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5 Tips to Protect Car’s Paint – Protection From Summer Heat

Introduction

It is often painful to keep your precious car outside in the hot sun during the summer. On prolonged exposure, the surface pain on your car would get colour-faded, leading to the onset of premature rusting. When you park your vehicle outside the house, its exposed part would get tainted with bird waste, bugs, scratches the children make, bugs and other debris that you can think of. These sources of irritants are capable of causing damage to the surface of the car’s paint. When the debris falls on the surface that is already hot due to the exposure to sun rays, they get baked and embedded inside the paint surface. Hence, this debris becomes stubbornly attached to the paint. The debris becomes progressively harder to get removed. So, you need to take some precautions to protect your car’s paint from fading or getting ruined from the summer sun’s hot rays. In this article, we would be looking at the 5 steps that you need to take to protect your cars.

1. Frequent Car Washing: You have to frequently wash the car to stop the dust and other debris from accumulating on the car surface. The longer dirt or the debris bakes on your car, the more likely it is going to penetrate the paint. This makes it difficult for you to remove the dirt or debris from the car surface by car washing.

2. Keep Dry Your Car After Washing: After properly rinsing the car with sufficient quantity of water and soap, you need to quickly hand dry the surface to stop the dirt from coming back on the car surface. Quick drying also helps to stop the salt deposits from forming on the surface of the car if your area has hard water.

3. Wax your Car: If you wax your car, it creates an extra level of protection from dirt, and debris. The wax also protects your car from the summer sun’s rays.

4. Keep your car by Tree or Building Shade: You can park your car under trees or somewhere where you can shield it from the summer sun. This will not only prevent your car’s paint coating from fading but also helps keep your interior, headlights and tires in better shape.

5. Keep in Garage: It is always better to keep the car in a garage so that unnecessary debris will not fall on it. Moreover, the extent of exposure to sun rays can also be reduced by keeping the vehicle inside the garage.

Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Budget Car Rental

Budget car rentals are a traveler’s savior from being stranded in one place and from expensive taxi rides. But with today’s competitive market in price competition, it won’t be a surprise that from trying to rent a car you end up renting a lawnmower instead. Well, maybe not a lawnmower but perhaps something rather close.

Let ‘s face it, there could just well be sometimes that the people that assist you in car rentals just may not have your best interest in mind, so you end up paying good money for a pool of frustrations. To avoid such situation, here are a few tips to get the best out of budget car rental, finding the best prices and how to save money – and hopefully by following these tips, you can have a more stress free car rental experience:

1. If you’re not choosy with a budget car rental, try to get a budget car rental through sites that let you rent cars at your own price. These firms will try to get the best deal for the car that you’ll get and might just toss in unlimited mileage and upgrades, all of that without spending an extra dime out of budget.

2. Look for package deals, fly-drive-stay, or fly- drive, most of these packages give great discounts for rentals, but don’t do it with an airline, airlines while convenient aren’t really the more economical way to go, their budget car rental prices are hardly budget, and tend to be higher than those of outside firms.

3. Use the internet to reserve a rental car. Ah, the internet, what other good can’t it provide? Yes there are budget car rentals on the internet that can give you a better bargain. Some budget car rental sites even go as far as internet only discounts. Aside from that you can easily get upgrades and depending on the season, at least one rental company is bound to have a special offer that can help you save money, plus, you can rent a car from the comfort of your own home, beat that! It’s also a good idea to call your car rental company or review their web site to determine the terms and policy of the rental agreement.

4. Ask for discounts that can be applicable to you, remember even when you’ve scored the best deal, there is still that one last ditch of a possibility that one of your credit cards support the company and provide discounts or that your frequent flyer program or military service can put that budget in budget car rental, its a long shot but its worth a try.

5. Most budget car rentals are low on maintenance so when you rent a car, check all sides for any possible damage, and I mean every side and every nook and cranny of that car, make sure to inform the renter of these so that you wont have to pay for damages once you return the car. In addition, try to check out all the accessories, wipers, radio, brakes, seatbelts etc, to familiarize yourself with them, and also to check if they work, like the previous tip, you might be charged for this if you don’t inform them.

6. Now we shall cover the the subject of insurance: Sometimes your own car insurance covers car rentals, so check that out before you buy insurance from the rental firm. Budget car rental insurance usually doesn’t cost much, but if you already have one why buy another? Car rental insurance is always required when you rent a car.

