Car and SUV Winterization

Protecting your pride and joy and one of your largest investments this winter. The automobile has become an extension of its owners personality as well as representing a huge chunk of our hard earned income. Lets face it, as Americans we love our cars. We want them to look good, cruise smoothly and last a long time. Then of course there is the weather. Man is constantly adapting to his environment and adjusting to his climate. We put stuff on the roads so we can drive in any weather without fear of becoming the next human driven hockey puck.

During the Winter Months different agencies apply different things to the roads to keep them drivable like salt, sand and chemicals such as de-icing chemicals, which are environmentally friendly but can destroy a regular wax job. Magnesium Sulfate works great to keep cars from sliding into the guardrails and ditches, but it plays hell on an automobiles finish. With rust and corrosion threatening to destroy your investment and reduce the value of your car by thousands of dollars the stakes become high. We may not be able to control the weather quite yet, but we can give you the tips from years of experience and industry knowledge to help you minimize your risk, fight back against jack frost and work with mother nature to co-exist and cruise successfully through winter. How can you win the war on winter?

Winter is coming and will soon be in full swing. Roads will be packed with vacationers and outdoor sports aficionados. You and your car need to be ready. We know from experience that bare metal will rust when exposed to moisture and harsh elements. Take a look around your car, are there paint chips? Even small chips can allow moisture to get underneath your cars finish and work its way all the way through the metal. Holes in your car needless to say will not improve your chances for good resale value. And if your car is on a lease they will be hitting you hard on its return. There are several things you can do to take care of these chips now. To find a chip repair person go to Paint Bull’s website and find one of their 500 mobile chip repair dealers. If you have a fiberglass body or a primarily plastic car such as a Saturn it may not be as critical if you have a chip or two.

Every car that drives through harsh winter climates needs some type of undercoating. There are many options. You can go down to your local auto parts store, buy a can of undercoating and spray it on yourself or you can go to any auto detailing company and have it done for about $80-100. There are a few detailing companies who have a number of stores throughout the country as well as mobile units, which can provide this undercoating for you. You can also go ziebart’s website, they have 216 stores Nationwide. They have been closing stores at a fast rate of about 30 per year. They charge about $200-300 and will touch up the undercoating job free each year. They use this as a gimmick to get you in their store next year to sell you more stuff. Their guarantee is of questionable value since if the store closes then who will do the guarantee wok. Another problem with the lifetime guarantee is that most people do not own their cars for their entire life.

If you own a truck or a cargo van you may consider a lining. There are a few different types of linings. Rhino Lining at Rhino Lining Wesbite has a rubber like lining. An average bed runs about $300. There is Line X, which is a harder liner at Line-X website and Permatech which has a really good liner that is between the hard Line X liner and the softer a Rhino Lining. All these brands have hundreds of franchisees and dealers. You can conveniently search their websites to find a location near you. The going rate is around $300 for an 8 ft bed and you can negotiate a little with your local dealer.

What can you do to protect your cars paint? Several things. It is important to understand the different types of wax and how they perform against salt spray tests. Carnauba the most popular wax name amongst consumers, will not hold up well under harsh salt conditions, de-icing wetted areas or on magnesium chloride soaked roads. It does however work well against roads, which have been covered, with sand. Teflon and silicone waxes do not work well in any of these conditions or in colder climates.

So what is the best modern wax for these Winter environments? Polymers work best, but are usually put on in a liquid form and therefore goes on in thinner coats. It may take several coats to insure that the protection last longer than three months. It is best to put on several coats and then re-apply in three months. If you do not feel that you want to do this yourself you can call several companies that provide onsite service at home or office. National Detail Systems has over 300 dealers.

Ask for polymer wax and ask for a multiple coat discount. Expect to pay $65-90 plus $15-25 for each additional coat from National Detail Dealers. It will vary significantly from dealer to dealer. The Car Wash Guys have standard pricing and charge $35 for an exterior polymer coat and charge $10 for additional coats. Many car washes also have express detailing service starting at anywhere from $35-55. To get a listing of car washes and the new J.D. Powers Car Club website. This site is quite helpful. The website will give you a map to the nearest carwash based on the zip code you put in. You can print it out and drive down and get your car waxed. Fixed site carwashes vary so much from operator to operator it is hard to say what additional coats might cost, it may even depend on the day of the week you go, which manager is working and how busy they are that day. You should try to go on a Tuesday.

You may wish to put a protective coating on your cars carpets. The very popular product ScotchGuard was taken off the market this year due to environmental problems in manufacturing and is no longer available. Blue Coral does make a similar aerosol product although not as good as the former 3M leading brand. With new genetic woven splicing of nylon into cotton plants we are seeing a new breed of interior carpeting in vehicles. It is more durable easier to clean and holds up well under multiple steam cleaning passes. Perhaps a simple plastic cover over the carpets might be your best bet. Most modern day min-vans come standard with plastic covers and if yours did not, you can buy plastic covers for next to nothing at any auto parts store.

