Car Protection

How to Remove Paint From Window Glass (Without Scratching)

Window Paint Is Serious Business

I look at windows all day (it’s my job) and my favorites are the stores that paint hearts for Valentine’s day, Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, Basketballs for March Madness and Firecrackers for the 4th of July. We are able to provide signwriters Sydney to all businesses in Australia and our aim is to provide you cost effective signage solutions to help your business.

These seasonal graphics put me in a fun mood to celebrate and often reminds me that I haven’t bought flowers for my wife yet! (Thank you!)

Seasonal topics can be fun. For stores, these painted windows are serious business.

Reminding me to get flowers puts me into a psychological “need mode“, and the advertised deal 20% off on a dozen roses entices me to enter the store and buy them (“action mode“). We all do this every day – no big deal – but what if it’s mid-March and a store still has Valentine’s Day decorations?

Am I supposed to get flowers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? No. Get flowers for my wife so I can watch college basketball? It helps, but probably not necessary.

Now I’m confused.

And I begin to question if this store cares about me. It’s sending the wrong message, and I might be less likely to visit their store because of it.

Serious Business. Subtle, but serious.

Removing Paint is Messy

In response to one of my blog posts “First Impressions Matter…What Does Yours Say? (Nov, 2011)“, I received the following question:

Charles W. from Redondo Beach writes: “My store’s image is very important and we paint our windows to keep up with each holiday and event. We change our windows graphics about 10 – 12 times per year and when we remove the paint it sure is messy. Any tips on how to remove it properly and efficiently – my son Matt really wants to know. Thanks! “

Well Charles, the least messy way to remove paint is to have someone else do it! If you are (or most likely Matt is) going to remove the paint, here are some pointers to remove paint from your windows without scratching the glass and without a big messy clean up job.

The following techniques address commercial storefront windows with standard metal frames.

In future articles I’ll provide information on removing paint, stickers, over spray, etc. from residential windows.

The removal techniques for commercial and residential windows are generally the same. The differences reflect the size and scale of the jobs, plus residential windows requires a lot more detail work since you live with those windows every day.

A Quick Word About Razors

For small paint removal jobs like drips, small lettering and over spray, start by using #0000 fine-grade steel wool.

Fine steel wool is safe, works great and it gets the job done fast.

You can also use a Mini Glass Scraper. They are safe and handy for small clean up jobs and you can get them just about anywhere.

For large jobs, you are going to need a professional grade window scraper / razor or you’ll be there all day and your arm is really going to hurt from overuse.

Using a Razor to Remove Paint From Windows

Warning! Using razors can be dangerous. Do not use a razor without reading the instructions and receiving proper training.

As with any project, it’s important to always start with the right equipment.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bucket of Soapy Water – Dish washing soap works great. Use about as much soap as you would use when doing the dishes in a sink.
  • Professional Grade Window Scraper – Your local hardware store carries many brands, we like the 6-inch Triumph Angled Scraper.
  • Painters Tarp & A Broom – This tarp catches the paint “sheets” and shavings. The broom, well it’s a broom. What do you think it’s for?
  • Window Cleaning Equipment – We recommend using a squeegee, mop and some clean dry towels. Have some #0000 fine steel wool handy too.

Got everything? Ok, let’s get started.

Step #1: Spread the Tarp & Apply Lot’s of Soapy Water

Start by laying down the tarp along the glass. Next, drench the paint and glass with soapy water. Wait about 2-4 minutes and then re-apply more soapy water before proceeding.

Always make sure the window’s surface is slippery or you can scratch the glass. Using lots of soapy water causes the paint to stick together as you scrape instead of flaking off in small pieces.

Step #2: Scrape in a Small, Inconspicuous Area First

Remove a little paint with your scraper to make sure the glass isn’t scratching. If you hear a coarse, gritty sound stop immediately and check your blade – it may be dull or broken. If so, replace it with a new one.

Also, if you see scratches, there may be imperfections in the glass and you should either stop the job or apply even more soapy water and proceed with extreme caution.

Important Note: As you stroke, always push your blade forward and lift it from the glass as you finish and reload for the next one. Scratching may occur if you drag the blade across glass during an unnecessary back stroke.

Step #3: Scrape Around the Window’s Perimeter

Angle your razor 30° – 45° away from window’s frame and remove the paint along the frames. The angle prevents the blade from catching and scratching the frame and caulking.

If the window has been drenched, you’ll notice the paint comes off in big pieces, or “sheets”, as you move across the glass.

Try to keep the “sheet” intact as you finish your stroke and gently put it on the tarp. It’s efficient and much cleaner.

Step #4: Scrape the Rest of the Window

Once the frames are clear, keep your razor’s 30° – 45° angle and use overlapping horizontal or vertical strokes to remove the remaining paint. If the glass/paint is getting dry, use more soapy water – you want big sections of paint to come off as described above.

Some newbies use their blade at a 90° or “right” angle to the paint as they try to “chip” the paint off. Do this and you’ll create flakes and probably break your blades frequently. Using a 30° – 45° angle efficiently “slices” the paint off the glass and reduces flaking.

Tip: If the paint is flaking, apply more soapy water and make sure you are keep the razor’s proper angle as you stroke.

Step #5: Clean the Glass and Clean Your Work Area

You’ve removed most of the paint off but small pieces remain. Re-apply soapy water and use a combination of the Razor and the #0000 fine steel wool to remove what’s left.

Once complete, remove & fold your tarp with the paint “sheets” and flakes, you should have caught about 80% – 90%. Discard the paint appropriately.

Use your mop and squeegee to clean the windows and remove any remaining flakes from the glass.

