Don’t Be Like Dave!

Don’t Be Like Dave!

Scott Spector

Dave Doesn’t Follow Directions?

Many non-hackers refuse to follow directions because in “man class” (the mythical hours spent being educated by elders passing down generations of knowledge from the ancient papyrus scrolls), we assimilated knowledge purely through absorption since the Paleolithic Era. Today, we’re scratching the surface (bad car detailing pun) on three basic directions all hackers and non-hackers alike must follow:

Number 1Read and follow the directions. It does appear, at first glance, to be a rather simple request. Even though you may be well versed in the chemical properties of Product X since you used it when it was first introduced by your local car supply store. Chances are very good the new and improved version has had some slight changes in the application and use of said product. You may even be enlightened to know certain processes have been improved due to the products new formulation. For your safety, read and follow the directions – more than common sense broski!

“Where else am I supposed to store it knot-head?”

Number 2Keep the product at room temperature. Another seemingly obvious point from the manufacturer of Product X, but you’d be surprised how many people store their products in a cabinet, in a garage or a combination of the two. “Where else am I supposed to store it knot-head?” Many automotive products don’t do well in cold climates where freezing temperatures exist for weeks or months on end.

Conversely, many of these same products don’t acclimate well to excessive heat either. Why? The physical and chemical composition of many of today’s automotive products experience a rearrangement of their molecules which is no bueno during extreme (hot or cold) temperatures. If you’re going to store products in a non-climate-controlled garage or within a cabinet in your garage, then go to your local home improvement warehouse and buy a temperature and humidity clock for $10 to have near your car care products. It’s a bitch to spend $25 or more on something and then wonder, “…wth doesn’t this work worth a s***?” – there’s your answer!

Number 3Apply to a cool surface – ya know…common sense just isn’t anymore. Taking that a step further…what’s common sense for a Ford mechanic isn’t common sense for a Porsche mechanic.

  • Let’s begin with washing your car, shall we…because water and car shampoo dry quicker on a hot surface, you’re more likely to get water spots and swirl marks on your car’s paint. #nobueno
  • Here’s another one – never wash a hot engine! A car’s engine must be cool to the touch (means without burning your hand their scooter). Warm is ok, but NOT ‘just having driven and parked your car’. The engine block or exhaust manifold could crack while it’s hot as you pour cold water over it from your hose.
  • One final one is don’t wax your car in direct sunlight on a summer’s day. Car wax is a great thing to maintain and protect a car’s finish. I get it. We all don’t have time to do all the stuff we must do each week or weekend, so we cram it all in at once after receiving the “honey-do’ list at 2300the night before  from wifey-poo. Applying any wax or sealant is best applied between 65-75 degrees. The chemicals in waxes dry faster than their formulated to above these temps and your car won’t get the benefit of its intended use. Dried wax is also a b*&%$ to wipe off unless you’re looking to work “the guns” while you’re outside there.

There you go 3 go-to’s on keeping you safe and getting the best results you can. Dave says, the other option is to give us a call and have us help you with that “honey-do” list so you can honey-don’t and hit the course or track…you’re welcome!

Be Safe Out There