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Ford Motors see a huge drop in sales for July 2018

il y a 46 min 52 sec

Ford Motor Co. published July 2018 sales figures with a 3.1% drop in overall sales. It was worse than what the market expectation and more than half of what the analyst Edmunds estimated.

Due to low gas price, improving economy and the change in the customers demands Ford truck sales continued to remain strong for the second quarter of 2018.

The automakers quarterly GAAP net income fell by 48% from the same time last year, while the second quarter 2018 revenue fell by 2.4% to $38.9 billion.

Over 194,000 vehicles were sold by Ford in July 2018 a 3.1% drop since the same time last year. The auto industry saw an overall decline in demand after healthy sales volume at the start of the year.

50% of the new vehicle sales for the automaker were SUVs and the company heavily relies on the sales of its F-150 truck.

Ford is not the only automaker that has seen a decrease in sale. Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and Nissan have also seen a decrease in sales in the month of July. Fiat is one of the few companies that has gained by 5.9% this month.

Finding the Perfect Car Polish Machine for Your Vehicle

13 août 2018 - 14:23

So, you’ve seen what kind of magic a good car polish can do for your vehicle and you’re ready to step it up a notch and buy a car polish machine to get the job done better and faster?  Well, you’ve come to the right spot!  We’ve done plenty of research to find you the best car polish machines that are available on the market today in 2018/2019.

If you’ve already started looking around on the internet and in automotive stores, I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that there are thousands of these products available.  In this day of mass-production and international trade that’s gone nuts, everybody and their mom are making these things.  However, the majority of the car polish machine assortment is crap.  The majority of them these days are just Chinese knock-offs and other new brands that are trying to jump in on the business.  However, many of these newer brands don’t know a thing about cleaning or detailing cars – they’re just in it for a quick buck. If you care anything about your vehicle, I highly recommend that you check out the car polish machine list that we’ve thrown together in this article.

Why buy a car polish machine?

There’s a very easy answer to this question.  Polish your car by hand just once and you’ll know why you should buy a car polish machine!  The simple answer, it’ll make your life much easier and will probably save your back from going bad at an early age.

In addition to the simple answer, a car polish machine opens up new doors to auto polishing and allows you to work the polish much harder and way more effectively. A lot of the best car polish machines typically rotate over 5,000 times per minute.  Just imagine how many minutes it would take you to rub polish into a car’s finish 5,000 times.  It would take you at least 30 minutes to do what the car polish machine can do in just one minute.  Not to mention it’s easier to apply pressure.

When you polish a vehicle you’re ultimately filling in scratches, fractures, etc. in the clear coat of the vehicle’s finish.  To get the absolute best results, you must really work the polish solution into the vehicle’s finish as much as possible to fill in every nook and cranny of the paint’s defects.

All of the decent car polish machines are capable of controlling the speed at which they rotate, making them safe and easy to use on pretty much any vehicle’s surface and are effective in correcting pretty much any kind of defect that polish can fix.

If you really care for your car and give it a good detail at least once or twice a year, have a car that you take to shows, or own a shop or detailing company, you’ve got to be equipped with a good car polish machine.  There’s no question that one of these machines will pay itself off in no time just from the time and energy you’ll spend.  A car polish machine will also give you a higher quality polish that you simply cannot achieve by hand.

What should I look for in a car polish machine?

There’s no question about it – buying a car polish machine is a smart choice.  However, it’s important that you buy the right kind of car polish machine and do your due diligence and learn a little bit about polishing cars because you could potentially damage the finish if you don’t know what you’re doing.  A vehicle’s clear coat is typically quite a bit thicker than the primer and color paint layers.  It’s OK to use abrasives (with caution) to thin out the clear coat and remove imperfections, but you must be sure to leave at least 75% of the vehicle’s clear coat or permanent damage could be done to the vehicle’s finish.

As you’ll see when you start shopping for a car polish machine, there is quite a bit of variety in these machines.  Car polish machines typically come in two forms.  There are rotary car polish machines and dual-action car polish machines.  The rotary car polish machines typically spin in a 360-degree circle around the center point of the cleaning pad and often spin at about 2,500 rpm.  However, most of these tools have variable speed adjustability features.  The rotary car polish machine creates quite a bit of friction, especially at the higher speeds, which makes it a great tool for removing paint defects.  However, if you’re using speeds that are too high, which may create too much friction, you could end up taking off too much of the clear coat and causing “burn marks” in the car’s paint job.  These are usually obvious circular scar-like marks in the vehicle’s surface.  Because of this risk, the rotary car polish machines are usually the choice of the more experienced car cleaners and car professionals with polishing experience.

If you’re more of a newbie to car detailing and cleaning, you may want to go with a dual-action polish.  It can take a little while to master the art of polishing, so we always recommend starting by hand at first until you see how the paint job reacts to polish.  Then, step it up to a dual-action until you get the hang of power polishing.  Then, if you feel comfortable, make the change to a rotary polish machine.  Dual action car polish machines work a bit differently than their rotary counterparts.  The dual action polisher head oscillates randomly around the center point of the polishing head.  This reduces the amount of friction that is caused by the polishing head making them much safer to use on the finish while still reducing the risk of permanent damage.  However, this also reduces the effectiveness of the car polish machine by quite a bit.  It is still MUCH more effective than cleaning by hand, though, and more times than not, the end result is very similar.  You just may spend twice as long doing the same job with a dual-action car polish machine.  When it comes to damaging the finish, though, the extra time is probably well-worth the trade.

How to polish with a car polish machine?

The first step is finding which car polish is going to fit your needs the most.  There are several different types of car polish that are meant to serve different purposes, such as all-in-one polish solutions that typically offer a polish and wax or sealant in one single solution.  There are also polishes that are semi-abrasive that are meant to correct the surface of the clear coat and that fill in minor paint defects.  Then, there’s the single-step polish that is pretty abrasive and meant for use to correct more serious paint defects.  For the most part, you’ll probably be using one of the softer types of polishes.

To begin the cleaning and polishing process, you must get your vehicle as clean as humanly possible!  This is a very, very important step.  You don’t want to have dirt, particles, and other contaminants present on the surface of the car when you begin spinning the polish head at top speeds.  It’s just going to trap these particles under the polish head which can cause further damage to your vehicle’s finish.

After you’ve given your vehicle a deep-clean and removed all possible contaminants from the surface, you’ll want to break out the car polish machine.  Apply some polish to the vehicle either by using a polishing rag or by simply applying your polish to the surface of the polishing head of your car polish machine.  We recommend polishing a 2 ft x 2 ft portion of the vehicle’s exterior at a time.  Start out by working the polish into the surface at a slower speed (if your machine has a variable speed feature) and don’t spend too long on a certain area. While you can basically leave a dual-action buffer on one spot all day long with no negative side effects, a proper rotary machine will decimate your paint in a matter of seconds, so make sure to keep it moving.

After working the polish into your vehicle, wipe off the excess polish and you should be ready to wax and/or buff the finish of the vehicle.  Once you remove the excess polish from your vehicle, check to see if the defect appears to be any better.  If it’s still pretty visible, you may go back and apply more polish and work it in a little longer, and possibly at a higher speed.  Unfortunately, there is no textbook way to instruct how to polish the perfect amount – it’s all about experience.  However, it’s not rocket science and, most likely, you’ll have it down after you give your ride a couple of good polishes.

