Watching two guys wash and wax a car usually isn’t very interesting — until you realize that they’re doing a terrific job.
This happened to me at the Sports Car Market house in Monterey, CA back in August. SCM and American Car Collector staffers spend the entire week racing from auctions to car shows to auctions all day, and our wheels get really grungy.
The two Pickerings — ACC Editor Jim Pickering and his dad, Jim Pickering Sr. — started washing the younger Pickering’s Dodge Charger SRT8 late one afternoon, and it was a ballet. One guy sprayed down the car — going from the top all the way down to the rockers — and the other guy spread the suds with a soft towel.
They dried and buffed the car the same way.
“You start at the top and work down, as there are always little rocks that can scratch the paint down at the bottom, so you don’t want to start there,” Pickering Junior said.
We’ve all got our own rituals when it comes to taking care of our rides. For me, my idea of a perfect car wash is on a late Saturday afternoon. The ball game is on the radio, and there’s enough shade to make waxing easy. I’ve done it this way since washing my car was a pre-date ritual in high school.
I like to use top-notch car wash supplies, such as Mothers California Gold Car Wash — yeah, I know — and follow that with a good liquid wax. I love buffing out the wax with a soft, worn-out towel — and seeing that deep shine start to glow. It’s easy to find lots of car-car products on eBay, and they’re often sold at bargain prices. When I’m on the road — usually with Sports Car Market or American Car Collector in Monterey, CA; Scottsdale, AZ or even Las Vegas — I bring along a bottle of Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere spray to clean things up if I’m not near a hose.
I also like to keep my car in the garage, as I live in Oregon, where it is rainy eight months of the year and dusty the other four months. It rains so much here that cars kept outdoors all the time — and not washed — grow mold and slime on their bumpers just like an old stump in the forest.
I keep the truck outside all the time. After all, it’s a doggone truck. But I do wash it regularly.
I’m less picky about the car interior. I vacuum it every couple of weeks and wipe things down every month or so.
What are your care-care rituals? Do you lavish car on the seats and dashboard? How often do you wash and wax your ride? What products work best for you, and do you have any tips to share? Finally, how do you store your cars — especially as the dark days of winter approach? I’m particularly interested to see how different parts of the United States — and the world — deal with car care in the snow and ice.
And it’s always cool to see someone’s car-care rituals.
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