Hot Cars Take Time and Effort

Hot Cars Take Time and Effort

BMW M4 Austin Yellow
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Auto show hobbyists find themselves meting new challenges as they begin the process of preparing their entries, whether they are working on an antique, a classic, or a new vehicle.
Finding how to use the best automobile detailing supplies to achieve the wanted results is a matter of trial and error. Proper planning helps find the logical sequences for the best results. Also, the hobbyist must become an expert in many areas, knowing how to detail the tires and wheels of their cars as well as knowing how to clean automotive upholstery. (See the article, “Automotive Detailing: How to Clean Automotive Upholstery.”)

Preparing the wheels, wheel wells, tires, spokes, and hubcaps of a vehicle for a show demands consistent time and effort – and the proper auto detailing cleaning products. Detailing on a regular schedule (for instance, once a month) prevents a final detailing before a show from being an overwhelming task. Working on this area first also saves time and effort. Tires, wheels, etc., should be detailed before the rest of the car because the products that are most efficient for this job can be harmful to the finish of the car’s paint and can, at the least, spoil the polish job. You won’t be accidentally splashing the just waxed body of your car with the tire cleaner. Perfection in the tire area truly gives the look of “showroom” condition.

Be sure to work in the shade and not in the heat or full sun. This is not the kind of hot car you are aiming for. Full sun can cause streaks. Have your automobile detailing supplies laid out and ready. Remove your hubcaps or any other part of your wheel area that can be taken off. This way, you can really get at the tires, and also wash all sides of the removable parts. Some serious detailers will even remove the tires. Take the time to wash, rinse, and dry each tire before moving on to the next one. Completing each in turn will prevent any water spots from drying on the surface of the wheel.

Begin by carefully rinsing away any dirt or mud that might have coated the underbelly of the car or wheel wells. A second type of soil that is found on the tire area is brake dust. This material is gray in color and caused by the wear and tear on the brake pads. Do not use an excessively forceful water stream to rinse your tire area, since small rocks or sand could spin with the force of the water and scratch the surface of the car. You may use a soft brush to dislodge soil as you rinse. Try a soft bristled brush like Fuller Brush’s Vehicle Wash Brush. Mix a mild degreaser with water in a large bucket. Gently wash each tire and wheel with a soft wash mitt (or sponge. Each time you are ready to dip your mitt in the bucket of degreaser, remember to first rinse off your mitt so any particles of rock or sand will be removed. That way, you won’t be simply moving the soil around, and you won’t risk scratches to the wheel surfaces. (Also, to avoid scratches to the finish on the body of the car, use a different mitt for that area.) Finish with a detailing brush like Fuller’s Wheel and Spoke Detailing Brush. You will be able to thoroughly clean every bit of dirt from your tires without a scratch, and you will be ready for the next step, dressing and polishing the surfaces. Pay special attention to your manufacturer’s directions when you choose a treatment or polish for this part of your car. The wheel area and hubcaps can be painted or non-painted, and be made of a variety of different materials. Choose automobile detailing supplies that will be most effective for the materials in your car. Don’t worry about treating the tread of the tire. It will just rub off. Treating it may also affect your warrantee.

As soon as the tire area is completely detailed, you are ready to move on to work on the rest of the car. Before you know it, others will be noticing your “hot car.”

The Details of Detailing the Interior of Antique Cars and Trucks

The Details of Detailing the Interior of Antique Cars and Trucks

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Your antique car or truck is a treasure. A treasured possession of history, class, and performance of bygone days. While you can never go back in time, you want to do all you can to preserve the aura and the dignity of antique cars and trucks. Detailing or cleaning and preserving them as close to their original state as possible, is the owner’s dream.

Care should be taken in every step of the restoration process to ensure all original materials are treated only with products designed not to have a negative effect on the material’s future quality and durability.

One especially delicate area is the interior of your antique. Whether the seats are plastic, cloth, or leather, they must be treated with care to ensure pliability so as not to occur future damage. The cleaning products used must be chosen with care. Today’s technology offers many excellent solutions to the dilemma of cleaning without incurring damage to these aged materials.

Selecting products that clean and protect in one step saves you time and insures your interior has constant protection. Again, it is important to choose products that won’t damage the interior’s materials with repeated use. You may want to consider these types of cleaners for seats, dashboards, and rubber moldings found in the interior of your vehicle. Note that any form of abrasive cleaner, no matter how miniscule the abrasiveness, with repeated use, will begin to deteriorate the surface being cleaned.

It is not unusual to have one specific stain in the interior of a classic car or truck that seems almost impossible to remove without damaging the area. Again, be cautious not to use abrasive cleaners. Remember the interior of your antique car or truck has weathered many years. The materials have become worn, and are fragile simply by time. A spot remover designed to remove the stain without harsh chemicals is most likely your best solution. Proceed slowly and repeat the process gently if necessary to completely remove the stain. One or more treatments may be necessary for extremely stubborn stains. Harsh scrubbing and rubbing will only damage the material. Let the cleaner do the work.

Once you have completed the restoration process and your antique car or truck is in tip-top condition, you want to make sure you do everything you can to protect it and your investment in it. The restoration process most likely took time, effort, and money. Now you want to make sure your vehicle remains in good shape.

At this point, it is very important to store the vehicle in a climate-controlled environment. Extreme heat, cold, and moisture should be avoided if possible. Whenever the vehicle is taken out for show, or a drive, you should make sure to properly clean it whenever you are done. All that really should be necessary concerning cleaning and protection will be light maintenance. A good wipe down with a chamois cloth will most likely do the trick. Chamois cloths are excellent to absorb moisture, clean dust and grime, and polish the surface.

