Time is a precious commodity in our busy lives, and probably more so if you’ve been successful enough in your working life to buy a Corvette C8, which takes just 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h), or 2.6 seconds in Z06 version. But if you’re lucky enough to own something like a C8, there’s something really satisfying about taking the time to go to town on the weekend and detail it yourself.
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing so technically unusual about the Corvette that means it needs its own detailed video. And compared to other detailed tutorials on YouTube, this one from Chevrolet itself, which is part of the brand Chevy my way series, is relatively light on, um, details. It is set primarily as an advertisement for Adam’s Detailing cleaning products (available at the local Chevrolet dealership, kerching!).
But if you normally delegate cleaning duties to the local car wash and you haven’t washed a car since 1994, when you finished your last chores, and you still think you can dunk your car in a bucket of Dawn dish soap because you’re out of shampoo. , there are some useful tips for you here.
Hosts Billy Konsoer and Dino Stramer also seem to think these tips will help ensure your local retailer cleans your Corvette the right way if you’d rather not get your hands dirty, but don’t blame us if you get a blast of high-pressure pipe on the head for trying to tell the guy how to do his job after watching a five-minute YouTube video.
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Anyway, back to the tutorial. Before you even think about swiping a sponge over your C8’s shiny paint, you need to douse it with water. This will loosen the worst of the dirt and reduce the chance of you scratching it off. Chevy recommends deionized water for this part of the cleaning, as it’s less likely to leave water spots on the paint.
Other tips the guys at Chevy pass on include using a high pressure air hose to bleed water out of places like the side mirrors and fuel tank lid where it could collect and get rid of. ‘drip later, ruining your hard work, and rub steel wool on the glass (but obviously not elsewhere) to remove the stubborn sap. The rest of the information conveyed in the video is just common sense, but still gets an “amazing!” Konsoer’s exclamation.
By the end of the video, you’ll be looking forward to getting out and getting this Corvette ready for the summer show season. All that’s left to do is find the $61,000 (or more like $100,000 with options and dealer margin) needed to buy a C8, and another $300 to turn your garage shelves into one. Compelling facsimile of an Adam’s Detailing section of your local auto parts store.