A short guide to maintaining a classic car
You don't really need to tell a serious classic car owner that they need
to take care of their pride and joy. However, if you manage to get a
classic offering from an
Evans Halshaw car dealer on a whim and
want to keep it at the top of its game, follow these top tips to ensure
your investment is a worthwhile one. While you may simply think that
cleaning and detailing a car is a basic case of washing and waxing it,
carrying out improper practices may lead to degradation.
Firstly, establish a schedule for maintenance work. While you don't need
to do it every day, light maintenance like surface-cleaning should be
listed for every week while vacuuming, waxing, polishing and cleaning
the engine should be done every fortnight. The more you do it, the less
time you'll spend on it each week!
When doing the more specialised cleaning jobs, wash your car first. By
applying polish or wax on a dusty car, the paint can be ruined.
Furthermore, don't air-dry a classic; water spots can form, so use
cotton detailing cloths and get rid of any excess water.
Clean every single inch of the interior, including vents. These can be
addressed with a small brush; bigger ones can leave things behind and
even clog up a vent. Floor mats should be shaken and vacuum-cleaned.
Silicone-based protectants ought to be avoided when cleaning rubber and
vinyl of the interior, as they leave oily residues that attract dust.
When cleaning the engine, degrease it first with a good specialised
product. Also be sure to dry it out afterwards, applying wax and
protectants to keep it looking ship-shape for longer.
Finally, clean the glass last, as you can easily make it dirty when
cleaning other parts of the car. Cleaning solutions that are free from
ammonia are the best thing to buy, while household glass cleaners are
terrible for the car; these are known to dry out leather, plastic and
vinyl, so tinted windows can take a real hit if this is used.
All this truly pays off, but you may need to do it even less if you have
a top-quality car cover to preserve the beauty from one driving
experience to another. Every time you take it off, you'll find yourself
falling in love with it all over again.