Category: Automotive

Tyres for Jeep

The size of the tyre is everything. The bigger the tyre the more surface area it can cover and the more stable it is. Larger tyres also make driving a 4X4 vehicle much easier and more comfortable for the driver. Larger profiles are safer too. You won’t really find off road tyres with a narrow sidewall because they need to be tough and resilient. More volume within the tyre benefits the driver whilst climbing over rocks. Remember that you won’t always be facing a blunt surface but rather more protruding hills that will stab into the tyres. The air inside the tyre helps to protect the wheel which gives the car more bounce when driving over certain obstacles. It thus decreases the likelihood of a puncture due to the amount of pressure placed on them. Besides being useful to the whole outdoor experience, the large, wide, deep tread tyres also give the Jeep an aggressive modified look that is admired by many people.

So which brand of tyres will work best for a Jeep?

BF Goodrich has a reputation of being the strongest brand when it comes to outdoor or off road driving. The rubber has been specially engineered to handle water, dry surfaces and cracking stones.

Goodyear has various types of tyres that work well in any weather conditions and many types of terrain. They also have a reputation of being the highest performing tyres in different terrains and are a definite must have in terms of choosing tyres.


Rear Window Graphics

Have you noticed any advertising on the sides of those buses? They typically wrap the entire bus nowadays with a full color ad, and they go right over the windows. But you can still see through the windows. How do they do that?

In the industry we use the same type of process with rear window graphics. We print full color images on perforated vinyl films that typically go on the outside of the pickup truck rear window glass. It makes it hard to look inside the truck, but from the inside out it appears as if you were looking through a regular screen door, its pretty easy to see out of. These images are what we call Rear Window Graphics.

Rear window graphics can fit just about any vehicle, but mostly you will find them on pickup trucks. They make excellent holiday gifts at a fairly reasonable price. There are many to choose from, and there are thousands of rear window graphics available to make it pretty easy to decide, so whatever type of image or picture you might need you’ll probably find something suitable here at the online store. It’s also easy to find the perfect gift that you want because all of the graphics are organized into many categories to make things simple. Some of the newest rear window graphics categories added are the public awareness category which has a lot of the pink ribbons and the hope banners, cancer awareness etc. Additionally newly added are a huge aircraft section, deer and hunting, and American flag section.

And finally, an installation guide for the do-it-yourselfers is available that shows step by step instructions along with pictures showing exactly how a buyer could install one of the rear window graphics himself. There were not many tools needed, there were just some clean towels, glass cleaner, a squeegee and a razor blade.


Window Tint Laws

California

Well known for strict safety regulations, especially as it relates to motor vehicles, the Golden State has one of the most onerous window tint laws in the country. As with most states, the back side windows and the rear window are not subject to any restrictions on darkness, but they cannot be more reflective than a standard screen, meaning that a mirror finish will get you a ticket in a hurry. California only allows non-reflective darkening on the top four inches of the front windshield and the front side windows, and the cover must allow at least 70% of the light through. If you get pulled over for a violation, the first offense is a fairly minor affair. The police will cite you with a “fix it” ticket, requiring you to bring the glass into compliance within a specified period and pay a nominal $25 fine. If you fail to comply with this initial citation, however, the second stop could cost up to $200.

Michigan

Up in the Great Lakes state, the northern sun can hit you right between the eyes in the summer. But you’ll have to invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses if you want to completely block it out. Like almost every state, Michigan doesn’t place any restrictions on the level of shading that a driver can have on the rear and back side panels, but it also doesn’t apply its standard as a percentage of sunlight that can be let through. On the front windshield as well as the front side panes, a driver can only have a strip of coverage for the top four inches. This makes the law much easier to enforce since officers don’t have to make a guess of how much light is being let through. Earlier this year, an interstate drug smuggler was busted after he took a ride from Wisconsin, where a 50% standard is used, and he was promptly pulled over. Michigan does make an exception for people with medical needs who are more sensitive than normal to light.

New Mexico

The land of enchantment is also the land of searing desert heat. In the summers, the days can climb well into the triple digits for weeks on end. In that heat, cars sitting out in the sun can become ovens. It’s understandable, then, that New Mexico has the least restrictive window tint regulations in the country. On all sides but the front, a driver’s panes need only let in 20% sunlight, essentially limousine level.


