If you love cars, chances are, owning a vintage car is your dream. After all, let’s be honest to ourselves, these old cars just look better when on display than new ones.
But, if you do own one, you’ll want to show it off, and there’s plenty of opportunity with multiple vintage car festivals taking place throughout the UK. However, if you’re going to get a vintage car, and show it off, you’ll need to keep it looking its best at all times, and this starts with the paint.
To help you with this, we’ve highlighted the best ways to care for the paint on a classic car below.
Keep it covered
First things first, you’ll want to keep the paint on the car looking its best at all times, which means you’ll need to keep it covered.
You can do this by using car covers, which help to prevent everyday damage to the paintwork. Whether that’s from dust, grime or even sunlight, you’ll be able to keep it safe.
However, that doesn’t mean you won’t need to wash it. But, you’ll need to make sure you’re washing it properly.
Now, remember, when it comes to cleaning products, it’s not a one size fits all situation here. Cheaper products won’t give you good results, so it’s better to shop around and ask other people with vintage cars what type of products they use. This should ensure you’re using the best products for your car.
Also, car washes are an absolute no, no. You won’t know what solutions they’re using, and the system could damage the paint – so it’s hand wash only.
Remember though, don’t over wash. Only do it when it is needed, which will probably be just before an event, or once a month if there isn’t one coming up anytime soon.
Lastly, wax your car. Yes, just like your everyday car, you should be waxing your vintage one too.
This won’t just give it a wonderful shine, but will also add a protective coating to the car, which can help protect against UV light, and ultimately, fading. It can also help protect against bird poo, which is corrosive and could damage the paint. Just make sure you get a wax that has been tried and tested.
And there you have it, with these handy tips, you’ll be able to keep the paintwork on your vintage car looking its best at all times.