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Top 5 Winter Car Kit and Driving Essentials

When it comes to winter motoring there are a number of essentials that as motorists we should all think about keeping in our vehicles as a winter car kit. Here we look at the 5 most popular and essential items for you to consider as part of your winter car kit. When looking to ensure you have the essentials for winter…

The best way to clean car windows with or without glass cleaner

The Best Way to Clean Car Windows With Or Without Glass Cleaner

  In this article you will not only discover the best way to clean car windows, but also what products and methods are best for outside and interior glass cleaning. You will appreciate driving with poor visibility is dangerous. The one thing more important than starting, stopping, and steering is seeing. If you can’t see the road ahead, you are…

Practical winter car care and protection guide

Winter Car Care & Protection – How to prepare, protect and care for your car during Winter

Let’s face it; none of us like cleaning our cars in the cold, dark winter months. However there are some steps you can take before the real harshness of winter sets in to make life a lot easier in the coming months. Theses practical winter car care steps also help to prepare and protect your motor over the cold and…

The Definitive Guide on How To Clean Leather Car Seats

The Definitive Guide on How To Clean Leather Car Seats

  Leather seats and interiors have long been the hallmark of luxury for vehicles. But with the majority of cars now having the option of leather seats, one of the things we very often get asked about is, how to clean leather car seats. It’s not just about maintaining their classy appearance and the superior comfort they provide us whilst…

How to clean a car engine safely - guide - video - tips

Engine Cleaning: How To Clean a Car Engine Safely

  When it comes to cleaning your car’s engine it can sound like a daunting task. Washing under your bonnet sounds like more trouble than it’s worth. Yet, it is actually simpler and can be safer than you have been led to believe. A trusted procedure with a couple of basic precautions can avoid any complications. Fortunately for you, the…

Choosing Best Meguiars Clay Bar

Meguiars Clay Bar – Which Is Best One To Choose & Why?

  As one of the world’s best known car care brands Meguiars offer a range of clay bars for your car, truck or motorcycle. But which is the best Meguiars clay bar for you? Today I will guide you through each of the different Meguiar’s clay bar products to help you make that choice. This article will also include user…

Best Dual Action Polisher Review & Comparisons

Which Is The Best Dual Action Polisher?

  A little while ago I wrote what has become one of my most read posts on the differences between a dual action polisher, rotary polishing machine and orbital buffers. Since then I have been asked on a number of occasions which is the best dual action polisher to buy. There are of course many variables when looking to choose…

How To Wax A Car By Hand

How To Wax A Car By Hand (Like a Pro)

If you are following my detailing guide series on reading this article you will be at a stage where your paintwork is suitably prepped for you to now look at how to wax a car by hand. If you have not signed up for the guide series don’t worry this article will still guide you through how to wax your…

Car Paint Cleaning

Car Paint Cleaning – How & When To Use A Pre Wax Cleaner

  If you have been following my detailing guide series you will have now washed and dried your pride and joy in the safest possible, swirl avoiding ways and have completed the initial stage in your paintwork preparation. Your next step is car paint cleaning… The purpose of this stage is to remove the fine defects from your paintwork in…

5 Best Car Wash Mitt Choices

5 Best Car Wash Mitt Choices To Help Keep Your Motor Swirl Free

When it comes to choosing the best car wash mitt for cleaning your car there are a number of factors you need to take into consideration. If you are receiving my car car cleaning guides you will know that my first recommendation is to ditch your sponge and replace it with a good quality car wash mitt. The first question will be…

Meguiars Ultimate Compound

Meguiars Ultimate Compound – Super Effective Car Paint Restorer

  Meguiars Ultimate Compound was launched into the car care market back in 2009 and quickly established itself as a high performing product. Not only is it highly effective when it comes to restoring tired and neglected paint finishes but Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound also steps up to the mark where others fail in removing bird poop marks, water stains, tree…

10 Essentials Of Successful Car Detailing

10 Essential Do’s and Don’ts Of Successful Car Detailing

  Car detailing is the art of getting your cherished motor looking as near to, and in many cases better than the day it was driven out of the showroom. Whether you are seeking absolute perfection, to go one better than the next door neighbour or simply to look after and protect the value of your pride and joy, there…

Poorboys White Diamond Show Car Glaze For Light Coloured Cars

If you’re on this page and you have a white, silver or other light colour paintwork on your vehicle, you will know like me how difficult it can be to get that real deep clean shine, where all you can normally see are masses of dulling swirl marks. Enter Poorboys White Diamond Show Car Glaze, a real game changer when…