Custom Car Paint Job

Regular Washing

Regular washing may be one of the most important ways you can preserve your custom car paint job. Never allow dirt or soiling of any kind to sit on your vehicle because of the damage that could occur. In addition, some substances can have a far greater impact on the surface, necessitating that you remove them immediately. For example, if you ever spill any type of food or beverage on your automobile, rinse off the substance as quickly as possible. Acids present in the substance could cause great damage. As you work, ensure that you use mild soap and gentle sponges. Never use brushes on the exterior of your vehicle.

Water Spots

Water spots can also damage custom car paint. To avoid water spots, wash your vehicle in sections so the entire surface does not have drying water on it at one time. Allow your automobile to dry in the shade, and blot the surface dry with a cotton cloth or a sheepskin chamois to prevent water spots.

Waxing

After washing, apply wax to seal the custom car paint. Wax serves as a protective layer to enhance the beauty of the paint. Wax also serves as a barrier to keep harmful dirt, dust, and UV rays from damaging the surface. Carnauba wax offers effective protection. As you apply it, work quickly in small sections, and wipe it off again immediately for best results. Plan to wax your automobile every two to three months to ensure that it always has adequate protection against dirt and the sun.

Between Washes

You probably don’t wash your vehicle every day, but a simple light dusting can be effective for maintaining the exterior. Use a long-handled feather duster at the end of each day and lightly wipe off the surfaces to remove the day’s grime. The danger of leaving dirt on the exterior is that these granules can be as rough as sandpaper, creating scratches and wear in the paint. Daily dusting can be an effective way to minimize light scratching and dulling.

A Word About Matte Finishes

A matte finish is the current look in automobiles. If your custom car paint job involves a matte finish, you’ll have a few special considerations as you maintain it to avoid costly damage. Never take your vehicle through an automatic car wash because the brushes can scratch the exterior. Clean your automobile by hand using a soft sponge. Never apply harsh pressure as you wash. It’s also best to avoid using any type of paste or liquid wax because these products can change the appearance of the paint. Instead of wax, apply a spray-on product specially formulated for matte finishes.


Car Washing

Hand wash

Giving the car a regular hand wash is the most traditional method. Even though it is slower than the automatic alternative, it does have its many plus points, as well as a few downsides.

Pros

High-quality and customized – a hand wash has the potential to give the best all-round cleaning performance. A regular hand wash can easily be customized to include other cleaning strategies. With actual hands on contact with the car, it is possible to use extra cleaning techniques like waxing and claying.

Easy to get started – the cost of a basic hand wash is very inexpensive with a need to only invest in a few sponges and a bucket. However, this cost will increase if planning to use other cleaning strategies such as waxing.

Better reach – the may be many places on the car that aren’t property cleaned by the automatic machines. A full hand wash service has the potential to clean the dirt and grime from literally any part or hidden corner of the car.

Cons

Time and labor intensive – a hand wash can be very labor intensive and can leave muscles tired and aching. Also, the time involved can vary with the type of cleaning service provided. An in-depth clean with multiple coatings can easily take a few hours to complete.

Poor finish – if the car is left with any unwashed soap in place, this can lead to a dull looking vehicle. Also, there is the risk of tiny bits of dirt building up on the sponges or rags used to clean the car which can result in the unwanted scratch marks.

Automatic car wash

An automatic car wash is a time-saving alternative to a full hand washing service. Many people are starting to favor the automatic services for a variety of reasons, but it does have its negative points as well as plenty of positives.

Pros

Gentle on the paint work – the automated machines are very gentle to the entire car and will complete the job without causing any damage. In the past, these machines did use hard brushes which had the potential to cause scratches, but this is no longer the case with the modern units.

Thorough cleaning service – the automated machines are programmed to carefully clean all areas of a car to ensure a consistent clean is provided every time.

Cost-effective – the latest machines are designed with specific car washing techniques that can help to lower the water use and save time. This has the benefit of cutting costs for both the operator and car owners.

Cons

Limited contact – a standard strategy with the automated machines is to use minimal contact with the car which can mean the most stuck dirt will still be in place after the washing cycle is complete.


