Car Show Preparation

Tips on Prepping Your Car for a Show.

Local car shows provide the custom car owner an opportunity to display their pride and joy and receive recognition for all their hard work. There are things you can do to improve the chance of bringing home the trophy or at least turning people’s heads while showcasing your vehicle.

Wax and Polish

Give your car a wash and wax treatment prior to the car show.  Use premium car soaps and wash the car under the shade to prevent the sun’s heat from affecting your work.

If your car has minor scratches, apply polish first before the wax. Apply wax after polishing in a single layer rubbing it with a microfiber cloth. Wax will protect the clear coat and leaves the paint less prone to fading or scratching.

Tire Treatments

Judges are perfectionists about tires.  Despite using the right tire for the model, tires must be new with several treads and no curb scuffs.  For a better chance of winning, you may want to have a new set of tires for car show use only and reserve your inexpensive tires for daily use.

Apply a tire cleaner that will take away any dirt that is stuck to the tires during transport. Be sure to use a quality non-silicone tire dressing after cleaning to make them shine.

Cleaning the Interiors

See to it that the interior of your car is clean and clutter free. Use leather conditioner on any leather upholstery and mild metal polish on steel accessories. Periodic vacuuming is necessary to remove the dust out of the seats and dashboard crevices. The use of a boars hair detailing brush will help with the crevices.

Engine Bay

Pro Shine Mobile Detailing recommends cleaning the engine bay first to get much of the grease and dirt before you proceed to the more delicate work. If the engine bay needs a great deal of work, apply degreaser to remove the grease thoroughly. Be careful not get any on the paint surface, and be sure to keep water from soaking electrical components.

Use soft cloths to cover the fenders in front to prevent the paint job from any drop of grease or degreaser chemical.


Cleaning the interior glass is the last step in preparing your car for a show.  Use a quality glass cleaner, and soft cloths to remove fingerprints and streaks visible on the window glass especially if the show is held under the heat of the sun.

Be sure to bring with you a small detailing kit during the show for touch ups.  The kit should include clean cloths, glass cleaner, mini vacuum, tire polish, and some quick detailing spray.

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