How Does One Protect A Classic Car Or A Collectible Car?

How does one protect a classic car or a collectible car? Unfortunately there's a lot of confusion about how to take care of a paint finish. People sometimes don't understand there is a difference between cleaning a car and washing a car and most people interchange the term polishing with waxing and they are di.

The most difficult to protect is the paint finish because it's exposed to the elements. Unfortunately there's a lot of confusion about how to take care of a paint finish. People sometimes don't understand there is a difference between cleaning a car and washing a car and most people interchange the term polishing with waxing and they are different.


Regardless of whether you have a very expensive or just a basic car for family use, you want the car to look nice. And you should, because the thing that affects resale value of a car more than anything else is the appearance of the car. Most people will look a car that is in good condition on the outside and say what obviously that car has been well maintained. You can put a lot of money into the mechanics of a car before you sell it and you probably won't increase the value a whole lot. You put a fraction of that amount of money into the appearance of the car and you will sell the car pretty quickly and for more money. So it is money in the bank to take care of the appearance of your car and everybody should really be doing that.




The key is to understand what you are doing so you can do it easily without a lot of work. There are five basic steps involved in taking care of the exterior of your car. If you have ever walked into an auto store and looked at all the car care products, you can get overwhelmed. We call it the "wall of confusion". Every product says something different in an effort to get the customer to buy their product and you have all these mixed messages; it's very confusing.

But if you just stick to the five steps, it becomes simpler. The first step is to wash the car. This removes the loose particles and dust from the surface. After you wash your car, we suggest that you evaluate the paint finishing before you make the decision of what to do next. You don't need any special training to evaluate your paint finish. You just rub the face of your hand across the top surfaces of your car and it should be as smooth as glass. Probably 9 times out of 10, it will not be as smooth as glass and will feel more like sandpaper. What you will feel is all types of bonded contaminants, things that have bonded to your paint finish and won't come off with soap.

Most people wash their car and then wax, but if you try to wax on top of all these bonded contaminants the product is very difficult to apply and you are not going to have a clear finish. So you have to prep your finish to remove these bonded contaminants, which may include insects, bird droppings, and tree sap. These contaminants will bond to your finish and if left unchecked a lot of them will start to get into your finish and now we are talking about not just an appearance problem, but a real attack to your paint finish.

So, if your surface does not pass the smooth as glass test, before you wax you need to prepare the surface and we have many products to do that and they are not all that hard to use. Now you have a choice between polishing and waxing or doing both. Polish creates high gloss and has nothing to do with cleaning or prepping the finish and nothing to do with protection. Polish is just creating brilliant high gloss. A pure polish is meant to create brilliant high gloss, so if you are a car guy you are going to use polish. If you have a vibrantly colored car, then you may want to use polish.

If you want protection as well, then the next step is wax. Waxing lays down a barricade to ward off the attacks of the elements. However, there is a limitation to how resilient that surface can be, it's a pretty thin coat, but it will do the job for a period of time. The idea is to deal with any contaminants on the car as soon as possible and re-wax. If you do that very quickly, it becomes easier to do and your car will look like a gem.

The fifth step is maintenance and we have a product we call Quick Detailer. It's a mist and wipe product. The key is whenever something lands on your paint finish, you get it off immediately. If you let it to sit there until Saturday, that could do a lot of damage particularly if it's hot weather.

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