The remaining 10% – 20% of the paint flakes need to dry on the ground. Attempting to sweep them while wet only rubs them into the ground. It should dry in about 30 minutes.

Do you remember the broom? Good, let’s use it!

Follow these 5 efficient steps and you’ll have paint-free windows with less hassles!

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Razor Safety Tips

As noted above, razors can be dangerous if not used correctly.

Because we use razors during our normal business day, we constantly train our cleaners on how to use a razor properly.

Here are some razor safety rules:

  • All razors are to be inspected prior to each use and at the end of each day.
  • All scrapers are to be carried in a safe manner or put in a safe place.
  • All protective covers must be in place at all times when the razor is not in use.
  • Two cleaners should never work side by side when scraping glass. A safe distance (approximately 5 feet) should be maintained.
  • Razors should be discarded appropriately so no one can come in direct contact with the blade.
  • If at any time a razor is broken it should be discarded in a safe manner immediately.
  • If the protective cover is broken a new properly functioning cover must be provided prior to continued use of the razor.
  • Razors should never be placed in buckets that have water in them or pockets without the protected cover.
  • Razors must be kept away from children at all times.
  • Always place the cover on the razor when not in use.
  • If at any point your razor falls let it drop. Never attempt to catch a falling razor.

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Learn how to detail a car so you don’t end up with a dumpster

When you were a kid, washing the family car required soap, a sponge, and some water. It was approximate at best, a way to kill time on a warm summer evening while earning allowance money. As an adult, you undoubtedly realized keeping a car squeaky-clean demands considerably more effort than your 8-year-old self put in. Car detailing Port Melbourne made it as easy as possible for you to arrange for us to come and work our magic on your vehicle, so that you can once again drive it with pride around the streets of Port Melbourne.

It’s well worth it, though. A clean car is like a clean house: You feel better when you’re in it. Clearing out months (or years) of garbage and dust also makes it easier to sell your ride to a private buyer, or helps you get more for your trade-in at the local dealership. If you’re not sure where to start, read on to learn how to detail a car.

Use the right products

Using the right products will save you time, prevent costly damage to your car, and ultimately yield a much better result. Car cleaning products are available from a wide variety of places. You can buy them at auto parts stores like Auto Zone, at nearly every major grocery store, or online from an endless list of vendors. We recommend picking up a dedicated car-wash product (sorry, but Head and Shoulders won’t cut it), wheel cleaner, rubber cleaner, and wax. Bug and tar remover will come in handy if your car is particularly dirty.

That is just for the exterior. To detail the interior, plan on buying carpet cleaner, glass cleaner, wipes, plus leather or vinyl care products, if applicable. Broadly speaking, there is no need to spend a fortune on high-end products to get a good result. Meguiar’s is a trusted name in the car cleaning business, and it sells a complete car care kit for a little under $60.

You also need basic equipment including a soft sponge (or a lamb’s wool mitt), a chamois, at least one microfiber towel, a sponge to clean the wheels, a bucket, a vacuum cleaner, cotton swabs, and a plastic bag. Finally, set aside a cooler with cold beverages, a playlist with your favorite tunes, and a free afternoon.

Start with the interior

It’s good practice to start with the interior, especially if your car hasn’t been cleaned in a while. The foot wells are likely full of dirt, dust, and other debris that will inevitably settle on the car’s body if they become airborne. Remove the floor mats, and fill your trash bag with the miscellaneous wrappers, empty coffee cups, and receipts that call your center console home.

Vacuum the seats, the floors, and every nook and cranny donut flakes can fit snugly into. If the carpets are clean, great; if they’re not, it’s time to bust out the carpet cleaner. Cleaner wipes work wonders on the dashboard, while cotton swabs coax dust out of small crevasses like the air vents and the space between the buttons on the center console. Slide the front seats all the way back to reveal bonus trash treasures hidden by your car’s first owner. Who knows, you might even find the MP3 player you lost last winter.

It’s a good idea to wash the floor mats, but don’t drop them in the washing machine. The best way to clean floor mats is to pressure wash them, though scrubbing them sometimes does the trick, too. Ensure they’re 100 percent dry before you even think of putting them back in the car. Wet or damp mats could cause mold to grow on the carpet, reducing your car’s resale value to below zero.

The perfect finish

With the interior taken care of, and all of the windows closed, you are ready to turn your attention to the body. Start by washing the dirtiest parts of the car first: The door jambs, the rocker panels, and the wheels. Always use a separate sponge for the wheels. They are covered in brake dust and other residues which you want to keep off the rest of the car. Don’t forget to clean your tires, too.

Hose the car down and wash it from top to bottom, going around it and rinsing the sponge often. Repeat if necessary, especially if you’re dealing with a car covered in mud, dust, or road salt, and rinse it thoroughly. Letting the body air dry will leave nasty watermarks, even if it’s parked in the shade, so use a chamois instead. It’s certainly more time-consuming, but it’s a crucial part of getting the jewel-like finish you’re after. Apply a thin, even coat of wax when the body is completely dry, and use a microfiber towel to remove the wax residue. Now you can put your equipment down, stand back, and admire your new-again car.

Other quick DIY projects

While you’re giving your car a little TLC, consider fixing some of the most common (and easy-to-remedy) maintenance issues. If you haven’t encountered the aggravation of squeaky brakes, you will one day — that’s a promise. Fortunately, there are a few solutions, most of which can be applied in an hour or two. Ever tried changing your oil? If not, you’ll be amazed by how easy the process is; you may even wonder why you’d ever pay someone else to do the job. Speaking of maintenance you probably pay for by default, rotating car tires is an easy, important task that requires minimal tools and time. In the same vein of easy, low-cost fixes, changing spark plugs is a no-hassle solution to rough idling and even cylinder misfiring. Click here for removing the dent of your car.

