DIY Tips

Liquid Wax vs Paste Wax [Pros, Cons, & Brands]

2020-01-08T06:13:26+00:00January 8th, 2020|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Products and Devices|

When it comes to protecting your car, wax is by far the most talked about and quite effective. But which is better - paste wax or liquid wax? In this blog post, I'll break down the main differences between liquid vs paste waxes in solid form, and break down why you may want to use one over the other depending on your business or personal preferences. Deciding what wax to choose It really comes down to what you are looking to accomplish with the [...]

How to Clean, Polish, & Protect Dirty Exhaust Tips [4 Steps]

2019-12-25T05:48:49+00:00December 25th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

If you have a sports car or truck like I do, you know how filthy your exhaust tips can be. Especially with any type of aftermarket exhaust, these tips get very hot, are exposed to flames, and can turn a cloudy gray to dark black color pretty quickly. The black soot (hydrocarbons) you may have noticed is substance that results from engine combustion and should be cleaned periodically. In this blog post, I'll break down how to clean, polish, and protect dirty exhaust tips [...]

How to Remove Dried Grass Clippings or Stains On Car Paint

2019-11-26T02:04:46+00:00November 26th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

My first vehicle I negotiated for was a pretty trashed Corvette with dried grass clippings stuck to the side of the car, so this one hits close to home. If you’ve got a bit of dried grass on your vehicle’s clear coat, you do have safe options to remove it. If you left your car beside the highway or had a lawnmower blow grass clippings on your car, it can be very difficult to remove these tiny particles if the sun begins to bake [...]

4 Reasons Using a Gas Station Squeegee is a Bad Idea

2019-11-19T05:06:19+00:00November 13th, 2019|DIY Tips, Quick Tips|

Of all the no-no’s in the car wash universe the gas station squeegee with attached water blade is one of those seemingly harmless devices I admit I have been guilty of using in my younger days.  We’ve all seen them and if I had to guess many of us have used them...but should you? In this post, I'll break down 4 good reasons why you should avoid gas station squeegees, and what to do as an alternative. 1. They Lead to Scratching If Used [...]

How to Clean & Wash Microfiber, Foam, or Wool Pads [Guide]

2019-11-12T06:21:06+00:00November 12th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

Doing any paint correction type of detailing work? You need clean pads. A clean pad gives you a more consistent finish, less money spent on replacements, and more efficiency with your DA or rotary tool. But I will say, it does help to have numerous pads you can swap in and out on the job when they get dirty. It takes time to clean these things properly, and time is money. Using water and soap is really the best way to get your pads [...]

5 Simple Lighting Setups for Detailing Your Car

2019-10-27T21:41:53+00:00October 27th, 2019|DIY Tips, Products and Devices, Tips for Detailers|

If you’re into advanced detailing or paint correction, you know lighting is everything when it comes to making swirl marks or scratches disappear. But if you’re just a car enthusiast, having a proper lighting setup can really make a difference when it comes to polishing, working on the interior, and many other areas of your vehicle. On a 90 degree summer day, those swirl marks are much more apparent, but with adequate lighting, you can remove those scratches that may go unnoticed outside in [...]

Washing a Boat Like a Car? 7 Key Differences [Waxes, Soaps, Etc.]

2019-10-16T04:48:49+00:00October 16th, 2019|DIY Tips|

At first thought, you may think (like I initially did) that there really isn't much difference in washing a car vs a boat. I mean, you just need to get them both clean, so what's the big deal? After doing more research, it occured to me that there is quite a large difference in how and why you wash a boat or car, and so I wanted to take the time to share these differences with you. In this post, I'll explain how washing [...]

How to Clean a Diamondplate Aluminum Truck Tool Box [Guide]

2019-09-18T01:48:39+00:00September 18th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips|

So your toolbox isn't quite shining in the sun like it was when you bought it? If you've got an aluminum diamondplate toolbox on the back of your truck like I do, you may have noticed that over time it doesn't look quite as good. Mine usually turns a milky white color, which I found out the result of oxidation over time. Stainless steel won't rust, but can dull over time which is important you take the time to clean (and polish it) from [...]

9 Winter Tips for Washing a Car in Cold or Freezing Weather

2019-09-11T04:33:51+00:00September 11th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips|

Tip 1: Dress in Layers When it's cold outside, washing your car is just not fun, especially if you aren't prepared. Whenever I wash my truck, I like to dress in layers, with as much waterproof material as possible. Since your hands and your feet are the two parts of your body that are most likely to come into contact with cold water, I recommend wearing insulated driving gloves that aren't too bulky, followed by a pair of waterproof gloves. Many people use latex [...]

Unlimited Car Wash Membership Programs – Are They Worth It?

2019-09-04T17:06:28+00:00September 4th, 2019|DIY Tips|

If you are the type of person that gets tired of paying $10 to wash your car every week, then you may want to look into a monthly unlimited program. I know some of you like to wash your own cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles which I always recommend over these types of unlimited programs. That being said, unlimited wash programs do serve a purpose if you are the type of person who values convenience, doesn't drive an exotic or luxury vehicle, or just [...]