Car Wash Wax: 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting a Waterless Cleaner

Waterless car wash/wax products are at the cutting edge of auto care. They are extremely popular with auto detailing experts because they save time, money, and energy without sacrificing an ounce of performance. There are many brands of waterless cleaning products available for cars, such as Quic Shine 99 and FW1/Fast Wax, but they are not one in the same. Be sure to ask the following 5 questions when shopping around to ensure that you select the best product available.

1. How long does the shine last?

After you apply a waterless detailing product and buff it, there will be a shiny gloss left over. That shine will keep your vehicle looking immaculate while protecting it from the elements. The best waterless products produce a protective shine that lasts for months. It’s also important to find out how long a waterless car wash and wax beads water after rainstorms. Some brands, such as FW1/Fast Wax, don’t bead water at all, while other brands bead water for months following a single application.

2. How much does it cost and what’s included in the price?

The prices of waterless detailing car products vary widely, but you should expect to pay around $19.99 for a can that contains 17.5 oz. To get more for your money, find out if the company offers discounts when you order in bulk. In addition, check if the company offers value packs that contain additional products and freebies to sweeten the deal.

3. What are the active ingredients?

Active ingredients that waterless car wash and wax contains include waxes, polishes, lubricants, and cleaning agents. For the best results, use a waterless car cleaner made with carnauba wax. Carnauba wax is a plant-by product, so it doesn’t cause incompatibility issues with car paint. It produces a hard film that protects your vehicle’s surface and provides long-lasting shine. Both Quic Shine 99 and FW1/Fast Wax contain carnauba wax, but independent testing has shown that they don’t produce that deep of a shine, so the amount of wax they contain is probably minimal. For maximum results, opt for a brand of waterless cleaner that contains a higher concentration of carnauba wax.

4. Is it eco-friendly?

Just because a car wash doesn’t require you to use water doesn’t necessarily mean that it is eco-friendly. If you want to be sure that a spray bottle of waterless wash doesn’t emit harmful levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), make sure that it’s VOC compliant.

5. Is it easy to use?

When comparing different waterless detailing products, evaluate how easy they are to use. Do they come in a spray can or with a pump? If they come in a spray can, is the spray tip secure or does it fall off? Picking a waterless car wash and wax that’s easy to apply is important since you’ll have to apply it to every inch of your car’s painted surface. The easier a formula is to apply, the faster you’ll be able to clean your car.

34 Steps To Success In The Overseas Art Workshop Niche

Your Invitation to a 2 Week Art Workshop in Brussels or… 34 Steps To Success In The Overseas Art Workshop Niche.

You could pay an art coach $500 for this advice… and another $40 a month to hold your hand at every step along the way. Or you could read this article.

You have seen ads like this for years. And you have missed the point… for years.

This is what I call… hiding in plain sight. Because while you might be thinking… ‘ must be nice to travel to Brussels for an art workshop’… you are missing the point entirely.

Let me be clear. As you read this – many successful artists are conducting Art Workshops over seas in exotic locales like Paris, Brussels, Rio, Tokyo, Tuscany… getting paid, having fun… and their accommodations are… free.

But no one is going to come knocking at your door to present these opportunities to you. For a very simple reason. You have got to make it happen.

This is a dynamic that is built on trust. On people knowing you and your skill level and your personality.

Is there an inside track to such success? Yes.

Many artists just want to paint and sell their art. That is thinking small… in my opinion.

1- You are painting every day or every other day. Your paintings are stacking up around the house.

2- Your daily planner has shows you wish to enter or a circuit that you travel and show your work.

I did not say ‘sell’ because many artists are not salespeople. People buy but the artist does not sell.

3- You pay your fees for a booth, gas up the car, load up your work and trundle off to set your exhibit.

4- You sit for one day or two, as your kidneys explode, collect a lot of cards in a fish bowl, sell a painting or two and on the way home… you realize… you paid out more than you took in. But you had fun. At least that is what you tell yourself… so you don’t have to face the fact that the weekend was a financial bust.

Now… let’s think really big. Thinking… is not going to kill you.

1- Your local arts association is your beginning platform.

2- You enter as many local shows as you can afford. Framing gets expensive.

3- You get on the publicity committee so you learn how to get the word out.

4- You volunteer for the fund-raising committee so you begin to network and understand the cash flow.

5- Do not get caught up in the petty in-fighting. Stay out of it. It will sap your energy.

6- As your talent and name recognition grows within your association inquire as to whether you could present a workshop for the group.

7- Do not expect your first inquiries to be greeted warmly at first… because… the powers that be… may have always psychologically seen you as ‘just’ an artist… not a talker.

8- It helps to have the gift of gab, but if you don’t… taking note of your process… from inspiration to final painting… is your key. If you must – write it down. Because being authentically you… is what people find endearing.

9- Take an honest look at other painters in your association and make a conscious effort to develop your own style… your own palette of colors… a particular way of doing things… whether meticulous or ‘slam bang.’ Separate your style from the pack. I mean you don’t want to be the singer who reminds everyone of Frank Sinatra. You want to develop your own signature style.

