Paint jobs are getting expensive. For many, color and a couple thick coats of clear are the most expensive and delicate part of their ride. While it’s true that patina is rising up the ranks, a mile-deep glossy finish is still king. Keeping that finish in tip-top shape is (and should be) a top priority for any muscle car, old or new.
AmericanMuscle (AM) recently took a detailed look at various methods of paint protection to give Challenger owners the upper hand on dirt, dust, and debris. Wax is obviously the first line of defense and well-worth the extra elbow grease. “Waxing a car is a crucial step necessary to protect the paint from scratching and fading. The process is very simple but must be done carefully and properly to ensure the job is done right,” AM explains. A thorough wash is always the first step, followed by some light buffing (if necessary), then the wax application, and some polishing to finish it off.
Don’t be afraid of the wide variety of waxes available at your local auto parts store; just be sure to do some research first. “Not all waxes are the same. They all work for the same cause but consist of different compounds that will change how they can be applied in order to work the right way.”
Another effective line of defense is a front end mask. AM offers one for Challengers that is durable yet stretchable for trouble-free installation and protection. Strap it on for long drives, then pop it off to reveal a bug-free grin at the show.