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Tuesday
May312016

Waxing Your Car

If you remember the days of car wax in a tin, and literally becoming a project to wax your vehicle. You are also aware of the evolution in waxes, and being easier and less time consuming to apply.

Not much fun back in the day applying, and removing a coat of wax from any vehicle. 

Lets start on the premise that the paint is in good condition, and requires additional shine for the brighter, sunnier days of late spring and the summer. Obvious that if the paint on your vehicle has a layer of "fall out" on it it will require additional cleaning prior to waxing. 

Especially if you abide by the "Zen of Washing" you surely want bright paintwork that shines.

Stoner Visible Shine is in an unassuming container, you might pass it up in you quest for a quick to apply wax.

Don't pass it up, it does an awsome job, quick to apply and remove. You will be surprised as to how fast and effortless it is to apply, and remove.

The shine...impressive.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Mar152016

Spring Cleaning Plan

This year we have warmer than usual weather in the GTA, with most of the snow gone. Agreed its still mid March, and winter is not over yet. But it feels as if Spring is almost in the air.

Its a good time to start assessing the condition of your vehicle or vehicles, and initiate your lets call it "Spring Cleaning Plan".

Hand Wash

If you have an opportunity hand wash you vehicle with a hose and bucket. A few years back we talked about the Zen of Washing. Be observant as you wash and go over all the body panels. Do we really have to tell you that you will need a bucket, warm water, car soap (not dish soap), 2 mits one for the body, the other for the wheeel

Wash and Inspect

As you wash and rinse with the hose, you might just notice a few additional stone chips, perhaps a door ding, and whatever else winter brought along. In our case The Colonel is a magnet for stone chips, on the body and windshield.

Whar looked like a minute speck of rust is probably bigger now.

You want to develop your plan and budget to deal with the issues that you have uncovered. Agreed, if you have 2 vehicles its double the fun.

Interior

Although its a little early, inspect the interior to see what will need attention. Usually the floor mats, door sills are the first to get additional wear and tear in winter. The driver seat probably has an additonal layer of "winter" usage too.

You will quickly conclude that the interior needs to be refreshed. You can do it yourself, you can have a detailer do it for you. Ideally stay away from the "shiny stuff", find a good lether treatment if you have a leather interior (who doesn't these days).

Wether you have an old school agenda, or a modern digital one, make a note to deal with the interior of your vehicle.

Open the Hood

You thought there was no salt of the roads in winter.

Nothing like rubber gloves (not to mess up your hands), WD 40, and blue wipes to refresh the appearance of the various plastic covers under the hood of your vehicle.

You can do it yourself, its probably grimier than you thought, and the harder you look the more you will find.

In case you did not know...don't even think of using a pressure washer.

Open the Trunk

It needs to be freshened up too.

Whatever is in the trunk, do you really need it? What is not in the trunk that you might need?

You might need an umbrella, a small flashlight, gloves, to name a few.

You know what you need to do, its in your agenda, you know which products you need to get in case you don't have them.

We agree...in an age of technology, manual work is very relaxing, and gratifying on a Saturday morning.