It’s pretty tough to keep a car in tip top condition. Vehicles are built to do a job, and while they are out and about on the roads doing that job they are in the line of fire.
Potholes, inclement weather, muddy roads and bad drivers are just some of the factors that, alongside natural wear and tear, can take their toll on the condition of a car.
That can be problematic if your car is your pride and joy, a vintage model or if you own a vehicle that needs to make a statement about your business through its branding and condition.
First impressions count for a lot and in car terms that means your bodywork matters. When paintwork becomes faded, marked or damaged it sets a bad impression. If that vehicle is vintage or part of a work fleet, then you are in trouble.
Industrially, the secret to this sort of project is in utilising rooms and techniques to airblast the old paintwork off a vehicle and prepare the surface for a complete re-spray. This is how planes and trains are able to get to the end of their lifespan while still looking the part.
Your alloys are a key part of this external appearance too. This piece by driving.co.uk shows how they can be restored without breaking the bank.
If the outside of a car sets the tone visually, the inside is where a driver and passenger will spend most of their time and is important for leaving a longer lasting impression.
Products exist that will be able to bring the best out of the plastic, vinyl, velour, leather and carpet inside a carpet. The trick here is to find the one that is right for your exact material. Beyond that, your interior requires lots of elbow grease.
From elbow grease to engine grease. The cosmetics are one thing, but the performance of the car relies heavily on the continued quality of your engine. This can be a real labour of love and is where an in depth knowledge of the workings of a vehicle is an absolute necessity.
Writing for Second Chance Garage, John Gunnell explained: “Removing an engine is a job most hobby restorers can do. It takes at least four to six hours to strip accessories like the carburetor, generator, starter and fuel pump off an engine. Carefully detach its electrical connections and plumbing, remove all fasteners that bolt it in the chassis and lift the engine safely out of a vehicle with a hoist.”
The same also applies for the many intricate parts that make up a vehicle. It’s important to remember that a car is a complex construction and you need to handle each part with care and, if necessary, with expert attention.
There are different elements of technology associated with the different aspects of a car renovation. The outside is about utilising industrial paint techniques, inside it's about treating repairing materials with the right chemicals and, when it comes to performance, you need a strong sense of what makes a car tick. Getting a whole car renovation right relies on success in all three disciplines.