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Auto Detailing News and Tips, Issue #001, December 2013, Cleaner Reviews.
November 29, 2013
MyAutoDetailingTips.com. Issue #1
Welcome to the very first issue of the MyAutoDetailingTips.com e-zine! Each month we will be providing tips and product reviews to help make the detailing process easier for you. If you have a picture of your latest detailing project we invite you to submit it with a small description of your process and products used for the job. Each issue we will choose one submission to be showcased in this e-zine!
Choosing an All Purpose Cleaner
303 Fabric and Vinyl Cleaner®
All purpose cleaner is a product that is used in many aspects of the detailing process. It can be used for cleaning engines, tires, wheel wells, pre-treating bugs, cleaning vinyl/leather, and pre-treating fabrics before shampooing. For this reason, you will use more of it than any other product.
Like any other automotive cleaner, there are dozens of brands to choose from. Make sure you read the labels carefully, if they are designed to clean engines and greasy parts, chances are you don’t want to use them on your nice leather seats! Cleaners that are safe for all surfaces are the ones to get. Simple Green® is a very popular choice.
Regardless of which all purpose cleaner you choose, you will have to dilute it with water for certain areas you are cleaning. Engines in most cases need a stronger mixture, whereas vinyl and leather require a very mild mixture. If the cleaner is too strong, it can leave streaks or remove the color from vinyl and leather. Always do a test spot and adjust your mixture if needed.
Product Review: Chemical Guys Grime Reaper A.P.C.®
I’ve been wanting to try some Chemical Guys products for a long time. Over the summer I got my hands on a 16oz. bottle of Grime Reaper® all purpose cleaner with the intention of using it for tires and bug splatter. On the bottle it says in bold print, “Stronger Then Acid.” Upon removing the cap its evident by the scent that this product packs a punch! So it goes without saying, you need to dilute this product! Chemical Guys say that 1 gallon will make 5-8 gallons. I used a spray bottle with 3 oz. of Grime Reaper® mixed with 12 oz. of water. This mixture I felt was strong enough for what I needed it for, any stronger would be a waste of product. I noticed instantly grime dissolving from the tires, and bugs dissolving from the bumper. Rinsing the contaminants off was effortless.
On the bottle it states that it can be used to clean vinyl or for spot cleaning on carpet and upholstery. I did a test spot on a vinyl door panel. I have no doubt Grime Reaper® will clean interior vinyl, but for me I felt it was overkill. If you use it on interiors, make sure it is diluted heavily. The bottle also states that it is not for use on paint. I did spray it on a painted bumper to loosen up bugs without any issue, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, don’t. Overall I think Chemical Guys Grime Reaper® is an excellent product that is ready to tackle even the dirtiest of detailing jobs. I feel it is too strong for interior cleaning personally. However, by following the directions carefully and using proper dilution, Grime Reaper® will not let you down! All purpose cleaner is a product that is used in many aspects of the detailing process. It can be used for cleaning engines, tires, wheel wells, pre-treating bugs, cleaning vinyl/leather, and pre-treating fabrics before shampooing. For this reason, you will use more of it than any other product.
Winter has arrived in Alberta. In our part of the world we have had freezing temperatures, ice, snow and some very poor driving conditions.
It is a constant battle to protect our vehicles painted surfaces from harm especially at this time of year when sand and ice melting chemicals are used on public roads.
For these reasons, let's try to keep our vehicle painted surfaces as clean as practically possible. Wash that grime off once a week if you can. Remember to dry off the rubber door seals, the trunk lid seals, and the window seals to prevent freezing these components shut. The door locks are especially susceptible to freezing and it just makes good sense to carry "lock de-icer" with you at all times.
Good luck and drive safe.
Bob and Chris.
Make sure you have your windshield washer fluid reservoir topped up with fluid that is rated for winter driving. At least rated for -20 degrees Celsius. Some manufacturers of washer fluid rate their fluid all the way to -40 degrees which is the same in both Celsius and Farenheit Temperature scales.
Next month I will be discussing car wash soap, doing another product review, and hopefully submitting a reader’s detailing project. Stay tuned!
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