Some of the best car polish machines available today! Porter Cable 6-inch Variable-Speed Polishing Machine

Say what you will about Porter Cable.  I think it’s an amazing brand that offers great products for the price.  I personally own a construction company and most of our tools are Porter Cable.  Not only does this brand’s product offer amazing value, their tools usually work just as well, if not better, than many of the leading brands.  On top of that, most of the Porter Cable tools I’ve owned last longer than the leading brands as well.

This 6-inch variable speed polishing machine by Porter Cable is compatible with just about any 6-inch sanding or polishing pads.  It also accepts 5/16 – 24 spindle thread accessories.  It is powered by a 4.5-amp motor and has a variable speed dial to control speeds between 2,500 – 6,800 orbits per minute.  It’s capable of operating on a random-orbit setting, as well as a swirl-free sanding and polishing action.  Another great feature of this car polishing machine is the removable 2-position stabilizing handle that swings either to the left or right side for better control, stability, and comfort.

Goplus 7″ Electric Variable Speed Polisher

Tired of tripping over a power cord while polishing your car?  Or is the power cord causing your spotless, shiny cleaning job to not be quite so perfect anymore?  Then this all-electric car polish machine by GoPlus may be just what you need.  GoPlus really outdid themselves with this one – an all-electric and cordless car polish machine and tons of goodies that come with it will take care of all of your polishing needs.

This is one of the toughest car polish machines on the market today.  It is housed in a high-anti-impact housing with a die-cast aluminum head, a high-quality fine copper motor, and gears that have been cut with a heated precision-cutting process.  This car polish machine possesses all of the qualities that a polishing machine will ever need to ensure a long life while also being durable enough to handle pretty much any type of incident.  On top of its durability, this electric car polish machine kit comes with a heavy-duty carrying case for safe and easy transfer of the polishing machine and all of the accessories that come with it.

The Goplus Electric Car Polish Machine comes with a handy dandy variable speed dial that controls how fast the car polish machine operates.  The variable-speed adjustment control is capable of making the polish machine operate at speeds between 1,000 to 3,000 rotations per minute and even comes with a safety constant speed switch.  Another great safety feature that this polisher has is its D-shaped handle, on top of the other standard handle, to add comfort and control for operation of the polishing machine.  The handle not only fits the contour of your hand very well, but it also has a no-skid grip that is made of sweat-proof material.

The best part about this car polishing kit is the wide variety of accessories that it comes with, ensuring that you’ve got everything you could possibly need for sanding or polishing a finish.  Among the accessories in the kit are five 7” round sponge pads, five 6” round sponge pads, 2 soft cleaning towels, 2 sponge conversion plates, 2 wool pads, 4 wave-type sponge pads, 2 wool pads, 3 polish plates and more!  You can get all of these accessories, the carrying case and the durable, high-powered electric polishing machine all for under $100!

ProElite Car Polish Machine

After looking at most of the decent car polish machines online, you may think that you’re going to have to spend a pretty penny in order to get a good polisher for your vehicle’s exterior.  However, that’s not always the case.  Here’s an awesome orbital car polish machine that’s available for about $30 that can serve about every purpose you will need a car polish machine to serve.  However, like I mentioned earlier in this article, this car polish machine is an orbital machine without a variable speed control, so I would only recommend it for more experienced car polishers to avoid potential orbital burns caused by too much friction being generated in a single part of the vehicle’s finish.

ProElite’s polishing machine is powered with a 120-volt motor that is plenty strong to handle any kind of polishing, waxing, or buffing job.  This tool is compatible with pretty much any type of 6-inch pad, which is basically the standard size for car polish machines.  This product also comes equipped with 2 microfiber bonnets and 1 terry cloth bonnet.  The motor spins at a powerful 3,500 rpm rate.  This machine isn’t only for polishing, but is also well-reviewed for its waxing and buffing capabilities as well!

ProElite 10-inch Polishing Machine

Looking to knock out your polishing job a little faster?  ProElite’s 10” Polishing Machine may be a better option for you.  It’s still plenty powerful – in fact, it generates a higher rpm than its 6” cousin.  This model weighs in at less than 5 lbs, which is pretty light considering the amount of machine that you’re getting from it.

There are really only two downsides to this model.  The first downside is that this machine does not have a variable-speed adjustment control.  This isn’t necessarily a horrible thing, but having this feature definitely provides more control over its polishing capabilities.  The other downside is that this machine only comes equipped with a 6 ft-long heavy-duty power cord, so you’ll most likely need an extension cord if you’re going to go with this model.  However, it’s available for under $40, so you can probably buy a nice extension cord with the money you’ll save on this model if you don’t already have one.

ProElite’s 10” Polishing Machine is compatible with almost all 10” circular polishing, waxing, or buffing pads.  It comes with a microfiber and a terry cloth bonnet.  This model spins at random orbits to simulate the work of hand polishing. However, it does so at speeds of around 3,800 rpm which will get you the same results (if not better), just much faster.  Another great feature that you’ll love about this machine is its dual-handled balanced design provides total control while also allowing you to apply the perfect amount of pressure while polishing.  Like the 6” model, this model is also capable of waxing and buffing vehicle finishes as well.

Performance Tool 7” Horizontal Air Polisher

More of a pneumatic kind of person that doesn’t want to rely on power cords and motors getting burned out?  Then you should check out this 7” horizontal air polisher by Performance Tool!  As long as you’ve got an air compressor that pumps out at least 90 psi, you can power this polisher forever.  Another great perk to using a pneumatic air pressure-powered buffer is the ability to use air hosing instead of heavy extension cords.  Since the air hoses typically come in at least 50ft sections, it’s extremely easy to reach areas all around a vehicle.  You may even be able to reach a vehicle quite a ways outside the garage or shop.

Performance Tool’s 7-in horizontal air polisher comes with a 1 horsepower motor with variable speed capabilities and a safety throttle.  The throttle is extremely easy to use and contoured for comfortable use and maximum control.  This tool has a built-in regulator to ensure precise speeds. Every piece of this tool is made with high-quality and hardened moving parts, and thanks to Performance Tool’s reputable designs, materials, and production practices, this tool is going to outlive most other tools you own.  The tool has a comfortable handle that can swing either to the left or right side for added comfort and control.  The air-pressurized polisher is compatible with pretty much all types of 7” polishing heads.  The tool typically spins at speeds up to 2500 rotations per minute.  Another great property of this pneumatic car polish machine is its light weight.  The air tool only weighs a little over 4 lbs, which is considerably lighter than most similar tools.  This tool can also be used as a sander or a grinder if you purchase the appropriately sized 7” circular head.

Chemical Guys TORQX Random Orbital Polisher

This polisher is quite simply amazing and extremely well-designed.  The TORQX random orbital polisher is brought to us by Chemical Guys, which is one of the most well-known brands in the car cleaning and detailing industry.  The TORQX simply has one of the most perfect designs that we’ve ever seen in a polisher.  It’s not quite as affordable as the other polishers we’ve listed in this article, but it can usually be found for around $150, which is extremely well-priced considering all that this product has to offer.  It’s designed to polish and remove light scratches, swirls, and most other paint defects on all types of vehicle finishes.  This model is also designed for safe use by both enthusiasts and professionals.