7. Another money saving tip is to pick up your car early in the morning, make it so that the firm is just opening, this is because at this time most of the budget car rentals haven’t been returned yet, and you may get an upgrade for a lower price.

Other pointers to take note: It would be a good idea to have emergency kit handy in case of emergency. Plan your trip, make good use of maps so that you will have good idea of the places that you are going.

On the whole, for people with an adventuring mindset, renting a car is a great idea, as it allows you to explore a greater area and to plan trips that suit your own pace. I certainly hope that the above tips on car rental can make a difference in making your vacation a more memorable one.

Drive safe. Enjoy!

Tips For Driving A Rental Car In The Rain

Although the rest of the country may be dry in winter, we all know when it rains it pours in the Western and Northern Cape. We also know that driving in the rain can be dangerous and quite disastrous. Moreover, we understand that driving an unfamiliar rental car is not just infuriating, but perilous as well. However, if you were to drive in such inclement weather conditions, here are a few tips to help you prevent accidents caused by rainy climate. Who knows? You might even save yourself from having to pay car hire damages.

The road is slippery:

Without a doubt, the roadway you’ll be driving on will be slippery, and the biggest issue with driving in the storm: is traction. Traction mostly occurs when the pavement is wet and develops a firm slick surface which causes tyres to lose grip, making it difficult to stop quickly. Should your rental car slip or hydroplane, it is advisable that you avoid abruptly stepping on the brakes as this can spin your car. Instead, firmly grip your steering wheel and slow down.

By all means, avoid using cruise control.

Don’t drive through puddles:

It’s storming, so chances of coming across a huge puddle in the roadway are high. You might have an impulse to drive through it. Please, resist that urge. The danger here: that water could be hiding a gigantic pothole. Even more hazardous: water splashing up into the car’s engine compartment could damage the electrical system. You don’t want to damage a hired car, right? Right.

Your headlights must be on:

Turning your lights on will not only assist you see the road clearer, but it will also help other drivers see you. But, you must try to avoid turning on the high beams as they can actually obscure your vision further. If you’re driving a car equipped with fog lights, try to flip them on. The low light from these headlamps may help upsurge your visibility in the rain.

Keep at a distance:

When it’s raining it takes longer to have control over the car. You won’t be able to stop, brake or turn as quickly. The other vehicles on the road won’t as well. So driving slower and keeping a distance between you and other drivers is crucial.

If you can, keep your tyres and steering ranged with the car driving in front of you. Why? Because, the car in front of you is shifting and pushing water away, clearing the roadway, while, it creates a better driving surface for you.

Avoid driving next to big cars:

Trucks and buses make big water splashes that can hit your windshield and briefly block your sight.

Driving on a muddy road:

Now, you’ve ventured from the wet tarred roads of the city, into the mud-coated country roads. In this case, two things may happen: you might get through it without an incident, or you may get stuck.

One thing is guaranteed though, you will skid. But, don’t hit the brakes. Be aware of where your front wheels are pointing. Drive slowly. Driving slowly will decelerate your vehicle, and ensure you gain traction. Once you’re in control of the rental car again, keep going.

What if you get stuck? Keep a steady pressure on the gas pedal. Press your accelerator. Doing so will create a light wheel spin, which will whirl the mud from the tread, giving the tyres a grip again. If that doesn’t work, turn the steering wheel back and forth. Moving the wheels, may allow the tread a chance to gain enough grasp to keep your car moving.

Should your car be unable to move forward, try to throw the transmission into reverse. Chances are: you might return to a dry roadway. Slowly ease onto the accelerator, and hopefully, out of the mud. Once you’re out – before resuming to normal speed, give the tyres a chance to kick the sludge out of the tread.

Clean the rental car:

You don’t want to pay for car rental damages! So clean the car, because mud holds moisture against metal, which leads to rust and corrosion. Dried mud on a drive shaft, may throw it out of alignment and cause damage.

Roof Rack Installation Tips and Tricks

Cars can be fitted with roof racks to make them more versatile in terms of transporting different types of luggage and other equipment. These attachments are quite essential if you are needing to carry around equipment for projects, sports, and others. However, it is important to understand the different varieties of these devices for cars and how they work. Finding out what you need is a very important part. Cars mostly have different roof dimensions, which bumps the “one-size fits all” solution off the list.