There are also some very high tech solutions to automotive protection. For window glass there is a hydrophobic treatment called Diamon Fusion. It prevents chips in the window and allows you to drive in heavy rain without use of wipers. A simple solution may be RainX, which can be purchased at any auto parts store for about $5. All of the companies listed in this article can also put on RainX for you. Be sure to ask them to apply it to the interior windows also because it prevents unnecessary fogging when you do not have your defroster set exactly right. The coating industry has evolved and out of the NASA Space Program came a glass coating used on the tiles on the bottom of the Space Shuttle, which can be put on at room temperature. It is put on 2 to 4 milimeters thick. Glass of course is impervious to moisture.

This new revolution in ceramic technology is also being perfected by the Japanese. PP&G, the leading automotive paint company, is also on the cutting edge of this new field and we may soon have a new and more advanced clear coat for cars for the 21st century. That is the good news. We may see a new clear coat for cars coming out which will make waxes obsolete in the next few years. The bad news is that for now there is no substitute for waxes, coatings and undercoating. You can pay now or pay later. You really should consider protecting your investment. If you neglect to take this opportunity to plan your winterizing strategy, Mother Nature already has a plan of her own and she is coming soon.

Many people are only going to keep their car for two years on a lease and then trade it in for a new model. So if there are no chips in the paint, you may only need a single coat of polymer wax and new windshield wiper blades before Winter. If you are going to keep your car for many years however protect your investment against the inevitable Winter. Please realize that most manufacturers warranties on bodies and paint do not cover salt or environmental damage. If you pay attention to these simple things you can cruise through winter with no problems providing your tires dont get recalled and you can still afford the gas.

How to Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

In a thorough search of the web, I have come across a lot of articles advising people to clean their windows with vinegar and crumpled up newspaper, or Windex and a rag, or other ineffective methods. Many of these techniques will give you poor results and are quite laborious and frustrating as well. Even though I am a professional window cleaner, I freely share how to clean windows because I know that there are still plenty of people who don’t have the time and energy to do it themselves. But if you want to do it yourself (whether it is a monetary consideration or you like to do things yourself) here are a few pointers.

Firstly, you need the right equipment. This will entail a squeegee, a strip washer (also called a scrubber), window cleaning solution, a 5 gallon bucket, a couple of lint free cloths i.e. microfibers, and possibly an extension pole. Your squeegee is one of your most important tools, so it is important that you purchase a high quality one with replaceable rubber- avoid the automotive squeegees with the wooden handles (found at gas stations). For your squeegee, you will probably want a 12 to 18 inch one for most windows. You can usually find a decent squeegee (ettore or unger) and a scrubber at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. For you window washing solution you can use a professional detergent made by ettore, unger etc. or you can use liquid dish soap. There is really no need for ammonia, which is unhealthy for humans and can damage a window’s tint.

Once you have all of you equipment, fill up your bucket with water and add a couple of squirts of dish soap; next dip your scrubber in the soapy solution and then squeeze off the excess water back into the bucket. Scrub the entire window with your scrubber; next take your cloth and wipe away the left and top edge of your window. Then, pull your squeegee horizontally across the window – left to right, top to bottom. After each pull wipe the excess moisture from your squeegee rubber (called the blade) For most inside windows horizontal pulling is the easiest.

Then to finish off the window, wipe the right and bottom edges of the window (reverse of the initial wiping).

Something to consider is that cleaning the interior windows will be much easier than the exterior windows for reasons of accessibility and level of debris. Many times the exterior windows will have baked-on bugs and other crusty hard-to-clean-off debris on it’s surface. Professional window cleaners use special razor blades (scrapers) and white scouring pads to get this stuff off. For the home do-it-your-self person, I would recommend that you only use the white scouring pads (available online at windows 101, or at janitorial supply stores) to avoid damaging your windows. Do not under any circumstances use green or brown scouring pads as they will damage your windows.

To use the white scouring pads on a pole, you will need a “doodle-bug” which is a swiveling holder foe these pads. Cleaning second-story outside windows can be somewhat challenging because of accessibility. Some window cleaners use a pole, some cleaners use ladders and some, like myself, use both. If you are using a pole, it is crucial that you get the right angle. For second story windows, you need to stand the right distance away from the window in order to get the right angle. A common mistake is to stand too close to the house.

Also getting a zero-degree squeegee such as Unger’s zero degree swivel lock (a standard squeegee has a forty degree angle) is very helpful because it allows you to stand far enough back from the window without having too much angle on the glass. It should be noted that second story windows, being cleaned with a pole, need to be cleaned top to bottom not horizontally. The Unger zero degree squeegee will be your best friend if you are using a pole. Alternately, you could use a ladder to clean the exterior windows. If you choose this method you may want to duct tape rags to your ladder ends if they are going to rest on glass or maybe ladder a ladder wingspan.

Now what if you have cleaned an exterior window yet it is still cloudy and possibly spotty like a water glass can get after washing it in the dishwasher? Then, you may have hard water deposits. These can form slowly over time if you have hard water (from sprinklers or hosing off your windows). In this case you need to get hard water remover. Winsol makes a product Crystal Clear 550 which will, in most cases, completely remove these deposits. You can get Crystal Clear online and at many janitorial supply stores.