This polisher is built with a very durable hard casing and only the strongest materials for moving parts.  Its streamlined controls and contoured design makes it one of the most comfortable and easy to use polishers on the market today.  The internal components of this amazing polisher are well-balanced and very lightweight for easy usage and strain prevention.  On top of that, it was built with vibration-resistant features, too, that will keep it running steady and will ensure that you receive a nice and smooth polish!  This car polish machine not only applies polish to your finish, but can also be used to wax, seal, or to apply a glaze to the surface of your vehicle.

One of the best features of this car polishing machine is its flexibility in not being limited to a certain size of polishing pad.  Not only can this car polish machine handle the standard 6” polishing pad, it can also be used with 3” and 5” polishing pads and doesn’t even require any counterweights to be changed out.  This is extremely beneficial and allows you to quickly switch out and use a smaller polishing pad to polish thinner painted areas without needing tools to change the head or having to switch and use a different car polish machine.

The TORQX polishing machine is powered by a monster of an electric motor, rated at 680 watts.  This provides an impressive output of about a 1,200 to 4,200 rpm power band range.  This tool has an 8 mm versatile dual-action orbit for safe use and perfect polishing in any painted surface area.  So, if you’re the type of person that trusts the professionals, you definitely can’t go wrong with Chemical Guy’s TORQX!

Dewalt Horizontal Variable-Speed Polisher

Another brand that I’m a huge fan of (along with millions of other Americans) is Dewalt.  Dewalt employs some of the best power tool engineers on the planet and built their tools with high-quality materials and amazing designs.  Almost all of their tools have amazing reviews and this horizontal variable-speed polishing machine is no exception.

Dewalt’s horizontal polisher is powered by a powerful 12 amp motor.  It is built with an amazing technology that uses ball-bearings for moving parts to ensure smooth operation, optimal performance, limited electricity consumption, and a longer operational life.  All gears in this bad boy have been heat-treated and cut with precision for an even smoother operation.  The polisher is also constructed with wool-ingested shields to reduce vibration and increase the life of the tool overall.

This horizontal-angled car polish machine also comes equipped with one of the bests variable speed dials available which offers a wide range of speeds between 600 rpm and 3,500 rpm for efficient usage on different materials and different vehicle finishes.  Dewalt’s polisher is compatible with almost all types and sizes of polishing pads and is also capable of waxing and buffing.  The high-tech design allows for a fully-operational polisher that weighs only 3 pounds total.  This product also comes with a non-mar rubber gear case cover to prevent surface imperfections and to improve the gripping surface.  To improve control and comfort, Dewalt has also included a detachable side handle as well as a detachable D-shaped handle that is able to adjust forward and backward.  This is an all-around amazing polisher; however, it’s a bit more expensive than the other tools we’ve listed in this article.  It generally costs about $250 plus tax.  However, it’s worth every penny you’ll spend on it and even comes with a 3-year limited warranty should anything go wrong.

Conclusion

Finding the best car polish machine for your needs has never been easier, but it’s also never been more complicated.  Not only do you have to find a polish machine that is safe to use (based on your experience), but you also need to find a polisher that’s capable of handling all of your polishing, waxing, and buffing needs.  Then, you’ve got to sort through all of the junky brands that have polluted the car cleaning supplies market over the last decade.  Finally, you have to find the model that provides the most bang for your buck.  If you’re shopping for a car polish machine, start by checking out these specific models we’ve listed in this article.  Don’t be afraid to do plenty of research on them and read all of the reviews and customer’s experiences that are usually located towards the bottom of each product page.

President Trump terms Harley-Davidson’s move to shift overseas as ‘a bad move’

12 août 2018 - 16:55

Earlier on Sunday, August 12th, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump launched a fresh attack against the iconic U.S. motorcycle maker Harley Davidson, by disparaging the motorcycle maker’s plan to shift some of its production unit abroad.

President Trump’s tweet also looked to be in support of consumers that have called for a boycott of Harley-Davidson.

Through a series of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump mentioned that individuals who chose to boycott Hayley-Davidson were a “great” development, He also additionally said that various other manufacturers would be moving their production unit in America.

In a bid to avoid tariffs, Harley has been making a lot of investments in production facilities overseas.

By announcing its plans of moving its European market production out of the U.S. due to retaliatory tariffs from the European Union back in June, the 115-year old iconic motorcycle manufacturer has found itself in a public relations turmoil.

As its U.S. sales have gradually declined due to a lack of millennial buyers, Harley has announced international plans which include making inroads in China and India.

Notably, in an interview with CNBC back in July, The CEO of Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich went on to label Trump’s statements as “unfortunate attention” when asked about the tuff business decisions the company was forced to make.

Levatich also said that these decisions were not related to politics whatsoever. According to him, “We are not a political organization, whatever we have to deal with, we do it.  We have worked really hard to have an apolitical approach to our business and for our consumers, that are all over the world.”

Italian motorcycle maker’s worldwide sales drops down for the second quarter of 2018

11 août 2018 - 07:42

Ducati sales have fallen down by 7.4 percent in the first half of 2018 from the same time last year. The motorcycle maker has so far sold 32,250 in 2018 which generated the company 448 million Euros in revenue.  

This is the first time in 8 years the company has sales have been sluggish. Ducati sales have fallen by 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to last year. The motorcycle maker sales were 20,319 units as compared to 22,300 units in the same time last year.

The global sales of the SuperSport and Superbike categories seen very good numbers, but the sales for the Ducati bikes were in red. SuperSport and Superbike witnessed a growth rate of 29 percent with global sales of 7,683 units in the first half of this year. The Ducati Panigale V4 and the Multistrada 1260 are the bike models which are driving the growth in sales.

The motorcycle maker did not reveal its growth figures in the global market. Italy the home country for Ducati has seen a positive growth, but the whole motorcycle market has slowed down which could also result in a slowdown in Italy.

Ducati has grown at a very good pace over the last 8 years but the overall slowdown in the global motorcycle market would affect the sales figure 2018 with big numbers. The sales numbers in the united states would slow down as well, however, the company has not published the units sold in the united states but we expect a drop in over sales.

Harley-Davidson announces rental option for 120 dealerships

10 août 2018 - 21:37

Earlier in the week, through a press release, Harley Davidson Inc. went on to reveal that it has activated over 120 dealerships as rental locations through its partnership with rental company EagleRider.

The partnership between Harley-Davidson and EagleRider was formed back in May 2017 and according to the agreed terms, it permits EagleRider to exclusively offers current model year Harley motorcycles for its large cruiser and touring segments.

In addition to that, through Harley-Davidson dealerships, consumers can also enjoy EagleRider’s travel, rental and tour experiences.

Chris McIntyre, the co-founder and chief executive also made a comment through the press release in which he said, “We have just completed an incredible first year with Harley-Davidson and so far we are extremely thrilled with this partnership as it continues to produce great results for our industry.”

McIntyre further added, “Through the largest connected network of motorcycle rental locations in the U.S, we have been able to consistently deliver exciting rides for all consumers. As our network continues to grow, we are looking forward to adding more dealerships on-board.”

Every Harley-Davidson/EagleRider dealership can offer riders guided tours, daily rentals, and membership opportunities to Through Club EagleRider, the touring company’s membership program, each and every Harley-Davidson/EagleRider dealership can offer daily rentals, membership opportunities, and guided tours.

Overall, the alliance has an aim of adding as many as 700 Harley-Davidson dealerships. Currently, consumers can tour popular motorcycle destinations such as the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66, as participating dealerships are nationwide.