On figuring out what you need, you should consider the type of things that you intend to transport. There are racks that are made to hold specific object i.e. bikes and kayaks. These examples pretty much give you an idea of what you should be looking for. Once you have this sorted out, it’s time to move on to taking measurements. Are roof racks easy to install? Yes, they are quite easy to install. But, this only comes into play when you use aftermarket or universal roof rack types. Permanent ones are not the easiest to install as they need every ounce of rigidity they could get. Mostly, permanent roof racks are used for commercial vehicles rather than cars used for the daily commute.

Can you install roof racks yourself? These devices do differ a lot. Differences can be found with the type of objects they are intended to carry. Another is the design elements and differences in functionality brought by differing brands. How do roof racks attach? In a nutshell, you can DIY the installation of these racks, provided that they are universal or you are using the stock rails on your car. You could also have a professional do it for you, but of course, you would have to pay for this option. But, the costs are the only caveat in this option. If you are uncertain about the installation process or if you’re just not confident you can professional service is your best choice.

How to install roof racks

There are specific procedures for installation for the different types of roofs. If you are installing a roof rack on a naked roof, you would need a foot pack, crossbars, and a fit kit to make a roof rack system from scratch. Fit kits are normally custom-made and are very durable.

Installing racks on factory mount are also easy. The metal or plastic covers can be popped off simply with the use of a hand tool. After the caps have been taken out, the threaded holes will be accessible for the installation of the rack.

Installing a bike roof rack is done in the same way. The bike rack is separate from your car’s roof rack, this means you’ll have two racks stacked on top of the other. You should also invest in a proper lock to hold the bikes in place while traveling.

The ones used for holding kayaks in place are a little more complicated to install though. It requires a lot of attention particularly, the type of car being used, the number of kayaks to be carried, and the type of roof your car has. These come with a variety of accessories that may differ per brand. You will need to do a little research to get everything right.

Car Driving Tips – Accelerate Through Curves For Better Traction

Of the many car driving tips that might be offered, this one isn’t intuitive – accelerate through curves to gain better traction. It seems that acceleration on a curve would cause a vehicle to loose traction and fishtail. It does if you apply too much, but limited acceleration improves traction when taking a curve.

To understand this, let’s first look at traction. Then let’s see how a vehicle wants to behave when rounding a curve, and then let’s put the two together.

Traction is…

Traction is necessary for travel in the direction we desire. When we accelerate away from a stop, the vehicle moves because it has traction with the road. It moves away from the curb smartly if we accelerate more because greater acceleration provides more traction – up to the point where we’ve lost traction because of applying too much power to the drive wheels.

If we’re on snow and ice, nearly any hard acceleration will cause the wheels to slip and the vehicle to slide in ways that make it behave more according to momentum and gravity than in the direction in which we’re steering. If we accelerate lightly, then we’re likely to move in a manner and direction that we expect.

Think in Term of Vectors…

Now, think of vehicle travel in terms of a single vector pointing in the direction your vehicle wants to travel. When you’re driving straight, there is a vector pointing directly ahead of you because your drive wheels are pushing or pulling you in that direction. Easy enough to understand.

Now, imagine the vector when you’re coasting around a curve. It’s pointing ahead of you and towards the outside of the curve because you’re going forward yet momentum wants to take you off the road. Accelerate hard and you lose traction and slide in the direction of momentum – the vector points hard to the outside of the curve as you slide off the road. It’s the same as if you had hit ice on a curve – you lose traction and the vehicle goes where momentum and gravity want it to go.

Putting it Together…

In light of the example above where we lost traction on a curve, it’s easy to understand that more traction will keep us going in the direction we desire (simply because a loss of traction had the opposite effect). We also discovered that increased acceleration provides enhanced traction – up to a point.

Therefore, if we accelerate just a bit, then we’re taking advantage of enhanced traction and effectively redirecting the vector to point more towards the desired direction of travel and away from the outside of the curve. This is why experienced motorcyclists will slow down a bit going into a curve and accelerate through the curve – it helps them “stick” to the road with more traction.

Try it Yourself…

Here’s an experiment to prove the point. Drive with a steady foot around a curve you travel often and note how it feels. Then the next time drive around the curve, simply coast a bit and see how it feels. Then, the next time you drive around the curve use slight acceleration. You’ll notice the difference between the three approaches, and it will convince you that limited acceleration promotes traction in a curve.

Again, of all the driving tips, this one isn’t intuitive, but it’s true that acceleration through curves provides a wider margin of safety because of improved traction.

