From everyday TLC to finding the right car paint, there are lots of ways to keep your classic car in great condition.
If you are going to keep your classic car looking the best for years to come, then you should store it correctly. The Great British weather is anything but predictable, so it is generally agreed by classic car experts that you should park your car in a garage. Make sure that the garage is dry and well ventilated, as damp air can lead to corrosion. If you want to ensure that conditions are exactly right, then we recommend using a dehumidifier.
If you have a soft-top, always leave the hood up when it is not in use. This way, moisture cannot accumulate in the folds, keeping mould and mildew at bay.
Whether you are restoring a classic car to its former glory or just touching up a few imperfections, you will need to make sure that you use the perfect paint for the job. Prepping the car is vital too, so you will need to stock up on sandpaper and primer to lay the foundations for a great finish. We work with a large number of classic car owners, pointing them in the direction of the right products for them and helping them to identify the correct shade of paint.
It is so important to keep your vintage car clean. Older motors are much more susceptible to the elements, and a build-up of grime and other impurities can wreak havoc on your bodywork. You should wash and wax at least once a month, and after every trip, if you can. Pay special attention to the undercarriage and wheel wells, as rust can accumulate in these areas. Falling leaves should be cleaned off as soon as you spot them and be extra sure to keep on top of cleaning during the cold, damp months.
The importance of keeping your car well-maintained cannot be overstated. Make sure that the spark plugs are in good condition, clean the battery terminals, and replace belts and hoses every five years. Of course, one of the easiest and most effective ways of maintaining your classic car is to use it regularly. Taking it out for a spin a few times a month will help to flush out any dampness or condensation. Just start slowly, as older cars can take longer to warm up – especially in cold weather.
If you have any concerns about your car that you aren’t confident dealing with yourself, then be sure to reach out to a professional who has plenty of experience dealing with older vehicles. They require a great deal more expertise than newer cars, and you will find garages that specialise in classic motors all over the UK. While it can be tempting to just take your car to the first garage you find, you will be thankful that you sought out a true expert in the long run.
Be sure to browse our range of car paints and other tools and materials today – and reach out to us if you have any questions!