Ranking the 10 Best Car Upholstery Cleaners 2018

10 août 2018 - 15:44

Out of all the individual parts and sections that comprise your vehicle, the interior is by far the hardest to get and keep clean. Your car interior is riddled with small nooks and crannies that accumulate dirt and dust that can leave the interior of your car looking grimy and gross. Not to mention how difficult it can be to lift stains from dry foam car upholstery, carpets, and seats. To combat this mess, we recommend a high-quality car upholstery cleaner to keep your ride looking showroom-fresh.

Why Use Car Upholstery Cleaner?

The interior of your car says more about you than the exterior or even the type of car you drive. Unless you enjoy grossing out everyone who gets in your car you are going to want to use car upholstery cleaner on your car interior to lift stains and remove grease and grime.

Luckily, there is no need to spend hundreds on a professional auto detailer. DIY car upholstery cleaners can be purchased at any automotive store; when combined with a little elbow grease, you can take your car upholstery from drab to showroom glam in less time than it takes to drive to the auto detailer.

The question on everyone’s mind seems to be: “can I make a homemade car upholstery cleaner?” Yes, you can. Simply combine dish soap, vinegar, and hot water. The resulting solution will suffice for vinyl or faux leather cleaning but will not be effective on porous and fabric materials.

Car Upholstery Cleaning Guide

Car upholstery has come a long way since the bare bones interiors of the early 1900’s primarily because of the availability of different materials that can be used in car interiors.

Nowadays there are five different types of materials used in car upholsteries.

Nylon- Nylon is the most common material used in car upholstery because it is the most durable.  Nylon upholstery is very porous, which means it is very easy for dirt and dust to get trapped in the upholstery.

The best way to keep a nylon car upholstery clean is to regularly vacuum your seat to ensure any dirt and dust that has accumulated is collected and discarded before it can sink too far into your car upholstery.

For the “do it yourself” car owners out there, a simple DIY car upholstery cleaner is a combination of dish detergent and hot water scrubbed into the car upholstery with a sponge, then removed with another sponge.

Polyester- Polyester car upholsteries are less common than nylon but are still used in many car upholsteries and interiors in the form of microsuede, which is designed to mimic the look and feel of suede leather.

Polyester is textured and very porous which makes it exceptionally comfortable but susceptible to dirt and grime and makes it difficult to clean.

Vinyl- Vinyl is commonly utilized in car upholstery because it is non-porous and can easily be wiped clean. However, vinyl car upholsteries are susceptible to sticky residues and grime.

Faux- Faux leather car upholstery is a popular alternative car upholstery for car owners who want the look and feel of genuine leather without the expensive price tag or cost of upkeep.

Faux leather car upholstery is similar to vinyl upholstery; it’s waterproof and can easily be cleaned with a damp sponge or cloth rag. However, just like vinyl, faux leather car upholstery is susceptible to sticky residues and grime if not regularly maintained.

Leather- Leather car upholstery is the most coveted of car interiors. Leather provides a look, feel and comfort level that is hard to recreate or replace. However, over time, leather upholstery begins to crack, tear and fade as regular use and exposure to damaging ultraviolet light eat away at the protective factory coatings and conditioners.

Dust and grime cling to the small pores that cover the leather surface and make it look blotchy and stained, not to mention the greasy odors and stains caused by sticky fast foods and other automotive fluids.

How To Clean Car Upholstery

It doesn’t matter how powerful the engine or how sleek the exterior – if your car upholstery is dirty and grubby, it will affect the resale value of your car. Period.

To keep the inside of your car looking as showroom gorgeous as the outside of your vehicle, you need to learn the proper way to clean, maintain, and detail your car’s interior, and that means learning how to clean car upholstery.

Before you run to your nearest automotive store and purchase every auto detailing and interior cleaning product you can find, we recommend you start at step one in the car upholstery cleaning process

  1. Assess the Level of Clean Required. This may sound like an unnecessary step, but it is important to determine the types of car upholstery cleaners and car upholstery cleaning products that you are going to use.

If your ride is an old pickup with vinyl upholstery and rubber floor mats, then a simple hose and a bucket of soapy water should do the trick. However, most people do not drive durable old pickup trucks. In fact, many trucks and work vehicles today include upholstery and interiors that rival a luxury car.

If your car seats and upholstery are not vinyl or faux leather, then they are most likely neither waterproof nor resistant to stains. Before continuing, you will want to determine if your car upholstery can be damaged by certain upholstery cleaners and car interior cleaning products.

  1. Gather Your Materials- To properly clean your car’s upholstery you will need:
  • Hot water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Microfiber rag
  • Car upholstery cleaner
  • Detailing Brush
  1. Prep the Upholstery to be Cleaned. Before applying any cleaners to your car upholstery, it is important to remove any dust or dirt that can easily be removed with a dry brush, rag or vacuum.

Skipping this step can leave dirt and dust on your seats which will only be ground into the upholstery during the cleaning process.

  1. Scrub Upholstery with a Damp Sponge. Dip the sponge into the bucket full of hot water and ring out until only damp. Apply the sponge to your upholstery to remove the next layer of dirt and dust that could not be removed with the vacuum.
  2. Test the Car Upholstery Cleaner. Before applying the car upholstery cleaner to your upholstery be sure to test it out on a small unseen section of your car upholstery to ensure it won’t damage your upholstery or leave a stain.
  3. Apply Car Upholstery Cleaner. Now it’s time for the fun part. Apply the car upholstery cleaner to a corner of the microfiber rag and scrub it into the upholstery.

Different car upholstery cleaners will include different application instructions. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and repeat the process as many times as necessary until all stains have been removed.

More significant or stubborn stains may require up to 6-7 applications before the stain and all other residues have been entirely removed.

  1. Maintain the Clean. The most important thing to remember about your car’s upholstery after it has been cleaned is that the clean is by no means permanent. If you want your car upholstery to stay showroom clean, it requires a regular car upholstery cleaner application.
10 Best Car Upholstery Cleaners

There are a lot of factors to be considered when determining which car upholstery cleaner is the best.

Does it work equally well on different car upholstery, or does it only perform as advertised on one specific material? Will the car upholstery cleaner require more than one application to complete the job? If so, how many?

The car upholstery cleaners collected here perform exceptionally well when compared to the standard range of all-purpose car interior and upholstery cleaners.  They require fewer applications and are formulated to work on all sorts of stains and residues that can tarnish your upholstery and reduce the value of your car.

However, what makes them the best is their ability to combine a spotless upholstery clean without costing a fortune.

1. Sonax Upholstery Cleaner

Sonax is the understated powerhouse of the automotive cleaning world, but when you’re the best, you rarely have to overstate.

Sonax upholstery cleaner is specially formulated to power through grease and grime on all types of car upholstery materials. It is also just as effective on caked on mud and dirt as it is stains and residue.

Sonax is effective on dirt and grime because it foams on contact with your car’s upholstery. The foam expands and fills in the porous surface of the upholstery. This process enables the cleaning foam to cling to the dirt and grime as it is wiped away to leave a spotless upholstery surface.

The foaming agent also eliminates the microscopic particles left behind by other cleaners to eliminate odors effectively.

2. Spray Nine Heavy Duty Cleaner/Degreaser and Disinfectant

Automotive stains are notoriously stubborn, and car upholstery is infamously difficult to clean. When combined, the result is ruined car upholstery and a grimy interior.

In most cases, a professional auto detail is the only way to return your car’s upholstery to its showroom luster.