Don’t Get Fooled: 5 Tips For Buying A Good Used Car

Cape Town – Prices of new cars are exorbitant, at least for some, but that’s not the case for 36 794 fortunate South Africans who registered their new cars in January 2017.

Over the last five years during January, new car sales in SA remained steady around the 35 000 mark and annually, 547 442 units were sold in 2016 compared to 617 648 in 2015. That’s a considerable difference in sales of 11.4% and pundits say it’s unlikely to improve this year.

Buying a used car in SA

According to WesBank, statistics indicated that 38 343 new cars were sold in May 2016 compared to 89 390 used cars which clearly shows new vehicles sales don’t even come close to used cars.

Who doesn’t love the new car smell or the fact that you are the first owner but second-hand cars simply offer better value for money especially feature-for-feature. Used cars are also likely to ease up on your bank balance with a much lower insurance premium than a new car.

On the flip side, there is that niggling feeling of breaking down in a used car and sometimes sellers don’t really help either. Anyone can get an ‘OBD2 code’ reader and shady sellers can clear codes without fixing any problems.

Rest assured, following these simple steps will help you choose your new (used) car carefully without anyone taking advantage of you.

Step 1: Use your head, not your heart

We’ve all been there and know how hard it is not to fall in love with what seems to be a bargain. Whether it’s your dream car as a child or a reminder of your first true love – be smart and make the right call. Used-car dealers thrive on infatuated customers as they are easily convinced and could end up with an absolute dud.

When you’re looking to buy a car, the secret is to search far and wide and here the internet can be extremely helpful. Consider all your options and be careful buying the first car you see. Give yourself a realistic chance of scouting around and to see what’s out there. Use the first three cars as a point of reference to weigh-up all the pros and cons going forward.

Step 2: Avoid exotic cars

If you’re buying a new car, you can buy almost anything you want as the parts are available and the car will be under warranty. Buying an exotic second-hand car is not so easy mainly because no factory warranty exists and any service or maintenance costs are out of your pocket.

A good example is parts for a Toyota Corolla or a VW Golf versus a Renault. An oil filter can cost as little as R60 but for a Renault in excess of R200. This easily escalates when you own a high-performance or exotic car.

It is more than just considering the price of parts though. You also need to find a service station that can confidently maintain your car. If your engine is more complex than that of a fighter jet, expect to pay premium rates.

In terms of performance, you should ask yourself this very important question; ‘If this Golf GTI, Type R or BMW M3 is so good, why are they selling it?’

It may not always be the case but more often than not, high-performance cars are likely to have been pushed to the limit before they are sold. Steer clear of these unless you are knowledgeable about cars, have a decent mechanic and prepared to pay a premium for parts,

Step 3: Read the seller, not the price tag

There is no hiding from subconscious cues unless you’re a trained spy. Watch the seller closely while you talk about the car and walk around the vehicle pointing out parts. Shifty or nervous behaviour is usually a sign that there’s something wrong with the car.

Keep a close eye on the seller’s body language. If they seem uncomfortable just follow your gut and walk away. Rather this than being stuck with a lemon.

I once viewed a great-looking car for sale but the private seller seemed rushed. Fortunately, I had a good mechanic with me and he pointed out a soapy residue in the oil. For those who don’t know, that’s a tell-tale sign of a blown head-gasket which can be very expensive to repair.

Step 4: Thorough inspection is vital

When the seller asks how much you know about cars, act as if you don’t know much. This means they will only focus on the good points of the car which leaves you with a great opportunity to check the things they didn’t mention.

Specifically, check brake discs for uneven wear; the colour of the oil should be golden brown and not a dark colour. Battery terminals should be clean, tyres in good condition with even wear and the body should be straight. Check the body seams in the engine bay and the boot to identify any signs of accident repairs.

Also, give the car a mighty push with the handbrake up. It should of course not move but if it does, you’ve already identified one problem.

When a car is advertised as having a “new” battery, it could mean there is something wrong with the loom or alternator. Realistically, why would someone sell a car and give you a battery worth R1000? Same applies to new tyres. They’re expensive to just ‘giveaway’ so be careful and keep in mind faulty suspension or problems with the steering.

Lastly, look for body panels where the colour seems a different shade. This could be an indication that the car was involved in an accident and a purchase not to complete.

Step 5: Give it a good test drive

Don’t just jump in and get going. Instead, get the seller to switch on the ignition and let the vehicle idle. Test the wipers, lights and listen to the engine noise. Walk around the car and once it’s been idle for a while, switch it off.