How to Remove Old Vinyl RV Graphics and Ghost Letters

I do have some helpful tips to share about how to remove old vinyl lettering off an RV, but first I have to mention why we might take the graphics off our mobile headquarters that have been advertising Team Agreda everywhere we’ve been over the past seven plus years… Vehicle signage Sydney are good in small advertising business.

The cat is out of the bag.

The first time those words appeared in this blog, we had just sold our sticks and bricks business and not yet even picked up the brand new 2007 Arctic Fox 245N fifth wheel trailer we purchased with plans to travel the country for a year with Jerry. That rig served us well, very well. But as Rene eluded to in her recent rant about the evolution of our lifestyle, the time had indeed come for another major life upgrade.

So upgrade we did. But more about that to come, much more.

We don’t mean to be so secretive, it’s just that we’ve been pretty busy during this transition—preparing the old rig for trade-in and buying the new one, not to mention certain roadblocks, unexpected upgrades and bit of remodeling I’ll be writing about soon! Suffice it to say, we are pretty damn happy with our new (to us) 2010 Arctic Fox 275B.

But there I go digressing again. Back to that sticky issue of those graphics…

Removing Seven Year Old Vinyl Ghosts

After doing our homework, and finding our perfect next home office on wheels, we wanted to get the best trade-in value for our old rig. The dealer gave us a quote over the phone, with the usual “subject to inspection” disclaimer. Our first thought was that we shouldn’t show up with our websites and taglines plastered all over it with vinyl letters.

But after seven years on the road, we had to remove more than just the vinyl graphics—which are much easier to put on!

Without getting to technical, exposure to the elements causes oxidation of any vehicle coating. This can create a ghosting effect behind any applied graphics. Removal of the graphics reveals the original vehicle color, creating a ghost image of any vinyl that gets removed.

So, here are those tips I promised for removing vinyl lettering, graphic adhesive and ghost images caused by oxidation…

1. Use Heat to Help Release Vinyl

Many people recommend using a rotary vinyl eraser to quickly remove vinyl letters and graphics. After spending much of my previous life in the graphics industry, however, I believe the best tool to remove smaller vinyl letters without damaging the surface below, is your fingernail. Most lettering will peel up with ease once you get under an edge.

Using a hair dryer set on Hot will make the job much easier. Warm each letter for 10-20 seconds first. Pick at an edge enough to pinch the vinyl and start peeling. Keep the heat applied while slowly pulling up and follow the contour of the letter to avoid tearing the vinyl. Maintain a distance of at least a few inches to avoid melting the vinyl or damaging fiberglass beneath, if applicable

2. Use Professional Vinyl Adhesive Remover

Getting the vinyl off is only the first step. The adhesive will still remain. As tempted as you may be to use some industrial strength solvent, do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives. Chemical based solvents are potentially dangerous to use on painted surfaces, can damage fiberglass, and have numerous health hazards.

The best vinyl adhesive remover we found is Rapid Remover by RapidTac. Rapid Remover is a water-soluble non-toxic adhesive remover that works fast! Spray it on the exposed adhesive, wait a few minutes and wipe away the residue with a sponge or plastic squeegee.

Rapid Remover works fast without causing damage to most surfaces. After removing lettering, spray any glue residue with Rapid Remover and let it penetrate for 30-60 seconds. Rub the moistened adhesive with a sponge or rag, then rinse with water and wipe surface clean.

3. Get Rid of Ghost Letters

As I mentioned, vinyl lettering or graphics left on an RV for any extended period of time will leave behind a “ghost sign” image when removed.

You cannot remove these ghosts, since they are actually caused by the oxidation discoloring the area around them. You must remove the oxidation on the vehicle’s surface to match the color beneath the vinyl that has been protecting its surface area from oxidation.

Ghost Off Oxidation Remover does the trick! This product will restore weather-exposed surfaces, eliminating ghost sign images from vehicle surfaces covered by graphics. Just spray Ghost Off onto the oxidized surface, wait about a minute and agitate the area with a soft brush. Rinse from top to bottom and watch the the oxidation flow away.

Depending on how long the lettering has been applied that you are removing, you may need to repeat the application of Ghost Off—we had to do it a few times. That’s why I recommend getting at least a gallon! You may be able to save on other RV Oxidation Removers at Amazon.

Best Tips For Removing RV Vinyl Lettering

I have two final tips for anyone preparing to remove vinyl graphics or lettering from an RV, truck, trailer or boat.

1. Use Elbow Grease.

To avoid damaging the surface, take your time and use some muscle. But don’t be tempted to use abrasive pads or harsh cleanser. You can do it, put you back into it!

2. Don’t Put Vinyl Letters On Your Rig!

Most importantly, to avoid all the costs, effort and time of removing lettering and detailing your RV, the solution is simple.

Do not apply any vinyl graphics in the first place! If we add any lettering to our new rig, believe me, it will be discreet and only be applied to the windows where it can be easily scraped off! Click here for a comfortable way in advertising your business.

How to perform interior cleaning basics

Spectators may admire a car by its style, skin and look, however the car owner — besides passengers from time to time — is the one who see the vehicle’s interior each time he or she drives it. Therefore, keeping the interior of your customers’ cars clean, tidy and aromatic will in turn keep your customers and your bottom line happy. Our guide on starting a car detailing companies covers a quality service for the clients.