Spray Nine Heavy Duty Cleaner/Degreaser and Disinfectant flips the tables on other car upholstery cleaners because it delivers professional auto detail results without the professional price tag.

This product is also exceptionally effective on car upholstery and can even be applied to other car parts like stainless steel and tires.

Spray Nine Heavy Duty Cleaner/Degreaser and Disinfectant works fast, too, and is easily wiped away.

What sets it apart from other car upholstery cleaners, however, is the inclusion of a powerful disinfectant formula which eliminates viruses, mold, and bacteria while it dissolves automotive grease and grime.

3. Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Few things are more frustrating than a greasy fast food spill, especially when it happens to your car upholstery.

The auto experts at Meguiar’s developed Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner specifically to remove fast food stains from car upholstery.

Most cleaners on the market are mildly effective at cutting grease, but few can cut grease without leaving an unsightly residue of their own. Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner dissolves grease and leaves zero residue, which makes for a faster auto detail and cleaner car upholstery.

On top of all these features, Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is easily applied through a convenient sprayer and leaves a pleasant, clean, and fragrant scent permeating throughout your car’s entire interior.

Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery cleaner is affordably priced and sold in a large gallon container to provide the highest value for your dollar.

4. Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner

It isn’t uncommon for a car upholstery cleaner to do more harm than good. Many cleaners are formulated with harsh chemical agents that can fade the various dyes used to color car upholstery.

The end result is a car upholstery that is unevenly faded and covered in a film of sticky residue. Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner eliminates that issue.

Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner is designed to dissolve automotive grease and remove troublesome stains without fading, stripping, or damaging your car’s upholstery or leaving an unsightly residue.

Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner is perfectly safe on all car upholstery materials and works just as effectively on car seats and carpets as it does door panels and dashboards.

Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner certainly qualifies as the best car upholstery cleaner for your car’s interior surface colors and easily makes the list for best overall car upholstery cleaner.

5. 303 Fabric Guard

303 Fabric Guard qualifies for the list of 10 best car upholstery cleaners because it is one of the few upholstery cleaners for cars that guards and protects from stains as well as removes them.

303 Fabric Guard is the only car upholstery cleaner that improves your car upholstery’s resistance to stains and water the more it’s used. The specially designed formula in 303 Fabric Guard restores the original color and feel of your car’s upholstery and extends the life of the upholstery.

303 Fabric Guard is an exceptional all-around car upholstery cleaner that is specially formulated to restore moisture to cracked and sun-dried car upholstery and repel stains.

303 Fabric Guard is safe for use on all car upholstery materials including synthetic and natural interiors. It even fights against mold and mildew, which makes it just as effective on marine vehicles.

6. Chemical Guys Lightning Fast Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

The word “aggressive” is rarely applied to a car upholstery cleaner, but there doesn’t seem to be another word that fully encompasses the grease cutting power of the Chemical Guys Lightning Fast Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner.

This lightning-fast carpet and car upholstery cleaner lifts ground-in dirt and dust quickly and completely from whatever interior surface you spray it on.

It’s so effective at cutting, lifting dirt, and dissolving grease that it needs to be diluted to a 20:1 solution so as not to dissolve the factory protective coating applied to your car’s upholstery.

Included in the powerful Chemical Guys formula is a solution of fabric softeners and optical brighteners that restore and improve the color and feel of your car’s upholstery.

Car owners will be hard-pressed to find a car upholstery cleaner that is more potent or better suited for dissolving sticky automotive stains.

Caution is recommended when using Chemical Guys Lightning Fast Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. Follow the printed instructions and be sure to dilute it or its powerful formula might eat through the upholstery you are trying to restore.

7. Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover

Turtle Was has established a reputation for brewing powerful automotive cleaners, and every ounce of their considerable experience is evident in the Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover.

Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover is a stupendous all-around stain remover and cleaner that is exceptionally well-suited to removing automotive grease, stains, and grime from car upholstery.

Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover is engineered with a three-action formula which cleans, eliminates odors, and shields from grease, oil, and food stains.

The Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover includes an innovative and effective applicator complete with micro-scrubbing bristles that scrub deep into the surface of your car upholstery to lift dirt and loosen sticky grease stains.

The Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover is safe for use on all car upholstery materials and is an incredible value.

Included with purchase are 2 bottles of Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stain Remover, with a micro-scrubbing applicator and a microfiber towel for less than the price of the fast food you spilled on your car seats.

8. Car Guys Super Cleaner

We like the Car Guys for their professional approach to automotive cleaning products. From their simple name to the unassuming design of their product bottles, every aspect of Car Guys automotive cleaning products exhibits professional automotive prowess and experience.

The Car Guys Super Cleaner is easily the most versatile car upholstery cleaner on the market today. The Car Guys designed their Super Cleaner to effectively dissolve the toughest automotive stains from every car upholstery material available.

Car Guys Super Cleaner includes an easy spray-on application and is powerful enough to dissolve grease build-ups but is safe enough to be used anywhere in your car’s interior.

Car Guys Super Cleaner is not concentrated, so it doesn’t need to be diluted before application.

9. Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel

Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel is the ultimate way to provide your car with a long-lasting, germ-free clean that looks as good as it protects from stains and mildew.

Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel is formulated with a professional strength additive called poly-charger which bonds to the surface of your car upholstery to create a durable, long-lasting barrier against automotive stains, grease, dirt, and grime.

The only thing worse than having to clean and restore your car upholstery is having to do it again. We included Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel on the list of 10 best car upholstery cleaners because it was designed with fewer applications in mind.

Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel is also environmentally friendly. It includes zero harsh chemicals that can damage the environment or your car upholstery which makes it safe for use on all car upholstery materials.

10. Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Mothers knows best when it comes to automotive detailing. If your car upholstery is plagued by dirt and dust more than grease and grime, Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is the right choice for your car.

Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner loosens soil and dust trapped within the small pores and fibers of your car’s upholstery, making it easier to scrub out stubborn dirt patches and ground-in dust.

Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is the best cleaner for removing caked on dirt and dust, which isn’t to say it isn’t effective at cutting through grease and grime. Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner dissolves automotive grease stains and grime build-ups without leaving a sticky residue.

Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is safe for use on all car upholstery materials and interiors.

Conclusion

The car upholstery cleaners presented here are considered the best on the market because they are as affordable as they are versatile. They cut grease and oil and they protect from further damage while restoring any that has already set in.

There are a lot of automotive stains that can ruin your car’s upholstery, and there are a lot of car upholstery cleaning products that can remove them. However, few car upholstery cleaners combine as much stain-lifting power as the 10 collected here.

Yamaha recalls 3,493 units of the MT-07 And XSR700 in the US

10 août 2018 - 11:29

3,493 units of the 2018 version of the Yamaha MT-07 and XSR700 models have been recalled because of the Loose Chain Guard in the US. The company stated that the chain guards attached to the swingarms would become loose over time. Yamaha has not yet recalled the MT-07’s predecessor and the FZ-07 despite it having the same swingarm design.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) released a document stating that the bolt connecting the swingarm to the chain guard may shake loose due to the vibrations caused while riding the bike through rough terrain. This vibration would potentially cause the bolt to completely detach and then contact the drive chain and break.

The problem first came into notice when Yamaha Motor Corp. USA’s parent company in Japan identified the issue during a quality control review while testing the models to be exported overseas.

The chain guards and the fastening bolts would be replaced by the dealers for the recalled models.