10- This may take a year or two to really get going.

11- Save all your organizations Press Releases of your workshops.

12- By now you have developed the ability to talk and paint at the same time… and have fun doing it.

13- It is time to set up the digital camera and make a DVD. Put it up on YouTube. Then put up another one. Then rinse and repeat… every 3 months.

14- Consider writing a booklet detailing your unique style. Submit the idea to Northlight for publishing or just do it your self on Amazon. Then rinse and repeat.

15- What you are doing is building a paper trail of your accomplishments. Your Curriculum Vitae. Your Artist Bio.

16- Now it is time to research all the art organizations within your state. Contact them and pitch them on you presenting a workshop of how you do… what you do. And not thinking small… consider art associations in contiguous states.

17- This is where the fun begins. You will find out that most cannot schedule you in right away because… their calendar of presentations may already be full… for the next 12-24 months. Their calendars will be full with artists who are already doing what you are just beginning.

18- But as you make your calls… you will find out which organizations are open to you… if not now… sometime down the road. That is what you want… an opening.

19- After you have done a couple of workshops… you will get really comfortable with it.

20- What is the time frame? Realistically this could take anywhere from 1 to 4 years. Oh my god.

21- Think about it… how long have you already been painting? And are you getting requests to present workshops? So… time to begin.

22- But how do you move from workshops locally to state wide to overseas?

23- I forgot to mention… you are getting paid to do these workshops. It could be a flat fee or it could be per head. Some presenters get $50 to $100 per head. It depends on the market and the size of the organization. You do the math.

24- Remember that fish bowl you used to have to collect names of possible buyers? Well now it is time to go ‘deep sea fishing.’ As you do your workshops you want to negotiate with the organizations that sponsor you as a presenter… that you might be doing an overseas workshop say in Tuscany and it would be nice if they might carry your ad in their newsletter. Maybe they have a ‘presenter’ ad rate. See where this is going?

25- The more associations you are able to present workshops to… the greater your reach in having your ads carried in their newsletters.

26- Why not just run an ad in an arts magazine? Very expensive. Association newsletter ads are relatively cheap.

27- So… why do it the way I have suggested? If you like simple and I do… here is why. Trust.

People who belong to the associations have come to know you and feel comfortable with you. These same people will recognize your name when they see your ad in their newsletter. Some of these same people have the resources to take a one week or a two week trip on a cruise ship or overseas. These same people would love to take a trip to a foreign land with some one they already know and trust… that’s you.

28- Now for the really good news. You do not handle the scheduling or accommodations. That is why you use a travel agent. And of course you do not have to pay your way… because the travel package allows your travel, lodging and food as free as long as your travel head count meets a certain number… X

And you make it plain in your ad… the work shop is contingent upon X number of people signing up.

29- And this is how you build a reputation as a world-wide art workshop presenter. I’ll just mention in passing… it also gives you an opportunity to sell your books, DVD’s and prints. No point in leaving money on the table. Not to fear… if some one is taking your overseas workshop… they are already predisposed to buy other items from you. You really won’t have to sell.

30- Your travel agent is booking these people and you get a copy of the contact sheet… for your own list building for future overseas work shops and future works that you may wish to put in the pipeline.

31- The really great news… is once you have done the first overseas work shop… doing it again becomes even easier… the next time… and the next. You know the territory.

32- Why does it take so long and involve so many state-wide presentations to get this up and running?

Because the whole dynamic is built on trust. Trust that you know what you are talking about. Trust that you have an engaging personality. Trust that associations believe you will take good care of their membership and treat their people with respect.

33- So resolve to begin today to start widening your ‘circle of trust’ and reap the artistic rewards.

34- And the next time you read… ‘Your Invitation to a 2 Week Art Workshop in Brussels’… you will be reading your very own ad.

Best regards!

Paintless Dent Repair Works!

Dents happen. It’s a fact of life. It is actually amazing our cars don’t collect more dents and dings than they do. What with hail storms, runaway shopping carts, kids toys and all the other wonderful obstacles out there you would think our cars would look be dented all the time. With the recent hailstorms that have plagued the area, you may wake up one morning to find your car looks like a golf ball. These tiny dents pepper your hood, trunk and roof and can just take the wind out of your sails when you see them.

When and if your vehicle does take a dent, you should consider paintless dent repair as an option. It will almost certainly save you both time and money over traditional dent repair. Most repairs can be done in a single day and the cost is a fraction of what you would pay if you decided to take the car to a body shop.

If you are not familiar with PDR, it is basically a simple way to repair minor dings and dents in your vehicle without having to repaint. It takes a skilled hand and the right equipment, but when done properly it is impossible to see the damage once completed.

The trained technician will need to be able to gain access to the dent from behind, so certain areas of your car will not be available for the procedure. Also, if the paint is broken from the dent, needless to say, paintless repair will not be an option.

The technician uses a variety of specialized tools to reshape, prod and press the metal back into shape, thus removing the damage. You will be amazed at the damage that can be removed from the process. Larger dents take time, but as long as the paint is intact, paintless dent repair is an option. It takes patience and a steady hand, but it can be done.

