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How to Protect Your Car Body from Scratches

Protect Car from Scratches

Every car owner have the same question, that could a car be protected from scratches. Marks and scratches on the car’s body make it look ugly and on other hands, it may lead it to corrosion which reduces the car’s resale value. These scratches may cost hundreds of dollars to get removed.  Few simple methods of avoiding scratches are as follow.

By Adopting Cautions While Parking

By adopting a few precautions you can prevent your car from scratches and can save you money for healing your car’s wounds. If you want to avoid these scratches you have to take extreme caution while driving and especially parking your car in the garage. Mostly these scratches are caused by colliding car inside the parking area or to the door of the garage due to negligent behaviour. Responsible parking can save you from garage accidents. Close the garage door carefully after clearing your car completely otherwise this negligence can cause you hundreds of dollars.

Standard Safety Sensor

Mounting a standard safety sensor in the garage can save these minor accidents of your car. This standard safety sensor somehow fails to detect a collision of the bumper but it can save several other accidents and prevent your car from scratches

Object Detection Device

Installation of “Object Detection Device” that is also known as “Car Guardian” can fully protect your car from a collision. It is also helpful in the detection of a bumper collision. It is easy to install technology which can save you money.

PPF

PPF or Paint Protection Film can save your Car’s Paint from being damaged. It provides protection from scratches and stains. It is self-healing technology, it can cause small scars to disappear automatically. So by choosing the right PPF, you can establish a complete prevention sheet on your car.

Wash Your Car Frequently

Washing your car at short intervals can also provide protection to your car. Deposition of dirt particles and other pollution can also cause spoil the paint. Choose an appropriate car wash and drying method. Check PH of the detergent you are using for Car Wash. Acidic or Basic (extreme) detergents can also cause paint damages and scratches.

Car Waxing

Car waxing could also prove to be the ultimate protection for your car for saving non-accidental scratches. So, adopt this method to save it.

How To Properly Wash And Wax Your Car

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Washing and waxing your car is very essential to protect its paint and surface from scars and damage. Wax is also corrosion resistant and can prevent your car from ugly stains also. But washing and waxing your car properly is a skill, it takes expertise to perform this job. Using appropriate brushes, detergents and other chemicals matter a lot.

Scrub Your Car To Get Free Of All Pollution:

Your car when runs on the road not only get dirty with deposition of dust and sand particles but now-a-day polluted air makes your car dirtier than you can think. An invisible layer of industrial chemicals, harmful aerosols, decayed bugs and leaves and much more covers your car, which needs to be cleaned properly to protect your car from damage.

So select proper PH of detergent and soft brushes to scrub the surface of a car. Go for mild detergents otherwise, H or OH ions can also destroy pain of your car. Use different lather producers for different components of a car. Metallic part and leather parts are to be dealt with differently while cleaning.

Every Part Of Your Car Deserves Equal Attention

Every part of your car deserves equal attention. Your negligent cleaning can leave foggy headlights or detergent paste in the small cracks of car making them more visible and ugly. On the other hand, using the wrong cleanser for car seats and other fabric or leather part can create yellow on them or can cause stains.

Stiff Brushes For Carpet/Rug

You can use stiff brushes for carpet or rug to make them clean. You could also use a Vacuum cleaner to reduce dirt before washing these rugs.

Duct Cleaners

Use handy compressed air duct cleaners to clean dirt and dust from nooks of the car. You can also use these cleaners to absorb dust from seat covers.

Tire Cleaning

Your wrong choice of chemical for cleaning tires can cause damage to the rubber. Use soft brushes or cotton cloth and non-acidic detergents for tires.

Car Waxing:

Car waxing is also very important, so repeat this process at short intervals. Regular car wax will improve the surface of your car. All you have to do is, you have to purchase the right Car wax kit for your car. Your kit may include the Orbital buffer, Buffing Pads, Wax, Polish, and Microfiber cloth.

