As a vehicle owner, you want to make sure that your vehicle is looking good! Not only because it makes you feel good to have a clean car, but it also protects the investment that you have put into your vehicle. You keep the mechanical maintenance up to date, so that the vehicle keeps running correctly. You also want to protect the condition of the exterior and the interior of that vehicle as well. Car detailing isn’t something that is really complicated. But there are some things that you should be aware of that the professionals already know and do. Here is a bit of information that we hope will be of benefit to vehicle owners.
You may remember back in the day, helping your father wash the car on the driveway at home. The both of you would be armed with bucket or hose, bits of towels or sponges, and you would tackle the task together on a sunny afternoon. While the memory is great, we would suggest you change a couple of things if you are building new memories with your own kids.
First, you should be using a couple of buckets. One with the soap in it, and the other just plain water. Try to keep the soap bucket from getting contaminated with the dirt, grime, and dust that is coming off your car. The second bucket, of just water, should be used to rinse off contaminants, before dipping into the soapy water.
Let’s mention here, that if you are using dish soap to clean your vehicle, you should stop doing that. Professional car detailing does not use this household detergent, as it will cause damage and strip your clear coat finish from your vehicle. There are still a lot of vehicle owners that use dish soap, so we would love to get the word out on this. There are many different brands of car soap available and they range in prices, allowing owners to find one that will fit their budget. Dish soap may already be on hand, but please consider simply purchasing car cleaning product specific to this job.
So, what is the deal with microfiber cloths? We will tell you! If you use a towel or sponge for cleaning your vehicle, chances are you are not getting all the contaminants out of the material before plunging it back into the soap bucket. Bits of dirt, sand, and grit can still be caught in the material and this can cause abrasive scratches and such on the surface of your vehicle. Microfiber rinses much cleaner than sponges or even old towels. There are microfiber mitts available almost everywhere car detailing supplies are sold. They are kind of fun to use too!
And, is a warm sunny day good for washing your car? Well, sure it is! Except, instead of doing it under direct sunlight, you may want to move your vehicle to a shady spot. A warm vehicle, sitting in the sun, will heat up, both inside and out. The surface you are cleaning should be cooler, so that the water doesn’t rapidly evaporate, leaving behind streaks and soap spots. Besides, being in the shade might make the job even more enjoyable for you too.
Some car owners have not yet jumped on the new mobile auto detailing services that are popping up in there city. If you are interested, you can always check out Mobile Auto Detailing in your neck of the woods! It might be something you prefer, having someone do the detailing and really making you love your car!
Have you been considering updating your kitchen or bathroom countertops? If so, you may have seen some really impressive results that epoxy coatings can do to countertops. The beauty of this solution is that you can keep the countertops you currently have in place, and apply the epoxy over them. Many homeowners have been aware of the effect that epoxy can give to floors and even walls. This is a very versatile material for many renovation projects.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is the speed at which epoxy sets and hardens. So often, if an error occurs, it has to be remedied quickly. And for the average DIY project, this can be a more advanced application. It is best to research first, to fully understand some of the pros and cons that you can encounter with the project.
Let’s discuss a few of the pros of epoxy applications.
Epoxy can be applied to many different surfaces, such as concrete, wood, metal, ceramic, and even laminate. One benefit is that you don’t necessarily have to remove the current surface. You can apply epoxy over it.
Epoxy is also extremely durable. It will resist scratches and stains and is not affected by household cleaners and chemicals.
Epoxy adheres to porous surfaces very well and can act as a sealant on material such as concrete. It will actually strengthen the material and protect it from dampness, mold, and rot.
Once epoxy has hardened and is set, it becomes heat resistant. Putting a hot pan or pot from a stovetop or oven on the surface will not cause any damage (although, with limited time on the contact surface of the epoxy).
Cleaning epoxy is very easy. You can use pretty much any household cleaner or chemical on it. And the glossy, polished look lasts for a very long time, unlike many other kinds of countertops. If it should appear to be getting a bit dull, a light touch of mineral oil to the cleaned surface should restore its lustre.
With these pros mentioned, we will also mention a few of the cons to using epoxy.
