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How To Remove Sap From Your Car

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Sap is that sticky substance that comes out of trees such as pine, oak, or maple. If you park beneath one of these types of trees, you’ll notice drops of this sticky substance appearing on your car, which can be difficult to remove, especially if it has been baked on. If left there, that baked on sap can damage the paint on your car by eating through the clear coat and discoloring the paint beneath. It’s important to remove the sap immediately if possible to prevent this from happening. See below for instructions as well as different methods to remove sap from your car’s paint. Scrape Off Sap Scrape dried on sap from your car using a plastic scraper or a credit card to get up as much as possible. Be sure not to scrape the paint on your car. When you get the majority off of your car, move to the next step. Wash And Rinse Wash your car with hot soapy water. You can use mild dish soap, but if you have car wash soap, that is preferred. Wash your car thoroughly in a circular motion to try and remove the sap with the soapy water. Rinse the soap from your car thoroughly by spraying it with clean water several times. Wax And Buff Wax your car when finished to help remove sap from your car. Wax in a circular motion, removing it in the same circular motion using a microfiber cloth. If these methods didn’t do the trick, follow the instructions below for a few do-it-yourself removal tricks using household items. Be sure to test all of these on your car in a small inconspicuous area before using it on a more noticeable area to be sure it doesn’t damage your car’s paint or clear coat. Mayonnaise. Apply a small amount to a soft microfiber cloth and work it into the sap. Leave it on for ten minutes, then rinse the area thoroughly. The sap should be removed. Hand Sanitizer. Apply a dab of hand sanitizer to a cotton swab, then apply it to the sap, leaving it on the sap for just a minute. Next, rinse the area thoroughly. Repeat the process if need be. Alcohol. Dip a cotton swab into isopropyl alcohol, then rub it on the sap. Let the alcohol soak up the sap, using more swabs to help prevent spreading the sap around. Repeat the process if necessary. Once the sap has been removed (by any of these methods), be sure to wash and wax your car again to remove any of the residue left behind by any of these items. Remember to remove sap immediately to help prevent the sap from baking onto your car’s paint. Wash your car often to prevent a build up of sap as well as bugs and...

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4 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Self-Serve Auto Detailing

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Self-serve auto detailing businesses are extremely helpful for anyone looking to wash their own vehicles but don’t have space or tools needed to do so at home. If you like to take advantage of self-serve auto detailing locations, you should know how to make the most out of it. This way, you can limit the number of trips you need to take and keep your car cleaning for a longer period of time. Here are four tips for doing this: Be Prepared to Vacuum: Typically, when you use a self-serve auto detailing location to clean your car, you are charged for the amount of time you are using the vacuum. This is why it’s important to prepare to use the vacuum both efficiently and in a timely manner. The best way to do this is to clean out all garbage from your vehicle and then shake out the mats. Once you do this, you can start using the vacuum to all the small crumbs that you couldn’t get out by hand.  Center Your Car With the Machine: When you pull up to wash your vehicle, be sure that your car is centered with the machine. This gives you more room to get around your vehicle on either side, which can also help cut down vacuum time. This will also ensure that there are no hard to reach places that you give up on trying to clean, which can only lead to you feeling that you need a car wash sooner.  Prepare Yourself to Save Time: Just like you want to save time vacuuming, you also want to save yourself time to ensure that you continue to have the energy to wash your vehicle thoroughly. When you make the task harder on yourself, you are less likely going to complete the task as thoroughly as you should. The best way to be prepared is to have your hand drying towels ready. Don’t forget to bring your own, or if you are buying from the self-serve shop, do this first before washing. Not only does this save you time, but it also ensures that you are ready to dry your vehicle right away. If you wait too long, the water can evaporate and leave water marks on your vehicle.  Get All the Soap: When you are rinsing your vehicle after scrubbing with soapy water, you want to be sure that you get all of the soap off the vehicle. If soap is left, not only can it leave water marks, but it can also potentially damage the paint of your vehicle.  For more information, contact Epic Mobile Detailing or a similar...