Start with buffing, apply a good amount of buffer on a car, buffer helps to heal cracks in paint and bring fresh paint and deplete the old unsettled paint. Then you can polish your car, apply wax with appropriate brushes and dry it.

Taking care of your car is as important as taking care of your own self. Regular washing and waxing can prevent you from heavy expenses to maintain your car later.

How To Properly Adjust Front And Rear View Mirror

Many accidents occur during changing lanes on road due to blind spots; that is only due to the wrong adjustment of mirrors. It is very important to set your rear and front view mirrors properly to avoid accidents and to save lives. Usually setting your car’s front and rear view mirrors incorrectly create blind spots and you can hit the car in the very next lane while shifting your lane or while parking your car.

There is a technique involved in positioning these mirrors correctly. It could totally eliminate blind spots behind your car and can give you wider eye angel to avoid accidents.

While adjusting your side-mirrors you need to see beyond your car, don’t try to see your car in the mirror. Most of the people do this mistake that they adjust car’s side-mirrors at eye-level where they could see rear part of their own car. They think that like this they could avoid a bumper collision. But usually, car hits cars at the side rather than at back or front. For covering your Car’s bumper use rear view mirror instead off side-view mirrors.

You have to set these mirrors at an angle where your own car should be out of focus when you are in the driver position. Try to cover the sight of the road in a mirror rather than your own car. Like this, you would be able to at the wider angle or you could say that you would be covering 3-quarter view from both sides of the car. It will provide optimum comfort and support while driving.

For adjusting rear view mirror make sure that you don’t have to move your head for peeping at the rear part of your car. Set it at eye level where you could glance by just moving your eyes. It will make your drive more comfortable.

All adjustments are dependent on your reflexes also. You have to be fully awake and aware of the road while driving to avoid any unpleasant situation.

Use the Best Engine Oil for your Car

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Use the Best Engine Oil for your Car

Engine oil or motor oil works as both coolant and lubricant. Moving parts of engine produce heat due to the friction of two metal surfaces in contact and can cause damage to parts of the engine. It may affect the efficiency of the vehicle and can also decrease the life of the engine. Engine oil works as a shield to protect parts from frictional heat. Oil forms a thin film between parts and this thin film is automatically converted into a thicker one with increased RPMs. RPM stands for “Revolution per minute” i.e. of ball bearings which determine the frequency of surface collision.

For increasing life of your vehicle’s engine and to get the best efficiency it is highly essential that you should be using the right engine oil and to change that oil at ideal intervals. There are many options available in the market varying in the price range, viscosity and “For engine type”, so choose the right one is an art.

You can check several things before buying to ensure its quality. The most important thing is to check that you are buying oil according to your vehicle i.e. oils for sedan, SUVs, MPVs, heavy vehicles all are different.

Whatever oil you are buying API mark is important to check on that. API is an “American Petroleum Institute” which ensures that fuel/lubricant meets international standards. Viscosity (ability to flow/thickness) of oil also matters so select right viscosity for the model of the car you are using. On heating motor oil thins, so you have to select it accordingly.

If you have a car like Mercedes so you have to buy full synthetic oil particularly meant for hi-tech engines but if you are looking for fuel economy so there are oils available in the market which give high mileage. There are conventional medium quality oils also available if you are cost conscious.

Before buying oil keep one thing in mind it is like blood in veins and cars life is totally dependent on that.

How Difficult is Maintaining a Used Car?

Used Cars Maintenance

It is a concept that brand new cars are comparatively easier to maintain than that of used cars. But it is not true. Even a used car could be easy to maintain if you consider a few factors while buying it. Like small and technologically simple cars are cheap and easy to maintain.

Buying a Japanese used car could also bring lots of ease and comfort. Particularly Japanese used cars have fewer maintenance issues as these are as-new and have really good quality. These go through several quality assurance tests and inspections before these are exported out of Japan.  Few countries also have age policy, these countries only allow importing vehicles of recent years, and this also reduces chances of maintenance issues.