Start the car again leaving the headlights on. If it doesn’t start immediately there may be an electrical problem. Check all lights, aircon, radio, electric windows and mirror switches.

During your test drive, be sure to test all the gears and find a decent incline on your route. Feel for any “flat spots” in acceleration as this could indicate ignition or injector issues. Flat spots are where the acceleration stops momentarily and then picks up again.

Listen for strange noises. Some people are just poor drivers and the old saying comes to mind, “If you can’t find it, grind it” so check for grinding sounds when you brake or change gears especially. This may indicate a serious mechanical fault and it’s best to walk away.

High-pitched squealing noises from the V-belts are also unacceptable under any circumstances and another reason to simply walk away. After the test drive check to see if any fluids have leaked onto the ground. Oil or coolant could indicate serious problems with oil seals, engine or the cooling system.

Last on the checklist is to trust your gut. Does the vehicle “feel right” to you? If the answer is yes, it’s time to sign on the dotted line and happy motoring until the next buy.

Replacement Car Key – A Few Tips and Tricks

Have you ever experienced losing your car keys? One of the most common feedbacks that you will surely get is that it is a very frustrating experience. You are off to an all-important meeting then when it is about time to go, your car keys are nowhere to be found. What ensues afterwards is yourself constantly going back and forth in your house in an attempt to look for your keys. In a much luckier situation, you will be able to find your keys but there are unfortunate cases that people just outright lose them. Lost car keys are much more common than you can ever imagine. But what is important is that you know exactly what to do in case it happens to you. In case you don’t know, car keys are actually replaceable. Keep on reading and you will know a few tips and tricks with regards to a replacement car key.

If you find yourself in a situation when you need a replacement car key, by far one of the most widespread solutions is to determine if you have a spare set of keys. But if that is not a viable option, the second thing that you can try is to get in touch with your car dealership. In most cases, your car dealer will be able to easily replace your lost keys. But while having your keys replaced by your car dealer is a surefire option, one of its biggest caveats is that it may cost you an arm and leg. If your vehicle is a bit on the modern side, then this means that your keys will most likely contain special computer chips and require special programming. And because of that fact, be ready to shell out as much as $200, which most people would agree is kind of steep. Most of the expenses are for the programming the electronic chip.

So you ask, which is the most economical solution for a replacement car key? There are a few things that you can try in this case. Probably your best bet is to purchase a replacement from your friendly neighbourhood locksmith. Yes, a qualified locksmith is capable of making a replacement set of keys for clients who have lost theirs. They have the experience, expertise and the right tools that will enable them to create replacements. And the best part is, they can do this for a fraction of the price as compared to the price that is being charged by most car dealers. But calling a locksmith is not exactly a foolproof option because not all of them are proficient when it comes to making replacement car keys.

Tips to Follow After Your Windshield Replacement

If you are looking for post windshield replacement tips, you are on the right page. Although you can get clear instructions from your technician, reading this article can also help you take care of your windshield. Read on to know more.

How long should you wait after a windshield replacement job?

You need to let the adhesive sit for a while before you use your car again. Based on the temperature, humidity, and type of adhesive, you may need to wait for less or more time. As a general rule, you need to wait for at least 60 minutes. If you use special adhesives, you need to wait a bit longer.

When should you remove the tape?

If you used the tape as part of the replacement job, you may want to let it sit for 24 hours. This way the seal will have enough time to dry and it won’t be affected by rain, dust, dirt or other types of debris. Besides, the tape keeps the windshield in place.

When should you go for a Car Wash?

Typically, car washes use extremely high water pressure to remove grime, bugs, and dirt from vehicles. And these jets may ruin the windshield if it has not dried already. If you need to wash your car within 24 hours, make sure you hand wash it instead. However, rain won’t cause a problem. So, there is no need to worry about driving in a storm.

Take It Easy

The molding and sealant are more vulnerable during the first 24 hours post the repair job. So, you might want to take it easy. You don’t need to shake anything. For instance, you may not want to slam your car door as it may cause a sudden pressure rise inside the car, which may break the windshield.

In the same way, you don’t want to go off-road or drive on rough terrain. It’s even better to leave your car windows a little gapped to allow hot air to get out. The idea is to reduce high pressure inside your car.

Opt for A Different Route

You can choose a different route if you have to drive on rough terrain. Aside from this, if you think your car won’t be safe in your current parking lot, you might want to consider a different parking area and report the damage to the owners of the parking area.