Japan’s Transport Ministry reveals the improper testing conducted by several major Car manufacturers

9 août 2018 - 17:47

Earlier in the day on August 9th, Japan’s transport ministry announced that Yamaha Motor, Mazda Motor, and Suzuki Motor have been conducting improper fuel economy and emissions tests on their vehicles.

Normally known for its high-quality and efficient production, the image of Japan’s manufacturing industry has recently come under severe scrutiny and this latest announcement just adds to the list of data falsifications in the Asian country.

After conducting a research at Nissan Motor and Subaru, which was ordered by Japan’s transport ministry, these reports of improper fuel economy and emissions test were found out.

Commenting on this announcement, Representatives for Suzuki and Mazda went on to confirm that they had previously submitted reports concerning improper testing to the ministry, however, they did not give any further comment. Additionally, one of the biggest automobile company in Japan, Yamaha Motors also gave confirmation of carrying inappropriate testing.

Commenting on the matter, a Yamaha spokesperson, went on to say “In regards to the emissions test… it is indeed a fact that improper actions were implemented for which we ask for a sincere apology.”

As a result of this Yamaha share fell down by 4 percent as Suzuki’s shares were down to a significant  5.2 percent, its worst session since November 2016, against a 0.5 percent fall in the benchmark Nikkei, also Mazda’s shares went low to 1.8 percent.

Also earlier in the previous month of this year, another automobile manufacturer, Nissan announced that it had fitted inaccurately measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for as many as 19 vehicle models that were sold in Japan.

Additionally, back in the previous year Toray Industries, Mitsubishi Materials, and Kobe Steel all of which are major suppliers of motor parts to manufacturers all over the word went on to admit to doing product data fabrication.

The recently proposed tariffs on imported vehicles by the president of the U.S, Donald Trump has only gone on to be of added pressure for several automakers who have already hit lackluster sales.

 

10 Best Car Polish 2018?

8 août 2018 - 16:09

I’ve always said that marketing is eventually going to destroy any consumer trust that remains today. It’s amazing just how many brands of car polish you can find on the shelves when you go to your local department store or automotive supply store. On Amazon, there are literally thousands of different kinds of car polish to choose from. However, the majority of these products are bottled crap with good packaging. The key to choosing the right car polish for your needs is to educate yourself on how these compounds work and become familiar with the contents of the polish. It is also wise to buy from the most reputable brands, as there are many small and newer brands out there that aren’t even fully aware of how their products work.

What does car polish do?

This is an extremely important question that you should ask yourself before you even begin to start shopping for a good wax or polish. It’s truly amazing how many auto professionals don’t really know the full functions of car polishing. I’ve even talked to people that specialize in auto detailing that just think it’s a way to make a car’s exterior look better.

For most of my life, when I heard the term “car polish”, the image of a red bright and shiny car at an antique show is what came to mind. However, my mental image was really the result of a multi-stage exterior cleaning and finishing process. Polishing is simply one of the steps to this process, but it certainly is one of the most important steps.

Car polishing sometimes applies to a broad spectrum of meanings, but true automotive exterior polish is a compound or solution made to correct or mask defects to the vehicle’s paint job, while also enhancing the gloss on the surface of the paint job.

As I mentioned earlier, polishing is just one of the steps and one of the solutions used to fully restore a vehicle’s beautiful paint job. There are many other steps and chemical compounds that can aid in the process of achieving an amazing finish such as chemical paint cleaners, glazes, waxes and more! I’ll talk a little bit about some of these other compounds throughout the article, but for the most part, I’ll be focusing on polish alone. That said, there are many products available that offer some of these other solutions with the polish combined.

Why should you use car polish?

The most common reason to use car polish is ultimately to preserve the appearance of a brand new vehicle. Nobody buys a nice ride just to trash it and have it look unappealing to drive. Sure, this does happen quite a bit, considering that people don’t always have a ton of time and money to spend keeping their vehicle perfectly spotless and well-conditioned, but it’s generally nobody’s intentions. In most situations where the vehicle’s paint job becomes flawed, I think it’s the impression of the average vehicle owner that they’re going to have to spend a fortune to correct the issue, so they dismiss the possibility of ever correcting it.

It is true, though; many times it literally will cost a fortune to pay a professional to correct the finish of the vehicle – mainly because there are times that they will have to repaint a portion of the surface, if not the entire exterior, which is a lot of work. Sometimes, it isn’t really economically justified to do so. However, correcting the vehicle’s finish personally is, more often than not, affordable to almost anybody and is totally worth the investment!

If you’re still debating doing the car polishing and finishing yourself, just think about resale value! This reason alone should be great motivation to get out and start polishing. I recently read an article about things that can be done to instantly increase the value of a car. The writers of the article conducted a study and found that by correctly cleaning and restoring the vehicle’s finish, the averaged used car increased in value by almost $2,000. Now during this study, they simply did one good finish before listing the vehicle for sale. They did not polish and wax the vehicles in the past. Just think how much more you could get for a car that had a finish that had properly been maintained throughout past ownership.

Besides resale value, one of the other reasons people use car polish is to keep a great appearance of their vehicle. There are tons of older model vehicles out there that truly look like brand new cars. My friend has a BMW that he keeps in perfect condition, inside and out. The BMW is actually a 2011 model. I had attended my friend’s child’s birthday party several months ago. While we were out there, one of his family friends came up to him and said “I see you bought a brand new BMW. When did you get that?” My friend stated that he bought it almost 7 years ago and they were truly shocked. I had always thought that my friend probably spent his entire Saturday cleaning his car, but after talking one night, he told me that he really only cleaned the interior for about 1 hour each week and then did about an hour or two of work on the exterior once a month. He also said that he has all of his own cleaning products and equipment, so he still spends less than he would taking his BMW to an ordinary car wash.

So it’s obvious that polishing your ride occasionally is entirely worth the investment of your time and dollars. But, there are other occasions where car polish can come in handy. Think of all the times you’ve gone driving down the highway and a truck in front of you is hauling rocks, which you don’t notice until boom! You hear and see one of those rocks fly out of the bed of his truck and nail your car, leaving a huge gash in your paint. This is another perfect scenario where car polish can help.

There are cases of sub-surface paint defects where a quality car polish should be used. One of the most common types of sub-surface paint defects is “Spider Webbing”. When most paint finishers refer to spider webbing, they’re generally referring to a defect where the paint displays what almost looks like scratches that look like they’re interconnected almost like a very dense spider web. These swirl marks are generally caused by incorrect or inconsistent washing techniques or by using the wrong types of cleaning brushes and materials. Traditional washing sponges are also said to be a big contributor to spider webbing because they do not provide an efficient way of lifting dirt particles/contaminants up and away from the paint. They simply spread it around which can cause micro scratches and may eventually lead to spider webbing. Don’t worry – almost all of us are guilty of this or ignorant of the correct washing techniques to use. It may be worth giving it a little research, though!

Another common form of sub-surface paint damage is water spots. For those that live in areas with a hard water tap source, it is always suggested that you use some type of spot-free rinse at the end of the wash. This is because there are many evaporating salts and calcium carbonate particles in hard water. When the water evaporates, these substances remain on the surface of the car’s paint, which causes water spots. If these water spots are left on the paint for very long, they can begin to destroy the paint below.