Make this thing your habit to take your car for periodic check-ups even it’s new or used. It will save you from a major malfunctioning and lots of expense to shoot that trouble.

Try to buy a corrosion free vehicle. New Year models of Japanese used vehicles are usually corrosion free. Corrosion free vehicles need less frequent maintenance.

Buying a manual transmission car can also save you lots of maintenance expense as Manual cars are cheaper to maintain and according to mechanics less technique is involved in it.

There are few tips for easy maintenance of used cars as follow.

1-Check air pressure in tires frequently and rotate tires to maintain their performance.

2-Use best engine oil and try to find out which viscosity suits your car best.

3-Use good quality fuel to increase the life of the vehicle.

4- Check battery and other parts frequently.

Hiring a good and loyal mechanic to take care of your vehicle when required is also essential, it is very like a doctor. Good doctor are good for health so the good mechanics are good for your car’s health.

Benefits of having Sunroof in your Car

Japanese Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with Sunroof Japanese Toyota Land Cruiser with Sunroof

A sunroof is an optional opening available in the roof of cars. Some Cars have factory fitted Sunroofs i.e. these cars are manufactured with it but others go for alteration to have this sunroof but all vehicles couldn’t adopt it due to design. It adds a sense of class and luxury to the car.

Having Sunroof in the car brings many benefits to you but the top of all is ventilation and conditioning, it allows fresh air to pass inside the car which makes the very pleasant environment and gives comfort to the driver and other passengers of the car. Natural air-conditioning is done.

If you are having it in your car, so you have the advantage of breathing in the natural environment without opening windows and letting lots of noise and dirt entering into the car directly hitting your face and making you sick.

Sunroof makes the interior of the car brighter and allows sunlight to pass in the car and keeps you fresh while driving. Sunroof can add brightness to the dull and long boring journey. It gives you an advantage of enjoying Sun in winters and gives you coziness and calmness. On the other hands mostly Sunroofs have rain sensing systems so in rainy weather it closes automatically and creates no unpleasant situation for you.

There are different types of Sunroofs available in the market, like manually operated, inexpensive Pop-Up Sunroofs; these could be slide partially or fully according to the requirement. Others are Spoiler type small Sunroofs which are electrically operated and these could also be slide both ways partially or fully.

Most of the people prefer buying cars with Sunroofs and others go to workshops for adding a sunroof to their cars. If you are interested in buying a car with any type of Sunroof that is manual or electrical you can check the stock of Car Junction. We are one of the oldest and most reliable used Japanese car sellers and our online customer service representatives are available 24/7 to help you in buying a car of your choice in economical rates.

Stone Chip Removal From Precious Paint

One of the most irritating and common problems with cars is getting nasty chips on the bonnet caused by loose stones on the road. These stone chips mar the beauty of the car, the faster the speed of the car the deeper the chips. This article highlights ways to repair these annoying stone chips that may even cause your car to rust.

  • Using a solvent cleaner is a good option, especially if the chip is too deep and in the metal. If you let this chip be, then it becomes highly likely that it will start to rust. Cleaning is important since the new paint will not be able to grab onto the dust grime and film. Chip cleaning must be done accordingly by the use of a wire brush or sharp metal knife but be cautious not to deepen the damage. Scrape away at the rust until none of it remains. Next, coat the regions with any rust inhibitor like kurust or curite etc. these and other similar products inhibit rust formation.
  • Normally, an undercoat is sprayed before the main coat and for a specialized finish, lacquer is applied. When touching up make sure that the layering needs to be replicated. It is often seen that certain touch-up paints are blobby try using thinner paints as they will make the job easier.
  • Apply a thin layer of base coat. Choose a light coloured coat if the top coats are light coloured but you can use any colour tone for darker paints. Work gently avoiding any smudges and removing any excess paint. It requires approximately an hour to dry off.
  • Again, avoid not leaving any excess paint and build the coat in 3-8 thin layers. The paint should be relatively higher than in the surrounding area.
  • Wait for 3-4 hours after the application of the main coat and then start smoothening the surface with a grit wet and dry paper. Do this carefully and bring the paint to the same level as the surrounding paint. Now gradually rub over the area with rubbing the paste in order to blend the paint with the surrounding paint.
  • In case the paint is metallic then it requires a lacquer coat. Apply the coat and rub again with dry paper or sanding block then repeat with a rubbing paste.

