IF I HADN’T seen it with my own eyes, I would never have believed it. But here we are. For a long time, I thought the ultimate car polish was made by Autoglym – after all, it sponsors the UK Concours championship, and has a number of big name corporate users, such as Aston Martin. For that reason, I have been religiously using its products for some time.
My car washing habits became something of a habit – wash with Autoglym shampoo and wax with Autoglym resin polish. The results have always been impressive – and I always came away from a good session feeling my car was now fully protected from the elements.
On Sunday, I had my eyes opened…
As you may have read yesterday, the Coupe ended up being used as a Guinea pig for Crystal Clean, who needed a car to demonstrate Mothers’ valeting products. I haven’t heard of them, but according to CCW’s Editor, Russ Smith, it is a company well known in the USA, and one with an almost fanatical following in the Hot Rod scene. So when I got there (just in the nick of time – thanks to my Alfa!), I told the valeters, there shouldn’t be much to do, as I look after it with Autoglym.
They seemed dismissive, which wound me up a little, but I let it go, and let them get on with it… I had an Autojumble to browse.
When it was finished, it looked amazing under
the harsh glare of the NEC lights. I had not
seen this car shine so much since the day I
picked it up from John Capon a year – and
20,000 miles – ago.
Some time later, I returned to the stand. They had cleaned the car off and had just finished ‘clay blocking’ it. It looked good – the paintwork seemed shiny and blemish-free, so I assumed they had been busy polishing it. Not a bit of it… Apparently, this process removes all the surface imperfections from the paint, leaving it fresh and completely free for the the wax that was yet to go on.
To cut a long story short, the car was ‘clay blocked’, and then three coatings of three different potions. When it was finished, it looked amazing under the harsh glare of the NEC lights. I had not seen this car shine so much since the day I picked it up from John Capon a year – and 20,000 miles – ago.
Its shininess allowed me remember what made me fall in love with it in the first place. And that makes the task of selling it in the next couple of weeks all the more difficult. I may have already sold it… someone at the show was extremely impressed.
I’ll keep you posted.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.