Reprinted from Hagerty’s Newsletter - Use at your own risk. (From Pete)

Griot’s Car Car Tip: Will waterless car wash damage your paint?

June 27, 2013

Are waterless car washes safe to use?

Water restrictions are becoming more common, I’m sure you’ve seen a flood (forgive the pun) of waterless car washes hitting the market. I was very skeptical at first. Washing my car without water? Are you nuts?! However, now that I understand and have used them, let me say: I am a believer.

The idea behind safely removing dirt from your paint (with any type of car wash) is to provide lubrication that lifts contaminants, allowing them to glide off the surface instead of being dragged across it.

A good spray-on car wash should have similar lubricants to those found in a traditional car wash. When the product is misted onto the paint, it encapsulates the dirt and lifts it from the surface. Working in small sections, gently wipe the area clean using a side-to-side, wipe and lift motion; not in circles. When you use a high-loft microfiber towel, the dirt is trapped deep in the towels fibers and removed from your paint. And always use light pressure when wiping dirt from your vehicle as too much pressure may cause swirl marks. Have fun in your garage!

Ethanol Free Fuel (From Pete)

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Ethanol Inquiry From Hemming Motor News, Jim Howe
I have a 1966 Plymouth Fury with a V-8 that I drive on a regular basis. My local CENEX gas station posted a sign that their premium-grade gasoline does not contain ethanol. I don't need the higher octane rating, but I do like the fact that it doesn't contain ethanol. I asked the station manager if CENEX had simply replaced the ethanol with some other form of alcohol to meet the federal mandate, but he doesn't know. Do you know if I am actually getting real gasoline?

A: If you observe all the warnings and precautions of the EPA, Federal Emergency Management, Poison Center, Explosive Liquids Act, gasoline pump decals and your mother, you can check for yourself whether or not it contains ethanol. Using a tall, clear container, fill it about 1/10th full of water and mark the level of the water on the container. Fill the rest of the container with gasoline, cover it, and shake. Allowing a couple of minutes for the mixture to settle, check the apparent water level against the mark. If the water level has risen above the mark, the ethanol has been drawn into the water. If it stays the same, you have ethanol-free gas at that pump. I have tried this at pumps advertised as offering ethanol-free gas, and found out there was indeed ethanol in the fuel.

Reprinted from Hagerty’s Newsletter - Use at your own risk. (From Pete)

August 4th, 2014

Since cleaning wheels is more involved (and more sloppy) than dressing tires, wheels should be washed before you detail your tires.

Don’t reach for the dressing straight away; first use a rubber cleaner or prep product and a scrub brush to remove dirt, grime and any residual dressing from the tire.

Next is an optional tip that you can use to keep the rubber looking good even when the dressing wears away. Apply a product like Griot’s Garage Tire Rejuvenator as a base coat and the dressing as a finishing coat.

Dressing a tire is all about the luster. The type of dressing you use will determine the finish you get. Thick, silicon-based Long-Lasting Tire Dressing produces a nice, satin finish for a natural rubber look. If you like a glossy tire, simply apply additional coats. Vinyl & Rubber Dressing  also creates a satin sheen and its added UV protection makes it great for interior plastics, trim and door seals as well as tires.

Going for big-time shine? High-Gloss Dressing has UV protection but adds a higher finishing sheen than Vinyl & Rubber Dressing.

Bottom line: Do your tire prep properly, choose your level of shine, employ these tips, and you'll be rewarded with a pristine finish that lasts and lasts.




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