To rebel against the dirt and grime wreaking havoc on the inside of their cars, your customers will want to get back that factory feel and look from the outside in.

Interior detailing can range from simple tasks, such as vacuuming the floor mats and carpets, to full detailing which typically includes vinyl cleaning, dressing, carpet shampooing and leather conditioning services.

Interior cleaning serves various purposes:

  • Makes a car more valuable for selling
  • Extends the life of car components such as its seats and dashboard
  • Makes your customers happy, improving satisfaction and profits.

For the purpose of this post, we will discuss a few basic interior cleaning tips sure to help carwashes, whether new or looking to extend their service offerings, target more customers.

Prep tip: Before starting with the actual cleaning, throw away the trash and take out other belongings from the car.

Vacuuming loose dirt

Dirt accumulates inside cars easily, whether driven frequently. The foremost step when it comes to interior cleaning is to vacuum up any loose dirt.

Materials needed: To carry out this step, you’ll need a crevice tool, a bristle-free upholstery attachment and vacuum cleaner.

Step one: If the floor mats in the car are equipped, remove them first and then carefully lift them. Dump off the dust and grit outside the car and beat the mats against a wall.

Step two: It’s now time to vacuum. Attach the bristle-free upholstery add-on to the vacuum hose and run the cleaner on the mats as well as the entire carpeted surface to completely remove the loose dirt. Moreover, run the same set up again over the carpet to agitate it in back and forth strokes with the vacuum attachment. This will loosen the dirt up and remove any debris deeper inside the carpet surface. Don’t forget to vacuum cushions and seat covers, areas around the driver’s pedal under the seats and anywhere else dust and dirt might collect.

Step three: Once all the carpet and fabrics have been swept, vacuum all the edges by placing the crevice tool over the vacuum hose.

Step four: To clean up the vinyl or rubber floors (if the car has any), use soap, water and a stiff-bristled brush. Use the vacuum cleaner to suck or dry the excess water over the rubber floor.

Cleaning plastic and vinyl

Cleaning a car’s vinyl surface is as important as cleaning the floor because it is the greatest restorative difference when it comes to detailing the car’s interior.

Materials needed: At this phase of cleaning, you’ll need a microfiber cloth and a good, but mild, vinyl cleaner.

Step one: Before you begin with the actual cleaning, wipe down all the vinyl and plastic surfaces thoroughly using a clean cloth to eliminate dust buildup.

Step two: Spray some vinyl cleaner onto the cloth, and wipe the plastic and vinyl surface for any stains or spots. Wipe down the dash panels, door panels, steering wheel cover, glove box and central console. Do this until you get a streak-free finish on all the car’s plastic and vinyl surfaces.

Warning: Do not apply vinyl cleaner directly onto the steering wheel because it can cause the wheel to become slippery, which may cause problems when the customer is driving.

Cleaning leather

Many cars are equipped with leather seats; so make sure to adequately clean this surface. Conditioning the leather every six months keeps them moisturized and supple to prevent from cracks and tears.

Materials needed: You’ll need a leather cleaner, leather conditioner and microfiber cloth.

Step one: Damp a clean cloth in some leather cleaner, and wipe all the leather seats (surfaces) thoroughly; then allow them to dry. Make sure you cover all the edges and crevices of the seats while wiping.

Step two: Take a clean cloth again, and apply a small amount of leather conditioner. In a circular motion, wipe down the full surface, and allow it to absorb and dry completely. Sponge or dab the excess conditioner off from the seating surface.

Crystal clear windows

Window/glass cleaning is the last step. This will help you clean any dust, cleaner or conditioner that settles on the windows during the cleaning process. And, for many, this may be the easiest part of the interior cleaning package.

Materials needed: To accomplish an effective window cleaning service, you’ll need a glass cleaner, microfiber cloth and an additional clean towel or cloth.

Step one: Spray a significant amount of glass cleaner onto a clean cloth/towel. However, make sure you don’t spray it directly on the window surface because this may leave spots on your clean vinyl surfaces.

Step two: Wipe the cloth over the window surface in an up-and-down motion, and then in a side-to-side motion. To clean the side windows, rub the cloth inside the surface, and then roll down the window five to six inches.

Step three: Make sure to also clean the window edge. Roll the window down to a few inches, and wipe the edges well using the cloth sprayed with the cleaner. Follow the same process for all windows.

If you feel the window surface is wet, use a separate microfiber cloth to dry them, helping to get a crystal clear window surface.

Finally, after you have finished cleaning the interior, put the floor mats, and any other belongings you put off to the side, back inside the vehicle.

The steps discussed in this blog post are some of the basic interior cleaning services carwashes and detailing centers can provide.

Congratulations! You now have a happy customer who may go tell his or her friends of the good service performed, leading to a stronger customer base and higher profit margins. Need help in detailing your ugly looking car? Click here!

Leather Car Seat Repair: How To Fix And Prevent Tears And Cracks

Many drivers choose vehicles with leather seats for their luxurious look and feel. Taking care of the seats is important for keeping the vehicle’s interior looking nice. This is especially important for drivers who plan to trade in or sell their car later on. If the seats are cared for properly, they will not crack or tear easily. Leather protector is effective in my car seat.

How To Prevent Tears And Cracks In Leather Seats

Can leather cracks be prevented? Can leather tears be prevented? Both types of damages are mostly preventable. It is much less expensive to maintain the seats than it is to fix the leather damage. These tips cover both cosmetic maintenance and helpful advice for what to avoid.

