Shine On – Getting Your Ride Ready for Show Season

Spring is here, and with it comes another car show season. Whether you are planning to attend a local show, cruise night, or the Concours d'Elegance you want your car to look the best. Here are some tips that we’ve used over the years to make sure we have a shine above the rest.

Step 1: Clean the engine compartment. We use a small air tool called the Tornador ( to spray on a mixture of engine degreaser, waterless car wash, and water to clean it up real nice. After I’m done, I spray on some Stoner More Shine Less Time to get the shine back on the hoses and other non-metal pieces. A little chrome cleaner on the rest and it looks like new. We always do this step first so any splatter can be washed away.

Step 2: Wash and rinse the car. We’ve had excellent results with Pearl Nano waterless car wash. Its very easy to use, even in direct sunlight, and a little goes a long way. This will remove all the grease and grime from the car and leave the finish with a nice clean coating and ready to wax. If you have any water spots, some Pearl Nano Water Spot Killer will make them go away for good.

Step 3: Clean the wheels and rims. The Tornador works great here as well, but you can also get away with a sponge and wheel brush. We like to use the waterless car wash here too or Pearl Nano Perfection X wheel cleaner. Whatever cleaner you choose, make sure it’s a non-acid cleaner. If you have white walls or raised white letter tires, we use a grill brush to get them pearly white. When you’re done, polish the rims and add some tire shine.

Step 4: Its time to clay bar and wax. This is best done in the shade and once the car is all dry. I’ve picked up a few Meguires clay bars at swap meets and they seem to work the best. We’ve also had great luck with the Pearl Nano Max Perfection wax. Not only does it fill in tiny scratches and imperfections, but it doesn’t st