How to Remove Brake Dust from Your Hubcaps

brake dustDirty hubcaps stick out like a sore thumb. How do they become so dirty in the first place? The fact that they’re so close to the ground is partially the cause. The primary factor, though, is the brake dust that emanates from the brake pad.

What Is Brake Dust?

Brake dust consists of grayish-black particles that coat the tires and hubcaps. When the iron brake rotor grinds against the brake pads, small shavings of the metal end up on the hubcaps. The dust is essentially a combination of iron and carbon residue.

While brake dust residue on your wheels is an eyesore, it is normal and not indicative of anything wrong with the brakes.

Prevention

Most factory-installed brake pads are made from metal. However, you can upgrade to aftermarket pads made from ceramic. These pads still produce dust, but is light-colored, so it’s almost invisible to the naked eye. You may also reduce brake dust by installing dust shields that go on the back of the wheels. Continue Reading →

Removing Tree Sap From a Car

removing tree sapWith summer here, more car owners are parking their vehicles under trees to keep them in the shade. This is a wise strategy; however, the owner often returns to find tree sap on the hood or windshield. We’ll go over the steps for removing tree sap from your car. Improper removal technique can result in paint damage.

Removing Tree Sap the Right Way

Since tree sap is sticky, the natural tendency is to scrape off the gunk using a sharp object like your car keys. This is a mistake. We don’t recommend any scraping, not even with a blunter object like a credit card.

We do recommend washing and waxing your car once in a while. This adds a protective layer that makes it easier to remove sap while minimizing damage. Continue Reading →

Sick Car Syndrome; Yes, Your Car Can Make You Sick

sick car syndromeThe car cabin, given its confined space, is a haven for germs and bacteria. If you drive often and find yourself catching the cold or flu, then your car may be the cause. This is known as sick car syndrome, and we’ll explain how an interior vehicle detail can fix this issue.

Sick Car Syndrome Explained

Here is a fun fact: the average car steering wheel is nine times dirtier than a toilet seat. The steering wheel can harbor about 700 strains of bacteria, vs 60 for a toilet seat. How are steering wheels this dirty? Car owners often eat in their car, not to mention the interior is a small enclosed area that is seldom cleaned. Continue Reading →

Tire Dressing: a 101 Guide

tire dressingTire dressing is a broad term that describes any type of substance designed to give the tire sidewall a glossy shine. This is a regular part of vehicle detailing; DIY tire dressing, however, may cause more harm than good to the tires.

Tire Dressing at a Glance

Tire dressing should not be confused with tire cleaning. 2-in-1 tire dressing and cleaning sprays do exist. However, tire dressing by itself does not clean the tires. It is purely aesthetic. Some variants, though, do contain compounds with UV protection.

Dressing sprays come in two varieties: solvent-based and water-based. Both contain silicone as a key ingredient. This is what provides the gloss and shine. Continue Reading →

Can You Increase Car Value by Detailing?

increase car valueMore car owners are keeping their vehicles longer due to improved technology in modern automobiles. However, holding onto a vehicle longer also means more exposure to dings, dents, and scratches. Does detailing increase a car’s value when you decide to sell it?

The Value of a Car Detail Beyond Aesthetics

First and foremost, a car’s value is dependent primarily on the condition of its parts. You should regularly take your car to an auto mechanic. Routine tune-ups will retain the health of vital operating components, such as the hose and belts, brakes, suspension, radiator, etc.

A vehicle detailing, however, can play a secondary factor, especially when trading in your car at a dealership. A dealer will list the car as in excellent, good, fair, or poor condition based on Kelley Blue Book guidelines. A dealer will actively look for imperfections to give the lowest classification possible in order to reduce the trade-in value. Continue Reading →

Benefits of Auto Detailing

auto detailing benefitsAfter your home, your car is one of the most expensive investments you will make during your lifetime. Maintaining it so that it continues to operate at its best is part of vehicle ownership. Many people who spend money on oil changes and replacement parts wouldn’t necessarily think of spending money on auto detailing. This isn’t, as some people think, customizing the car with special paints or decals. Instead, auto detailing is thoroughly cleaning the car so that it looks its best—right down to the very last detail.

Exterior Car Detailing

An exterior car detailer works on your car to ensure that the paint job looks as good as it did when you first took it off the dealer’s lot. The car detailers polish the wheels, tires and rims, as well as clean the windows until they shine. Any accumulated dirt or grease is no match for determined car detailers; it soon washes away.

Interior Car Detailing

Auto detailing also includes giving attention to the interior of a vehicle. It includes vacuuming and cleaning the carpets and seats. The dash and console are cleaned. Any stains or blemishes on the fabric receive special attention so they return to their original condition. The interior of the car is deodorized to make it a pleasant environment.

Benefits of Auto Detailing

The benefits of auto detailing go beyond having a car with a clean, fresh appearance. Continue Reading →