1. Avoid the sun. Use a sun shield on the windshield if the vehicle must sit in the sun. If the side windows and back windshield are not tinted to minimize the sun’s intensity, use window screens or shields after parking the vehicle on sunny days. If the leather car interior is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time, it can crack and the color will fade.

2. Avoid bulky and sharp objects. The easiest way to prevent tears is to be mindful of what goes on the seats. Do not put tools, pet carriers or sharp objects directly on the seats. That also includes sharp or pointed objects in your pockets such as keys. Always put bulky objects in the trunk if possible. When putting any other objects on the seats, place a padded protective blanket over the seat first.

3. Condition and clean seats regularly. It is important to maintain clean seats and condition the leather regularly. Be sure to vacuum the seats first. Always clean seats with a gentle cleaner that is designed for leather interior. Finish the job with a conditioner that is made for leather. The conditioner will help the clean seats keep their pliability and will prevent cracks and signs of wear.

How To Fix Tears And Cracks In Leather Seats

Can leather cracks be fixed? Can leather tears be repaired? The answer is yes. Guests, pets or children may tear the seats at some point. When a tear or crack happens, it is important to repair it quickly to protect the inner part of the seat. Use these tips for proper leather car seat repair.

Car Leather Repair – What You Will Need:

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Mild sandpaper
  • Auto leather repair kit

If the leather is cracked, it can be fixed with a car leather repair or leather patch kit. This type of kit is inexpensive. Make sure it includes a leather dye that matches the color of the leather car interior. Start by cleaning the seat with warm water that is mixed with mild dish soap. Rinse out the cleaning cloth as necessary. After rinsing the rag well, use it to rub denatured alcohol on the cracked areas. Wipe the areas dry with a microfiber cloth.

When the leather is dry, gently sand the cracked areas away with the sandpaper. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the seats dry again. Next, open the auto leather repair kit. Read the instructions carefully to understand how to use the contents of the package. Open the liquid leather sealant product. Use it to smooth out the cracks according to the instructions. Apply the leather dye carefully to the affected areas until it matches the rest of the seat. Let the seats dry completely before using them again. Unless the vehicle is in a clean and closed garage, it is best to keep the windows rolled up while the seats are drying to avoid debris entering the car.

Fixing Leather Car Interior Tears

What You Will Need

  • Matching leather thread
  • Leather needle
  • Thimble
  • Sharp scissors
  • A strip of matching leather
  • Leather putty
  • Matching leather dye

Aside from replacing the seats, there is no way to repair gashes or tears in the leather that make it look flawless. However, there are two ways to repair tears that will protect the part of the seat beneath the leather and minimize the unattractiveness of a large tear. The torn edges can be stitched together or a piece of leather can be placed over or below them and attached to the torn edges.

To repair the tear by stitching the torn edges together, start by cutting away any threads that are loose with scissors. Thread the needle and put it on the underside of one torn leather edge. Loop it over the other side and pull the needle back through the thread loop to create a strong knot. Push the needle with a thimble. Carefully stitch the leather in even and small stitches to minimize the appearance of the thread. After finishing, tie the knot off on the underside of the leather.

For the leather strip insert option, cut away any loose threads on the torn edges first. Place the leather strip under or over the tear. It is best to place it under the seat’s leather. Use the stitching method above to create and finish knots. Stitch carefully using small stitches for an even look. It is also possible to use liquid leather adhesive instead of a needle and thread. If there are gaps after finishing, fill them in with leather putty. Paint the leather with dye if necessary to make it match the seats.

To use adhesive as an alternative, place the leather pieces underneath the tears and position them properly. Brush the liquid adhesive around the edges of the tears and press them into the leather strip. Smooth out any rough surfaces with sandpaper, wipe the residue away with a wet cloth and dry the seat with a microfiber cloth. If there are gaps, fill them in with leather putty. Apply leather dye to the affected areas if necessary.

Fixing Leather Car Interior Holes

Another important topic of leather car seat repair is fixing holes in the leather. These can happen from punctures or cigarette burns. This type of leather car seat repair is much simpler than fixing cracks or tears. Use either a small piece of leather as a patch for bigger holes or liquid leather for very small holes. For the patch method of leather car seat repair, find a piece of leather that matches the seat. Cut a small piece to fit over the hole. Use leather adhesive to attach it. Let it dry for several hours before sitting on it or placing any items on the seat.

For the liquid auto leather repair method, buy a liquid leather product. Look for matching leather dye to use afterward. Follow the instructions to apply the product. Wait for it to dry before applying the auto leather dye. Clean seats thoroughly and apply conditioner when finished.

Can leather damage be fixed? It absolutely is possible to fix leather but there are some limitations. When the tears and damages are too severe for DIY methods, it is time to look for professional leather car seat repair or for a replacement seat. Contact us for car leather restoration.

How to Restore Faded & Oxidized Paint

If your car isn’t garaged or covered when parked, the paint and trim will fade away under the sun’s brutal UV rays. If you don’t provide proper care with regular polishing and waxing, the paint will oxidize as well, accelerating the damage.

Faded and heavily oxidized paint can often be restored, but it really depends on several factors including the type of paint system (clear coat or non-clear coat) and the color.

In reality, a clear coat finish restoration is possible up to the point where clear coat failure begins (blotchy white areas). On a traditional paint finish, without a clearcoat, restoration generally isn’t realistic once the color coat weathers away and exposes the primer.

When either of these two situations occurs, the affected panels or the entire car will need to be repainted.

Prevention is Obviously Best

If you must park your vehicle outside, you can avoid sun fade and oxidation damage with regular polishing and waxing, and by using a car cover.

