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Tips for Attaching a Tree to Your Car

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Before you can gather around the Christmas tree and enjoy the holiday spirit, it’s necessary to get the tree home from the lot. Unless they deliver, you’ll find it necessary to transport the tree in your car.

Rather than having a Grinch experience that results in damage when attaching a tree to your car, keep the following tree hauling tips in mind.

  • Plan ahead. Prepare before attaching a tree to your car by gathering necessary items. You will need blankets, tarps or plastic sheeting to protect the interior and exterior of your car from sap and needles. A blanket placed between your tree and the roof of the car can prevent scratching. In order to secure the tree to your car, bring rope, bungee cording or straps that are soft enough not to scratch your car’s surface.
  • Protect your auto with a car wax. Prior to transporting your tree, it’s a good idea to get a car wax. A high-quality waxing will provide a buffer between your car and the tree and hauling materials. Wax provides a valuable layer of protection.
  • Consider size. Aim for buying a Christmas tree that will fit inside of your vehicle or on your car’s roof rack, if you have one. The smaller the tree, generally the easier it will be to transport without damaging your car.
  • Have your tree netted. If the service is available, have the tree netted before leaving the lot. This provides an added layer of protection between the tree and your auto and helps to preserve the tree. Netted trees are also less likely to sustain damage to the limbs and lose fewer needles during transport.
  • Secure the tree well and in the right direction. Avoid wind damage to your tree by attaching it to your car so that the stump end faces the front of your vehicle. When you drive, the wind will push the limbs and needles in the tree’s natural direction of growth. Before leaving the Christmas tree lot, tug on your tree to make certain it is secure. If you inadequately attach a tree to your car, you risk creating dangerous debris while driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 200,000 auto crashes occurred between 2011 and 2014 because of debris on U.S. roads. This resulted in about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths. Drive home slowly, and avoid the highway or freeway.
  • Have your car cleaned promptly. Ensure that troublesome staining from sap is removed and stray needles are vacuumed up as soon as possible after hauling your Christmas tree home. The sooner you have your car detailed, the less long-lasting damage your auto is likely to sustain. Click here for valuable discounts on car detailing.

Auto Detail Waxing: Orbital Polishers Bring Results

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Hand waxing and orbital polisher waxing produce different results. They both have their merits, though– and the decision to use them will ultimately rest on personal preference. However, orbital polishers save time and produce more consistent results.

Orbital polishers have been around for several decades, but they are now easier to use and manipulate. The random motion orbital polisher, also known as a dual-action polisher or buffer, wards against the intense pressure of that rotary polisher may cause as pressure can result in scratches or swirls in the paint. While moving randomly, it generates friction to lift off residue or potential contaminants. In fact, random motion orbital polishers can be used for intensive buffing, moderate polishing, or end-process waxing. The key, apart from good technique, is cleanliness.

Before beginning the waxing process, owners should ensure their vehicles are clean and dry. The orbital polisher can also be used for prepping the surface for wax. Indeed, it should be used if the car has not been polished in quite some time or if it has surface damage. Wax (even high-quality wax) can only bring out the shine and protect the paint if the oxidation and grime underneath is gone.

Hand waxing has been known to leave residue and streaks on the paint. This is not always apparent until the vehicle travels out into bright sunshine and the unsightly results appear. A steady hand and patience can help you to avoid these issues. However, a random motion orbital polisher creates less work and a better finish.

Clean foam pads are also necessary for the best auto detail results. Orbital polisher foam pads should always be fresh and dry; a stack of these pads will ensure the process doesn’t turn ugly. Trusted (but not necessarily expensive) waxing products also bring out the sheen on a car body. The wax should be applied gently in small stages, working panel by panel to ensure that the wax has enough time to set yet doesn’t leave behind caked on residue. A pulsing motion for initial application is followed by steady random motion that generates the friction to seal in the wax. Wax removal is the final step to bring that shining ride to full fruition.

Don’t have the time or inclination to wax? Mr. Clean Car Wash can bring out the protection and shine with expert care and our auto detail services. Reveal the shine in your ride today.

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Wax or No Wax: The Detailing Conundrum

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Nothing looks better than a bright, shiny car. Today’s paint jobs use a clear coat that helps keep new cars shining longer—while thirty years ago, car makers simply sprayed the finished vehicles with a few layers of lacquer paint and polished them up before sending them off to dealerships. This left the future owner with an intense detailing regiment for their car to keep up with—while today’s paint jobs leave owners wondering how often they need to wax (if at all).

In the early 1980s, car manufacturers started using a clear coat that sealed the paint. This seal added a layer of protection from weather, debris and paint fading ultraviolet rays from the sun. This layer also kept the cars finish shiny for longer. However, as the paint aged, this layer wore down.

Now, waxing a car’s finish every two months (even if the car is still shiny) will add another layer of protection. This helps keep the car looking great a lot longer. Finally, it makes removing dirt easier during car washes.

According to Popular Mechanics, today’s automotive waxes feature additives that make the application process easier from wax on to wax off. There are synthetic formulas that last longer and can be supplemented in between waxes. These supplements include spray-on waxes that can be applied with no extra effort required.

Mr. Clean Car Wash offers a number of exterior detailing options—from an Express Wax that lasts up to 3 months, to a 2-Step Wax that removes the old wax and surface contaminants and applies a UV coating wax to protect the clear coat, all the way to complete detailing packages to keep the car’s paint protected and looking great for a long time.

Though keeping a fresh coat of wax on a vehicle may not seem as critical as it used to be—it is. Wax helps put an added layer of protection between the sun’s rays, road debris and pollution and the car’s paint. For more information on express detail services, see a local Mr. Clean Car Wash & Oil Change Plus and check the Promotions page for savings on your next wax or other detail service.

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