Classic Car Protection Services

Protection for Your Classic Car

The paint finish on many classic cars is especially vulnerable to damage and deterioration. Single-stage paint jobs – those applied without the benefit of a clear coating over the pigment – can quickly become damaged, faded, or oxidized. Older finishes can be especially thin and vulnerable to even something as simple as buffing.

At Automotive Protection Service, we know and love classic cars as much as you do. That’s why we are the local experts in classic car paint protection in Fairfax VA.

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Protecting the Paint Job on Your Classic Car

Whether you have a newer paint job on your classic vehicle or it’s the original finish, protecting it is imperative. Even a new paint job won’t retain its luster after a season or two on the roads in Fairfax.

If your classic car finish is older (or oxidized or faded) and doesn’t have a clear coat – or if the clear coat has worn away -- it’s even more important to protect that thin layer of single-stage paint that remains. Before you attempt to use a buffer to restore shine to single-stage paint, be sure to determine just how much paint you have to work with. The worst thing you can do is break through the paint.

For reliable protection and spectacular results, let a professional shop like Automotive Protection Service handle your classic ride. You have several options for protecting your classic car or hotrod, depending on how much time, effort, and money you want to put in now versus in the future.

The Best Protection for Single Stage Paint

The answer to this age-old question often depends on who you ask. It also depends on how old your paint job is and what type of finish you have.

Many classic car owners choose to get their vehicles repainted using the single-stage approach. Most paint shops will tell you not to wax new single stage paint for at least a few months. This allows any residual solvents to outgas. For similar reasons, you might also want to wait for a brief time before adding your paint protection of choice. In the meantime, you can have your favorite Fairfax auto detailer use an appropriate polish or show car glaze on it after every wash.

When you’re ready to add a paint sealant film or coating, talk to an expert about which approach might be the best for you. For older paint, you likely want to have any scratches, scuffs, etc., taken care of right before you add paint protection.

Trust the Fairfax Classic Car Paint Protection Experts

Automotive Protection Service is one of the few paint protection services in Fairfax with extensive classic car experience. We understand the nature of these finishes and we have the knowledge and experience to take care of them correctly.

Contact us today to learn more about how our professional exterior detailing and paint protection services can help you keep your classic car looking sharp.