Left unprotected and out in the elements, your car’s paint will quickly oxidize. You won’t notice the damage over a period of a month or two, but it’s there. After a year in the elements without protection, your paint will be noticeably dull and rough.

Paint oxidation isn’t the kiss of death. Light oxidation is easily removed through regular paint cleaning with a clay bar (see Clay Bar Detailing).

Once the paint surface begins to dull and fade, you will need to clean away the dirt and oxidation with detailing clay and restore the shine by polishing.

Heavy oxidation, recognizable by a completely dull, chalky surface, is likely beyond complete restoration. However, even heavily oxidized paint can be polished to bring back shine.

As with any form of paint damage, use the least abrasive polish necessary to get results. Even moderate paint oxidation causes paint thinning. As you polish, the oxidized (dead) paint is quickly removed.

One question that frequently appears in my e-mail is, “My car’s clearcoat is flaking off. How do I repair it?” Unfortunately, the answer is to repaint the damaged body panels.

Once a clearcoat fails, due to heavy oxidation, it cannot be restored by polishing. In this regard, solid body paints are far more resilient. In any case, the best way to restore the shine and color lost to oxidation is to polish the damage (if possible) using a dual-action car polisher, like the Porter Cable 7424XP.

Doing the work by hand is not really effective!
Fixing Severe Paint Oxidation

Here are the step-by-step instructions to restore a paint finish that is severely faded (excluding paint that has completely failed):

Start by Cleaning The Paint

The first step is to thoroughly wash your car with Dawn dish washing liquid and then use a clay bar to remove the bonded contamination and dead paint. As your car’s paint oxidizes, small particles of the top layer of paint flake off. This “dead paint” and the grime that sticks to it needs to be removed.

A good automotive clay bar system is the fast and easy way to remove the dead paint and bonded contamination. You might as well use the least expensive detailing clay you can find, because it’s going to be trash when you’re finished with it.

Polishing The Paint is Next

The cleaning step was the easy part. Now the fun begins. You need to polish your car with two different grades. The first grade is a cutting polish, commonly called a compound. Second is a finishing polish.

The cutting polish I recommend most is Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound. It uses a micro abrasive technology that removes the top layer of damaged paint without scouring the finish. This is important because you need to remove as little paint as possible. After all, the oxidation has already taken its toll.

The finishing polish I recommend is Klasse All-In-One. I love this polish for this job because it uses chemical cleaners with its super-fine polish to get deep in the pores of your paint and bring up the shine. Plus, it’s easy to apply.

The Possibility of Doing it by Hand

A lot of people ask me if they can do this job by hand. The answer is “yes,” but it won’t be easy, fast or the best job possible. To use a micro-abrasive cutting polish, like Meguiar’s Ultimate Compound, you really need to apply the polish with a dual-action car polisher.

Again, I recommend the Porter Cable 7424XP (my personal favorite). If you aren’t familiar with dual-action car polishers (very safe), see our Car Polisher Buyer’s Guide.

WARNING: If your car’s paint is badly oxidized, be very careful polishing plastic bumper caps, plastic mirrors and anywhere with a raised edge. Painted plastic parts oxidize faster than painted metal parts. Polish these areas by hand using a finishing polish only.

Also, do not use a cutting polish on painted plastic parts. Be careful on raised edges, too, as the paint tends to be thinner.

Don’t Forget to Seal The Paint

The final step is to use a paint sealant. For this I recommend Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze because you can apply multiple coats for better protection and a deeper shine.

Most car wax products contain a petroleum distillate to remove old the layer of wax. Klasse Sealant Glaze is an acrylic formula with a shine that noticeably deepens with two to three coats.

To learn more about the Klasse products and how to use them with shining success, see our Klasse Car Wax Guide. It’s different than a traditional car wax. A little goes a long way!

Axalta Announces its Automotive Color of the Year 2017 – Gallant Gray

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is excited to announce its Automotive Color of the Year 2017 – Gallant Gray. This luxurious color is enhanced by blue and silver flakes that produce a unique sparkle effect and dark undertones that enrich the finish, adding sophistication. A year-long Color of the Year celebration will commence with a variety of events during the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Preview Days in Detroit including a video reveal at the EyesOn Design awards program on January 10, 2017. The color will also be prominently featured at the Axalta-sponsored Charity Preview on January 13, 2017 which raises funds to support services for children. Superiorshine.com.au is the best car paint protection Sydney available today. It’s unique exterior formula resists a variety of environmental contaminants that may adhere to the surface of your vehicle.

Daily inspirations, coupled with extensive research, helped Axalta color designers and product experts select Gallant Gray as the Automotive Color of the Year. A high percentage of the market is interested in a neutral palette and adding slight hints of hues can add life to these colors. Gallant Gray is designed to look spectacular on any size vehicle. The complex color is dark in value with various sparkling flakes that add depth and color.

“At Axalta, we monitor automotive trends and forecast how color tastes are changing in the automotive market,” said Nancy Lockhart – Axalta Global Color Marketing Manager. “We are pleased to partner with automakers by using our coatings to give their vehicles beauty and character, and we’re confident customers will appreciate Gallant Gray. With hints of blue and green, it exemplifies modernity and elegance. Taking everything into account, we think Gallant Gray is the new silver.”

Axalta’s recently released 2016 Global Automotive Color Popularity Report, which documents vehicle color trends by geography, showed a rise in the popularity of gray shades around the world. Neutral colors have dominated the market over the last ten years. Although white and black maintained the top positions worldwide, gray is now tied with silver for third place at eleven percent. Gray leads silver in popularity in Europe (by six percent), North America (five percent), and South Korea (seven percent). Gray is most popular in Europe (17 percent), North America (16 percent), South Korea (19 percent), and India (12 percent). Axalta’s Global Automotive Color Popularity report is in its 64th consecutive edition.

