Archive for the ‘Chamois Leathers’ Category

Ideal Christmas gifts for those that love their cars.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

With Christmas fast approaching you may be thinking of buying your loved one a present for their loved one – their car.

Many car enthusiasts spend the weekend cleaning and waxing their prized possession with the best cloths and car shampoo around so surely it makes sense to buy them a Christmas prezzie that aids them in their enjoyment.

US website PhillyBurbs.com has produced a handy little list of car-related gifts your loved one is sure to adore.

As you would expect, the list features many products that are available only in the states so we've decided to look at the recommendations for products they've made that can be purchased on this side of the pond.

Riding high on the list is glass cleaner. PhillyBurbs says that keeping glass clean is a difficult task so your car obsessed loved on needs a cleaner that is up to the job and leaves the glass as clear as crystal.

Clay bars are another gift the website is keen to suggest. As all car owners know, weather will eventually take its toll on your beautiful finish. Clay bars will smooth and clean up your body work, taking years of your car's appearance.

One none car cleaning product they suggest is a Garmin GPS 265 Sat Nav.

They say: "No matter where you go or how good someone's sense of direction may be, you can never go wrong with a GPS. If you have a big traveller this is a must gift to give. This would make a great gift for the men in your family that refuse to ask for directions."

A few years back people were generally weary of using satellite navigations systems and stories of them sending people the wrong way down one-way streets were commonplace, but now they are an essential item for anyone hitting the road.

Posted by Mark Henderson


Chamois leathers ‘a great way to get a streak-free shine’

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Using chamois leathers is one of the best ways to dry a car, according to one expert.

John Ettling, owner of Hutchings and Harding, told the Globe and Mail that to get a great look, the vehicle needs to be rinsed off after being cleaned with car shampoo and chamois leathers are the best tools for the job.

"All you really need is a chamois leather after that to dry and polish the car," he stated.

The reason why they are so good is down to their structure, with the expert also noting that the material they are made from lends itself to absorption.

"Because of the unique properties of a chamois leather, it absorbs water and dries with a streak-free shine. This is all to do with the fact that it's sheep skin, which is a very open fibre structure and tanned with fish oil," Mr Ettling told the newspaper.

Diane Parker, co-owner of Rims and Rovers Auto and Pet Wash, gave some advice on what products to use before the chamois leather to ensure a fantastic shine.

She stated that it is important to use only the best car exterior care items and to rinse the car with hot as opposed to cold water.

"How I explain it to people is it's no different than washing your dishes at home. Hot water cuts grease and removes the dirt a lot more effectively. You get road film on your vehicle from construction and chemicals in the air and unless you cut that grease somehow it's only going to get so clean," she told the news provider.

To enhance the shine even further, drivers could invest in clay bars to remove stubborn surface contaminants that spoil the finish.

The team at Victory Detailing recently used them to breathe new life into a Chevrolet and the owner was delighted with the overall result.

Posted by Matt Casson