Part 1 of 3 – Labor of Love – Detailing Your Classic Car
Detailing your classic car is a labor of love. Here is part 1 of a 3 part series discussing 10 tips to take you beyond simply washing and waxing your car.
Whether your collector car of choice is indeed a car, or a truck, a motorcycle, van or tractor, the effort that it takes to “detail” a vehicle is certainly rewarded by the results. Consider the area in which you’ll do your cleaning. You don’t want to end up needing to move the vehicle in the middle of the process, and you don’t want to be straining to reach it with the hose or extension cords. A shaded area will keep the paint cool, and an artificial light source can be helpful, and one that doesn’t require hand-holding can be especially useful when working in foot wells and under the hood. Detailing a vehicle can be a time-consuming procedure or it can be a quick and simple task; determining how much attention your vehicle requires and what you plan to do are the next steps.
2. Upholstery – Remove grease streaks or oil-based stains from upholstery with baby powder. Sprinkle it directly on the spot, allowing it to rest on the surface for about half an hour. Dust it off with a soft nylon brush then vacuum the area to remove the powdery residue. WD40 works well on vinyl to remove grease and glue. A powerful vacuum cleaner is a great tool to thoroughly sweep the floor, door pockets and any pleats or crevices in the seats. Most shop vacuums have optional accessory kits with crevice tools and small brushes for cleaning the interior. Remove stains with carpet cleaning solution or foam, the same kind used on house carpets. Scrub vinyl mats with soapy water and air-dry. If your vehicle has leather upholstery, give it a good slathering of leather conditioner and leather protectant to clean and feed the hide. A soft bristle brush works wonders for dusting tight corners, and a can of compressed air or cotton swabs dipped in interior cleaner will remove dust from vents.