Their SEO Services Keep Me in the Spotlight

When I decided to create a website to advertise my services, I knew nothing about search engine optimization. I did plenty of reading to understand how important it was, but I still had no clue on how to incorporate that into my website. Today, I know a little bit more about it, but not much! That is because I hired Foretec Singapore to handle that aspect of my business for me. I know what my strengths are, and integrating search engine optimization into my website is definitely not one of them. Because of that, I stick to what I do best, and I let the experts handle that part of my business for me.

Picking the right company was something that I was very careful about. I wanted a company that has plenty of experience, and Foretec came highly recommended. They have over 15 years of experience in handling all aspects of websites, including the invaluable SEO part of it. I also liked that I was able to handle everything online. I had looked at local companies, but they either did not do everything that I wanted or needed, or they were just too expensive. Foretec not only offers all the services I needed but they do it at a price that is definitely within my budget.

I also liked that Foretec took the time to explain why some services are so important. There are definitely some things that used to be around years ago that are no longer needed, but search engine optimization is not one of them. To get noticed on search engines, you need to have this integrated on your website. They have been helping me since I started my online site, and I know that the success I am enjoying is largely in part to the work they do for me to keep me in the spotlight!


Keep Car Interior Clean

Collect trash

Keep a small trash bag handy to avoid a slow build up of unwanted mess in your car. Most cars don’t have a designated place to put the trash, so a conveniently place bag will ensure the trash is kept in one place and is easy to remove when necessary.

No food

A simple method to avoid the build up of mess in the car is to avoid creating it in the first place. Eating food is likely to be one of the major reasons that leads to unwanted mess and smells in the confined space of your car. Try to eat before taking a drive to maintain a much cleaner and fresher smelling car.

Use air fresheners

A simple method to keep the car smelling nice is to use an air freshener. It doesn’t take much for a car to start to get a little stinky, so the consistent use of fresheners will help keep the space smelling fresh. Also, the typical gas-station air fresheners aren’t very long-lasting. For this reason, it benefits to invest in few at once and replace them at regular intervals.

Vacuum as needed

Giving the car a good vacuum is one of the most basic steps to keep the interior clean and free of everyday dirt and debris. Use the vacuum as you preliminary step to get the worst of the mess out of the car before starting to work on the more detailed cleaning methods.

Stain remover

Leave a simple stain remover tool inside the car. This can resemble something as small as a pen and designed to stop a wide range of spills from becoming a permanent mark on your car. They are particularly good for food or drink spills, such as tea, wine, coffee, BBQ sauce, ketchup, tomato juice, etc.


Boat Detailing

Sure it does, every entrepreneur in any service business will want to have these questions answered and learn all they can in these categories, who can blame them – they have money on the line, lots of time involved and they want to be successful and make a profit. Okay so, let’s go through some of my recent questions – as you too maybe asking the same.

The first one relates to self-assessment, always a good idea – Do I have the skills needed for this business, and do I have the right equipment to optimize my time and do the job right. Here is the question:

“As for my skill set with a buffer; I’m very good with it and have actually set up to compound 2 of my friends boats for free just to see what works best. I plan on ordering the dual action Shurhold orbital buffers.”

Indeed, this sounds like the right plan to practice using compound so you get an idea of exactly how to do it and when you’ve gone too far and are close to burning the paint. I agree that dual action style orbital buffers are best when it comes to orbitals. There is a big difference in quality of orbital buffers.

Regarding: Competition

“Shopped around a bit today calling various businesses in the market in my (area) although there seems to really only be 1-2 major companies around being that I’m on an island. I am trying to establish a range of pricing. Seems to be a challenge going to have to put in more time and research before I come up with a figure, I’ve learned being the Cheapest can often scare off people so I need to find a middle range where my prices are just above what people would call ‘cheap’.”

Yes, with higher-end clientele you do yourself – it is no good to try to be the Wal-Mart of the marine detailing industry, it defeats the purpose of all your marketing and perception of quality in the customer’s minds. The trick is to portray that at every turn, not only with your finished product, but also with plenty of referrals quotes on your website, and digital “Before-After” pictures so people can SEE the Difference prior to committing to a full-blown detail on their pride and joy (vessel).


Restoring Old Cars

Not sure where to start or what you need to get the car to a place where it looks as good as it did in the past? If you own the car or you are purchasing a car, you need to think about what you would like to do with it. It can be a full time job to restore a classic car, so you will need to make a plan about how you will go about restoring the car and making it all that you know it can be.

