There are few sights more invigorating to a classic car owner than a line of perfectly preserved and maintained emblems, usually placed on the front grille or to the rear of the vehicle.
These emblems are guaranteed to take classic cars enthousiasts back to the golden age when these vehicles ruled the roads back in the Fifties and Sixties and way before, symbolising ownership the major motoring organisations of the time as well as owners clubs, either regional or according to a particular marque.
These are the reasons why maintaining the emblems on a classic car can be important for preserving the car's original appearance and ensuring that it's correctly identified. Here are a few tips for maintaining the emblems on your classic car:
If the classic car is a daily or even frequent driver due to increasing pollution in the air and the dirt and dust on the roads, the emblems on classic cars will get dirty over time. If the situation is ignored, rust or even fungus may develop on them.
Regular emblem maintenance simply entails cleaning the emblems using an all-purpose cleaner , which can be from various brands, taking care to remove any soap and water residue on the emblems
If dirt of grime has become deeper embedded, a toothbrush can be brought in to remove rust or fungus from the emblem. To clean the emblem, simply spray the cleaner on it and use the toothbrush to scrub it thoroughly. This process should be repeated as neccessary till the desired results are reached.
. Best results are usually gained using a toothbrush with hard bristles. These hard bristles will reach the twists and turns in the design of the emblem. A toothbrush can easily clean hard-to-reach areas that a cloth can't.
Before applying any cleaning chemicals to the emblems its always best to check out the manufacturer’s specifications as each chemical brand specifies the amount of water needed for different purposes. This technique can also be used to clean other chrome elements in your car. You can choose between a chrome grille or chrome accents around your car's windows.If the dirt or grime is putting up too much of a struggle, the power of a steam cleaner should be brought in . Results should be spectacular, especially if there is wax or soap stuck on them.
When the job is complete rinse the emblems thoroughly with clean water and dry them with a soft cloth.As a preventative measure, it’s a good idea to apply a coat of protectant or UV blocker to the emblems to protect them from the sun's harmful rays. This will help prevent fading and cracking of the material.
Carrying out regular maintenance on classic car emblems should always include checking the emblems for any signs of wear or damage, such as dents, scratches, or missing letters. If discovered these issues should be addressed promptly to prevent them from spreading.
Classic car emblems should be lubricated on a regular basis to ensure that the joints and moving parts are operating smoothly and to prevent any wear or damage.
If the emblems are showing signs of wear or damage, consider replacing them with new ones to ensure that the classic car's original appearance is preserved.
Overall, it's important to give your classic car's emblems regular attention to keep them looking their best and correctly identify the car. With proper care and preservation, the emblems on a restoredclassic car will last for many years.