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A Car Lover’s Guide to Classic Car Care

There’s no question about the fact that modern cars are superior to classic cars in almost every way. Modern cars are better built, more reliable, more efficient, safer, and offer better performance. However, despite of all of this, the undoubtedly inferior classic car is not only still around, but is adored and valued by millions of automotive enthusiasts.

Take the original Chevy K5 Blazer SUV, for example.  A car that was produced for the masses between 1969 and 1994 is ow one of the most coveted classic SUVs in the world. A pristine 1969-72 example of a Chevy k5 Blazer can easily fetch over a $100,000 at an auction.

But why do we love classic cars so much? Well, the reason: they just have so much character. Created in an analogue era, where designers weren’t held back by constraints, such as drag coefficients and crash test, and relied on pencils and paper rather than advanced automotive design software, classic cars are the personification of simplicity and passion.

If you’re a classic car lover who’s in the market for a vintage ride, well, we commend your decision! The unique joy you get from owning and driving a classic just cannot be matched by any modern car. However, before you invest in a vintage ride, one thing you should keep in mind is that old classics require a bit more TLC than their modern counterparts.

Although the classic car community is huge in the United States, classic car cleaning and detailing is a topic that isn’t covered as much as it should be. Over the course of this blog post, we’ll provide a detailed guide on keeping your classic car in pristine condition.

Exterior Cleaning

Since the paint on classic cars is typically not as tough as the one you find on modern cars, you have to take a slightly different approach when it comes to exterior washing. Let’s start off with a checklist of equipment. First, you should never use a sponge to clean a classic car. A sponge drags grit/dirt around your paint, causing swirl marks. A microfiber wash mitt is a much better option instead. For drying, you need two microfiber – one for the wheels and one for the bodywork.


Pre-wash is something that’s only become popular in the last decade or so. That’s because most car lovers have pressure washers and access to products such as citrus degreasers and snow foam. A car being snow-foamed is something you definitely didn’t see back in the sixties.

Using a pressure washer or jet nozzle to wet your before every car wash is highly recommended. This gets rid of any loose grime or dirt, which helps prevent scratches and swirls. Also, remember to be careful with using the pressure washer around the rubber seals around the windows and windshields since they tend to lose their water-tightness over time.

The next step is coating the car in a high-quality snow foam, and letting it sit for a couple of minutes. This will gently pull and loosen the dirt from the paintwork.

Contact Wash

After you’ve washed away the snow foam, use the microfiber wash mitts we talked about earlier, dip them in a bucket of soapy water, and give the car a through rub down. Make sure you don’t miss the mirrors, the door sills, the door handles, and he trunk lip.

After you’re done, wash the car one last time with the pressure washer, and dry with the second pair of wash mitts.

Vintage Paint Polishing

While you can get mind-blowing results with machine polishing, it’s important to remember that the paint on vintage cars isn’t typically as tough as the paint you find on modern ones. A machine polisher can inflict some real damage on the paintwork, such as removing or burning the original base layer.

Therefore, if you’re really intent on polishing or compounding your car, the best way of doing it is by hand. However, we’d suggest having a professional detailer take look at your car. They’d be able to determine the paint depth and identify the trick area before suggesting the best course of action.

Engine Bay Cleaning

There’s something fishy about a car that has a spotless exterior but a grimy engine bay. Has it really been cared for? How do you tell if that oil in the engine bay is just spillage from the last oil-change or the seals have been leaking for the past 6 months and have been spraying oil all over the engine?

When cleaning the engine bay of a classic car, the first thing you need to do is identify the electrical components. While most things under the hood ae water-resistant, soaking your cars electricals in water really isn’t a smart idea. Use a high-quality engine degreaser for the electrical areas instead.

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Interior Cleaning

If you want to maintain the value of your classic car, keeping its interior in pristine condition is critical. Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of premium-quality, commercial-grade interior detailing products that can help you protect your seats, trim, and carpets.

While cleaning and detailing your interior, make sure you pay special attention to recessed areas, such as storage compartments, the center console, and the cup holders. These areas are particularly prone to attracting dirt and gunk. An excellent way to keep them clean is by investing in auto interior accessories, such as rubber liners. Here at Cup Holder Hero, we provide high-quality custom cup holder and center console liners for a wide range of different cars, including various models from Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Honda, Toyota, and Tesla. These liners essentially act as floor mats for your console and cup holders, protecting them from spills, dirt and grime. We offer premium-quality Chevy blazer accessories and auto interior accessories for a wide range of vehicles, including the Dodge Charger RT, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, the Chevy Silverado, the Chevy Equinox, and more! Check out our online shop for the complete list of our products.

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