Repairing Paint Chips

The repair procedure of a scratch and chip are pretty much the same. A scratch is actually a chip that is moving in one direction. Although both can be repaired, the scratch takes more time than a chip to blend in with the new paint.

Items you will need:

• Touchup or colour matched paint
• Compatible primer – I like Wurth Rustop primer
• Organic cleaner – P21S Total Auto Wash or Wurth Citrus Degreaser
• Solvent – Rubbing Alcohol or Prepsol or Enamel Reducer
• 3M Imperial Hand Glaze
• Sanding Block 2000 grit
• Car wash
• 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
• Round undyed wooden toothpicks
• Large lightweight cardboard boxes (large shoe box or bigger)
• Several 100% cotton towels
• New Pencils with unused erasers
• Rubber glue
• Several heavy clean plastic cups
• Roll of quality paint masking tape

If you are new to paint chip repairing, we recommend you start with areas of the car which is not so visible. Try different solvents on the paint, apply it a little to a piece of cloth and rub the seam. If any colour latches on to the cloth; it means the solvent is unsafe and you may want to switch to another one. If no colour sticks to the cloth, then the solvent is safe to use.

1. At least 24 hours before you want to start, use the rubber glue to attach small 600 grit sandpaper circles (the diameter of the eraser) onto several new pencils. The eraser must be unused and flat on top.

2. Wash the car with a quality car wash and dry thoroughly.

3. There are two types of paint chips. The most annoying one is the paint chip which exposes the metal beneath the paint while the other does not go so deep. If some rust is found on the metal it needs to be taken care of by a pencil eraser. If you are uncomfortable with this step then move to step 5. The roughed up area should be kept as small as possible to allow the old paint to grab around the perimeter and not cause scratches.

4. Now follow step 3 for the next chip or chips. You can manage to deal with 10-20 chips if time permits.

5. Once all the selected chips are dealt with, one should consider applying a little amount of alcohol or enamel reducer to each chip to remove any dust or grease/oils. Let it dry, it will not take much longer because of the volatility of the substance.

6. If the primer is unharmed and sanding does not damage the paint, then skip the next step and go directly to step 9.

7. Check that the chip is clean and so is the surrounding area. If in any case they are not, use alcohol or enamel reducer to clean it. Dip the point of a wooden toothpick into the primer to get a thin coating on the first 1-2 mm of the toothpick. If there is a blob on the end, gently scrape it back into the cup. Place the tip of the toothpick against the centre of the chip and allow capillary action to literally flow a thin coat of the primer into the depression of the chip. Move onto the next prepared chip. If you have finished priming all your prepared chips before two hours are up, cover with a box, taped down with masking tape and go have a beer. The key is to allow the first coat of primer to dry at least two hours. Dispose of your cup and start with a fresh cup and toothpick. Apply another thin coat of primer to each repair that needs a primer. Priming is completed when no metal is visible and the level of the primer is below the level of the surrounding paint. This is important! Cover and allow drying for two hours or until dry.

8. Once all the selected chips are dealt with, one should consider applying a little amount of alcohol or enamel reducer to each chip to remove any dust or grease/oils. Let it dry, it will not take much longer because of the volatility of the substance.

9. Shake the bottle properly if you are using touch up. In case you opted for colour-matched paint then mix thoroughly and pour a small quantity into a plastic cup.

10. Submerge a toothpick in the paint in such a way that you get a thin coat on the initial 1-2 mm of the toothpick. If a blob appears, remove it by gently scraping it back into the bottle. Just place the toothpick at the centre and then let capillary action do the trick. Do this for every chip, the technique is not to waste any paint. There will always be an urge to apply more paint, try to ignore that feeling.

