It’s something that has happened to all of us – there’s always a stain or dirty area on your trucks’ paint that never seems to come clean no matter how many times you wash it or how hard you scrub. Or maybe you have a light colored truck and you”re confused by what seems to be pinpricks of corrosion thatsit on the top of your paint. Either way, it’s enough to drive you crazy.
The fact is, dirt can become chemically bonded to your paint in such a way that standard washing just can’t remove it. You might get so frustrated that you end up throwing soap all over yourself – see above.
Enter the clay bar.
The world of detailing can be a confusing place. With so many products, gadgets, power toys, waxes and polishes available, it’s not always easy to know where to start…or how to go about assembling everything you would need to do a complete detail of your truck. Recognizing that this confusion represents a barrier for their customers, Meguiar’s offers a Complete Car Care kit that includes a little bit of everything necessary to get the ball rolling on your detailing project.
Most of the items listed here can be found in the complete kit. However, upgrades to some of the items included in the kit are available and described here as well. Depending on just how badly you want your truck to shine, you might want to assemble your own “complete car care kit” by mixing and matching.
There are many different schools of thought when it comes to washing your truck, but the one thing that most people can seem to agree on is the need for a decent nozzle attachment for the home garden hose. Single-setting trigger nozzles can’t really handle all of the different stages of car washing with the same kind of efficiency as a multi-setting nozzle. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know which multi-setting nozzle is going to give you the types of water spray that you need and which one is also going to be able to stand up to years of use and abuse in an outdoor environment.
The Bon-Aire Original Ultimate Hose Nozzle is one of the most highly recommended car wash attachments on the market. Part of what makes it so appealing is just how easy it is to use. The end of the nozzle can be turned either clockwise or counter-clockwise in order to adjust the flow of the water or shut it off completely – no more washing your truck with your thumb over the end of the hose (see graphic above).
In Colorado, late April is the earliest you want to consider cleaning your truck. There’s always a big storm (or two) in March, and early April sometimes surprises. However, by the 3rd week of April, the winter weather is usually over. Which means it’s just about time to clean up the old pickup.
We’re going to devote this week to spring cleaning – every day we’ll have an article about vehicle cleaning products that we recommend.
It seems hard to believe, especially in the current economy, but there will always be a market for ultra-high end products targeted at those who are less interested in value and more concerned with showing off their purchasing power. Whether it’s a 200 foot yacht, a private jet airplane or a quarter-million dollar supercar, conspicuous consumption will always find a way to trump practicality and common sense.
Sometimes this attitude seeps into unexpected places. A prime example can be found in the world of detailing. While the market is certainly flooded with expensive waxes and polishes, there are some products out there that cause jaws to drop when the price tag is revealed. The Zymol Complete Kit is one of these.