Owning a vintage car requires that you take extra care while cleaning it due to the added fragility that come with age, wear and tear.
The first thing you need to consider is which products you are using and whether they are suitable for your particular car. Secondly, if you do have a vintage car, you need to devote more time to care and maintenance in order to keep it in tip-top shape.
No Car Washes!
An automatic car wash is never really a good idea when you have an older car, and this is because it could have a detrimental impact to older paint. In addition, if you happen to have a convertible vintage car, then it’s likely that it came out of the factory with a roof that is prone to leakages. Automation is best avoided and traded in with tender, loving care in your garage or other covered workspace.
Gently Does It
If you can’t get a professional detailer to do it, then washing bodywork by hand is always recommended when it comes to a vintage car. All you need is a very soft sponge and a smidgen of gentle, detergent-free soap, together with plenty of time to get the finish right. If you come across any stubborn marks or stains, don’t fret – all you need to do is use a soft chamois leather cloth and rub the affected area as you’re drying the car.
Dry, Wax and Polish
A chamois leather is always advisable for drying because it will prevent any drip or watermarks from remaining on the paintwork. Dry in a circular motion with the chamois loose in your hands.
Next up, a wax and polish on a vintage car never go amiss. Make sure the wax you’re using is both appropriate for the kind of paint on your car, as well as the colour of that paint. Once you’ve done that, start by waxing areas that appear marked or stained. Wax may help loosen such stubborn stains, giving your car a refreshed look. A T-Cut may also be worth considering to restore the top layer of paint at this point.
Finally, polish your car with a dry lint-free cloth in a circular motion. Doing so will guarantee you the best finish. Make sure you go over the entire body surface of your vintage car, checking each panel for omissions before you move on to the next bit.
So there you have it!