11. Let it dry off for 2 hours covering it with the paint box and repeat 8-12 times until the depression is filled with paint. Be careful as the first 2-3 coats will not totally cover the primer, do not get frustrated you have many coats to go.

12. The application process is finished after the new paint bulges slightly upward and covers the rough area with a sleek coat of new paint. Let the paint dry for at the last week.

13. After a week of drying off, the paint will look like a mound on a flat plane. The aim is to remove the mound and attain a flat plane on the paint. Using the finesse block is much more helpful than sandpaper or polish on a rag.

14. Soak the Finesse block in clean water for at least 24 hours before using. Add a drop of a car wash on the chip repairs so that they are lubricated. Start to gently plane the mound and once done clean the area with lots of water to give it its finished look.

15. Apply wax or glaze with the help of soft cloth or applicator pad. Try to work in one direction and do not go in circles in order to avoid swirl marks.

Old ‘New’ Car

Everyone wants to hear a little appreciation about their cars but keeping that old vehicle in a new-like condition is difficult. Dents, scratches and cracks in the glass make a car look older in appearance with time. New techniques have appeared with the time that helped car maintenance a lot, it has made repairing faster and inexpensive.

People should get their dents fixed without painting or sanding in order to protect the originality of the car. Specialists can fix dents by massaging it out with specifically designed tools. If touch-ups are required they can be made by matching the car’s original colour thus repairing scrapes and blemishes. Certain factors, however, have to be taken into account for the application of this technique.

–       The dent’s location is important because if it is on the edge of a door, trunk or hood then this process is useless.

–       There is a chance that the paint may break apart if the damage is too deep or too much.

Apart from dents, cracked glass will also devalue the car. This does not mean that your car needs new windshields but just repairs. New technologies have enabled people to not only fix but also strengthen the glass. This technology can fix almost any type of glass damage

Please remember, if you plan on going for repairs then choose an automotive repair shop carefully. Ask them for a few references and jot down all the estimates and warranties. Compare with other shops and then select the best one so that you can avoid dissatisfaction and money wastage.

Car Wax versus Polish

People confuse wax and polish to be one and the same thing but actually, they are quite different. Wax is a non-abrasive coating which shields the paint and fills in the small dents and dimples to make the car shine. While the polish is a mildly abrasive product that tends to even the surface of the paint and allows it to glisten.

Applying wax over a poor painting job will seal the imperfections and will in no way improve the look of the car. On the other hand, polishing is done only when the paint is flattened because paint finish degrades over time because of the dirt grime and road film. Every time polish is applied, it removes a small layer of paint thus doing it too often can damage the paint and the only to fix it would be to spray it.

The first thing that needs to be analyzed is the location of the paint defect, whether it is under the paint or over it. Wash the car and feel the paint with your fingers, if it feels rough or slightly sticky then the imperfections are above the surface. If it feels smooth then the problems are below the surface. The defects which are present below the surface are much likely to be fixed through polishing while the defects above the surface are best repaired by a clay bar.

Take a close look after the clay bar treatment; if you still spot problems then they need to be polished out. If you find any scratches and stone chips, they need to be touched up before the application of wax.

Polishing the car

Start off by applying cutting paste to a cloth and begin to rub in a circular fashion; try to use a lot of polish and do not let the cloth dry out. In order to remove a scratch or flaw, try to fade the fresh paint to the old paint to ensure that they match. An electric polisher can make the job a lot easier but it can cause too much removal of paint thus exposing the undercoat; so be careful or just avoid it. Applying wax with electric polisher is helpful and provides an excellent finish.

Many abrasions from keys, scrapes in car parks and other nicks can be almost entirely removed with polishing. A nasty scrape is rendered virtually invisible with a bit of polishing. So, before you take the car to a body shop for a spray coat have a go at polishing out the damage and see what the true extent of the damage is.