Leave A Window as it is

It’s better to leave a window cracked for a minimum of 8 hours once you have worked on one window. This way you can allow the pressure to escape as the internal pressure increases due to the heat of the sun. You might want to close your vehicle doors gently for the first one to two days.

So, if you have replaced your car windshield, we suggest that you follow these tips. This will ensure your replacement is not ruined. After all, you don’t want your effort and money go down the drain just because of your carelessness.

Car Show Tips – 4 Things Judges Look For at Car Shows

If you are taking a vehicle to a car show and would like to place well, you need to know what the judges are looking for.  In addition to any specific criteria outlined for the category your vehicle falls in to, there are some general things you should make sure you take care of.  In this article, I will discuss a few things that all judges look for.  By paying attention to these you can greatly increase your chances of doing well.

1. Spotless Cars

Regardless of the category your car is placed in, your car should be absolutely clean and spotless.  There should be no visible dirt or mud on the outside of the car and the interior should be immaculate.  You should spend some time after arriving at the car show to do some shining, polishing, and touch up work.

2. New Tires

Your tires are also an important consideration.  Rolling up with tires with a year’s worth of wear and tear is not going to help your chances.  The judges are looking at how you maintain your vehicle.  Your tires should be new, with no dirt or mud, and clean.

3. Scratch-Free

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many cars you will see with scratches and other nicks and dings that can easily be repaired.  Any imperfections like this draw the judge’s attention away from the rest of your car and can easily lead to you not showing well.

4.  Custom Paint-Job

If you really want your car to stand out to the judges, you may want to consider a custom paint-job.  This can be dramatic like a bright yellow or hot pink to make your car stand out or it can be something more subtle like a different shade of the original color.    Without a custom paint job, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of cars with the exact same paint scheme as your car and the judges have seen them over and over again.   Judges are often looking for creativity and uniqueness.

Impressing the judges in not always an easy task, but by following the above advice you can greatly increase your chances of success at your next car show.

Car Paint Restoration Tips and Techniques – Paint Stripping and Sandblasting

Auto body Repairs Using Sand Blasting Equipment:

A restoration requires you to make a choice as to which method you are going to use. In order to do this you really need to categorize the levels of restoration.

Category One – Light to Medium fix ups

Mechanical repairs and repainting

The basic mechanical work is done first to ensure safety of the vehicle components. This followed by minor body works and refinishing touch ups.

Mechanical repairs with replacements and refinishing

Some mechanical parts are replaced as needed. Little more detail is required in the bodywork.

Category Two – In Depth Restoration

Similar to the mechanical repairs with replacements with the refinishing more in depth. Some taking apart of the vehicle is required to attend to rust and corrosion of key parts. Items have to cleaned, refurbished or replaced such as drive train parts, suspension and underbody parts. Close color match of body is required and trim may need replacing. Cars restored under this category are often pampered and not used on a daily basis.

Category Three – Just off the Assembly Line

Restoration here entails making the car look like it’s just been manufactured. Showroom quality. No body fill can be used in these restorations as well as fiberglass body panels except for some Corvettes.

Category Four – Show Piece

This is the museum category and is really not applicable because they are those that are only found in the Museums.

Getting Down to Sandblasting

Sandblasters work off of compressed air and are either pressure feed or suction feed which are the cheaper of the two. The only drawback is that part of their energy goes into drawing up the material however; they don’t require an expensive pressure tank. Pressure feeds do require a pressurized tank, but they work extremely well.

Sandblasting is effective cost saving and messy. Should only be done outdoors. With the right grade of sand the results taking it right down to the metal and removing the rust pits. It works effectively on other parts as well. Make sure you apply a flash rust treatment to prevent rust till you get the primer on.

The one thing to remember about sandblasting is do not over do it. As soon as you hit the bare metal stop.

You can use silica sand for various other grades just be sure to be careful with what you use. For light touches, you can use the ground or English walnut shells.

The siphon blasters are a lot less expensive than the pressure blasters. Remember to remove the hardware and trim before blasting and make sure you wear the proper body protection as well ensuring you have a proper hood and gloves. Preferably, a supplied air hood would be ideal.

Sandblasting can be extremely effective provided the right techniques, tools and materials are used in a safe environment. Many individuals are against sand blasting because of the damage it can cause. They are right it can work against you but only if you go beyond what is required. The whole key to success is stopping when you hit the bare metal.