Regular care and attention are necessary to preserve the appearance and prevent deterioration of the bodywork of a classic car.
Rust raising its head on bodywork is a cause for concern for every classic car owner, even after the vehicle has been through a complete rebuild with extensive fabrication to remove existing rust. There is no escaping the fact that older vehicles whose bodies were made from steel will begin to rust quickly, especially if the metal is regularly exposed to the elements.
To make sure that a classic car's bodywork is protected as much as it can be from the elements the following meaintenance prgrammes should be followed :
: Perform regular cleaning of your car by using a mild automotive soap and a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. This will help to maintain the cleanliness of your car and prevent any damage to the paint. It is recommended to refrain from using detergents that are harsh or materials that are abrasive as they have the potential to cause damage to the paint. It is important to rinse the car thoroughly and dry it properly in order to prevent the formation of water spots.
To safeguard the paint and prevent contaminants from damaging it, it is recommended to use a high-quality automotive wax during the waxing process. It is recommended to select a wax that is specifically formulated for classic car finishes. For optimal outcomes, it is recommended to adhere to the guidelines provided on the product.
Avoid exposing painted surfaces to direct sunlight for extended periods of time as this can lead to fading of the paint and its eventual deterioration. It is advisable to park your classic car in a shaded area or use a car cover to safeguard it from the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays.
If the car has a clear coat finish, it is recommended to apply a clear coat protection product to maintain its shine and protect it from environmental factors such as UV rays, dirt, and debris. Regular maintenance is crucial for preserving the clarity and shine of the clear coat and preventing oxidation.
To prevent rusting, it is advisable to conduct regular checks for any signs of rust, particularly in areas that are susceptible to rusting, such as the undercarriage, wheel arches, and door sills. It is advisable to address any minor scratches or chips in the paint as soon as possible to avoid the formation of rust. To safeguard susceptible areas, use a rust inhibitor or a corrosion-resistant coating.
While cleaning or polishing your classic car,
refrain from using abrasive materials as they have the potential to cause scratches or damage to the paint. Instead only specialised soft cloths, applicators, and detailing brushes should be used, specifically designed for automotive use.
To identify any indications of damage such as dents, scratches, or chips, regularly perform routine inspections on the bodywork. If damage is discovered, it should be addressed without delay to prevent it from exacerbating and leading to more complex problems.
It is essential to take specific precautions when putting a classic car into storage for a protracted period. Firstly, a comprehensive cleaning and waxing of the car should be completed, prior to storing it, preferably in a temperature controlled and dust free environment.
If this is not totally possible, safeguard the car from dust and debris, by using a car cover made of breathable material. This will allow air to circulate and prevent moisture buildup, which can cause damage to the car's exterior. To prevent rust formation, it is advisable to use moisture absorbers or a dehumidifier in the storage area. This will help to prevent the accumulation of moisture, which is a major cause of rust formation.
It is recommended to periodically opt for professional detailing services for your classic car. Expert detailers possess the necessary skills and equipment to meticulously clean, buff, and safeguard your vehicle's exterior, elevating its aesthetic appeal and maintaining its overall state.
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A guide to acquiring, restoring and maintaining UK or European Classic Cars of the Fifties and Sixties- as well as a recollection of the iconic cars of the era and the visionaries that produced them