Top 5 Winter Car Kit and Driving Essentials

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 driving to minimise the risk of getting stuck in snow, being able to quickly get going in the morning or just ensuring if the worst did happen and you got stuck you have what is needed to keep you safe there are a number of key items it is recommended you or your loved ones keep as part of your own winter car kits.

Such items can be purchased either as part of a ready-made kit or you can put together your own collection of winter driving essentials.

Starting from just a few ££’s it does not need to cost a fortune to ensure when you journey out in winter you have the essential items with you to keep you safe, warm and moving.

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

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 wet winter period.

Winter Car Care – Protect Against The Harsh Winter Weather 

Keeping your car waxed/sealed and the rubber and vinyl treated is the best way to maintain a healthy exterior finish.

Traditional carnauba based waxes may not hold up in harsh winter conditions, so if you have not already done so, you may wish to change over to a synthetic wax or sealant for winter car care protection.

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

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 reviews, product videos, where to buy and also a link to one of my most popular articles on what is a clay bar and how to how to use them.

The main benefit of using a clay bar can be likened to the prep you would put in when painting the woodwork in your home. Ideally you will want to get it as silky smooth as possible before painting. Claying is just the same.

You don’t want to be applying a coat of wax over paint that still has contaminants bonded into the surface. Meguiars clay bars, like other brands are made to remove these bonded contaminants to leave your paintwork silky smooth, ready for polishing and waxing.

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Which Is The Best Dual Action Polisher?

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 the best dual action polishing machine for your own needs. Some will buy on price, others performance, maybe even on weight or a combination of all these factors.

In this post I aim to give you an unbiased dual action polisher comparison of many of the popular machines and consumer brands including Meguiars and Chemicals Guys as well as some of the not so well-known names i.e. Flex, Rupes & Shurhold

Before getting into the detail of comparing each car polisher side by side, let’s first look at what makes a good dual action car polisher. (But if you want to get straight into the detail you can scroll down to the comparison chart)

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

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, but you may want to catch up on some of the preparation steps to ensure you are working on the smoothest possible finish you can get prior to applying your car wax.

Although the title of this article is How To Wax A Car By Hand, I will also include the use of sealants here as they are becoming just a popular, if not more so than waxes.

Indeed many concours enthusiasts will tend to apply a sealant first and then apply a layer or two of car wax over the sealant. Not only can this produce an extremely deep gloss shine, but also a longer lasting one.

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

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 a way that removes as little paint thickness as is humanly possible.

The paint cleaning process, including the previous claying stage is one of the most important steps in detailing, as this will set the level onto which you apply your polish and paint protection.

Car Paint Cleaning vs Polishing

Car paint cleaning is usually achieved with the use of a pre-wax cleaner. The main difference between pre-wax paint cleaners and claybars is that clay bars remove above the surface contaminants and paint cleaners are designed to rectify below surface defects.

Completing both stages leaves a silk smooth and deep clean finish.

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

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 what type of wash mitt should you choose? Should you go for a natural wool mitt, a microfibre wash mitt or some other material. How much should you expect to pay for a good quality mitt? Here I guide you through the 5 of the best car wash mitts available as I answer these questions for you.

Why Use A Car Wash Mitt

Essentially a good quality car wash mitt will pick up the dirt and grime particles on your paintwork and hold them within the fibres of the mitt and importantly, away from your paintwork. Thus helping remove the potential for them to be dragged across your paintwork, causing fine scratches and swirl marks as you wash.

This is also where the type of wash mitt and the length/plushness of the fibres plays an important role as we will see below.

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Meguiars Ultimate Compound – Super Effective Car Paint Restorer

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 sap and other annoying blemishes you sometimes find on your paintwork.

Meguiars Ultimate Compound uses a proprietary technology they have termed “Super Micro Abrasives”.

Although Meguiars are understandably very secretive about the details, essentially Ultimate Compound  uses a special blend of extremely fine abrasives that do not breakdown the more you rub like the Diminishing Abrasives found in some of their polishing products.

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10 Essential Do’s and Don’ts 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 are a number of key steps required to get and keep your vehicle looking like new.

This article forms part of the introduction to car detailing from our Detailing Guide series. Here I kick-start you with my 10 essential do’s and don’ts of successful car detailing.

If you follow and keep to these suggestions it will make your detailing much much easier and more enjoyable as well as avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes that I made as I was learning the ropes.

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Poorboys White Diamond Show Car Glaze For Light Coloured Cars

Poorboys White Diamond For White Silver & Light 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 it comes to polishing light coloured paint.

Poorboys White Diamond is a formulation of gentle paint cleaners which remove grime and grease from the fine swirls in your paint.

These are combined with special fillers which smooth over the cleaned swirls to make your paintwork look perfectly smooth ready for your wax or sealant, giving your vehicle that deep gloss diamond like shine.

What’s more Poorboys White Diamond can be applied by hand or machine as well in the sun or in the shade. It really is an extremely versatile and effective product.

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