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 12,800 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology.

Useless Car Are Those Car Never Been Paint Protected

Therefore I conclude that new car paint protection process is important in recovering your automobile paint to its past magnificence. It also shields it so you vehicle has great appearance for years to come. Numerous vehicle hygiene products already existing in the marketplace today and all of them assert to offer security to your automobile paint. However the truth is that not all of these items are the same, the same way not all vehicles are comparable. While every automobile can essentially obtain you from point X to Y, there is still a huge distinction between automobile versions. The same applies to car wax, paint protection and gloss. All of these items offer certain amount of shine, however that is as comparable as they can acquire.

In this page, we enlighten you, whether you are a new vehicle proprietor or a not-so-new one, on the key realities regarding paint protection items that are available available. This way, we believe you could make the best selection when picking the very best protection for your beloved car.

Are all car paint protection products the very same?

Of course they are not. There are a number of kinds of paint protection products and they have differing top quality and cost. When acquiring car paint protection Melbourne folks must not make the mistake of basing their decision totally on the price of that protection product. Rather, your choice on the sort of protection you pick ought to be educated by what it is that you want to attain. A product that supplies security versus UV rays, bird falling roadway salt, acid rainfall and bug remains all rolled into one is definitely a lot more costly than a product that only supplies momentary shine.

One more point is that various products provide varying degrees of luster. If you would like to get a product that offers you a much longer beam however needs less upkeep, be prepared to pay a few additional dollars for it. Bulk of protectants that are offered available currently supply simply restricted amount of protection versus the elements pointed out above. Also, the majority of them do not offer long lasting luster and require reapplication. It is quite vital that you be mindful of just what you select for your automobile.

Can car paint protection aid keep your automobile s worth in addition to resale worth?

The paint job and appearance of a car will certainly aid in maintaining not only its value yet additionally resale value. A car that is well kept with a mirror surface paint, has actually an improved resale value. It additionally conserves you money and time now. With a great paint protection, a bunch of time is minimized washing it because grime and dirt are effortlessly washed away. It succeeded t call for polishing to preserve its appearance.

Just what are some of things you can get out of an excellent car paint protection?

Among the major perks of car paint protection is that it adds genuine value to the vehicle. An appropriate paint protection application could give your auto astounding glass shine and also maintain its worth. For these factors, folks are typically prepared to part with $1000 simply to get excellent paint protection. When done properly, there will be much less waxing and the cleansing will be much easier in case your vehicle get unclean and needs to be washed. This means a lot more financial savings in future.

Can your auto s paintwork be ruined by simply bird falling?

The response is of course. Possibilities that your automobile is obtaining damaged daily without you possibly seeing are really real. Many people simply think that the greatest risk to their auto s paintwork is UV rays. While this is true, the damages comes after numerous years. Bird droppings are nevertheless much more immediate hazard. They cause harm in merely a concern of days.

Bird droppings, as you being aware, are the product of a bird s intestinal system. Without going too much into biology, droppings could have high levels of acids which could damage the paintwork.

Lots of people are surprised by the quantity of harm that can arise from a bird dropping. While it could go unnoticed to an inexperienced eye, a specialist who understands exactly what he wants in vehicle will conveniently view it.

Is car waxing the very best option?

Although car shaving is beinged aware to offer immediate shine, it is not the very best solution. The reason it is called wax is since it is made of wax. And as you know, polish will certainly melt when exposed to heat. When waxed paint is used on your vehicle, it comes to be soft when subjected to warmth. This releases shine and makes your car much more vulnerable to entrapping pollutants. It is remarkable for show vehicles because these do not rest in the sun for an entire day everyday.

By its extremely nature, wax hardly ever sticks to the auto area. Wax can not stick well to any kind of surface area. Simply try sticking wax to any type of area and you will certainly view this. In the same way, wax ultimately cleans off of your vehicle, which will leave your vehicle with less or no security at all.

Just what are the many others points that you should learn about car paint protection?

The have to correctly take care of your automobile, that is, describing and cleaning, could not be overemphasised. Deciding on reliable automobile clean electrical outlets and detailers is not simply essential however likewise shields your car from harm. Basically, deal with the paintwork of your auto the same way you would care for your skin. Anything that won t damage your skin gained t damage your auto s paintwork.

One more crucial thing is a high quality car hair shampoo. This reduces surface damaging that results from rubbing when the automobile is being cleaned. You likewise need a soft stack clean mitt or sponge and it have to be of top quality. If you really want a streak-free drying out, you have no alternative however to demand a terry towel or a natural leather chamois to dry your auto.

Conclusion

Just like anything else, you simply obtain exactly what you have spent for with car paint protection. It is important to choose the right location to wash or information your car. This should be assisted by the period of time it requires to cleanse your automobile safely and correctly.

Travel Tips To Help You Meet Your Trip Goals

Traveling involves leaving home for a fun adventure. These tips belong on the list that you need to check a few times before leaving. Ski Canada deals offers all the best that the USA has to offer and more: Modern high speed lift systems, fantastic and convenient resort villages, the best hospitality and service on and off the piste, great grooming & snowparks, spacious and modern accommodation.

Use the ATM when you are in a distant country. Banks usually have better exchange rate that are significantly better than those available to individuals. This may save you some money.

When putting a trip together, choose a digital camera that is in sync with your trip and its needs. For example, if your trip involves backpacking, you probably don’t want a camera that has a rechargeable battery. You want to pick out something that focuses fast.

