Another Helpful Infographic For Your Teen

Teen drivers are brand new and the odds are very good that they are going to need some direction in terms of getting to know the car or truck they are driving.  This includes the fact that they will need to know what all of the lights on the dashboard mean.  Some of them are pretty easy to determine what they mean, but depending on your vehicle, some of them might require some interpretation.

For today, I am going to post this infographic that I found on the internet because I felt it would be helpful to new drivers out there.  Feel free to share it with your friends on social media.  Happy Friday and have a safe driving weekend!

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Brand New Car? Make It Shine With These Tips

brand new carYou just bought your first brand new car ever and you want it to shine like the sun, right?  Well, you are in luck as I decided that was going to be how I offer you a tip for this Thursday post.  Even if your car is brand new, that does not mean it is as shiny as it could be.  Most dealerships will clean and maybe even wax your car before you get it, but not all of them.

You will know right away if your car is in need of some attention the minute you pick it up.  If that is the case, the first place you should take it is to the car wash for a simple pressure wash to ensure there are no contaminants on the paint.  Then drive that bad boy home and get ready to make it shine.  Most of the readers here know about the “wash, polish, wax” cycle and how important it is to complete it in the right order.

Get all of the products needed to get the job done.  These might include a polish, compound, or even a clay bar for getting all the nitty-gritty off your paint.  Don’t forget about how you are going to apply the polish and wax.  Even though an orbital might be nice, waxing your car by hand always produces the better results.  In order to keep that car looking good right off the dealership lot, you can follow these tips.

  1. Wash it regularly
  2. Use a clay bar to remove contaminants
  3. Wax it on a regular basis

The steps might seem simple, but they are very important.  It really does not matter how simple your car care process is, it comes down more to doing them on a regular basis.  Keeping up a regular schedule with your brand new car is a great way to keep it protected and ensure the resale value for later on down the road.

In addition to the tips listed above, here are a couple more that can help.

  1. Remember the clear coat.  That is what you are trying to protect with the above tips.  The longer that stays on, the longer your paint job looks great!
  2. Even though hand waxing is recommended, polishing your paint can be done with an orbital buffer.  Learn how to use one before jumping right into polishing with one.
  3. Remember that every little detail in the steps is important to preventing more work later.

 

Distributors: Take A Look At Our Shampoo Category

I like to post tips and hints on the blog that I know will help out our readers, but from time to time I need to post about our products as well.  This week, I thought I would take a little deeper look at the Shampoo category.  InstaFinish makes and sells some of the best interior and exterior shampoos on the market.  With that being said, lets take a look at them and see if I can convince you.

Interior / Exterior Shampoo

When it comes to making some extra money with your auto body shop, I know that our soap products can easily double your sales.  By adding just this product line, you can up-sell your customers and make even more money.  We offer a wide selection of shampoos for car washes and we also have some for the inside of your car or truck.  That gives you plenty of options for your new customers.  Lets take a look at some of them.

    • ALLPURPOSESHAMPOO-500x500All Purpose Shampoo – of course as a default we have the all purpose style.  Gets the job done and leaves your carpets looking great!

 

 

 

 

    • EXTRACTOR (3)-500x500Extractor – this one is a very special blended formula that is a low foaming, heavy duty cleaner for your hot or cold extractor machines.  This soap will rinse clean without any leftover residue and can be used as a pre-spot cleaner.

 

 

 

    • WASHWAX (9)-500x500Wash & Wax Car Soap – one of our most popular, this product produces very high amounts of suds and is concentrated 150:1 for economy reasons.  This will clean the outside of any vehicle and make it shine just as much at the same time.  Saves you time and money and smells great, too.

 

 

So there you have three of our top sellers in the Shampoo category.  Offering these types of products to your customers will get you more sales and offer you another revenue stream.  If you are interested in becoming a distributor, please contact us right away.  It does not matter where you are in the world, we are looking to add in any and all countries.

Applying to become a distributor is very easy and can be done right here.  Simply fill out the form and we will be in contact with you as soon as we can.  Please use a valid email address since we will be sending information to it for you to read through.

