The interior of your classic car deserves care and maintenance just like the rest of it does. If you take proper steps to keep your car clean and protected, you can protect the materials and surfaces from damage, preserve the original parts, and preserve its value if you ever decide to sell it or restore it later on down the road. The following guide will help you maintain and protect your classic car’s interior.
While most classic car owners take great care of their exterior, many neglect to properly maintain their car’s interior. Taking good care of your classic’s interior will ensure that it stays in top shape. It will also keep you happier because your car will be easier to drive, more comfortable and a more enjoyable place to spend time. Learn how here!
Leather seats in classic cars are prized possessions that are often original to the vehicle. Protecting them is a worthwhile endeavor, not only because leather is vulnerable to cracking and drying but also because it’s harder to replace than cloth. For these reasons, leather should be regularly treated with a conditioner or special cleaner. If you have leather upholstery, protect it with a UV sealant so it doesn’t dry out and crack.
The dashboard and other plastic surfaces inside your car are vulnerable to fading, cracking, and breaking over time. To keep your interior looking great as long as possible, start by regularly dusting these surfaces with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt and grime.If you’re restoring an older vehicle or have just bought one that’s seen better days, consider replacing worn parts like door panels before they break down completely.
The rubber floors in your car can get especially grimy, particularly in your trunk area. First, vacuum out as much as you can with a handheld hose (you don’t want to use an electric vacuum on these floors — they’re more delicate). Then, wash them down with soap and water and scrub with a clean cloth. For stains that won’t budge, sprinkle baking soda over the area, let it sit overnight and then sweep it away to reveal bright new flooring.
Use a good glass cleaner and a clean cloth, or old T-shirt. Window cleaner is super important when detailing a classic car — old, dirty glass really ruins an older car’s value.
If you’re not skilled in auto-body repairs, or if your car’s interior is beyond salvage, we can help. We know how important it is to keep your classic in perfect condition — and we’ll do everything possible to get it back to its original glory. A little restoration goes a long way!