If you’re traveling somewhere where you’ll need tickets, like amusement parks or a play, and print them beforehand. The small fee per ticket for such a service is worth it when you consider the lines that you can avoid. If the park you are visiting has a timed entry, you can enjoy that benefit from buying tickets online.

Research as much as you can before booking anything. Find websites that provide user reviews and information about the destinations you have in mind. Ask people you know who have traveled there before. This will help you a better idea of what to expect from your trip.

Take some clothespins when you travel. They have several uses, but they actually can prove to be very useful.

When taking a road trip or flying with small kids, make sure you have enough fun things to keep them occupied. Try bring along some of your child’s favorite toys. You may even consider purchasing a couple of new toys to grab his attention.

The markup on these conveniently sized products is ridiculous.Try to find a better and more efficient in how you pack your clothes. These techniques will help you create additional space in a smaller space.

Avoid rush hours of any city when setting out on your trip. If you can’t avoid being in a busy area during rush hour, consider stopping during this time to refuel or grab something to eat. This is the optimal time to grab a bite.

Sleeping medication can help you through a rough flight. It can be very hard to get sleep on a plane with all the noise, given the cramped seating, machine noise and people milling about. Try a sleeping pill might help get you some rest on a long flight go by more quickly. Don’t take these prior to takeoff, as a delay or problem may require that the plane returns.

It is typically more expensive to book this parking the day you fly.

Research currency rates before you travel so you can easily budget your departure since this will make it easier to budget.You must know how much you can start planning what you’re going to be able to do while you’re there. This trick will allow you to have fun without overspending.

Try to get the “local” rate at the “locals”. Some hotels cut locals a local rate on their rooms to decrease unoccupied rooms. If you happen to know someone who lives where you are traveling, see if they can ask about discounts. This technique can end up saving you quite a lot of money.

Booking your travel plans online is a one stop shop for your vacation planning. Online travel sites are one of the easiest ways to put together your travel itinerary.You are able to reserve hotels, hotels, and rental cars all from your computer! You can even review pictures and photos of hotels online.

Weather is a huge factor in your trips. Check the local weather will be during your stay.

Make use of the E-tracking option found on some travel websites provide. It will keep you in keeping up to date with the cheapest way to travel. You will get an alert via email whenever something has dropped in price.

You can always decide not to bring luggage if you travel by air. You can save lots of time and travel by doing this. You can send your belongings sent to your travel destination via FedEx or UPS. This will be worth it over the long run even though it may cost you some more money but it is valuable.

If you intend to plan an unusual or exotic journey, you might want to consider purchasing travel insurance that covers search and rescue. This kind of insurance could be a real lifesaver.

Be wary of any unsolicited emails you receive for travel deals.

Make sure you understand the carry-on luggage. Most airlines let you bring a small suitcase and a personal bag on board. Take full advantage and keep your most important items on your person at all times!

Always stay safe when traveling. Know about your surroundings and the hotel about areas in which you are visiting. There are bad areas in all countries that you will have to be careful in.

Plan your travel well when traveling by road.You can use the trip online or visit a travel club or insurance agent to create your itinerary.This helps you utilize each moment spent on the road and find everything you need with ease.

Pack light, so that you travel with no more than you absolutely need. Efficiency ensures a great trip full of fun and enjoyable.

Make sure your kids have identification when traveling. Give your kids a cab or make a call in an emergency.

Bring snacks along with you when going on a flight. Your flight will be miserable if you are hungry. Just avoid packing liquid snacks as these could cause security concerns. You will feel better if you have some snacks with you.

Try to pack clothes for your trip that you can be worn more than one time. This simple step can drastically reduce the number of items that you must take along on your trip.

The concepts in this piece are intended to make your travels go smoothly, though there are sure to be some bumps in the road. Just relax and enjoy as much of it as you can.

San Francisco Travel Offers Summer of Love Hotel Packages

May 29, 2017 – San Francisco’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love – the 1967 counterculture phenomenon that drew nearly 100,000 young people to the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood – is again convincing people to come to San Francisco and put some flowers in their hair. Canada is a unique ski destination, famed for its beautiful scenery, excellent snowfall and uncrowded pistes, it’s worth to get Canada ski packages.

To make sure that these modern day pilgrims find peace, love and a good night’s sleep, San Francisco Travel offers an online guide to 10 hotels with special Summer of Love offers at www.sftravel.com/sf-hotels-summer-love-packages.

Each hotel features a different package. Summer of Love-themed amenities in some packages include a flower for your hair upon arrival, a commemorative Summer of Love celebration magazine, a Summer of Love-themed evening turndown, a welcome cocktail for two, San Francisco CityPASS booklets or tickets to the “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” exhibit at the de Young Museum (through Aug. 20, 2017).

The participating hotels are:

  • Fairmont San Francisco
  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square
  • Le Meridien San Francisco
  • Omni San Francisco
  • The Palace Hotel
  • Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel
  • The Park Central
  • The St. Regis San Francisco
  • Tilden Hotel
  • The Westin St. Francis

To help visitors plan the rest of their “trip,” San Francisco Travel offers www.summeroflove2017.com, an ever-expanding guide to the whole groovy scene. At www.summerof.love, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this seminal summer through its own exhibition, “One the Road to the Summer of Love (through Sept. 10, 2017) and collaboration with cultural partners.

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sftravel.com, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.

San Francisco Travel operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets, and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square. San Francisco Travel is also a partner at the California Welcome Center at PIER 39.

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 79 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow SFO on www.twitter.com/flysfo and www.facebook.com/flysfo.