Cleanup Continues After Detailing Work Is Done

clean-bmw-tipsWe already know how much work it is to get everything together that you need for a good detail project, but what about all of the work that you have to do AFTER your car is finished?  Detailing your car or truck is a great way to keep it protected from the elements, as well as make it shine so you get some attention the next time you are cruising around in it.  Whether you are detailing at home or have a business, the time it takes is costing you money.

Getting a specific routine down is a great way to ensure that you are not going to be losing money with projects that are taking too long.  The routine is going to include getting things ready before you start, as well as getting everything cleaned up afterwards.  Before you even start detailing a vehicle, you need to make sure that you have everything you need.

That includes getting all of the bottles together and making sure they are full, or diluted if needed.  Make sure that you are car or truck is completely clean, inside and out.  Grab all the cotton microfiber cloths that you can and you should be ready to go from that point.  Go through your entire process. For some, this process might be a little more intensive than it is for others, so we are going to skip through that part.  You know what you are doing.

After all the detailing is done, you can step back and take a look at the masterpiece that you created.  The car or truck shines, you have a great feeling inside and now you can get ready for the rest of the cleanup process.  All of your microfiber towels should be washed.  If you used any pads on a orbital, you need to make sure all of those are cleaned as well.  Go through all of the products that you used and check your inventory and get more if you need it.

That is pretty much it if you are detailing your car at home.  If you have a business, there may be other tasks like checking emails, posting photos to websites and social outlets, confirming appointments and making sure your schedule is full.  For the most part, the cleanup process is the same for both.  Cleaning everything up right away ensures that your items are ready the next time you want to do some detailing.

Wipers Not Working Right? Try This Before Replacing Them

Helpful-Tips-300In most places of the country, drivers are experiencing summer temperatures and wet road conditions from storms.  When a big storm hits and you are driving around town, one of the worst things is to find out that your windshield wipers are not getting the rain off the windshield efficiently.  This can cause an unsafe driving condition and that is not good for you or anyone else on the road.

Before taking the blades off and replacing them with brand new ones, try this one tip to see if you can get them to work properly.  Tips and tricks are the lifeblood of the internet, so we decided to take to Twitter to see if we could find some of the best ones and share them with you.  One that we found was very simple, will likely cost you nothing and have you driving safely in no time.  The tip is worth the cost of new wiper blades for sure.

Before you cruise to your favorite auto repair shop or look online for new blades, take a damp paper towel and just wipe the grime from your wipers.  In most cases, there will be a significant buildup of dirt and oil from everyday driving.  This will remove that and should, SHOULD restore the wiper to its normal operation.  If you know that you have older wiper blades, then this trick might not work as well, but that all depends.

It is worth the time and the cost is nothing to see if it will work for you.  Even if you have older wipers, it might buy you a little time before you have to replace them with new ones.  Some people like to use a cleaner for this compared to just using a damp paper towel.  We have a few All Purpose Cleaners that will get the job done and all you have to do is apply to the towel before cleaning off the wiper blade.

Now that you can see better, you will be a safer driver on the road and your passengers and other drivers will thank you for that.  Good job!  Reducing traffic deaths caused by drivers is a responsibility of all of us and when we can do the little things that could save a life, that is even better.

Share your tips for making your car safer below in the comment section.

 

Do You Know How To Inspect Your Tires?

tire inspection tipsDriving a car or truck includes being safe while doing so.  This means that there are certain things that you must take into consideration before you actual get behind the wheel each time.  Most of what you need to do is a quick visual and that includes whether or not you have some wear and tear on your tires.  There are many factors when it comes to your tires and keeping them in good, driving shape.

Just by walking up to the vehicle, you should be able to take quick notice of the condition of the tires.  This includes the sidewalls, the tread and the overall condition of the wheels as well.  Most people have heard of the “penny test” when checking the tread.  If you have not, it is quite simple.  Just take a penny and slide it into any of the tread on your tire, if you can see Lincoln’s head above the tread, it might be time for new tires.