One final word of advice, if you must clean your windows with a spray, use “sprayaway” glass cleaner (It is rubbing alcohol- based not ammonia-based) and a waffle weave microfiber cloth or a leather chamois. Not all microfiber is created equal, many of them shed tiny particles. But whatever you do, do not use crumpled newspaper. If wet newsprint will leave black ink on your hands, what do you think it will do to your windows? I hope this article has helped you, and at the least has given you some starting points.

Boat Trailer Rollers

Significantly, when you use boat rollers, you basically shift some of the weight from the carpeted bunk to the roller by minimizing the friction between boat and trailer. You will be surprised at how easier the launching has become. You do not need to submerge the trailer to float off the boat. You will not get water in the wheel bearing area, and will keep the tow vehicle off of the slippery portion of the ramp.

There are various types of rollers, such as keel rollers, spool rollers, bow rollers, and rib rollers.

Keel Rollers are developed and designed to support the bottom and/or the keel of a powerboat on a boat trailer. These kind of rollers are wider than most of the other available rollers. These rollers have a low pitch to adapt to the flat bottom of a boat’s hull. The roller facilitates a boatman to push or pull his boat on and off the trailer, without much physical involvements..

Spool Rollers and Bow Rollers are quite similar to each other. Bow rollers play a vital role at the time, when your boat and trailer are in transit. Bow rollers provide support to your boat to help eliminate movement, which may cause potential damage. They are made to support the bow or front of a power boat. The ‘V’ shaped appearance of the hull in the bow of a power boat aligns up with the center of the roller. The roller acts as a guide and help pushing or pulling the boat.

Rib Rollers assist the ribs of power boats onto the trailer. They make loading and unloading simpler by providing negligible resistance than just carpet on trailer bunks. Some of the rib rollers are very smooth which work efficiently for boats that come in and out of the water frequently. While some of the models are ribbed for effective traction on slippery or slimy boat bottoms.

Apart from various types these boat rollers are available in different materials. Their durability and life depend mostly on the type of material used in its manufacturing. For example, it is available in rubber and plastics; rubber boat rollers which tend to take a fair beating have more chances to crack and split but plastic bow rollers are built to last longer.

Undoubtedly, boat rollers are of great use as they help guiding a boat on and off of a trailer during loading and launching. Rollers help making it more easy to launch and load or pull and push the boat on and off of the trailer and are available in different types to cope up with your requirement.

As the name suggests, this part helps your cars to move freely, without making any great amount of noise. These bushes are made of annular cylinder shape using soft yet powerful flexible material. These are placed in a cylinder like tube to frame it as a freely movable piece of auto part. Following are some types and kinds of suspension bushes-

Cylinder shaped: It is the universal shape of these motor parts as this shape can easily be placed between other parts without burdening their functions-rather it helps those parts to move with convenience according to their supposed work.

Tube Shaped: Tube shaped bushes are an advanced version of universally known cylinder shaped suspension bushes.

Benefits From Using National Wholesale Liquidators

Convenience and comfort in shopping are really achieved when using online discount stores like the such National wholesale liquidators. A lot of us tend to be very busy these days considering that life is becoming more hectic. If you have the internet connection at home, you can already shop for your groceries online without spending effort in going out and bringing your kids along with you who can be very demanding inside the stores or shops. You will be keeping your cost for buying gasoline or paying for other mode of transportation.

Another good thing about using online stores is that you can easily find something that you need. You don’t need to waste your time walking from end to end trying to look for particular products and sometimes you might just passed on them without noticing that they are just located there. Certainly you will save a lot of your time and allocate it for other works to do outside or inside the house.

Several online discount stores are now popping out on the Internet and National Wholesale Liquidators is one of them. Amidst competition, the company managed to handle its operation well and was able to further improve and increase to better serve their existing and potential customers.

National Wholesale Liquidators is actually a warehouse style closeout discount store that is now developing chain in United States. The chain has reached Eastern and Midwestern United States with its main branch which is situated in West Hempstead, New York. Some of the products offered consist household items, furniture and other brand-name items. The company has made it to offer around 120,000 items available to consumers that includes beddings, carpets, automotive products, detergents, shampoos, electrical hardware, food, giftware, bathroom needs, house decorations, jewelry, kitchen wares, video games, pet needs, apparel for men and women and other products usually used by both genders and a whole lot more.

There are always price discounts so buyers can really expect low prices everyday compared to other stores. Most consumers decide to shop here because they can save a lot of money.

The store has earned standard customers and they are able to sell more and more products everyday. Though it has managed to benefit well in the industry, the business really has to experience its down moment. The company experienced crisis and was affected negatively largely on the field of its financial aspect. Though they have handled to establish 50 stores particularly in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, Michigan, and Illinois; they don’t last. Many of its branches were closed down prior to the bankruptcy that the company filed last November 2008..

Despite the financial crisis that destroyed the business for a moment, such National wholesale liquidators still managed to recuperate and is now getting back on track. They are still offering big discounts to as much as 50% of the price just like before making customers more excited every time they shop. Not only with the price, but as well as with the quality of the products which are making customers keep on going back for more.