A Guide to Waxing and Claying Your Paint [Infographic]

Car of the Week is being replaced this week by this feature infographic from PYFC.

For some car enthusiasts, merely washing the outside is never enough; to keep that “fresh off the factory floor” shine, nothing beats a through waxing. A protective coat of wax helps keep paint from fading, and also provides an extra measure of armor against insects, the elements and more.

But before applying that coat of wax, consider the benefits of a thorough pre-wax prep process – and it all starts with claying and compounding your car’s paint.

Claying is a process that removes exterior substances and other contaminants from your car’s paint. This helps the wax “take hold” better, and also helps the wax last longer before wearing off. For a more in-depth pre-wax prep, compounding might help. This process goes beneath the exterior of your car’s paint to eliminate sub-surface contaminants and other defects.

Both claying and compounding are recommended to ensure the best possible wax application. Now, let’s look at the best way to apply your wax!

Wax On, Wax Off – How to Properly Wax your Car

A quality wax job is all about the details. Pay attention to these points, and you’ll enjoy a better-looking, longer-lasting exterior surface.

  • Put a tiny drop of wax on your car – let’s start on the hood.
  • Choose an application pattern (side to side, circles, figure 8s, etc.) and stick with it.
  • Gently apply the wax to your car’s hood, using your preferred application method.
  • Keep working the wax into the hood until the polish appears clear.
  • Move on to other parts of your car.
  • Apply another coat (if required)

Which wax products should you use? We’re impartial to waxes, clays and compounds from Adam’s car care products. These affordable, high-quality products are great for everyone!

What about paste wax and paint sealant? If you’re a car collector and don’t spend much time driving outside, a paste wax is preferable. It provides a superior finish, but lasts only a few weeks. For most drivers, paint sealant is the better choice. Designed to protect against the weather, its finish lasts much longer than paste wax.

A Guide to Waxing and Claying Your Paint

20/05/2017 / by / in ,

How To Detail Your Car’s Exterior [Infographic]

Car of the Week is being replaced this week by this feature infographic from PYFC.

Your car’s exterior takes a beating, whether it’s from the elements, the road, bugs and a thousand other things. While interior detailing tends to be more predictable, cleaning the outside of your car is whole other story. Here are just a few substances you might find on your car’s body, windows, tires and wheels:

  • Salt
  • Insects
  • Tar
  • Dust & dirt
  • Small pebbles and road debris
  • And much more

We know that exterior detailing presents tough challenges. That’s why the car part experts at created this “how to” guide for cleaning your vehicle’s outside area. Check out our interior detailing article for more about keeping your inside spotless!

If you’re ready to detail, it’s best to clean on a nice day. Rain, snow, and even blazing sunshine can limit the effectiveness of your cleaning method. If the weather won’t cooperate, find a car shelter or other covered area.

Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Diving your car up into an upper half and lower half.
  • Always wash the top portion of your car first; let gravity work in your favor!
  • A high-pressure hose is ideal for the tough grime on your wheels and tires; the traditional sponge and soap method doesn’t always do the trick.
  • After washing, do a thorough rinse of all washed areas. This helps eliminate streaking and spotting.
  • Get two buckets for washing – one for dirty water and one for clean water.
  • Clean all windows and mirrors with a high-quality, non-streak glass cleaner.
  • You can never have too many microfiber towels. This type of towel is soft enough (and absorbent enough) to help dry your car and also protect the paint.
  • Remember to dry those “hidden” areas of your car’s exterior. This includes places like the underside of your spoiler or splitter, all door seals, alloy wheels and more.

How To Detail Your Car’s Exterior

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How to Detail Your Interior [Infographic]

Car of the Week is being replaced this week by this feature infographic from PYFC.

The term “car detailing” usually refers to the vehicle’s interior. And for good reason – the inside is the toughest place to keep constantly clean. From kids to pets to everyday driving, your auto’s interior takes a beating – but a sensible detailing plan will help your car look great.

Not everybody regularly cleans their car’s interior. At, we think the interior detail is all about the details; take care of the little things, and your car will not only be a more enjoyable place to be, but you’ll also enjoy a greater resell value, if or when the time ever comes to part ways with your ride….

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Car of the Week: 1994 Big Body Brougham

Custom cars take a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This week, we’ve chosen a more unlikely candidate to take front and centre stage as our car of the week: the 1994 Big Body Brougham.

As a newer car – less than 30 years old – many won’t consider this a true custom car, but don’t let looks deceive you.

28/03/2017 / by / in ,

What is a Street Rod? Where Did it Come From?

Hot rods have been a part of the custom car world for a very long time. The street rod, however, is relatively new to the scene and there have been endless debates on where the street rod fits in and differs from hot rods and rat rods. Today, we’re going to tackle the origins of the street rod.

Jim Rowlett – an NSRA Spokesman – defined the street rod as a vehicle that was manufactured pre-1949.

As you can imagine, each state has their own definition of a street rod – for legality reasons of course – and most of those definitions refer to the age of the vehicle….

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Rat Rod: The Origins and History

For custom car enthusiasts everywhere, the evolution of the hot rod into the rat rod is essentially common knowledge, but it’s easy to forget the true origin story of this kind of car and the culture that’s broken away from the more generic hot rod. See our origins and history of the hot rod post for more detail on hot rods.

Rat Rod Style

Rat rods (see our rat rods for sale section for examples of rat rods) are generally styled more like the cars of the 40s, 50s and the early 60s but they’re not re-creation or restoration cars[1]. Rat rods are more customized, used mainly for show rather than racing and tend to have that edge to them that sets them apart from the more traditional hot rods. The best way to identify if you’ve got a rat rod is determined by the way it seems to have been thrown together. The ramshackle look is what defines the rat rod, and although the car looks like it might not work, I can assure you it does….

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Hot Rod Cars: The History, Origins & Culture

Hot rods are a large part of the custom car scene (also see rat rods) and over the years they’ve increased in popularity to encompass the attitude, originality and creativity of custom car builders all over the world. As much as we may take them for granted, it’s easy to forget that there’s a hot rod culture and an origin story there somewhere.

Let’s face it, hot rods are about American as you can get. Sure, they’re a global obsession, but despite modifications, it will always belong to the American people. And I don’t say that just because of their style but how they encompass the innovative self-expression, rebellious attitude and proud freedom that represents the American spirit….

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