How to Safely Wash a Classic Car
Wash a classic car safely by following careful and gentle cleaning procedures. Owners of classic cars know exactly what types of detailing equipment to use to get the best from their washes. Taking care of your classic car is a hobby which can take up a large amount of time. Most owners of classic cars treat their car like another member of the family and pamper it regularly. As classic car styles, makes and models vary, some are not suited to automated car washes at all. Some classic vintage models are in pristine order, but their roofs are naturally leaky by their very nature.
1 – Soap Suds
Washing a class car should really be done by hand or by professional detailing. It does take great care and attention not to ruin the paint work or disturb the integrity of the vehicle. If someone spends inordinate amounts of money to restore a vehicle and have it re-painted to showroom classic standard, the last thing they will ever do is shove it through a regular car wash and let the brushes do their worst to it. To avoid car wash damage, you can consider a touchless car wash. However, even with a touchless car wash, which is now far more complimentary, there are still damaging chemicals which can affect the paint. Wash your car using a soft sponge and gentle detergent-free soap.
2 – Stubborn Stains and Marks
Vary rarely will a classic car get any really stubborn marks or stains on it, mainly because it will not be used regularly enough to accumulate such dirt. Most people use their classic cars on a limited mileage basis to reduce risk of accident and damage. In the event you do get a mark or stain which is difficult to remove from your paint work, don’t use any abrasives whatsoever. Continue washing the rest of the car and when you are ready to dry it, use a soft chamois leather cloth, or similar substitute.
3 – Drying
Drying the classic car using the chamois leather will prevent any drip marks or water marks from staying on your paint work. Dry it gently using a careful circular motion and keep the chamois loose in your hands. This is to say, don’t tighten it in to a ball. Just let it stay open, but hold it firmly.
3 – Waxing
To wax your classic car to a showroom shine, use the best type of wax polish that is most suited to your vehicle’s paint and color. Before you wax, go back to the stubborn mark you left behind earlier and wax that area first. Leave it for just a little while and come back to it. The wax may help to loosen the mark and get it off. Rub the marked area gently and try to persuade the mark off. You can also purchase T-Cut which is good for restoring the top coat of your paint work.
4 – Polishing
Similar to the Karate Kid adage, “wipe on wipe off”. Use careful circular movements and buff the car to a nice shine. Use a dry lint free cloth to obtain the best finish. Cover the whole car and make sure you check each panel or section before leaving it and moving on to the next.