Poorboys Black Hole – The Show Glaze For Dark Cars

If you have a black, blue, red or other dark coloured paintwork on your car or bike you will know how difficult it can be to maintain that mirror like gleam. This is where Poorboys Black Hole comes into it’s own, with very little else on the market that can touch it in terms of performance and value for money.…

Wurth Plastic Dye – Plast PT – The Professionals Choice

When it comes to your cars’ looks there is nothing worse than plastic trim parts that have faded to grey or in some cases near to white. So what do the professionals turn to when seeking the back to new look on their plastic parts? For many the product of choice is Wurth Plastic Dye Plast-PT. Go behind the scenes…

Forever Black Bumper & Plastic Trim Dye Kit – The Permanent Solution To Faded Bumpers

When it comes to finding the permanent solution to sun-faded car bumpers and black plastic trim, Forever Black Bumper, Trim Cleaner & Reconditioner Dye Kit is one of the car care industries amazing success stories. Forever Black  is not a cosmetic dressing. It’s an easy-to-use permanent black bumper dye. It permanently colours black plastic, rubber and vinyl with the same polymers…

Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner

Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner For Alloy Wheels

About Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner has become one of the most popular wheel cleaners on the market. Bilberry was formulated to be an outstandingly safe but effective wheel cleaner! Something that it achieves where others fail. Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner is great for valuable Alloy Wheels, Chrome Wheels, and other types of rim where…

How To Protect & Clean Alloy Wheels

How To Protect And Clean Alloy Wheels

As you will know managing to keep your wheels gleaming is one of the hardest jobs in detailing. Getting it right can seriously improve the look of your car and really makes heads turn wherever you go. In this article I will share some top tips on how to protect and clean alloy wheels to keep them gleaming in both…

How Often Do I Have To Polish And Wax My New Car?

I was recently contacted by Avril who had a question that many others have asked in the past and which I thought the answer might be of interest to you. Avril’s question was: “I have ordered my new car an Audi TT and I am planning to detail it when I get it to give the car the best possible…

Leather Repair Company Withernsea Launch Leather Guard (R) Protection

The Leather Repair Company Withernsea has this week launched its new Leather Guard (R) Protection system. This new leather protection product is designed to work on all types of leather including car leather interiors,  furniture, desk tops, jackets & clothing and even handbags. Launched after years of research and development the new Leather Guard (R) Protectant will give a minimum of…

Discover the Best Car Vacuum Cleaner: Ultimate Wet/Dry Car Vac Comparison Guide!

We’ve all been there, lugging the household vacuum cleaner across the driveway or up onto your car seats, only to find the cable was too short or the tools too wide and at which point you wished you had the best car vacuum for the job in hand. Our interactive guide of car vacs below and the analysis that follows…

5 Best Car Interior Cleaning Products (Including: The Ones We Use)

When it comes to caring for the inside of your car it is just as important to choose the right car interior cleaning products as it is selecting your cars’ polish, wax or wheel cleaner. Sometimes even more so in that the interior of our cars can often get left much longer between cleans than the outside. Today we look…

How To Polish A Car By Hand – Step By Step Guide

In this post, I will look at and answer the popular question of How To Polish a Car By Hand. The majority of readers and customers who ask about polishing their cars start off by learning how to polish by hand before moving to the more advanced level of machine polishing. Although admittedly you can achieve more in a shorter…

How to get the Bumpers on your Car Back to Black

Do you need to get the bumpers on your car back to black? Have they faded to a horrible dull grey colour? With so many different products on the market which is the best way to get them back to that deep showroom blackness? You’ve probably seen reference to them all; protectants, detailers and bumper dressings, all designed to transform the…

The Car Wash Products Everyone Should Have in Their Kitbag

With so many car wash products on the market, choosing which ones to have in your kit bag can be a little confusing. Especially to anyone just starting out in the world of detailing. Here I will explore some of the essential items anyone from beginner to expect should always have in their detailing kit bag. The first may come…

What Is a Clay Bar and How To Best Use Them For Car Detailing

In this latest post we look at what is a clay bar and how best to use them in detailing your car, helping you to get the best finish and shine you can out of the precious time you spend on your cherished motor. Although now much more commonly used in the detailing fraternity than ever before, the clay bar is…

Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance – Tyres Review – Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of this tyres review and knowing what can happen when a tyre goes I immediately looked up tyres review for a set of replacement tyres. I had a conversation with one of the guys at A-line Wheel Tracking who told me all about the new tyre ratings and how many tyres with excellent grip unfortunately…

Tyres Review – Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance XL – Part 1

Ok, so you might be asking why is a tyres review appearing on a blog about car care? At some point I may have wondered myself, but from recent experiences I can personally vouch for the fact that car care is more than just about how your vehicle looks, it also encompasses its performance as well your own safety when…