Epoxy is a resin that consists of several different compounds, that assist in the hardening process. Some of these compounds are volatile organic compounds (VOC). Therefore, for health reasons, it is very critical that, during the application process, there is sufficient ventilation to dissipate these chemicals. And you should try to not use this area for approximately a week, to ensure that there is no risk to health.
You must do detailed preparation of the current surface before applying epoxy. The surface must be sanded well, removing any stain that may linger there. This will ensure that the epoxy adheres correctly to the surface. And you will need to cover household items in the home with plastic, due to the VOC that is released during the process. It will take 24 to 48 hours for the epoxy to cure.
Epoxy is very unforgiving and is very hard to correct any error that occurs during the application. As a DIY project for someone without experience with epoxy, results may not necessarily turn out the way that you had hoped. You can redo the process but it will become costly.
The entire process of applying epoxy can become very messy. The resin reacts a certain way and drops over the counter edge can occur. Air bubbles can get trapped, causing for an uneven application. Quite often frustration and dissatisfaction can occur while attempting this as a DIY project.
We would recommend that anyone looking to attempt epoxy coating as a DIY project, do full research on the method of application. If you are in doubt, reach out to a company that does epoxy flooring in Edmonton and other applications. It may be more cost efficient to have a professional handle this project, while you choose a different DIY project around the house.
One of the most common DIY projects that a home owner will take on themselves is painting interior walls. Easy project, right? Well, the basics of interior painting may sound pretty straight forward, getting the finished product just the way you want it may not be. For professional painters, who make this task their trade, there is a lot more that goes into getting the job done right. They have secrets to their trade and we are going to let you in on a few of them.
Let’s begin with the paint brush. You might not want to just grab the brush, plunge it down into the paint can and then spread it around randomly. Believe it or not, there is a professional technic to loading the brush, applying the paint, and then smoothing out the paint on the surface.
To load the paint onto the brush, you want to just dip the paint brush into the paint to about a third of the bristles. Don’t completely dip it in. You will end up with too much paint on the brush. Just dip it in to about a third. Then, gently push each side of the brush against the inside of the can, so that the paint on the brush is distributed to the middle of the bristles. An error that a lot of DIY painters do is scrape the brush off against the top of the can or rim. What you end up doing is removing the paint, compacting the bristles against one another, and causing the brush to become less effective when you apply the paint to the surface.
OK, now that the brush is loaded correctly, you are ready to cut in the wall or surface. By cutting in, we simply mean the painting of the perimeter of the wall. For a large surface, you will most likely want to use a roller to fill in the space. But the roller will be ineffective when it comes to covering the outer edges of the wall. So always cut in the wall first.
Starting at the ceiling edge, begin in the corner that is opposite the hand you normally use. For instance, if you are right-handed, you start in the left corner. By doing this, you will be able to see the applied brush strokes more easily as you paint. Use the edge of the brush and gentle pressure to apply the paint in a straight line. Overlap the next stroke slightly, so as to create an even application. Next, you will then go diagonally down the corners where walls may meet. If you are using multiple colors on each wall, you may want to cut in the darker color first, and then cut in the lighter color. Just to keep the darker color from bleeding through under the lighter one.
Now, for the interior area. You can either fill this in by using a paint brush or a roller. Using a roller may be a bit quicker to apply the paint, but using a paint brush can give you great control, especially if you are wanting to create a textured finish. Just remember to apply the paint on the brush horizontally, and smoothly, with a gentle stroke. If you are using a roller, you will want to pour paint into a roller pan. Gently roll the roller pad into the paint, to cover the entire surface of the roller. Then, using a “W” pattern, roll downward, then upward – slightly overlapping the first downward stroke, and then downward again. Continue until the area has been filled in.
Now, to smooth out the paint. This is the step that professional painters will take to really create a great finished project. With a freshly loaded brush, stroke lightly right across the entire wall, from one edge to the other. Use a horizontal stroke and when you reach the other edge, lift the brush completely off the surface. This will correct any brush strokes showing on the paint, from different directions. Just make sure that you are covering wet paint, so as not to leave any visible lap marks.
The end result should be a clean, smoothly painted wall.
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