Soda Blasting Tip

Restorers, or anyone with a fiberglass body panel, will be interested to know that soda blasting works very well on fiberglass, cutting paint and top coats without damage to the fiberglass. It’s ideal for small parts and spotting in small repairs.

Wet Sanding Tip

Wet sanding your car’s paint finish isn’t as scary as it seems. Choose an open, outdoor area that will allow you to run water continuously for extended periods of time. Use 1000-2500 grit fine sandpaper (depending on the severity of the paint imperfections), garden hose or bucket, clean rags. The actual task of wet sanding […]

Tailpipe Cleaning Tip

Tailpipes are not generally thought of as much of anything, except to car people who appreciate the completeness of the details. Cleaning and polishing tailpipes is another small step that helps to make your car show that much better. Here, we’re using a 0000 grade steel wool to remove stubborn stains. Finish it off with […]

Paint Brush Detailing

Instead of trying to wedge a tissue or a rag between those interior vents, try using a paintbrush. It gets into the tight spots. A cotton swab also works well. The paint brush can also be used for cleaning dust and debris out of other tight interior areas, such as where the corners of the […]

Exhaust System Mock-Up

Whether you are installing your new exhaust system yourself or having a pro handle the job (our recommendation), it’s important to loosely fit all the sections before you attempt cutting, clamping or welding the system together. This will save lots of time and frustration, not to mention a better fitting exhaust system!

Battery Safety Tip

To get started replacing your old battery, make sure you also buy new cables, a wire brush, and terminal ends (optional). Always remove the negative battery cable from the terminal post before the positive. Any sparks from or around the terminals could ignite battery gasses and cause personal injury. In addition to having a clean […]

POR-15 Tip

Coating your surface rusted floor pans with POR-15 is a great idea. First step is to scrape away all the old surface rust with a wire brush. After the dust/rust particles have been vacuumed up, thoroughly clean the surface with POR-15’s Cleaner/Degreaser. Next comes the Metal Prep (also from POR-15), then you’re ready to apply […]

Molding Removal Tip

Be careful with those ever so delicate roof drip moldings! These thin, stainless moldings literally “pinch” over the drip channel in the roofline. The best way to remove them is to use a small block of wood and a rubber mallet. In some cases, you can actually remove them by hand. But like we said, […]

Ashtray Restoration Tip

In the instance when purchasing a new ashtray for your classic is just not feasible (not available, price too high, etc.), why not restore your current one? Sure, it may look really ugly, but that can be fixed pretty easily. Let’s face it, filthy ashtrays not only look bad, they smell bad too. First, clean […]

Decal/Stripe Tip

When you’re applying new graphics to your car (eg. stripes), here are a few handy pointers: Thoroughly clean the surface area with degreaser and a lint-free cloth before applying the stripes. Work in an area that is as dust free as possible! Carefully locate the final position of the stripe on the body panel with […]