Skip to main content

Classic Car Care: How To Look After Your Vintage Motor


When it comes to owning a classic car, maintenance and appearance is everything. There’s no better sight that glistening vintage sitting in your garage or driveway, but it can prove very challenging to shield your car from the elements and keep the shine looking good as new. She may be old, but your car doesn’t have to age like the rest of us; whether it’s a vintage Rolls or a timeless Beetle, here’s some top tips to ensure your motor survives the harsh winter.

Wax to the Max

Hochanda Classic Car Care: Car Wax Cleaning



To really achieve that new car shine, you’re going to require a combination of elbow grease and wax. Not only will it add a pristine final touch to your car, wax also acts to protect the bodywork from nasty airborne threats such as bugs, rain and sap. And in the god-awful event that you find a scratch on your chassis, wax can go a long way to filling in the damage and reducing unpleasing aesthetics. A carnauba-based wax would be the old fashioned option; its perfect for cars and adds great depth and clarity. However, why not add a modern touch instead with a two-in-one wash and wax pack? Head to our website to find out more.

Give It Some Leather

Hochanda Classic Car Care: Leather Cleaning


Leather can be a very tricky material to maintain. If neglected, leather seating in cars can quickly begin to crack and dull. The main culprit for deteriorating leather is friction and abrasion from dirt and clothing. Not only that, but certain types of leather also lose essential oils and protectants that are essential for maintenance. This is where Hochanda can lend a hand. Leather can be maintained with ease using a leather cleaner and conditioner. The cleaner helps to remove dirt and any unwanted residue, whilst the conditioner helps to maintain softness. Finish by buffing the leather with a microfiber cloth! Remember to schedule a leather cleaning session at least every month.

Pay Wheel Close Attention

Hochanda Classic Car Care: Wheel Cleaning


You’ve waxed the body, given the interior a revamp and the car is looking as good as new. Job done? Not quite yet! There’s still the tyres and trim that needs attention. Nothing sets off a glistening motor like spotless spokes and a faultless trim. After all, as the saying goes: it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Pay close attention to the wheel arches, front and rear valences and under the sills. To ensure a thorough clean, microfiber cloths are your best bet; they guarantee a shiny finish with no streaks, plus they leave no trace of dirt or dust behind. Don’t have any? No problem; head to our site to view our range of microfiber cloths and towels.

Maintenance Is Key



Lastly, you’ll want to ensure that your car still runs as good as ever. In the cold weather, an unmaintained classic car can easily seize up and throw in the towel. That’s the last thing you want after spending hours sprucing up the appearance. Try and ensure you get your car checked and serviced every 12 months, including a review of its brakes, suspension and steering. Unlike new, modern cars, vintage motors cannot be driven into the ground with little afterthought; make sure that fluid levels are checked regularly, particularly oil and water. This Telegraph guide is full of handy tips to help keeping your vintage vehicle roadworthy.

Need an expert to show you how it’s done? Let none other than our very own classic car guru Stan guide you!

Happy driving!

Interested in learning more? Stan is next live on Hochanda on Saturday 30th January from 8:00pm and from 9:00pm, 12:00pm, 16:00pm and 19:00pm on Sunday 31st January

Watch Stan and tune into all of our other programmes live on our website! Hochanda.com
You can also tune into Hochanda on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817.

Popular posts from this blog

Over £2000 Worth Of Prizes To Be Won At The Festival Of Quilts!

We are attending the Festival of Quilts 2017 and we're giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes.  Subscribe to our mailing list below to be entered into the draw and see below for details of the prizes. You can also enter the draw by visiting us on stand D5 during the event.
Loading...
1st Prize - Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade 35 Sewing & Embroidery Machine with 5 year warranty - WORTH OVER £1000

2nd Prize - An amazing bundle of products by Threaders (Crafter's Companion), Aly's Stitchy Fingers, Daisy & Grace, Pink Ink Designs, Kleiber and GMC - WORTH OVER £500

3rd Prize - Slimline Lamp by The Daylight Company -WORTH OVER £100
4th Prize - Garment Steamer by House of Alistair - WORTH £99.99
We also have a number of runner up prizes from Crosspatch, Angela Daymond, Colouricious, Crafty UK, Empress Mills, Juberry, Quilters Trading Post, Quilting Antics and Totally Patched.
Tune in to our Daisy Chain Designs show on Friday 18th August to find out if you've won …

Debbie Shore’s Threaders Project 2: Currant Bun

This delightful rabbit in her pretty pink pinny is showing how much she loves you! She has long bendy ears and her arms and legs are jointed with buttons. She stands 28" tall. use a 1/4" seam allowance.



Materials needed:


Download the pattern this link50cm x 114cm plain fabric50cm x 114cm patterned fabric2m of 1/2" wide ribbonBlack embroidery thread2 small black buttons for the eyes4 x 2cm buttons for the joints2 buttons to decorate the heartA long needle and strong thread20cm of 0.5cm wide elastic250g of toy filler2 chenille sticksErasable ink penBlusher

1. Download the pattern here. Cut out the ear pieces and place the chenille sticks to the centre of the wrong side of the patterned fabric. Zig zag stitch in place.


2. Sew the plain ear fabric to the patterned, right sides together, leaving the bottom open. Turn the right way out and press, then edge stitch around the ear.


3. Sew four pieces of 15cm x 12cm of patterned fabric to four pieces of 15cm x 23cm of plain fabric.


4.

How To Give Used Candle Jars A New Lease Of Life

Hello again everyone, I have a completely different post for you this time!


I keep buying all this ‘stuff’ and it’s so nice I can’t bring myself to use it … but it’s starting to get out of control and taking over my home!!
So I’m challenging myself on 2 levels – 1) use up my stuff; and 2) try something new.

Well I had some empty candle jars so I thought this would be a good way to use up some stuff and try something new at the same time and this is what I came up with.

I am over the moon with the results as it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this.

What I used: ·Empty candle jar ·Decoart white gesso ·Starlight paints ·Decoart metallic paints ·Imagination Crafts rice papers ·Imagination Crafts fabric glue ·Twine ·Raffia ·Hessian ·Ribbon ·Paper flowers and embellishments from craft box
Here’s what I did:
Firstly, I applied a coat of white gesso to the jar and allowed it to dry. I then chose a selection of paints that go together and randomly sponged all over the jar until it was covered. T…