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Gleaming Bentley helps raise £240,000 for Children in Need

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A beautifully polished Bentley Continental GTC helped this year's Children in Need campaign raise £240,000.

The car, which boasts a top speed of 195mph, went under the hammer at a star-studded action in Manchester and attracted a string of bids from celebrities.

Take That star and current X Factor judge Gary Barlow hosted the event and started things off by tabling his own bid as well as promising to personally deliver it to whoever won the auction.

Jon Crossley, managing director of Bentley Manchester, made all the arrangements for the vehicle to be part of the glittering auction and said that the response from the 400 guests at the Hilton Hotel had taken his breath away.

He added: “Above all this has been an incredibly good result for Children in Need. The fact that the new owners are Bentley enthusiasts and love these cars is a bonus for us. We’re looking forward to welcoming them and their unique car to the dealership for many years to come.”

On top of getting the gleaming car delivered to them by a current X Factor judge, the winner bidder was invited to spend a day at Bentley's factory so that they can select which woods and leathers they want for the car's interior.

But that's not all, the interior will be decorated with the signatures of some of the celebrities at the event as a special memento for the generosity showed. Surely a car that the proud new owner will want to care for with the best car polishes and shampoos on the market.

Supporters of the event included Kelly Rowland, Chris Moyles, Coleen Rooney and pop group JLS.

The £240,000 raised contributed to a £26 million total raised for Children in Need on Friday night. It was the highest figure the campaign has raised on record and up some £8 million on last year.

Posted by Louise Tate 

Expert gives advice on removing tree sap

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

There are many contaminants that can wreak havoc on a car's paint job unless treated straight away and chief among them is tree sap.

This sticky substance can become baked onto the bodywork and is extremely difficult to remove, however, there are remedies to get rid of it.

One step is to avoid parking the vehicle anywhere near trees, although this may not be possible in some cases.

So what products to use?

Denver resident Howard Kahn wrote to the Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Welsh asking this very question.

The expert recommended using car shampoo and water to tackle tree sap and if this does not work to move onto something stronger.

Car polishes and automotive cleaners are two other options on the table, Mr Welsh told the reader.

He went on to reveal that solvents such as nail polish remover and mineral spirits have been known to work, however, motorists who want to do the job properly may prefer to stick with tried and trusted car exterior care products to ensure they do not do any lasting damage to their paint job.

Once the tree sap has been removed, Mr Welsh stated the vehicle should be thoroughly washed once more.

"The most important step is to thoroughly wash the car afterward to get the residue off the paint and then apply wax or other coating for protection," he added.

According to the experts at Victory Detailing, using clay bars is one of the most effective ways of removing tree sap from vehicles.

The team recently employed this method and said that the clay lifted the sap off the bodywork without taking the clear coat protective layer with it.

After doing this, they applied car waxes to protect the hard work they had put in making the car look as good as it could.

Posted by Matt Casson

Clay bars ‘good for removing tree sap’

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Tree sap is one of the biggest problems drivers face, as removing it can be tricky without the right car cleaning products.

While car shampoo and wash mitts will get rid of the bulk of it, there will still be residue on the bodywork which needs to come off.

In order to get the job done properly, clay bars are in order, as these will lift the sap off without causing any damage to the paint.

That is what the experts at Victory Detailing did recently when called out to breathe new life into a client's motor.

"We took the clay bar over all painted surfaces of the vehicle to remove surface contaminants and remove the sap. This method worked to remove the tree sap efficiently and without damaging the clear coat," the team said.

Following this, the guys applied car waxes and said that the paint looked great by the end of the detailing job.

According to the kemPlink blog, drivers should not see clay bars as gimmicks, as they are highly effective at removing contaminants from vehicles.

Posted by James Robson

Detailing gurus use clay bars to remove tree sap marks

Friday, August 12th, 2011

There are many threats to a car's paint job, including stones, grit, bird droppings and bug splats and drivers must be vigilant if they want to keep their motor looking fresh and clean.

Another problem drivers must be wary of is tree sap, which can wreak havoc with the bodywork if left untreated.

Tree sap can be difficult to remove but the team at Victory Detailing recently showed everyone how it is done.

After removing the majority of the sap with their car wash formula, they used clay bars to get rid of the marks left behind.

"As we dried the car, we knew the clay bar would be the next opportunity to work on the sap stains … the clay bar did the trick, as all sap marks and surface imperfections were removed after washing the vehicle and drying it again.

Lauren Fix, an automotive TV analyst known as the Car Coach, told recently that tree sap needs to be removed as a matter of urgency if the bodywork is to emerge unscathed.

Posted by James Robson

Expert offers tips on car maintenance

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

As well as treating their bodywork with clay bars, car polishes and car waxes, drivers must also take the time to maintain the mechanical aspects of their vehicles, an expert has said.

Waynne Smith, senior partner at, said that brake fluid in particular is one area which motorists must be vigilant towards.

"Brake fluid should be checked annually and changed if it shows degredation. Whilst bad brake fluid may stop a car when cold, it causes fade when the brakes warm up and can be quite treacherous," he stated.

Mr Smith also advised drivers to check their spark plugs, recommending that these are inspected, cleaned and, if necessary, replaced every 12 months or so.

The expert went on to add that air filters must also be maintained, with an annual check required.

Jim Dvorak, from Mothers Polish, told the Hartford Courant recently that car plastic polish should be used to keep the headlights in good condition.