Top 5 Best Car Scratch Remover Products

Over the years we have tried many of the car scratch remover products that we have either stocked or have been sent as samples. Some of those we have stuck with and added to our range and others we have let go of, either from our own experience or the feedback of customers. So which of those we seen or…

Remove Bird Muck From Your Car with New Poorboys Bird Sh#t Remover

Poorboys World car care products are addressing one the car owners worst nightmares with their  product to help remove bird muck and prevent the horrendous damage it can do to your car paint. The new product is designed to remove both fresh and dried on bird muck from your car paint, glass, plastic and exterior vinyl trim or convertible hoods…

Leather Repair Pens Make A Real Mark On The DIY Leather Repair Market

For many years now car and furniture leather repair has been the preserve of a limited number of experts across the country and even for the smallest touch-up job this would not be inexpensive. Now those small touch-up jobs can be done by the likes of you and I with an innovative new product from one of those expert companies.…

How To Get Your Faded Bumpers Back To GREY!

Yes that’s right, this is an article on how to get your faded bumpers and trim not back to black, but back to grey. The majority of the questions we receive on this subject do relate to black and we have previously written a full article on this subject a link to which is provided below. However not all vehicles…

How to repair scuffs in car leather seats & trim using a leather repair kit

Until recently restoring or repairing your car leather seats or trim would require either the expertise or the need to call in the experts to do it for you. Fortunately a number of these experts have recently made DIY leather repairs much more accessible to ALL of us, with the introduction of the DIY . In this and future articles,…

How To Remove Bird Muck, Marks & Etching From Your Car Paintwork

The sun is out and the birds are in the sky feasting on the swarms of bugs and insects that the warm weather also brings out. Unfortunately along with this feasting comes the inevitable fallout – the downpour of  bird muck, droppings, lime, mess, poop or whatever you want to call it. Straight onto to our car’s newly polished shiny…

Review of Britemax Easy Cut and Final Shine Metal Polish “Twins”

If there is one brand that is certainly making a name for themselves in the world of metal polishes at the moment – that brand is Britemax. Here one of our regular contributors – Mark Beardmore – puts their flagship Britemax Twins Metal Polish to the test. Originally from the US the Britemax brand and product range have been introduced into…

How to get your Harley Davidson Motorcycle Engine Back to Black

We regularly get asked this question – “My Harley (or other make of motorbike) engine has faded from black to grey – how do I get it back to black?” Fortunately this is not a question we have to uumm & aaarrr about. For many years now we have had the benefit of being able to supply one of the…

What is the Difference Between Car Wax and Car Polish and Why it Matters

The two most regularly asked questions I receive are; “What is the best car polish to use to protect my car” and “What is the best car wax to use to polish my car”. Unfortunately, these two questions demonstrate the big misconception in the general marketplace as to what can be achieved by the sole use of car wax or…

MOT Testing Criteria For Car Windscreen Damage and Scratches

  Will my car fail its MOT if it has damage or scratches on the windscreen? What will cause a fail and what is acceptable for a pass?  What are the options for remedy or repair of scratches and damage? These are questions that are frequently asked by car owners facing their next MOT and unsure if they should have…

Using the Two Bucket Method of Car Washing to Help Avoid Swirl Marks

Whether or not you have access to running water whilst cleaning your car either via a pressure washer or hose, many detailers still combine these with the ‘ two bucket ‘ method of washing a car. So why use two buckets when one should do?

8 Top Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Microfibre Cloths & Drying Towels

As any detailer will testify – you can never have enough in your detailing kit bag, whether for cleaning, polishing or drying. Most would also agree it is just as important that you take equal care of cleaning and caring for your microfibres as you do using them to detail your cherished motor. Here we outline 8 Top Tips to wash, clean…

How to Remove Scuff Marks from Car Door Plastic & Vinyl Trim in 3 Easy Steps

Has the constant in and out of your car left you with those really annoying scuff marks on your car interior door trims? Are you finding them a little difficult to remove? Here we detail 3 easy steps on how to remove scuff marks from plastic car interior. The trouble is a lot of trims have a grain in them, which…

How to Clean, Care For and Store your Chamois Leather

Do you find your chamois leather quickly starts to fall to pieces? Have you recently purchased or received one as a gift and are wondering how do you go about cleaning, caring for and storing your chamois leather? The chamois leather (“Shammy”) is extremely popular choice for drying cars, boats, truck and motorcycles, but unfortunately many end up in pieces…

8 Best Wax & Polish for White Cars Including Silver and Light Coloured

Are you looking for the best car polish for white cars and/or wax product for your silver or light coloured paintwork? It is a question that we get asked at least once or twice a week and as the owner of a white coloured car myself, I know what a pain it can be to keep it looking gleaming all…

