a really long time. They freeze and fall over a couple times until their hunger meter bar gets to low, eventually the grim reaper comes for them.
I did have a Sim get a nasty burn from living in a room with one of those special fluorescent lamps from the garden centre that keep greenhouse plants and plantsims healthy. The lamp was installed in the room for the benefit of a plantsim.