With everything that has gone on in the world recently a therapeutic revival of car meets and return of car shows is needed. As we gather for car events and consider displaying our cars in public gatherings, I want to share a few insights. Hopefully, all parties in the enthusiast community are reading and sharing this information.
Touching cars, especially paint (which is scratch sensitive) should always be discouraged. Unfortunately, it is often not!
Seeing fingerprints like this upsets me.
Before I was old enough to drive, I remember individuals leaning against their own car as they struck a pose. It is one thing to continue this trend with your car (not recommended) but leaning on a stranger’s car is rude. One of my clients once told me he always taught his son to appreciate and respect other people’s cars. I encourage everyone reading this to pass on and encourage this attitude amongst your peers.
I understand many people at these car shows will have NO interest in changing their car care habits, but I am going to bring up the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ anyway. Unfortunately, most of the cars at these shows have dull looking paint (pictured below). The owners’ effort to make them shine is the problem! These are the consequences of taking a microfiber towel and wiping on cars with quick detailers.
Very rarely do I not see most cars with paint (pictured above) that looks like this at a car show. Notice there is always that one car that stands out. The owner is NOT constantly rubbing on his or her car chasing dust! I do not want anyone to feel forced to change a habit that provides fulfillment. But I know some people are open to improving their car care habits. If you need some helpful tips on how to properly clean your vehicle and reduce imperfections check out the below articles!
I have been fortunate enough to be trusted to detail some of the rarest and most luxurious cars in these special events. The owners of these vehicles all love their cars! They also embrace the fact that there is something to always learn about car care. To be frank, conversations with my clients regarding car shows are often about NOT doing what you normally see at car shows! Oftentimes doing nothing when the dust settles is the best decision.
I am of the mindset I would rather have a dusty or even a dirty car than a dull looking car and this can change my thinking of how to care for a vehicle at a specific time. You may also be reluctant to participate in a car show, due to a reluctance to perform engine bay detailing. Waterless wash options are available if that may add to your comfort level. It is what I most prefer them for.
Between care for your own paint during these events, to etiquette when around other’s vehicles, I hope this article helps shed some light on each topic!