Other common paint defects include industrial fallout, oxidation, etc. Unfortunately, car polish alone cannot correct all sub-surface paint defects, but there are many cases where it does a great job masking the defects, which quickly takes years off of the vehicle’s exterior. A vehicle’s paint job typically consists of three different layers. At the bottom is a layer of primer. The middle layer consists of a layer of color paint. The outer layer of the vehicle’s finish is the clear coat, which is the thickest layer of all. Clear coats are made thicker than the other coats because it acts to be a buffer layer of protection. In most instances, the vehicle’s clear coat allows up to 25% to safely be removed throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.

There are different types of car polish available on the market. Some polishes are meant to correct the defects in the clear coat (and typically aren’t very abrasive at all). These types of polish are often referred to as “enthusiast grade”. On the other hand, some are actually meant to be used on the paint, which is often called “Professional grade”. Most of the time, you’ll probably be looking for the standard enthusiast grade polishes that are used on the clearcoat and not as abrasive as the other types that go lower towards the paint layer.

If you’re not a professional or if the defect isn’t very severe, I would recommend just using an enthusiast grade polish. Start out with this type of polish and go to a professional grade to go deeper if you need to. However, if you get to the point where you do not feel comfortable, it may be best to take the car to a body shop to at least get their quick opinion on if it should be done professionally or not. Of course, take into consideration that they’re going to want your business, so if they seem like there’s no way you should be doing that work you may want to give it some thought. However, if they say something along the lines of “Well, you could probably do it yourself, but you’ll have to watch out for this, this, and this…”, they’re probably just using tactics to intimidate you into hiring them for the work.

Often times, the enthusiast grade polishes are combined with a glaze or wax to offer an all-in-one solution. These types of car polishes are best for those without any serious paint defects that are simply looking to make their car shine and really stand out after a good car wash/cleaning. Car polish itself does not make a vehicle shine, but many of these all-in-one solutions that combine a wax or glaze are made to bring out the color more and give it a good glisten at the same time.

When should you use car polish?

Car polish isn’t typically meant to be used on a regular basis for maintenance procedures. Considering this, I would not recommend using a serious polish unless there is some type of serious paint defect. However, some enthusiasts will use a polish/wax combination a couple of times a year to give their car a little facelift. If the all-in-one solution offers a protective layer, they may use it 3 or 4 times per year. However, if the paint does not have any defects, it may be best just to skip the polishing step and go straight to a sealant, gloss, wax, or other protecting coat depending on your needs.

The Best Car Polishes on the Market

Below are some of the best-rated car polish products available for sale today. As you’ll see, most of these are meant more for enthusiasts and are non-abrasive. However, we also included some of the professional grade products as well. In the product details, I have stated what types of polish and scenarios that would be appropriate to use each.

I factored several things in while developing this list of the best car polish products. Some of these factors include reputable branding, contents and the quality of those contents, positive customer reviews, safety of use/safety of materials, cost and amount of value provided.

8. Nu Finish Liquid Car Polish


Nu Finish’s liquid car polish is one of the most used car polishes today. It is more of a general tonic for your vehicle’s exterior than a real polish and is not by any means abrasive, either. Many enthusiasts use Nu Finish car polish as a protectant instead of actual paint defect repair.

Nu Finish liquid car polish has been around for years. This polish has tons of great reviews by enthusiasts and is also rated #1 by the best consumer testing magazine in the US because of its durability, protection, and gloss capabilities.

Nu Finish does not require any heaving, rubbing, or buffing, and simply needs to be applied lightly with a cloth or buffer. It is even safe to apply this polish in direct sunlight.

7. CarGuys Premium Hybrid Top Coat Polish and Sealer


This product falls under the wax category but is definitely more of an all-in-one solution for enthusiasts looking for a great shine before a show. So even though this isn’t technically much of a polish, it will provide the results that many of you are probably looking for! However, it does have polish properties in the sense that it’s capable of correcting defects towards the surface of the top coat like many other polishes do.

CarGuys boasts the ability of their Premium Hybrid to be very quickly applied (“finished in 15 minutes”, they say) without streaking or leaving your exterior white or cloudy looking. These are common problems for all-in-one polishes and waxes. The wax typically needs to be buffed out and can sometimes take quite a bit of time to do. However, with this product, you’re able to do it in a jiffy.

The technology of the Hybrid is supposed to get to work down at the molecular level to create a great shine and smooth surface for anybody needing a quick facelift for their vehicle that lasts surprisingly longer than most similar products. It’s also safe to use on any type of surface. This is one of the best-selling products in this category and if you order from Amazon and are not totally happy, they’ll refund your money! This makes it completely risk-free to give it a whirl.

6. Meguiar’s Ultimate Polish


This is another great all-in-one polish for enthusiasts looking for a safe and quick way to make their vehicle look amazing. Meguiar’s is one of the most well-known brands for car cleaning and exterior detailing. I haven’t heard of a single one of their products that the vast majority of purchasers haven’t absolutely loved the results.

This pre-waxing polish gives a car’s exterior deep reflection and creates an amazing glossy look. It’s loaded with oils that add color depth and condition the exterior of your ride easily and safely. It’s a quick way to remove towel marks, watermarks, as well as swirls to make your car shine so bright you’ll see your own reflection clear as day. It’s safe to use on all type of surfaces and colors (this product is super great for cars with dark-colored paint jobs). It can be applied by hand or a dual action polisher.

5. HD High Definition Speed All-in-One Polish & Wax


Similar to the last few products, this is another great all-in-one combo that is suitable for the average person’s needs. HD Speed All-in-One has the absolute best customer ratings that I could find (and tons of them, at that). On Amazon, this product has 4.8 out of 5 stars which is somewhat rare to see. I personally have not yet used this product, but it’s definitely one that I’ll be giving a try after reading all of the positive results and seeing videos of what this product is capable of. It’s a little pricier than similar brands/products, but only a few dollars more and well worth it from what I’ve seen.

Surprisingly, High Definition’s Speed polish and wax is made of all natural contents that are safe to use on all colors and surfaces of vehicles. It’s rare to find a product this effective that does not contain some kind of harsh or toxic chemicals. This product is designed to be applied and taken off as quickly and easily as possible. Many of the reviewers say that this is the quickest, easiest, and most effective polish they’ve ever used.

The Speed All-in-One formula is made to repair minor paint defects via corrections of the top coat. It is extremely well-known for being used on vehicles with bad swirls and drastically reduces or eliminates these visual defects. Not only does it correct some defects, it also contains a glaze and wax that intensifies color and creates a smooth shine. To top it all off, it also applies a sealant to protect your vehicle’s paint job from UV rays, oxidation, and to extend the life of your face lift overall.

4. Meguiar’s PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish


Here is another great product by Meguiar’s and although it isn’t your traditional type of exterior polish, it’s definitely worth mentioning since you’re going to want the entire outside of your vehicle glistening versus only part of it. Meguiar’s PlastX is a high-quality cleaner and polisher for clear plastic surfaces such as headlights, tail lights, brake lights, fog lights, etc. These types of surfaces (especially on the front end of the vehicle) are constantly exposed to heavy contaminants such as dirt, grime, rough objects that cause light scratching, and those pesky juices from bugs smacking into your vehicle. Over time and long-term exposure to these contaminants, these plastic surfaces are likely to develop a yellowish tint, while also appearing cloudy/foggy. Since plastic is more permeable than metallic surfaces, these objects will most likely start to show signs of surface defects before your car’s paint job will. However, PlastX Cleaner and Polish is the perfect solution to this problem.