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4 Reasons To Pick Clear Window Tinting Film For Your Car

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Tired of driving around with the sun beating down on you all summer, but stuck in a state with restrictions on automotive window tinting? Find the perfect compromise by trying one of the new nearly transparent films now available. These clear window tints offer four specific benefits to the driver who doesn’t want a darker color. Meets State Requirements Each state sets specific rules on how dark a tint you can add to the windows, with different light blocking percentages set for the windshield and side windows. A clear film allowing 86% of light through to the interior fits even the strictest rules set across the country. The lightness of the tint prevents you from getting pulled over and issued tickets for violating local regulations. Reduces Skin Cancer Risks Your windshield features extra coating to keep UV rays off your skin, but the rest of the windows around the sides and back of the car feature little to no stock protection against the damaging effects of sunlight. A clear window tint protects both the passengers and driver, no matter where anyone is seated in the car. This kind of film can also extend the lifespan of your upholstery and dashboard too. Layers with Other Tints While clear films work wonders for drivers who don’t want dark windows, this product works for people on the other side of the spectrum too. If your windows are already tinted, either by the factory or an aftermarket installer, you can still add the nearly transparent film over the colored glass for extra heat and UV blocking power. There’s no need to spend a ton on having the existing film stripped off and replaced when the new clear layer goes on quickly. Lowers the Heat a Few Degrees Finally, consider the temperature of your car on a hot summer’s day. Get more out of your air conditioner and stop fiddling with a flimsy folding reflective windshield screen when a clear layering of film can reduce interior temperatures by blocking as much as 60% of the solar heat getting into the car. Imagine being able to hop in your car and take off after work without burning yourself on a leather seat that spent hours baking in the sun. Don’t try to install these types of clear films yourself in the car windows. Let a professional installer plan and apply the film to prevent peeling, bubbles, and other defects that make it hard to see out of the covered...

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4 Reasons Auto Detailing Shouldn’t Be Underrated

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The most common response to detailing that car owners tend to use is that they can do the job themselves. While this is true, you cannot underestimate the many benefits of having an experienced auto detailer going over your car with a fine-toothed comb. Here are just a few of the ways that detailing shouldn’t be underrated by car owners. It Can Save Your Paint Job Most car owners know that regular washing and waxing is good for their car’s paint job, but detailing goes a few steps further. Detailing ensures that the paint itself is washed and cared for, but it also removes road salt, dirt, and other debris from the underside of the vehicle and behind exposed panels. This keeps the vehicle from rusting or deteriorating from the underside up, which is important when extending the life of your car. It Can Reverse Hazing and Damage to Light Covers Detailing helps your car to look good, of course, but it also helps your car be a little safer. If your head and tail light covers are hazy, pitted, or scratched, then they aren’t as visible to other drivers as they could be. And in the case of your headlights, you’re not getting as much light from them as you should be. Once they’re properly detailed, you’ll be amazed at how much brighter your lights are. It Can Lengthen the Life of Your Tires Having your car fully detailed doesn’t help the tread on your tires, unfortunately, but it can extend the life of your tires in other ways. The sidewalls, on the other hand, take as much of a beating as the tread of the tires do. By keeping them properly detailed, you’re removing brake dust and chemicals that can cause the rubber on the sides of the tires to break down and to crack. This reduces the likelihood that your tires will have a blowout from the side due to weakness. It Can Remove Even Stubborn Interior Odors It’s amazing how something really small can leave a lasting impression on the interior of your car. A friend’s garlic seafood pasta from lunch—that only took a 10 minute ride from the restaurant—can linger for a long, long time in the enclosed cabin of your car. Proper detailing can get that smell out and it will stay gone, even after a super hot day. If you’re ready to get your car the cleanest it’s been in a long time, contact an professional auto detailing service, like Deluxe Detail & Window Tint, today. You’ll see the difference right...

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