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Old 03-28-2006, 02:42 PM
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First car show... what is important

Hey guys,
I am in college (UConn) and the car club here has a car show in a couple weekends. So I figured, why not enter my 300E for fun.
Now, here is the question. Other than making sure the interior is clean and the car is waxed, what should I do to make her purdy?
I have not gotten around to an engine clean this year, so should I do this too? or should I concentrate on the rest of the car and leave the hood closed?

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Old 03-28-2006, 03:45 PM
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Location: Sacramento-Bay Area Corridor
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What type of show is this? Concours?

Wash Car
Clean out your wheel wells
Polish and wax ext paint, rocker panles, fender lips, door trunk & hood jambs
Polish and wax wheels
Dress rubber, trim, tires, plastic on bumpers
Polish wood
Shine chrome
Polish headlights and tailights
vacuum carpets- shampoo if necessary

Dont forget to remove any wax residue on the ext of the car with detailing tools... wax in crevices really shows.

I wont even get into detailing the engine!

You could clean and polish for weeks and still have something left to shine on a car if it hasnt been kept in showroom clean shape.

Have FUN!

1995 E420
1992 BMW 525i
1984 300D Turbo sold
1993 Volvo 244 sold
1995 Volvo 944T R.I.P!

"The details are not details. They make the product."
-Charles Eames
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:34 PM
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It is just a show in a large parking lot here at school. I am thinking that it will be mostly students from this college and two others nearby. I started out this afternoon by washing the car and vacuuming out the interior. Next weekend I am going home, so I will put in the clear headlights I got for christmas and polish up the car in general.
For now I guess I will focus on the exterior and if I have time left, I will get to work on the engine compartment.

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Old 03-29-2006, 02:45 AM
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Try a clay bar before using a wax and a polish... these cars can shine up ridiculously nicely with a relatively low amount of skill and time
1985 CA 300D Turbo , 213K mi
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