IN THIS FREE GUIDE:
- Learn how to make your vehicle look amazing before any event.
- Discover the 8 essential products to never be without in your mobile kit.
- See how to get maximum results from quick and simple detailing techniques.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING EFFECTIVE SHOW PREP?
- Your car will look better than ever with just a few quick and simple processes.
- Effective pre-prep makes showtime maintenance fast and easy.
- You'll give yourself more time on the day, allowing you to enjoy the actual event!
FOLLOW THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SHOW PREP AND GET MAXIMUM RESULTS!
The summer show season is well underway and, even though the British weather can be dicey from one day to the next, most of us just can't wait to get out there. But, with so many events now on the horizon, what's the best way to get your car fighting fresh for those all-important displays? After all, when it comes to the shows, it's all about looking your best, right?
The thing to remember is that there's two distinct stages to perfect show car prep - the detail you perform at home before the event, and the preparation and finishing you carry out when you get there. It makes sense, doesn't it? For us mere mortals without the luxury of a covered trailer, actually driving to get to any given event is pretty essential.
So, perhaps the biggest questions are: how do you put all this together to look your best when your car is finally being pawed over by other showgoers? And what are the quick and simple finishing touches to push your pride and joy to an even higher show standard?
Well, that's exactly where we're here to help…
BEFORE THE SHOW
It doesn't matter if you have a full-on show car or a daily driver that you'd like to display, pre-show preparation is everything. The basic premise here is to be sure to get your vehicle - especially the paintwork - to the standard you're looking for before you leave for the event. Then it's just a question of maintaining the look and adding a few finishing touches.
There are four main parts to the journey - safe washing, decontamination, polishing/paint correction and protection. Each and every one of these stages is vital to the final finish and will need to be carried out before you leave, simply because most of these are practically impossible to carry out effectively when you get there. Besides, even if it were possible, you'd end up missing the whole show!
So, first thing's first, carry out your detail, from top to bottom, and don't forget your engine bay and interior. The condition of your paintwork, or indeed how far you'd like to dive into full-correction, will also dictate the time you'll take and the amount of work involved in your preparation. But, once all this is complete, we have a few extra tips - not to mention amazing products - to make life easier, give maximum aesthetic results, and make your car far easier to prepare for the next one!
CLEAN, SHINE AND PROTECT IN ONE
You may have already used Tripple, our fantastic all-in-one polish, for paintwork enhancement and gloss plastic restoration, either via hand polishing or with a machine. But it's always worth remembering that Tripple makes the perfect cleaner for the more awkward areas like under door handles, in the jambs, the shuts, under the bonnet and all sorts of other painted surfaces. Trust us when we say that Tripple does it all.
This advanced abrasive cleans away oxidisation with ease, lightly abrading surfaces to remove defects, scuffs and swirls. Using a Microfibre Applicator or simply a short pile Microfibre Work Cloth, work a small amount of product into the surface. Once it has hazed, wipe away the residue and you'll immediately see a huge difference. As Tripple is also infused with carnauba wax it adds gloss and protection, too. The fact that it can effectively clean, shine and protect in one application, makes it arguably the most crucial of kit bag essentials.
PROTECTION, PROTECTION, PROTECTION
When it comes to finishing your paintwork after any polishing, enhancement or paint correction - protection, protection, protection! We really can't say it enough! The point is that, if you don't apply protection (for the summer, shows we always recommend layering on multiple coats of a hard wax, nothing looks better), all you're doing is wasting the work you've put in.
A wax is so pleasing to eye because it levels the optical finish of painted surfaces. Deep down paintwork isn't actually flat, there's all sorts of ruts and recesses in the lacquer or top layer, these refract light in different directions, highlighting flaws and making the surface appear to be relatively shallow. By filling these imperfections and smoothing out the surface on a microscopic level, a wax makes surface light refraction more uniform, making it appear deeper and glossier. Because there are natural colour tints in waxes - unlike coatings or sealants which are man-made to be sterile and perfectly clear - they tend to give a warm glow, too. That's the reason why nothing will ever look better.
The other huge advantage of course, is that this protective layer is designed specifically to shield your paintwork from the elements, stopping the majority of grime from sticking, beading off water, and making the car easer to clean when you get to your show. Apply your protection correctly and all you should need is a little Finale Quick Detailer to remove any surface soiling when you get there.