PDR is a real advancement in the science of auto body and collision repair. It is a time saver and a money saver and should definitely be explored as a serious option if you have dents.

You should consider PDR if…

• The dent is in an accessible area for the technician to work

• There is no paint damage created from the dent

• There is no crease in the dent

• You want to save a lot of money over traditional body work

Boat Detailing Tips and Procedures

Auto detailers are often asked to clean boats and detail boat trailers. There is an easy and efficient way to do this with little effort. Washing and waxing boat trailers is an easy sale. Be sure to offer the boat owner a trailer wax. Let the owner know that a heavily waxed trailer is more rust resistant even when used in salt water. They can wax now or repaint later. To remove rust, brush on two coats of Ospho Acid, available in paint stores and marine supply shops. It will change the chemistry of rusting steel from an active to a passive state and stop rust cold.

Washing Fenders, Lines and Shore Power Cords

When washing lines most manufacturers recommend putting them in a net bag and throwing them in a washing machine. Although you cannot do this we recommend Gemtek Cleaner/Degreaser, which will not remove the finish on the lines. Washing fenders, same thing and afterwards wipe with a protective spray such as CRS or WD-40. Cleaning shore power cables is something not everyone does. It can leave a boat looking extra clean (the way a pair of clean and dressed wheels lights up a car) and really goes above and beyond the call of duty. You can charge $1.00 – $2.50 a foot for cleaning them. Most of the time they are greasy and grimy from docks and creosote tar. Make sure power is off and they are unplugged before attempting to clean. You don’t want shocking while you shine. Keep cords out of the water as much as possible. The way to really clean them fast is with acetone. Work one section at a time and slowly.

The acetone slightly melts and softens the cords outer shell so be careful not to over saturate the cord and towel. Change towels exposing a clean surface. This will make your work faster. Then dress them with a little 303 protectant or Armor-All. You can also use Starbrite’s Power Cord Cleaner as well as a protectant and acetone neutralizer. Stowed hoses can attract mold, mildew and grease from lack of use or due to climate and other conditions. Follow the same cleaning procedures for the shore power cables.

What Is Car Body Glass Coating?

Glass coating is an inorganic material made of a Silica or a Quartz-Silane-based compound. It is used to protect the painted surfaces of car bodies. It is less likely to stain. Unlike traditional wax, its luster and protection can be long-lasting once it is applied. This is because they do not contain materials that oxidize (bind with oxygen). Oxidation weakens the original protection and shine of many car products, thus rendering the car surface prone to damage. It is easy to maintain, provides clean, shiny surfaces and long-lasting protection.

What is the difference between coating and wax?

The main component of wax is carnauba wax oil, which is extracted from palm trees. In recent years, some waxes have added petroleum. Higher quality waxes contain more carnauba oil. Carnauba wax is oil based, so it has water-repellent characteristics and can obscure scratches. However, there are also disadvantages. Waxes can easily become dirty because oil has a high viscosity (thick and sticky). This means dirt can stick to it. Also, wax can easily melt and deteriorate because it is sensitive to heat. Sunshine or engine heat can promote deterioration and cause wax to melt off the car’s surface. Wax can also break down in the rain or when the car is washed.

On the other hand, coating has a chemical composition of silicon, silica, fluorine and titanium. These molecules form a film coating that penetrates between the molecules of the car’s painted surface, creating a very powerful protective layer. Resistant to dirt, heat and rain, coating’s protection and shine will last over a longer period than wax.

There are various kinds of coatings that range in application complexity from simple, which any consumer can apply, to products for professional use only.

During its application, if the car’s surface is dirty and rough, materials will not adhere to car body paint, so surface preparation before application is important.

Types of Glass Coatings

Glass-based coatings can be broadly divided into two categories: quartz-silane based coatings and silica-based coatings.

The quartz-silane-based glass coating, also known as “completely cured glass film type” achieves very high gloss and strong durability. It protects the car body by creating a cured coating of silica on the car’s surface. However, it takes about three weeks for the coating to be fully cured, which is a drawback. It is also expensive because it takes a long time for the product to be formulated.

The silica-based glass coating, also known as “glass fiber type “, also makes a film, coating the surface of the car body. It is fixed to a silicon polymer molecule. It is an easy formulation and, therefore, is costs less to produce. However, its durability and water repellency is inferior compared to the quartz-silane-based.

In addition, some of the fluorine-based coatings, such as Teflon, are used to coat car bodies. They are excellent in durability. However, they are inferior compared to glass coatings and more expensive to formulate. As a result, glass coatings are on the cutting edge of technology’s focus of exploration.

A Glass Coating Hybrid

Currently, there is debate about whether hydrophilic (attracts water) products are more effective than hydrophobic (repels water) products for car care. Glass is hydrophilic. The new types of glass coatings are hybrids, adding a silicone resin layer to the existing glass layer to change the hydrophilic trait of glass to hydrophobic, thus creating a strong water repellant product.