Everyone sees vintage cars of the road. The ones with aged charm that could tell a thousand stories. However, as romantic as older cars may seem, the reality is that time takes a big toll on them.
Maintaining the look of older cars is a challenge, faded paintwork and scratches are all part of the narrative. The good news that using the right products and detailing techniques you can breath new life in any car, and here at Chemical Guys we’ve got you covered.
The passion behind vintage car detailing
Unlike modern cars that are often treated as luxuries or often just commodities, and a well loved older car come with plenty of emotional value. They may have been past down through generations or simply remind their owners of better times. For owners, restoring vintage cars isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about preserving memories and continuing the car’s legacy.
For those who are passionate about restoring and maintaining old cars, our product range offers products tailored to address specific issues commonly found in older vehicles.
Here’s a quick guide on how to overcome some common detailing challenges:
Steps for detailing older cars: A quick gude
Detailing products must haves
- For faded paint - Glossworkz
When paintwork has endured prolonged exposure to the elements over time it will lose it’s vibrancy. Glossworkz is ideal for reviving the depth and clarity of your vehicle’s paint. It will not only enhance the shine, but also prepares the paint for further treatments.
- For minor scratches - VSS
Having braved for roads for years, older cars will no doubt have developed a range of imperfections, including scratches. VSS Scratch and Swirl remover is a one step solution for light imperfections.
- For oxidized headlights - Headlight Restorer
A common issue with old cars is the clouding or yellowing of headlights, which occurs due to oxidation. Headlight Restorer not only clears up the haze but also adds UV protection to prevent further oxidation.
Guide to detailing older cars
Give the car a wash
Begin with giving your car a thorough wash. This will clear any accumulated dirt, grime and other contaminants that can be damaging to the paintwork. Use Citrus Wash & Gloss for this step. It’s powerful formula ensures a deep clean whilst also being gently to the vintage paint.
Don’t rush this washing stage. Take your time to ensure you’ve cleaned every part and have a clear surface to work with.
Clay bar treatment
It’s easy for cars to collect embedded contaminants that even the most thorough wash won’t remove. This is where a clay bar comes into play.
Utilise the Clay Bar & Lubricant Kit. Glide your clay bar in straight lines across the lubricated surface of your car. You’ll feel as it pulls out impurities, leaving behind an ultra smooth finish.
Any scratches can mar the beauty of older cars. For minor imperfections VSS Scratch and Swirl Remover works wonders. Simply apply using a microfiber pad in circular motions to buff out the imperfections.
Bring back the shine
Polishing is essential to reviving the paint’s natural shine V4 All In One Polish is a great option as it not only polishes but also adds protection. Ideally you’d apply using a polishing machine, but it can be effective by hand using a foam pad. Work section by section of the car to ensure an even application.
Add protection & sealant
Vintage cars with their older paint work require robust protection against environmental factors. Jetseal provides just that. It forms a protective layer that shields the car from UV rays, rain, bird droppings and many other potential hazards. Apply a thin and even layer and allow it to cure on the surface before buffing it off with a microfiber towel.
Oxidation can cloud the headlights on older cars, reducing visibility and aesthetic appeal. Using Headlight Restorer, apply in circular motions ensuring you cover the entire surface. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before buffing off. For added protection you might want to consider following up with a sealant to ensure clear headlights for longer.
Each of these steps, when executed with precision and patience, ensures that older cars regain their appearance and are protected for the road ahead. It's not just about making them look good; it's about preserving history and ensuring longevity.
With the right products, techniques, and a bit of patience, your older car can shine brightly.