Other things that can cause a quick change in how your tires will wear, include being under inflated.  Not having enough air pressure in them can put them under stress and they will start to wear in an uneven manner.  At some point, if that is left unchecked, the rubber will wear away in such a way that allows the steal belt to show through.  At that point you are way passed due for new tires.

The bad thing about uneven wear is that you might not be able to notice it from the outside of the tire.  The wear could be happening on the part of the tire you cannot see without getting down on the ground to see it.  This can give a sense of false hope and cause a blowout without you even being prepared for it.  That can also cause a very unsafe situation on the road and that is why inspecting your tires is very important!

Other than tire pressure and the tread, you should also be aware of the alignment.  If you notice that your car or truck is pulling to the right or left while you drive, it could be a couple things, including a bad tire alignment.  Hitting a curb can cause the alignment to be out of whack and that can cause uneven wear as well.

Take these tips and show them to your first time driver in the family so they are car care aware before they even get behind the wheel.  Also, if you notice that your tires are not shiny enough, we have a wheel dressing that will solve that problem 🙂

Tips For Cleaning Spray Bottle Nozzle

clogged spray bottleWe make and sell a lot of products that utilize a spray nozzle for application.  Over time, those nozzles can get clogged up and are not going to work properly if they are not cleaned.  If you are anything like me, you would prefer to clean the nozzle compared to throwing it away and applying your liquid any other way.  The process is not that hard and only takes a few minutes and that is what I wanted to look at today.

How To Clean A Clogged Spray Nozzle

It does not really matter what liquid is in the spray bottle.  If the nozzle is clogged then you have to get it unclogged before you can use it the right way.  In order to clean the nozzle, you will have to collect a few things.  Make sure you have the bottle that is clogged, vinegar and water and a container to dip the nozzle into.  In some cases you might even need to poke the front of the nozzle with a toothpick, so grab that, too.

Fill your deep container with a 50/50 water/vinegar mix to begin with.  Remove the spray nozzle from your bottle and place it into the mixture for 5-10 minutes.  While you are waiting, inspect the hose for the nozzle and the bottle to ensure that there are not any chucks in it that could get caught in the hose.  Now you can take the spray nozzle out of the mixture.

Put everything back together and give it a test.  Does it spray now?  If not, you may have to do some additional investigations.  The clog could be large enough to require more soak time, you could also remove the nozzle itself and soak it that way, or there could be a problem in the hose.  Take a close look at everything before you soak it again.  Of course, there would be something mechanically wrong with the sprayer, but these tips are easy enough to try first.

You should not have to soak the spray nozzle for more than 30 minutes to ensure it is free from contaminants and spraying freely.  If you find that your nozzle is still not spraying after that time period, it could be damaged in another way and you may need a new spray bottle.  When it comes to buying a new spray bottle, it does help to pay a little more for the heavy duty sprayer that will likely last longer!

You could even try to soak the spray bottle in a diluted mixture of water and our water based degreaser.

Waxing Sucks, But Do It More And Polish Less

Helpful-Tips-300I like to write about car care, have you noticed?  This blog is dedicated to making you aware of the products that we make and sell, as well as offering you the tips and hints to make cleaning, washing, waxing, polishing and detailing your car a little easier each time.  I have said it many times and will say it again, if you have a great “wash, polish, wax” routine, then you will have a great looking car or truck!

With that being said, I know that waxing your car is not usually the one thing at the top of your to-list, ever.  However, there is a reason that waxing just one time per season is recommended and today I am going to take a look at that.  Waxing is a process that takes some time, but in the end your vehicle is going to look great and be protected from things like road grime, acid rain, UV rays and more.

I have also talked about how car care will help with the resale value of your car or truck.  This is important and if you ever plan to sell your “baby”, then a “wash, polish, wax” routine is a MUST!  And if you think that it takes too long to do or you are just going to be lazy about it, then pay someone to do it for you.  The end results are fantastic and in the long run, your resale value will change very little.  If you are the type that likes to wax your car just one time per year, then be prepared to polish more.