Not sure that you can do it on your own? There is no need to restore the old vehicle on your own. If you know that there are some things that you can do, but you know that there are others that you cannot do on your own or that you cannot do to ensure that you protect the integrity of the vehicle, you can call upon a professional to help you do the job.

There are many people who restore classic vehicles for a living and will help you restore the vehicle so it is all that you want it to be. They will know the right products to use, how to machine certain pieces, and what colors will be best for the vehicle so that it is as authentic as possible. You can receive some input and then follow up, or you can leave the vehicle with the professional so that it can be worked on and recreated for you.

Classic cars are just that, classic. If you would like to turn back the hands of time and hold onto one of the great things from the past, before the technology that exists today, you may want to consider purchasing a classic car. Even if you purchase it and it doesn’t look all that classic, you will find that over time you can recreate it so that it looks as good as new. Restoring a classic car can be a labor of love if you want to be involved in the restoration process, or you can purchase it and have someone else restores it for you. Regardless, you’ll find that this throw back in time will be one that you enjoy very much. Who doesn’t notice that amazing classic car that has been fully restored going down the street? With some work and some help, you can be the driver of that car.


Car Waxing And Car Polishing

Well-maintained vehicles may only need a layer of wax, but in order to explain the contrasts between the services, let’s discuss both in the context of a full detail: polishing is the tedious buffing done to remove defects from your paint job, and waxing is the protective later put on as the final step. Many drivers look to forego polishing and simply get a wax, but that won’t correct a bad paint job!

Compare polishing and waxing to a family portrait. Everyone wants to capture a beautiful moment and protect it with a nice frame. You may have an expensive, solid gold picture frame, but it can’t change a bad picture where your aunt and cousin’s eyes are closed.

Likewise, if a driver is seeking the best paint job possible then polishing may have to be done before waxing. Many paint jobs have deep defects that wax merely hides. As mentioned before, even a brand new car will need paint correction after just one bad wash. The swirls, scratches and air contamination that lay on an untreated car make waxing a stopgap solution at best. A contaminated paint job won’t gloss, and once the wax compound wears off, the defects will still be there. To properly eliminate those paint job defects, claying and/or polishing with an abrasive is necessary.

What’s An Abrasive?

An abrasive is any compound or instrument that has the ability to “cut” into your vehicle’s paint job and level out the defects. When a vehicle is fresh from the manufacturer, there is (hopefully) one top coat of paint evenly distributed along it. Over time, scratches, swirls and other scrapes tear into that top coat, leaving noticeable dips in the surface.

In order to re-align the paint job, paint correction must be done with abrasives such as car polish, clay bars, or even sandpaper. The average full paint correction consists of:

  • Clay Barring, which removes surface contamination
  • Wet Sanding or Color Sanding, which refines and smooths the paint job, priming it for
  • Polishing, which eliminates swirls, scratches and other marring.

When polishing, detailers create a combination of friction and heat with their buffers, and eat away at all defects. Depending on how level (or not) the paint job is, a variety of buffers and compounds may be used to polish a vehicle’s surface. Paint correction is generally measured in three levels:

  • 1-Step Paint Correction (Up to 75% of defects) – A less aggressive cut that removes most scratches on vehicles
  • 2-Step Paint Correction (Up to 90% of defects removed) An aggressive approach which leaves only the deepest swirls apparent.
  • 3-Step Paint Correction (90%+ of defects removed) A tedious, aggressive polish typically

Once proper correction has been done and any potential micro-marring (residual marks from aggressive polishing) has been removed, the wax process begins.

All About Car Wax

Car wax doesn’t have the restorative properties of polishing compounds, but it’s still of vital importance to your vehicle. A pure wax or “glaze” will protect your car’s paint job from the elements. Not only does wax provide a layer of security, it provides a beautiful gloss that will help your car shine like it did when you bought it.

Most auto industry waxes are made with Carnauba wax, which comes from Carnauba trees.

Carnauba Wax is favored by the industry for many reasons, including:

  • It’s durability against rain and other contaminants that have to be clayed off of unprotected cars.
  • It bonds easily to most paint jobs
  • It’s ability to withstand heat and still protect vehicles