13 Jul Treat your classic car with the love it deserves
If you have a classic car, you’re probably protective of it. OK, that might be an understatement. For many of us who push the classics, these cars are part of the family. That’s why you put so much time into upkeep and maintenance to keep your old-school engine purring as you head to the next car show or just roll down the block showing off your wheels. We know how much you cherish your classic car, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to keep your ride gleaming!
Stick to the schedule. Most classic cars aren’t driven nearly as often as your average commuter vehicle. Some will spend most of their time in a garage or under a drop-cloth to protect from potential contaminants, but others will see some serious road-time. If your vehicle falls into that latter category, it’s important to keep a regular wash schedule to preserve your car’s finish. The rule of thumb for frequent driving is to give your classic a weekly scrub to clear away the grime and keep it from looking its true age.
Don’t rough it. The automated carwash is just fine if you want to wash your Prius, but you should really just drive on by if you’re steering a classic. Automated washes can be unpredictable, and it’s not uncommon for unmanned brushes and hoses to cause more harm than good to the vehicles they wash. What’s more, there’s no telling how much grit and dirt those brushes are dragging across your car’s paint job when you go through a wash that sees any level of traffic. Once you start your wash, we recommend starting from the top and working your way down, using soft, high-quality wash mitts. To that end, we hear good things about mitts made from sheepskin or cotton chenille. You always want to make sure your washing products are clean before use to avoid scratching, but this consideration is far more important when working on your classic car.
Dry it off. Excess moisture is not a friend to your classic car. When you’re done with the scrub, be sure to wick away all the water you just doused on the finish. Our air shammy is a great way to dry off your car. If that’s not enough, you might want to get a super-soft chamois leather cloth to finish the job.