Polishing the paint BEFORE you wax is essential in that it takes all of the contaminants from the paint and allows it to go back to its original, rich, color.  Deep colors are brought out with the polish stage and before you protect everything with the wax layer, it helps to make sure everything is cleaned up with a non-abrasive polish.

The experts will tell you that if you polish the car one time per season, you should be able to get through the entire year without polishing the paint again.  This, of course, depends on where you live, where you park your car or truck and weather or not you live near an ash spewing volcano.  So take it from the experts, and us, get the car waxed and save yourself some time.

Product Spotlight: Super Protect All

SUPERPROTECTALL-500x500Getting all the shine you can on the inside and the outside of your car or truck can be a painstaking process.  In fact, it can really be a pain in the neck if you step back and take a look at it.  That is why, for the Product Spotlight post for this week, I am going to show you a product that makes things shiny very easily.  You are going to have a lot of fun with this product, I promise.

When you have a nice car that you want to show off to others, the first thing you think is how you can make it look its best so it will grab the attention from others, right?  Many times, it just takes a classic car to show up on the lot for the attention to be diverted to it, but if you are trying to stand out from cars of the same make and model, there a few extra steps that you might have to take.

This weeks Product Spotlight product is for Super Protect All.  Just like the name of it says, Super Protect All is formulated to apply super easy and protect everything that you apply it to.  Two of the main things that you might use it for include plastic trim on the inside of your car and the rubber tires wrapped around your awesome chrome rims on the outside of your car.

The product works like many of the other dressings that we make and sell.  It will apply very easily and creates a nice shine while protecting the plastic or rubber underneath it.  The long lasting shine, or “wet look” comes from a specific formula that we use just for this product.  It will prevent the drying, cracking, fading and the hardening of the many plastic surfaces you will find on your car or truck.  You will not be disappointed in the results.

The best part about the Super Protect All is that we do not sell in a container smaller than 1 gallon.  That means you will have plenty to use for years to come, depending on how often you apply it of course.  If you want a super high gloss liquid that is going to protect the plastic and rubber surfaces, the Super Protect All is the only product you will ever have to buy.

 

#Flashback Friday: Posts You Might Have Missed

flash-backHere we are again!  It is Friday and we are going to #Flashback like every other week.  If you are new here, this is a newer segment that I started a few months ago.  Basically, I take a minute to just show you some of the posts that you might have missed over the last week or month.  Sometimes, I will even show you some of the posts from a year ago just to give a real flash back.

This week, I am going to grab a few of the posts that I wrote back in the day that I put into the Product Spotlight category.  Lets take a closer look at a few of them below.

  1. Product Spotlight: Revive Glaze –  If you find that you have a car or truck with oxidized paint, the Revive Glaze is one product that we make and sell that you can use to get the paint looking fresh with the gloss restored.
  2. Product Spotlight: All Purpose Cleaner Gold – This cleaner is formulated with a special, custom blend of alkalies and surfactants that will loosen the dirt and grease so it is easy to clean up for you.
  3. Product Spotlight: Citri Solve Degreaser/Cleaner – If you take a minute to look at the Citri Solve, you will see that it shares the same features of other solvent based products, but it will rinse with water.
  4. Product Spotlight: In-Bay Automatic Pre Soak Low PH – The formula is specifically made with phosphoric acids that will remove the grime on contact and it has been designed for those that own a frictionless car wash.
  5. Product Spotlight: Swirl Away – Our formulation for the Swirl Away was designed specifically to give you an ultra high gloss finish that takes away that serious oxidation.

There you have it.  Five posts that I wrote and placed into the Product Spotlight category.  I like to feature a few of the products that we make and sell on this blog so that the readers can get a closer look at them before buying.

Trying to decide which car care product is going to work for you is not an easy process and usually includes a trial and error process we all hate to go through.  I write about the product, teach you how to use it and give you hints about getting the best end results with it.  I hope you enjoyed the #Flashback post this week.  If you did, consider sharing it on social media with the links right above this post.