As I mentioned earlier, Meguiar’s is one of the top brands in the auto cleaning supply industry, employing some of the best chemists and engineers in the world that develop solutions like this one all day, every day. PlastX uses microscopic diminishing abrasive technology to remove contamination to the surface of clear plastics, while also removing light scratches, signs of chemical degradation, and oxidation. Because the degradation of plastic surfaces is typically very gradual, most drivers don’t even realize how bad the defects are until using Meguiar’s PlastX, but as soon as they’re finished applying, the results are beyond obvious.

PlastX is a gel-like cleaning and polishing solution that is extremely quick and easy to apply in a one-step process. PlastX also contains vital conditioning oils that restore optical visibility and will allow your car to output as much light as it did before the defects. It also contains water-resistant properties that make the results last for months.

Meguiar’s PlastX does not contain any harsh solvents and is safe to use on almost any type of clear polymer-like surface. Many reviewers have even said that they use this product for other plastic surfaces than their automobile’s, such as Plexiglas, acrylic surfaces, and some even say that it’s capable of removing scratches on their iPhones. This product is available for less than $10, providing multiple applications to all of your vehicle’s plastic surfaces, making it a no-brainer addition to your car cleaning arsenal of supplies.

3. Griot’s Garage Complete Polish


For those of you that are looking for a simple but effective polish without the need to buy any fancy polishing equipment, I highly recommend Griot’s Garage Complete polish. Griot’s Complete polish uses advanced sub-micron abrasives to remove mild imperfections to your vehicle’s finish. On top of its corrective properties, it is able to deliver paint refinement and depth of color while also enhancing the vehicle’s gloss. It also creates a very smooth surface that’s ready for wax or a sealant of your choosing.

Griot’s Garage Complete Polish was made to be applied by hand versus a rotary polisher. For most of you out there that aren’t super experienced with auto detailing and car cleaning, this is probably a great polish for you! Applying the polish manually ensures that you do not take off too much of the car’s finish. This offers total control for the one applying the polish. To apply, simply squirt a little polish onto a yo-yo pad and apply to a 2’ x 2’ section of the car externally. Make a pass and a half, wipe off the excess polish with a finishing towel and you’re done and ready to seal or wax!

2. Turtle Wax Color Magic Jet Black


Turtle Wax’s Color Magic Jet Black polish is hands down the best easy-applying polish available. While this polish certainly isn’t the best for everybody, I would recommend anybody that drives a vehicle with a black finish have a bottle of this is their garage. Jet Black was formulated to enhance all types of black automotive finishes, whether they are faded, neglected, or just plain old while also filling in scratches, rock chips, or other defects. This is also a great polish to remove light swirl marks as well.

This is one of the most affordable and effective polishes available and consists of a blend of advanced polishes, dyes, and pigments that will keep your ride looking slick for the duration. This product is also very easy to use. Simply add to a rag or sponge and apply to the vehicle’s exterior. Let the polish dry into a haze, then buff lightly.

1. Superior Products Clear Coat Polish and Sealant


Superior Products is another awesome automotive cleaning and detailing supply brand that has been around for years. When it comes to oxidation on your vehicle’s finish, there’s nothing better than this stuff! Oxidation is a natural process and a curse of the environment. However, with today’s technology, that can all be repaired with this product.

Specifically meant for clear coat repair and regeneration, this polish can be used on just about any type of vehicle exterior surface. It’s extremely quick and easy to apply and will leave your ride shining like a reflective mirror.

Conclusion

So there you have it! A list of the best car polishes on the market for 2018. Almost any vehicle owner can benefit from a good car polishing occasionally. With all of the new brands popping up (some good, some bad), and with the wide variety of situations where a polish is necessary, it can be extremely difficult to weed out the jewels from all of the bunks. Hopefully this list will prevent you from a bunch of trial and error that that can end up costing a fortune.

Ford launches an entry-level SUV for the Chinese market to revive its growth

8 août 2018 - 12:37

On Wednesday, Ford stated that it would launch an entry-level SUV for China in early 2019. Ford would develop the SUV jointly with a local partner and the company plans to grow its business in the world biggest automobile market.

Ford Motors and Jiangling Motors Corp. would develop the Ford Territory which would be available in three powertrain variants. The company would also introduce a plug-in hybrid model for the Chinese market.  

Ford has planned to launch 50 new and redesigned vehicles for China till the year 2025. A redesigned Ford Focus would hit the Chinese showrooms by the end of this year.  

Ford would compete with Chinese automobile companies like Great Wall Motor and Geely which are manufacturing SUVs that have a low price and good quality.   

The automaker has not officially announced the pricing for the Territory but industry experts suggest that the SUV would be priced around $21,990.27 (150,000 yuan)

The automaker has had a difficult year in China and there has been a 25% drop in sales in the first 6 months of 2018. Ford would take a while for the turnaround and a pre-tax loss of $483 million in the second quarter of 2018 would take some time to recover.  

This year was the automakers biggest first-half percentage decline in total sales volume since 2001. Ford expects to see a rise in demand in the next few years with its new models lined up for the Chinese market.

VW, Audi and Porsche to recall 124,000 of its electric and hybrid cars

7 août 2018 - 14:07

Earlier in the week The Volkswagen group officially went on to confirm the news that it may have to recall nearly 124,000 electric and hybrid cars from its VW, Audi, and Porsche brands.

The reason behind this recall is due to poisonous cadmium finding its way into a charger component of the above-mentioned car brands.

According to a report published by German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, VW has gone on to confirm that it is currently in talks with Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA), the German road authority, regarding a potential recall.

Speaking for the German automaker a spokesperson went on to state:

“Currently A corresponding recall order by the KBA is in clarification,”

The reason for the recall due to a heavy metal called cadmium, which can be quite harmful and is mostly banned in auto parts, has been found in a charger supplied to the group for all-electric and plug-in hybrids made by Porsche, Audi and VW, right from 2013 to the previous month.

According to VW, The German automakers have temporarily stopped production of all affected vehicles until it could find an alternative part that can be used.

The company also announced that it has already started working towards doing so.

Back in the previous month, KBA was informed by VW that the part(charger component) contained 0.008 grams of cadmium per device.

As per reports, The KBA is really pushing for the recall, however, the German automaker claims that it would cause no harm to the health of drivers or passengers mainly because it is “fitted in a solid housing inside the charger, which is additionally enclosed by a solid housing.”

Regardless, the regulatory group raised concerns questioning where the material would end up once the vehicle has seen its better days.

They have yet to officially issue a recall and inform the owners of the affected vehicles, which could be nearly 124,000 electric and hybrid cars.

 

The new face-lifted variant of the Hyundai Tucson SUV launched in S.Korea

7 août 2018 - 12:40

To meet the growing customer demand in South Korea, Hyundai Motor Co. launched a facelifted version of its Tucson sports utility vehicle(SUV), the automaker said on Tuesday.

The automaker said in a statement, the Tucson facelift comes in three variants, one with a gasoline motor and two with a diesel motor. The gas variant comes with a 1.6-liter turbo engine and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The diesel variants are a 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter engine with an eight and seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The automaker has introduced an new all wheel drive option for its customers. Safety features like lane keeping assist, driver awareness warning system and front collision avoidance have been added to the Tucson.

The facelifted Tucson would have a starting price of US$21,000 (24 million won) and can go up to $26,755 (30 million won) depending on the variant.

Hyundai sold 2.58 million vehicles in January-July period a 2.9 percent rise from the same time last year.

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