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  • 25 Jan
    How Often Should You Wash Your Car Posted by admin Comments Off

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    If you own a car, you have probably asked yourself a question how often to wash it. The number depends on a location and climate you live in, the frequency and distance you drive, also the storage of your vehicle.

    If you live in an area with mild weather and your car gets limited exposure to tree sap, bug guts and bird droppings, remains in a closed garage most of the time, then you can wash it on a fortnightly basis. Otherwise, many car dealers recommend washing your vehicle once a week.

    When washing your car, you remove loose grime from its exterior surfaces, preventing contaminants like dust, dirt, pollen, tree sap, bug guts, salt, air-borne pollutants from adhering to your vehicle and damaging its paint finish.

    Splattered bugs and bird droppings. Both are dangerous for your car’s paint finish. The longer bug remains sit on your car’s exterior, the harder it becomes to remove them without chipping the paint. The same about the bird droppings; they can cause more damage if they dry up and harden on a vehicle’s exterior. These droppings should be quickly removed to avoid the paint damage.

    Tree sap. Tree sap also causes danger to your car by corroding it and etching through the paint’s finish, leading to its discoloring and staining. If you live in a highly wooded area or regularly park your vehicle under a tree, it is more likely to get a tree sap on it. Try not to park under a tree whenever it is possible.

    Long distance driving. If you drive a significant distance every day, environmental contaminants like dirt, dust, pollen, gravel, bugs and air pollutants can damage your car. Consider weekly washing as a preventive maintenance step.

    Air pollution and the weather. If you live in an urban area, take into consideration that air pollution caused by industrial construction can create the need for additional washing. If you live in an area with lots of rain, be aware that the moisture traps contaminant on the exterior and accelerates rusting.

    Car washing and waxing keeps your car clean, and more importantly protects it from everyday environmental threats. Wash your car on a weekly basis to get rid of harmful chemicals, residues, salt, sand, tar, grease and grime and protect it from etching, discoloration, fading, rusting and more.

  • 25 Nov
    How to paint it right! Posted by Marina Dumanyan Comments Off

    Auto Paint Shop

    What color, paint and materials should I use to paint my vehicle? If you ask this question to 20 different painters you may get 50 different answers. There are lots of auto paint shops in Los Angeles; each of them offers hundreds of different colors, brands and effects: synthetic colors, candy colors, metallic colors, shiny colors… This is not helping!

     Well let’s start with the easiest possible way:

    • The color

    Ask yourself what color you want to get? Don’t research on how that color will look on your car or is it fancy this year… just think simple. For example, you want your car to be green, well here we go: the first step is done. Everything else will fly around this concept.

    But keep in mind one thing: there are so-called “safe” and “risky” colors. You don’t need to be an artist to assume that red, for example, is a risky color while grey is rather safe. It doesn’t mean that a red car is an accident magnet; however, some statistics show that red cars are caught up in more accidents than others.

    • You can mix colors, but not brands

    Use the same company’s products, don’t mix. First of all, mixing two different brands of auto paint may result in some strange color variation that will not represent what you initially wanted. And secondly, this mixture may have chemical reaction going on inside it since different companies use different chemical ingredients in the paint; as a result the paint may get cracks, flake off the car or fade very soon.

    So make a small research on auto paint shops and brands. Don’t rely simply on price, go for its durability, find the best price-quality mixture for you, select the one you like and stick to it from the basic till the top coat.

    • Even the primer defines the final coat’s shine

    If you start painting from the bare metal surface you will definitely need a primer coat. Here we have two options: etching primer or epoxy primer. What does the primer do? It adds corrosion resistance option to the metal surface and creates bond with upcoming paint coat, so the paint won’t go off soon. Use one of these primers, but never both (remember no mixing).

    • How many stages of coloring will you need?

    Single-stage painting, this is mostly done with enamel auto paint: it’s thick, durable and affordable, and it will give your car 70’s retro look.

    Urethane: it’s the first choice of many today’s painters; it gives UV protection, is strong and has a large range of colors. It requires base coat/clear coat two stage application.

    Both application methods have their pluses and minuses. For instance, single stage application is quicker, while two coats give deeper color to the vehicle and it looks fresh a lot longer.

    • Keep it classy or go wild?

    This is completely up to you. Whether you want your car to be classic, genuine one-color vehicle or a crazy Star Wars’ inter galaxy space racer, keep in mind that your car is not just a part of your image or others’ perception of who you are, it is a place where you should feel yourself comfortable and safe.

  • 14 Sep
    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes Posted by admin Comments Off
    Weather Conditions Affecting Brakes

    Conditions Affecting Brakes

    How Outside Conditions Affect the Brakes

    You may not be aware of it, but the brakes of your car are affected by outside conditions such as temperature and water or winter chill.

    Temperature

    Although the effect is very minimal, the outside temperature actually affects the brake system of your car. Because of the friction produced between the rotors and the brake pads, the brake system of your vehicle stays warm for a certain amount of time after being parked or driven even in a short distance. The cold weather does not stop the heat of the vehicle’s brake system. Therefore, heavy braking can make the brakes to overheat, decreasing its efficiency.

    Winter Chill/ Water

    Winter chill or water can result in moisture in the brake fluid or the entire brake system. If water in the braking system especially in the brake fluid freezes, the brake system’s proper function will decrease.  Under these circumstances, you may experience dragging. In addition, if the moisture in the brake fluid begins to boil as a result of increasing friction, the performance of your brake system could decrease taking a longer distance and time for your car to stop.

    In order to prevent the outside conditions from affecting your brake system, brake maintenance is one of the most important things that must be included in your vehicle service every year. Taking your vehicle to a service shop allows you to ensure that your vehicle’s brake system intricate parts are working properly and efficiently. This can help you prevent risks that can cost lives.