Do It Yourself Car Window Tinting: Things You’ll Need to Consider

Do it yourself car window tinting is so tempting because it appears that it can save a lot of money compared to hiring a pro. Some online tinting kits claim to cost about 10 bucks plus the $15 to $25 cost of the half a dozen tools you may need. The idea that you might be able to reduce glare, increase privacy, decrease theft potential, keep cooler in the hot times and maybe add a nice looking touch to your favorite ride for less than $35 can be a tempting proposition.

Well that’s the up side. The question is how difficult is it to actually apply the tint, have it look great and last like the professional jobs?

It starts with the prep. Obviously when you apply the tint to the inside of your auto windows you will need it to be absolutely spotless. Any dust or dirt particles will need to be completely removed with the proper cleaning chemicals and a razor blade. You will need to be careful to not scratch the glass while cleaning because any scratch will be apparent under the tint.

If you own a dog its hair can be a royal pain to control. You not only have to remove the hair stuck to the window surface but as you move around the car you will be stirring up hair that is resting on the floor and seats. You may have to continually re-wipe the glass prior to applying the tint. Sometimes this can be such a big problem that you may even need to first have your car detailed professionally which will add quite a bit to the final cost.

Another nuisance occurs with the hairy felt-like spacer bars that are often found at the bottom of any roll-up windows. The felt needs to be tediously covered with something like masking tape in order to prevent the little tiny hairs from landing on the window and getting pressed under the tint film during the preparation and application processes.

The rubber door window seals often get in the way of cleaning and installing. They need to be pried away from the glass with expensive duct tape. Sometimes it is best to remove them altogether. It’s even necessary to remove the door panels of some car models in order to get it just right.

One of the most challenging parts is fitting the tint to the back window of just about any car. Sometimes the 3rd brake light makes it difficult or nearly impossible to work and will need to be removed and reinstalled after the job is complete. It can be necessary to actually remove the entire deck at the top of the back seat.

The windows usually bend vertically as well as horizontally and require very careful piecing and fitting so that the seams become invisible and that there is no crinkling. Some professional installers will practice under the coaching of a master, experienced installer on 6 or 8 cars for free or at a greatly reduced price in order to begin to get enough experience to do a competent job. It can really be that challenging.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the problems that can occur to make your first tinting job a nightmare. Like any craft it takes time to efficiently solve the many challenges that inevitably will come your way. Unless you are a very patient, mechanically inclined and experienced do-it-yourselfer you may find that the complexity and craftsmanship requirements of this type of project is well worth leaving it to the experienced professionals.

Cleaning Oil, Grease, Butter, Vegetable Oil, Margarine, Cosmetic Creme Stains From Your Car

One of the worst problems in the cleaning of cars is the wide variety of stains that appear on the seats, carpet and interior. We will discuss the ways to clean such tough stains in car interiors as Oil, Grease, Butter, Vegetable Oil, Margarine, Cosmetic Crème Stains. First off the important thing is to use a Neutral soap or Neutral products with a ph of 7. (PH is measured on a scale of 0-14 for acidity or alkalinity) 7 are in the middle meaning neutral. This way none of the products used will form chemical reactions while using them.

Mobile Auto Detailing and Mobile Car Washes use a variety of trade secrets to clean such stains effortlessly and efficiently and charge quite a bit to do it. The average cost to detail the interior two front seats of a car is $25.00 plus carpet shampoo of $25.00.

Some companies recommend certain brands to their mobile car wash teams. The best types of cleaners for these stains are solvent based and should be used carefully. They can combine and make more of a mess if not used properly. Caution is important and a virtue and this is truer in this scenario than in any other part of auto detailing. First clean up the main mess by scraping excess and getting it down to as small an area as possible. Plastic razor blades work good for this. Then gently dab your solvent cleaner on the stain without ripping and it should start to come up. If you get no discoloration from this you can then wipe gently. When you are all completed try using some foam type upholstery cleaner and wipe. Then perhaps some warm water on a rag to finish the job.

Luxury Car Performance Parts

If you are looking for luxury and comfort in your vehicle, you do not necessarily have to buy the most expensive car in the town. Most people would agree that if you wish to experience the joy of driving a luxury car then you would have to spend thousands of dollars. However it is now possible to enjoy the features and functions of a luxury car without blowing your budget. How? Well, you can use the luxury car performance parts to enhance the power of engine, comfort level and performance.

The car manufacturers try their best to make sure that the vehicles they produce meet your specific needs and demands; however they may sometimes miss the mark. This is where the car parts come in, because with a few modifications you can have the vehicle of your dreams. There are several types of car performance parts available in the market to meet the diverse requirements of different people.

Some people are obsessed with speed and they desire a car that will have the greatest speed. Thankfully, there are performance parts that assist in enhancing the power and capacity of the engine so that the car owners can enjoy the experience of driving their vehicles at a high speed. Those who wish to make their car more comfortable and luxurious can add performance parts to enhance the interior of the vehicle.

There are some people who like to modify their old car to make it more stylish and up to date. There are special car parts that help you improve the design and appearance of the vehicle. You can change the windows, lights, roof top etc, to make the vehicle look more fashionable.

Besides improving the speed, performance and appearance of the vehicle, some drivers also make use of the performance parts to add more safety to their car. There are several parts that are designed to protect you in case of an accident. If you are planning to get car insurance, having additional safety parts installed in your vehicle can get you a good deal.