Posted by Simone Williams

Clay bars ‘can do what carnauba-based cleaner waxes cannot’

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Car shampoo will lift off loose surface dirt and other contaminants but those who want their vehicle to look the best it can will need more than this if they are to turn heads when driving down the road.

There are various detailing products which exist that allow motorists to elevate their vehicle's finish from good to great.

Car waxes, car polishes and alloy wheel cleaners all fall into this bracket, as do clay bars, which are brilliant at lifting contaminants lurking in hard to reach places or those which simply do not want to come off.

The guys at Victory Detailing are big fans of the products and they recently employed them on a motor that had been neglected for a few years.

After hosing the car down, they used clay bars to prep the surface even more and noted that they are the best tools for the job.

"Instead of using a compound that may have abrasive properties, clay is great for spot treatments on marks that would not be removed with a carnauba-based cleaner wax," the team noted.

Following this, the experts set to work on protecting all of their hard work and applied car wax with a high-speed orbital polisher with a less dense foam pad than normal.

The reason for this is that it allowed them to navigate tight corners more effectively.

By the end of the day, the vehicle was in much better shape.

"After the wax was removed the exterior had a radiant shine that was visible to the owner and neighbourhood friends," the detailers concluded.

One enthusiast who was recently convinced about how useful clay bars are is kemPlink Auto Detailing blog writer Selasa.

He stated that, at first, he thought they were a gimmick but after using them came to the conclusion that they are very effective at what they do.

Posted by James Robson

Clay bars ‘are no gimmick’

Monday, June 27th, 2011

There is the temptation to think that some auto detailing products are more about style than substance, however, clay bars do not fall into this category.

For those who are serious about making their vehicle look the best it possibly can, there are certain steps that need to be followed for the best results.

To begin with, the motor needs to be cleaned from top to bottom with a good car shampoo. After drying, the next phase for many is simply adding car waxes and then putting their feet up for the rest of the day.

However, auto detailing is about going the extra mile to make the paint shine and sparkle like it did the day the car left the showroom.

This is where clay bars come in. These products will pick off the grit and surface imperfections which the shampoo and wash mitts left behind.

Drivers simply need to run their fingers across the bodywork and if the paint feels grainy, clay bars are required.

One enthusiast who was not convinced about how useful clay bars were is kemPlink Auto Detailing blog writer Selasa, who said that his opinion quickly changed after he used them on his Subaru.

"I've always considered the 'clay bar treatment' a gimmick – promising an easy way out of doing labour-intensive work – and patently dismissed it. Well, I've become a believer," the writer said.

To begin with, the detailer used various car waxes and car polishes to get rid of the grainy texture, but found that clay bars were just the ticket.

According to Auto Express, professionals always use clay bars when applying long-lasting paint protection and it is these items which help them achieve that stunning limousine shine craved by so many driving enthusiasts.

Among the contaminants they can remove are tar, tree sap, oxidation and bird droppings.

Posted by Simone Williams

Washing and detailing ‘are not the same thing’

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Washing a car will remove bits of dirt, grit and other contaminants which can leave it looking tired, however, this should not be confused with detailing.

While using car shampoo and drying with microfibre cloths is important in keeping it looking fresh, this does not protect the paint from the elements and must be repeated on a weekly basis.

Detailing on the other hand involves going the extra mile to make sure the vehicle looks great and continues to do so.

For example, detailing requires items such as clay bars, car waxes, car polishes and alloy wheel cleaners.

These products take car care to a new level and that is the difference between the two processes.

It is a point reinforced by the experts at Ricochet's Rapid Detail who said there is a simple way to tell whether a motor needs a little extra tender loving care.

"Rub your hand across an upper surface. If it is rough, you need to detail your car. It prevents the paint and its clear coat deteriorating," the team stated.

Recent research by Swinton found that car maintenance is something that many people in Britain neglect to do.

Posted by Simone Williams

Clay bars the easiest way to remove surface imperfections?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

If drivers run their fingers along their car's bodywork they will find in many instances that it feels grainy and rougher than they might expect looking at it and it is important to remove these imperfections if they are to achieve the best finish.

While car shampoo will get rid of a lot of the dirt and debris that has accumulated on the paint, it will not tackle everything, meaning owners must look elsewhere to find the right tools for the job.

One option is to invest in clay bars, which are designed to lift bits of grit and other contaminants off the bodywork to leave a smooth finish ready for the application of car waxes and car polishes.

This is something the team at Victory Detailing recently found when called out to wash a dirty vehicle.

"After drying down the car, we took a clay bar and lubricant to the painted surfaces. The clay bar was able [to remove] many of the light scratches and surface imperfections with ease," the experts noted.

James Baggot, from Autoblog UK, said recently that hosing a car down is the first step in exterior detailing.

Posted by Mark Henderson

Autoglym products ‘are a gift dad can use all-year round’

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

This Fathers' Day, families can treat the old man to a gift he can use all-year round and get some real value from.

Paul Caller, chief executive officer at Autoglym, said that his company's products will put a smile on dad's face and provide him with something that he can use.

There are many choices, including the Autoglym Surface Detailing Kit, which contains rapid detailer, super resin polish, microfibre cloths and much more.

Another option is the Autoglym High Definition Cleanser, which will help make the bodywork even shinier when dad applies car waxes and car polishes.

"They're the perfect choice for those who really want to spoil their dads on Fathers' Day with a gift that lasts throughout the year," Mr Caller added.

Car polishers may also make a great present, however, while these machines are effective they are not for the faint hearted, according to AsiaOne writer Darren Cheng.

Posted by James Robson