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How to Detail Your Car – DIY Tips & Tricks From a Pro
Detailing your car is the best way to make your car look great. Use car washing soap, a microfiber wash mitt, and a clay bar to detail your car.
How to Strip Paint From Your Car
While you may be able to apply a new coat of paint to your car the way it is, stripping the old paint off first will yield better results. This task takes time...
How to Clean Your Car with a Pressure Washer
Cleaning a car with a pressure washer is a good way to keep a car clean. Use the right pressure, nozzle, and car cleaning compounds to get dirt off.
How to Clean Your Car Using Little or No Water
With drought affecting large areas of the country on a growing basis, it is more important than ever to conserve water. This includes saving water...
How to Test Car Paint
Car paint can deteriorate or disintegrate for a number of reasons, whether from abrasive contact, exposure to the elements, or even washing, but while a good...
How to Minimize Pollution When Painting a Car
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How to Keep Your Car’s Acrylic Paint Looking Brand New
Acrylic paint was extremely popular in older cars, and can still be found on many cars today. While there are many different reasons for manufacturers, auto body specialists, and car owners...
How to Get Paint Off Your Car
Removing car paint is necessary when repainting or restoring an older car. If you’re asking a professional to repaint or restore your car, then you won’t need to worry about...
How to Use a Self-Service Car Wash
A self service car wash is cheaper than a drive through or automatic car wash. A hand car wash is also less damaging to your car paint and car wax.
How to Remove a Clear Bra From Your Car
The clear bra is the 3M clear protection film that covers the front of your vehicle and helps protect it. As this protection film ages, it becomes dry and...
How to Plasti Dip Your Car
Plasti Dip is a relatively new product that can be used to temporarily change the color of your car. It is basically a liquid form of the...
How to Take Wax Off Your Car
Keeping your vehicle shiny and looking new takes some work. Washing your vehicle on a regular basis is a great start, but it also needs to be waxed frequently. While all...
How to Make Your Car More Artful
In the 1970s, in the middle years of the pop art movement, race car driver Hervé Poulain had an idea. Inspired by the unconventional artistry surrounding the 70s, he...
How to Fix Streaky Wax On a Car
Whenever you wax your car, you expect the end result to be a clean, bright finish that protects your paint. Even though applying wax to your car’s finish is a pretty...
How to Get Gum Off Your Car
When you drive, you never know what kind of debris and garbage will be on the road or in the air. One such substance you may encounter is...
How to Protect Your Car From Rust
Rust on a vehicle not only looks unsightly, but also reduces the value when selling the vehicle or using it as a trade-in to purchase a new car....
How to Care for the Paint on Your Car
Caring for the paint job on your car is one of the best ways to keep your car looking great all year round. Regular washing and cleaning, followed...
How to Remove Lumps of Paint on Your Car
Nothing good can come from driving too close behind a dump truck or other vehicle carrying an exposed load. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you might get away with...
How to Paint Your Dashboard
There are a lot of ways you can customize a car, and for many car owners, personalizing the interior is the first thing they want to do. Some people install...
How to Remove Egg Stains From Your Car's Paint Job
Somebody egging your car is one the worst pranks ever. It can permanently damage the paint job and if you don’t discover the egg before it dries, getting it...

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Frame issues on a Mitsubishi GLX
It depends on what you mean by "the body has seen better days". If it's bashed in but still runs fine, you should jack it up and inspect the frame. If the frame is rusted, you're better off getting rid...
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Can caliper paint damage brake rotor
Only if you leave it on there. You can paint it and if it gets on the caliper, all you've got to do is turn the caliper, get some brake spray cleaner, spray it on, and wipe it off. Paint...
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Undercoat to prevent rust
Anything to cut off or slow the corrosion will help but may also cover damage from existing damage. The cost of undercoating is up to you, but it may not be worth it depending on how much you are being...
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Exhaust system issues and multiple malfunctioning within car - 1992 Lincoln Mark VII
The brakes and ABS are clearly the highest priority, being a safety issue. If the exhaust system is rusty or leaking exhaust gases somewhere other than the tailpipe, that should be repaired next. Other items follow in their order of...
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I have deep, thick layers of tar on my paint.
The easiest way to remove bug mess and tar from your paint is to lay a pre-treated wipe over the affected area and let it soak. This allows the chemicals to soak in and saturate the tar. Try rinsing off...
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Spay painted wheels and it didnt dry and has wrinkles.
If you cannot use the paint stripper to get off the paint, try letting it dry then sand it smooth and then put on another coat of paint. First let the rims set in the sun to dry and harden...
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Discoloration in paint work
You will need to take the car to a body and paint repair shop or the dealer to let them have a look at the damaged paint. It sounds like something was on the car that damaged the paint while...
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Lacquer thinner for catalytic convertible threshold
I use lacquer thinner that they sell in auto paint stores. It’s the thinner that they use to thin oil paint and oil lacquer paint before they spray it on to the car. It does work quite well. You mix...
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Touching up paint chips on a 2009 Charger Super Bee
If you want to show it, get a professional to do it. You cannot touch up paint chips. Even a pro can't do it that well. Unless he sands down the whole area, buffs it up, and repaints the whole...
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Fixing damaged roof coating
She popped it off so you've got to find some good contact cement, put a ton of it on and glue the thing back on. If not, if it's gone and it's ugly, the only thing you can really do...
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Advice on cleaning mildew from a '89 Buick that was covered for months
It doesn't matter how premium the cover is. It still holds moisture in, and that mold is growing on there. That is just the way that it goes. You can easily wipe it off with any kind of wax and...
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Advice on painting a car?
Hey there! It's great that you want to become a mechanic! Paint jobs are great ways to start getting use to working with cars. In order to prepare a vehicle for a good paint job, there is a lot of...
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Removing medium deep scratches from the paint
Unfortunately, when it is that deep, the best thing you can try yourself may be various levels of buffing. You can do the coarse, medium, and fine buffing. Try buffing them out and try painting it over. When they...
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Opinion about modern Fords
Germans actually have a reputation of being very good engineers, and they have made some great engineering stuff. The problem is, Mercedes are high-end vehicles so they are mainly making them for more wealthy customers. Those cars can be prone...
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How can I paint a fendor on my Jeep grand Cherokee
Hello. There are several ways that you can accomplish painting just one panel. It really depends on your level of experience and how you feel most comfortable performing the task. You can start by removing the entire panel if you...
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Tips for sap removal?
The first thing to try since it is hardened is to use a hot soapy water solution. Have the water as hot as you can stand it without burning your hands. The hottest water can be poured onto the sap...
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I spray painted my chrome wheels flat black a while back and now I want the paint off! Help?
Hi there. The best stuff to use to remove paint off chrome is Rust-Oleum Aircraft Remover (a paint remover for aircraft vehicles). The remover is very powerful, so you will want to cover the paint on your vehicle with cardboard...
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Undercoating the car prior to inclement weather?
Hi there. The undercoating you're father is referring to was a very common factory or aftermarket addition in the Northern United States from the mid-1950's up until the late 1990's. It was essentially a polymer spray that protected exposed steel...
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Got my vehicle undercoated - how long does it take to dry?
Depends on a few different factors. First it will depend on the type of undercoating you got. Some are oil based and will take about a week to dry on the outer layer in temperatures above 70F degrees. If the...
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Can you buff or polish a car using a just buffer without having to wax it?
Using a buffer on a car's paint to get out scratches would require the use of a compound liquid to take off some of the paint surface. If you buff too much in one spot, then you will take off...

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