Sometimes these are small details that give you the joy of driving a luxurious Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. At times, these performance parts create a huge difference such as giving a detailed feedback to the driver about the performance, speed, battery levels, and temperature. Getting timely and detailed feedback about the vehicle can help the driver make proper adjustments before the issues become serious.

The luxury parts are usually high in demand, especially by owners of cars such as BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen, to name a few. You may look for the luxury parts in a dealership near you, or search online. Internet is no doubt the best platform to find a wide range of luxury parts that can help improve the power and performance of your vehicle.

After all, the whole point of buying a luxury car is to feel pampered and enjoy the ultimate in performance. So why spend so much after an expensive car when you can modify your own car and make it more luxurious.

Is This My Car Or a Space Shuttle?

How car electronics change your daily life, on the road and in the auto shop

· You are driving to a friend’s house and the airbag light is flashing: Then you remember that it always does this when you have your dog Max in the back.

· You grab the door handle to open the door and your car alarm goes off, everyone is looking at you and you feel like a thief.

· You approach a stop sign and your car suddenly goes into low idle and stalls.

· You unlock your car and all the windows go down. This only happens on cold winter trips.

Weird stuff happens with your car and you don’t have any idea why. Gone are the days when Do-It-Yourself could solve a lot of car issues. Today’s vehicles are much more like spaceships or at least like a plane. In fact, your car may contain 60-80 separate little computers providing more computing power than the 1982 Airbus A310 had or the Apollo Moon Lander!

Because modern cars are more like complex electronically controlled spaceships, their insides do not much resemble those of cars twenty years ago. Instead of things like a carburetor you’ll find lots of wires under your car’s hood, connecting sensors to the computers and giving status on the car’s vital signs. Electronics enable unprecedented functionality such as hybrid power or safety functions like airbags, ABS or stability control, just to name a few. Maintenance jobs like a tune-up used to mean getting the engine’s performance back on track. Today embedded software takes care of it by checking constantly thousands of sensor signals compensating for worn out spark plugs, clogged filters, etc. The so-called limp-home function lets you drive on limited power when your engine is in trouble. In the old days this might have meant a break down.

If your car is as complex as a spaceship and makes you feel helpless whenever it plays weird tricks on you, perhaps you’d like a space-age preventive maintenance solution. How about piloting like a real spaceship pilot and not to worry about inexplicable malfunctions? That is what professionals in auto shops take care of. Not only do they inspect, service and replace the still remaining 5,000 moving parts; they also understand the electronics’ side effects, run complex diagnostic and test sequences in order to fix and avoid malfunctions. Since electronics mask emerging problems so there is no detectable sign for you until much later, technicians in your shop need to find the root cause early. When too late you might have a need for replacing expensive parts. A speed sensor going bad and compensated by the software might start burning your transmission oil long before the engine light goes on. Ask the experts in your shop about space-age maintenance for your vehicle. Let them provide you with the right program to meet your service priorities (And don’t forget to quiz them about Max and the airbag light).

PS: Max is indeed the cause for the flashing airbag light. The airbag software detected the occupied seat. The person seems to move very erratically though (Max is jumping around in the back seat), which is not what the software expects humans would do. So it concludes a defect wire as cause and triggers the airbag light to flash.

PPS: Did you experience great and/or weird things with your car? Leave a comment in the section below. I’d like to help you exploring what is possible through electronics.

Uwe Kleinschmidt

4 Useful Benefits of Detailing Your Car

Detailing your car is a practical option to rejuvenate the paint work and keep the interior clean and fresh. A well presented car is easy to maintain and certain to sell better in the future. Here are a few benefits of detailing your car:

Promotes good health

Many vehicles are likely to be carrying millions of microscopic occupants. Allergens and germs are easily able to flourish in the warm and compact space of a car. The build up of food debris, dust and general dirt on the seats, upholstery and inside the cabin filter can soon lead to the growth microorganisms. A full vacuuming session will remove virtually all of these particles. Plus, the use of appropriate cleaning solutions will help to sterilize the interior surfaces. If you start to experience sneezing and sniffling after entering your car, it may be time to have a complete interior cleaned.

Car’s resale value

A car that is kept crisp and clean is that much easier to sell in the future. A car with drab-looking interior or coated in dirt and grime isn’t likely to give the desired impression to a prospective buyer. Also, the regular car care is certain to help maintain or even increase the potential resale value.

Remove marks

Detailing is the most practical option to rejuvenate the paint work by reducing or removing the signs of existing etching, scratches, swirls or fading. Also, this will help to protect the paint and give it long-term protection. Any containment left on the paint or other finishes (vinyl, chrome, leather, etc.) will slowly eat into the material and cause long-term damage.

Also, the car that is regularly detailed is easier to clean and retains its shine for longer. The repeated protective treatments are also useful for slowing the build up of dirt which is less able to stick to the slick and shiny surface.

Stunning looking finish

Whether it is a Ferrari or Fiesta, the detailed cars are given a stunning finish that is certain to stand out. Even for those that regularly give their car a wash and vacuum, the full detailing takes things to a new level for the most impressive look.

Overall, detailing your car isn’t a necessity, but is certain to help maintain the attractive look inside and outside the vehicle. While a normal car wash can benefit, this doesn’t always do enough to remove the most difficult blemishes and stains. This is only achieved with a regular detailing.