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How to Get Your Car Looking Great for National City Cruise Nights
San Diego Living

icon/user/avatar/20 Created with Sketch. By Travis Triggs

It's that time of year again when classic car enthusiasts gather for National City Cruise Nights! This annual event hosted in National City, California brings together auto aficionados from all over to show off their prized vintage vehicles. If you're planning on joining in the fun this year, you'll want your ride looking its absolute best. Here are some tips to get your car cruise-ready and shining under those bright Friday night lights!


  • Wash and wax your car thoroughly. Give the exterior a good hand wash with car soap and water, using a soft cleaning mitt to avoid scratches. Follow up with a coat of automotive wax for extra shine and protection. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
  • Detail the interior. Vacuum the floors and seats, wiping down all surfaces with an interior car cleaning product. Spot clean any upholstery stains. Dust the dashboard and clean the inside of your windows for maximum visibility.
  • Perform engine detailing. Pop the hood and clean the engine bay by gently wiping surfaces and rinsing debris. Make it look as clean as possible for judging. Apply a protectant like a vinyl/rubber dressing for extra polish.
  • Touch up minor flaws in the paintwork. Carefully fill in any small scratches, chips or dents with touch up paint that matches your car's color. This makes imperfections less noticeable.
  • Replace worn parts like wiper blades. Fresh blades help keep your view of the road ahead crystal clear on cruise nights. Check other components like headlights and replace if needed.
  • Give the tires and wheels some TLC. Clean wheels thoroughly and use a tire dressing product to make the sidewalls look dark and fresh again. This finishing touch really makes your car pop.
  • Display your cruiser pride. Add celebratory banners, flags or decals (within reason) to get into the cruise spirit. Show your enthusiasm for these nostalgic nights.


Following these tips will have your vintage ride gleaming and ready to impress at National City Cruise Nights. With your car looking flawless, you can focus on enjoying the sights, sounds and camaraderie of fellow auto lovers celebrating this iconic American tradition. See you there!

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