Collinite 845 Surprise Winner in Auto Express Car Wheel Wax Test

Anyone with alloy wheels will be well aware of the time and effort required to keep them gleaming and the corrosive effect that brake dust and other muck & grime can have on them. In order to help solve this problem a wide range for wheel waxes and wheel sealants have sprung onto the market in recent years. All aimed…

Choosing The Best Alloy Wheel Brush

How to Choose the Best Alloy Wheel Brush for your Car

  You have just bought yourself a nice set of shiny new alloys or better still a new car with a nice set of rims and now want to ensure they stay clean using the best alloy wheel brush you can get your hands on. But which one is the best for your rims? In a recent Auto Express product…

Save Time – Five Quickest Ways To Dry Your Car

There once was a time when only a few choices existed to dry your car; a chamois leather, old rags or T-shirts or just leave it to dry naturally. However to avoid those annoying watermarks and potential swirls you need to remove the water as quickly and safely as you can. Fortunately, there are now a number of other methods…

10 Top Tips to Avoid Swirls and Scratches when Car Cleaning

One of the questions we are asked, almost daily, is How To Avoid Swirl Marks when washing your car. To help answer this question we have put together our “Top 10 ten tips to avoid swirls and scratches when cleaning a car”. First let’s have a quick look at exactly what swirl marks are and how they are caused. Swirls, also…

Car Tyre Dressing Review | Pinnacle Black Onynx vs Poorboys Bold n Bright Gel

This is a guest blog post kindly written by Mark Beardmore, one of our regular contributors and longstanding detailing enthusiast. Mark is an experienced detailer and has tried and tested many new products as they come to the market. For this car tyre dressing review, Mark has thoroughly tested and reviewed two car tyre dressings from well known manufacturers; Poorboys Bold…

Step by Step Guide to Clear Plastic Headlight Restoration

In this article we take a look at a subject affects nearly all cars owners at some point in time – that of Clear Plastic Headlight Restoration. One of our regular customers recently pulled up outside our premises and asked me to take a look at his headlights which had become extremely clouded and dull over time from a combination of…

Why Giving your Car AirCon a Blast in Winter is not as Crazy as it Sounds

A blast of cold air may be the last thing on your mind at the moment, but keeping your air conditioning permanently off during winter could be storing up trouble for when the sun eventually does come out. New research for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair company, has revealed that 56% of motorists keep their air-con switched off during the…

Top 10 Practical Motorcycle Gifts & Present Ideas for Motorbike Lovers In 2020

Hot on the heels of our Top 10 list for car lovers it seemed only right to take a look at the 10 best and most sought after motorcycle gifts for the motorbike lover in your life. So girls what do you get your biker husband or boyfriend for Xmas and guys what about the biking lady in your life?…

Preparing and Protecting Your Motorcycle for Winter Storage

If you are based in the UK, the Pacific Northwest, New England or elsewhere with a similar climate, you will no doubt be all too familiar with the need to take extra steps and precautions for your motorcycle winter storage. Here we look at what steps should you take and some of the products recommended in preparing and storing your…

Car Windscreen Repair | How to use glass scratch remover to remove scratches from your windscreen

Is your car windscreen or glass letting the side down? Are you seeking to find a windscreen and glass scratch remover to get rid of the annoying scratches in your glass? If like me and many other car enthusiasts you will strive to get the best possible shine on your paintwork, rims, tyres trim and any other part of your…

Car Polishing Machines and the Difference Between Rotary, Dual Action & Orbital

When looking to buy a polishing machine we often get asked if Rotary car polishing machines are suitable for first-time users and what the main differences are between Rotary, Dual Action and Orbital car polishers. Rotary Polishers The motor on these machines directly drives the polishing head that fixes directly to the backing plate onto which you fix your cutting,…

What is Nano Technology and how does it Work in Car Care Products?

Like many other industries the car care market is always looking for that next breakthrough product that will provide a “better shine”, “more effective scratch removal” or “the best beading you have ever seen”. The adoption of “Nano Technology” appears to be one of those bandwagons that many manufacturers are now jumping on-board. But what is Nanotech as it is…

Waterless Car Wash Products – Do They Really Work?

In recent years it has been a rare occurrence if a month has gone by where we have not been approached by a company looking for us to stock their new waterless car wash product. Some extol the virtues of the “environmentally friendly” properties of the product, although reading up on many these mainly relate to the fact that it…

Top 10 Car Polish and Wax for Dark Coloured Cars

  One of the most common questions we get asked is what are the best car wax, polish and detailing products for dark or light, black, blue, red, white, green etc coloured cars. In particular black, blue and dark coloured cars seem to be some of the most popular requests for the best car wax or car polish for such…