DeeRay's Car Care Tips:

Keeping your car, truck or motorcycle looking good can save you a lot of money over the live of the vehicle The resale value of your vehicle can be increased by maintaining your rides finish and interior, as well as keeping it in good mechanical condition. 

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Fix bad weather stripping immediately
If your weather stripping is letting rainwater leak into the interior of your car, take a look at it and decide if you can repair it or if it needs to be replaced. Small leaks can be handled with brush-on seam sealers. Reattach loose sections, not otherwise damaged, with trim adhesive.

Torn sections may be repaired with special caulking available at auto parts stores. You may also be able to extend the life of worn-but-intact sections by inserting foam rods, available at automotive stores, into the hollow section of the weather stripping. If you decide to replace entire sections of weather stripping, don't simply buy generic stuff such as you'd use around the house. Bring you vehicle to DeeRay's Auto Body for a product that matches your car's original weather stripping -- original equipment or better!

Exterior Care: The Wash

1. Always wash your vehicle in a shaded area. Your vehicleís surface should be cool. If the carís hot, the soap suds will dry too quickly, staining the surface and requiring another wash or possibly damaging your paint.

2. Pre-soak your vehicle to remove heavy contaminants like bird poop and bugs, and heavy dirt. This will help minimize the possibility of scratching your paint and chrome.

3. Use mild liquid soap made for washing cars, do not use dish detergent,  and a made for car-wash mitt or sponge, or microfiber cloth; use plenty of  water.

4. Start at the top of the vehicle. Wash one section at a time, and then rinse it off. Start with the roof of the car or truck , then proceed to the hood and the rear. Next, clean the upper sections of the sides, and then, finally, clean the lower areas, including the rocker panels, which usually  have the most dirt.    If you clean the lower sections first, youíll wash the dirt from the top of the car back down onto the lower parts. But, more importantly, you run the risk of having small pieces of debris adhere to the mitt or sponge, and could scratch the vehicle.

5. Always hose off your mitt or sponge before putting it back in the wash bucket to re-soap. In other words, start with a bucket of clean soap-- and end with a bucket of clean soap.

6. Rinse your vehicle thoroughly. When you think you're done rinsingóthatís when you give it one more heavy and final rinse!

7. Use a different mitt or brush to clean the tires and rims. Using a separate utensil  for the wheels will reduce the chance that youíll scratch the carís paint with brake dust and dirt you pick up from the rims.

8. Be very cautious when cleaning wheels, especially if youíre using a spray-on wheel cleaner. This is not just for your carís health, but for yours as well. Wheels can be extremely hot if the car has just been driven. This is especially likely with wheels that use high-performance brakes. When you spray wheel cleaning chemicals on hot metal, the chemicals will vaporize, and youíll inhale them, which can cause reparatory problems.

9. Forget the pricey automotive cleaners. Instead, use a mild, liquid soap that's well diluted. Thatíll do everything you need, such as removing dirt, grease, and films without damaging plastics or other materials. Plus, itís a lot cheaper than the aggressively marketed, fancy products.

10. Dry your vehicle immediately, to prevent water spots. Chamois work well.

Exterior Care: The Wax

1. Your car or truck must be clean, see washing instructions above.

2. Know that some waxes contain abrasives, which can damage clear-coat and lacquer finishes, and may be harmful to dark-colored paint jobs. When in doubt, use a nonabrasive wax.

3. Park the car in a cool, shady spot. If you don't have access to a shady spot, wax one section at a time so the sun doesn't bake the wax onto your car. Avoid waxing if it's very hot or very cold outside.

4. Dip a damp wax sponge into the car wax, getting a half-dollar-size clump on your sponge.

5. Rub the wax onto the car using small circles. Avoid getting wax into seams and jambs, if this happens, use an old, very soft toothbrush to remove it.

6. Working on a section at a time, cover your car's entire surface, remembering the path you took. By the time you have finished, the wax will be ready to remove.

7. Using soft terry cloth towels, cotton diaper (or, better yet, microfiber cloth), wipe off the wax in the same order in which it was applied.

8. Shake out the towel or cloth as you work, in order to avoid wax buildup and streaking.

9. Leaning as close to the surface of your car as you can, look down the sides and across the front, back and roof to spot any residual wax.

10. Use a cloth diaper or a cheesecloth to polish the car's entire surface.

11. Wash your used towels, cloths and pads with liquid fabric softener to keep them from scratching your car the next time you use them.

Exterior Care: Detail Tips:

Removing Tough Water Spots:
Salts "eat" into your paint and glass and can be difficult to remove if they remain for any length of time. Use a soft "terry" towel dampened with a little white vinegar to remove.

Vacuum Before You Wash:
If you plan to vacuum your Vehicle, do so before you wash. This will prevent you from blowing dust and dirt all over your clean car, and loose dirt is easier to vacuum before it gets wet.

Remove Tar & Road Oil
Dampen a soft "terry" towel with a little cooking oil and rub the tar away.. Be sure to wash and wax the area afterwards.

Remove Tree Sap & Pitch
To remove tree sap or pine pitch from your vehicle's surface, use finger nail polish remover on a cotton ball. After the sap is removed, make a paste of water and baking soda to wash the affected area, then apply wax.
A gentler way, Use mineral sprits (it will also remove tar). Use a soft "terry" towel, or wash cloth dampened with mineral sprits. After removal, Wash the car and apply wax to the affected area.

Remove Odors:
You can place one of those clothes dryer softener sheet in your car for a couple of days to remove odors. If your going to store it for a long time, put a couple in.


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