Your antique car or truck has survived many years. A true display of elegance. A few simple steps will keep it looking great for years to come.

Fall into a Great Routine for Car Maintenance

Fall into a Great Routine for Car Maintenance

Essentials To Ensure A Lasting Shine Of The Car Headlights
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(ARA) – Fall is already here and in a short time, winter will be upon us. As you gear up for the colder temperatures, now is a good time to take preventive measures to care for your vehicle.
Maintain Your Car’s Value and Appearance
According to the International Car Wash Association (ICA), regular professional washing and waxing will help maintain your car’s appearance as well as its value.
“Most car owners understand the value of changing motor oil regularly to protect the engine,” explains Mark Thorsby, executive director of ICA. “But if they forget and instead choose to replace the engine, the car could still be as good as new. However, a car with oxidized paint and a rusted-out body can never be economically restored. The best prevention is regular washing and waxing at a professional car wash.”
With more than 22,000 professional car washes around the world offering a wide range of services to protect a car’s finish from detoriating rusting, there’s no excuse not to keep your vehicle in great shape. Car washes offer basic to extensive operations to suit all your car care needs.
For starters, try an exterior tunnel wash to automatically provide protective waxes and undercarriage treatment. Also, consider detailing or custom polishing for more extensive protection. By applying and buffing a premium polish, you can restore the shine of your car. On the detail side, you can vacuum everything from the rugs in the trunk to the air conditioner vents.
A Quick Fix
If you are running short on time but need your car professionally cleaned, try a self-service car wash that provides a variety of effective, self-cleaning services to choose from. For best results, follow the step-by-step instructions posted in the self-serve bay that call for starting with a pre-soak to loosen road grime. Next comes the high-pressure soap wash. For gentle scrubbing, use the foaming brush next, followed by the fresh water rinse. Also, remember to take advantage of special tire and wheel cleaners. For maximum protection and shine, the wax application is a must. Finally, many self-serve washes offer a spot-free rinse. All the solutions are specially formulated to clean tough road dirt and protect you car’s shine.
Protect Your Car from Winter’s Hazards
To get a jumpstart on protecting your car from winter’s effects, remember that the most damaging thing you can do to your car during this time is nothing! Don’t worry about your car freezing — washing salt, slush and mud off your car in cold weather is vital.
The best thing you can do this winter is to wash your vehicle frequently at a professional car wash, even every few days if the temperature rises and falls from freezing and you’ve been driving on salted roads. Washing also should include an undercarriage rinse (available at most professional car washes) to remove salt from hard-to-reach areas that are likely to rust, such as the bumpers and in the wheel wells.
Now is the time to get your car in gear for the winter season with the preventive maintenance measure of having your car professionally washed — you and your wallet will be glad you did. To find the location of a car wash near you visit

Car Valeting and Detailing: 3 Techniques

Car Valeting and Detailing: 3 Techniques

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Auto valeting and detailing is among the budding and promising industry in the world today. Most car owners today allocate a significant budget for car maintenance. They not only want to maintain their car’s exteriors but also the interiors as well. Not all individuals have the time to attend to their car’s needs and so they leave the task to the car valeting and detailing services.

The cleanliness of your car is very important. It reflects your personality and it reveals a great deal about you. If you don’t want to be judged wrongly, its time that you take your car to a car valeting and detailing service for thorough cleansing. If you have insufficient budget at the moment, you can simply have your car undergo exterior auto detailing because if your car is presentable on the outside, it could already do the trick. Next time you have extra money, you can take your car for interior auto detailing.

Car valeting and detailing services offers three popular techniques. Read on and you will find out what these techniques are.

1. Clay cleaning – this is the first technique that you should be familiar about. The clay used for this type of cleaning is an effective yet simple mixture of clay base and several abrasives. Paint contamination can be removed by mixing clay with clay lubricants. Clay bars can also remove common exterior car dirt, tree sap, road grime, bugs, tar, and rust.

You could say that the clay bars acts like detergent cleaners. The clay bars used for car valeting differ in color, composition, and density of active or chemical ingredients. The clay bars are also available in mild and heavy-duty wherein the mild clay bars are used for minor dirt or stains while the latter is used for heavy dirt and stains. The car valeting crew should know which appropriate clay bar to use in every situation to bring about the best results.

2. Polishing – this is the second technique used by car valeting crews or technicians. Through polishing, contaminations, swirls, scratches, and other paint imperfections can be removed. With car polishes, the clearcoat is penetrated thereby carrying out intense cleaning.

3. Waxing – this is the third technique but this is just simply the wrapping up of the first two techniques. This is the finishing process for auto detailing. Wax is available in creams, liquids, and pastes. The products used in waxing usually contain carnuba which have fatty acids which are quite helpful in enhancing the car’s appearance. It keeps the car surface protected from the harsh effects and contaminations from the environment. The wax also gives the car a neat and shiny finish.

So when you’re out looking for a car valeting and detailing shop, try to ask if the three services are being offered. Oftentimes, shops give special packages that the customers can choose from.

There are also times when people try to do car detailing on their own. This is definitely a less costly alternative but you need to be very careful when choosing the products because it may damage your car. You should also follow all the cleansing instructions carefully to avoid any problems.

For those who can afford the car valeting and detailing services, choose the shop where you will entrust your car. Now that you know the three techniques, you should be able to give your car the best treatment and care.