The new, softer paints on your cars & RV’s –

March 25, 2012

Protecting the finish of a car prevents expensive paint jobs. Due to the change in VOC regulations new paints no longer contain lead, which benefits our health and that of our Earth. Lead was used to harden paint to prevent oxidation.
Since the end of lead based paints in 2003, paints are now considered “soft.” Soft paint oxidizes faster so sealants are either added to the paint or applied over paint to protect it from oxidation.
If the sealant is damaged due to the abrasive nature of brushes and microfiber or the deterioration of petroleum distillate based waxes, silicone or heavy cleaning agents like liquid dish soaps, the paint rapidly oxidizes and deteriorates.

Don’t use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on your car. Read about what a user experienced;

March 18, 2012

“This afternoon I was washing my car (2009 Mitsubishi Lancer) to get all the love bugs off as its’ the end of love bug season here in Central Florida. Well, my friend insisted that using Magic Eraser would get the bugs off easily. Knowing how useful it has been around the house, I gave it a try without thinking about it. Oh it definitely removed the bugs, but it also took some of the clear coat.
PS, even the slightest rubbing from the Magic Eraser resulted in scratches and discoloration. Never use this on your car but most of you already know not to”.
Our BOSS Sponge will clean the bugs off along with the dirt, grime, brake dust, and stuff on your boat or RV without scratching and by using just soap & water – www.bosssponge.com

More on swirl marks

January 14, 2012

I discussed the probable causes of swirl marks last week, so how do you get rid of them? 3 ways – 1- rinse your car very well before washing, preferably two times, 2 – stop using dish soap to wash your car. Use a good quality car wash soap or car wash shampoo (hopefully with our BOSS Sponge to completely clean your car) and 3 – Polish or wax your vehicle regularly, preferably every 3 to 4 months. You shouldn’t see the marks again!

swirl marks

January 7, 2012

A man in England emailed and asked “Anyone here to help on how to remove swirls mark on my car. It is Taffeta White Color. 1 year old. Also, how do these swirls occur and how to avoid them”.
Swirl marks appear to be scratches but they are not; they are just micro-marring of the paint. There are many reasons they may occur but by far the most common causes are washing your car with dish soap and not rinsing twice or more before washing. The degreasers in the soap strip your polish or wax off and even eat into your clear coat. Not rinsing at least twice before washing allows dirt, grime, etc., to remain on the paint and you just grind it in as you wash. More on this next week.

More on caring for leather seats

December 10, 2011

Weekend Wash Tip: Because the leather in your vehicle is likely to be exposed to a lot of sunlight and heat in parking lots, vehicle manufacturers use leather that is highly resistant to sun damage in their seats. Most car seats are made from fully-finished leather, and it tends to hold up a lot longer in the sun than other types of leather. But, even the strongest of leathers will be damaged by heat and sunlight over time, so it’s a good idea to clean and protect your seats 6-8 times a year to boost their resistance to damage. You can use window shields in a car to keep some of the light and heat off your leather if you park in the sun for extended periods of time. It is also a good idea to seek out parking spots in the shade instead of in direct sunlight.

Cleaning vinyl boat seats

December 3, 2011

This time it’s a Weekend Boat Wash Tip about cleaning your vinyl boat seats: Time itself can take a major toll on vinyl if you don’t care for it properly. It is important to clean your vinyl well on a regular basis. With a BOSS Sponge you can clean your seats with just water. Use clean, fresh water to clean your seats. Distilled water is best because it lacks impurities that will stick around on your seats after you finish cleaning. If distilled water is not available, be sure to at least use tap water over lake, river or salt water. The dirt and minerals found in bodies of water will, like the small particles of dirt on your seats before you clean them, wear down your seats like fine sandpaper. While it might get any visible dirt off your seats, it will damage them in the long run.

Keeping on the topic of leather seats –

November 27, 2011

Keeping on the care & cleaning of leather seats – I’ve seen people try every household product in the book to clean and repair their leather auto interior, and there are 8 products I see that cause major problems for people on a regular basis. I don’t recommend using any of the following on your auto leather:
• Olive oil
• Shoe polish
• Beeswax
• Hair spray
• Markers
• Window cleaner
• Finger nail polish remover
• Disposable cleaning supplies and wipes
It is best to avoid any products that contain alcohol or acetone.

Cleaning of leather car & motorcycle seats

November 20, 2011

Weekend Wash Tip: Cleaning of leather car & motorcycle seats. Proper cleaning and care of leather prevents drying and eventual cracking. Use of a petroleum or oil based cleaner or conditioner can damage the material. You may notice that, over time, your soft leather car or motorcycle seats become dry or faded. Many people attribute this to wear and tear, but it is actually caused by heat and light from the sun. Because the leather in your vehicle is likely to be exposed to a lot of sunlight and heat in parking lots, vehicle manufacturers use leather that is highly resistant to sun damage in their seats. A BOSS Sponge will clean any leather surface with just water, no chemicals needed. You don’t need to press down hard; just a gentle rub will suffice. Use a clean, dry cotton towel to dry off any excess water. Then apply a conditioner made for leather to keep your seats looking good!

Cleaning your wiper blades!

November 12, 2011

Your windshield! It’s the eyeglasses of your car or RV. I hate it when I can’t see well. Remember to clean all the crud (leaves, sap, dead bugs) from your windshield before using your wiper blades. If your wiper blades have to go over these things on your windshield you are just wearing the blades down unnecessarily and shortening their life span as these things eat away at the rubber of the blades. I clean my wiper blades monthly (obviously I use a BOSS Sponge) to prevent them from smearing the windshield. It will extend the wear of the rubber which will save you the cost of frequent replacements. If they smear after cleaning then it is time to replace them. Safe driving-bosssponge.com

Removing stickers

November 5, 2011

Weekend Wash Tip – Another election year is coming! Can’t wait for the interesting, stimulating TV commercials. Yeah, right. I’m going to watch movies for a year. Anyway,,,, if you’re trying to get those old Kennedy-Johnson, Reagan-Bush, Kerry-Edwards stickers off your car I have a way to do it easily. I used to use the stickers to hide the small dents in my bumper. Warm a little bit of white vinegar on the stovetop or in the microwave and then dip a rag into it. Hold the rag over the sticker until it’s thoroughly saturated, and it will peel right off without leaving sticky residue behind.