Car Care

Undercarriage Detailing Secrets You Need to Know

Undercarriage Detailing Secrets You Need to Know

You take care of the obvious stuff… Paint, interior, glass, wheels and tires. But what about your wheel wells, suspension parts, frame rails, and all the other bits tucked away on the underside of your vehicle? Big or small, high or low… any car will benefit from giving the undercarriage some attention. Here’s how.

by 07/15/2011 12 comments Car Care, Griot's Garage, Tech
Introducing: Griot’s Garage Heavy-Duty Wheel Cleaner

Introducing: Griot’s Garage Heavy-Duty Wheel Cleaner

As a long time owner and enthusiast of German cars, I’ve had my fair share of battles with brake dust-covered wheels (I’m sure many of you have, too). While I’m still a huge fan of our original Wheel Cleaner, new Heavy-Duty Wheel Cleaner has taken top-shelf honors in my garage. Let me give you the run-down on what makes it so great.

by 06/07/2011 18 comments Car Care, Griot's Garage, Tech
Spray-On Car Wash: Ferrari Clean-Up

Spray-On Car Wash: Ferrari Clean-Up

After a recent  road trip with his dad, Richard pulled this Ferrari 456 into the garage. They’d covered 1,700 miles and five states in four days, and we thought it’d be nice to clean up the old girl for him. But, in typical Northwest fashion, the cool weather and driving rain kept our hose and bucket stored away. So, we stayed inside and reached for the Spray-On Car Wash.

by 04/26/2011 12 comments Car Care, Cars, Griot's Garage
Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 2: The Polish & Wax

Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 2: The Polish & Wax

In the previous installment, we went through the basics of cleaning and drying your bike. Now, let’s look at how to perfect and protect your ride with polishing and waxing.  Afterward, there will be no better looking bike on the block than yours. That is, of course, unless the friends and neighbors you’ve told about In My Garage have also been following along. You have told them, right?

by 11/03/2010 2 comments Car Care, Griot's Garage, Tech
Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 1: The Wash

Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 1: The Wash

In the summer, I let myself forget about driving cars and only think about riding my two-wheeled pride and joy. Problem is, the warm days are fading! With that in mind, I decided a good cleaning was in order to get my ride ready for the inevitable day when I hook up the Battery Manager and give my bike a well deserved rest. Here are a few tips for getting your own motorcycle detailed for hibernation.

by 09/16/2010 11 comments Car Care, Griot's Garage, Tech
Don’t Battle Your Wax: Proper Best of Show Application

Don’t Battle Your Wax: Proper Best of Show Application

There’s no questioning the remarkable finish Best of Show Wax gives, but occasionally we receive feedback from customers having difficulty removing the excess. For example… “Best of Show is a great product. The only down side is it takes a lot of elbow grease to get it buffed out perfectly.” Fear not, the remedy is simple!

by 01/27/2010 27 comments Car Care, Tech
Car Care Myth vs. Car Quotable: Daniel-san Edition

Car Care Myth vs. Car Quotable: Daniel-san Edition

“Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Breathe in through nose, out through mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important.” – Mr. Miyagi, in The Karate Kid (1984) Old Miyagi knew crane kicks and bonsai trees, but his car care techniques leave something to be desired.

by 09/23/2009 2 comments Car Care, Car Quotable, Columns, Tech
Car Care Myth: Dish Soap Makes a Great Car Wash!

Car Care Myth: Dish Soap Makes a Great Car Wash!

Our previous Car Care Myth article cleared up the misconceptions about waterless car washes. Now, while we are on the subject of car washing, let’s talk about dish soap as car wash. Let me begin by saying, hearing about this rarely gives me any joy, so I hope after this article there will be a new dawn of car wash understanding.

by 08/20/2009 10 comments Car Care, Tech
Car Care Myth: Waterless car wash will damage my paint!

Car Care Myth: Waterless car wash will damage my paint!

It’s drought season, and with water restrictions becoming more common, I’m sure you’ve seen a flood (forgive the pun) of waterless car washes hitting the market. As you may be, I was very skeptical. Washing my car without water? Are you nuts?!?!! However, now that I understand and have used them, let me say… I am a believer!

by 08/07/2009 8 comments Car Care, Tech
Car Care Myth: All 100% Cotton Towels are 100% Cotton

Car Care Myth: All 100% Cotton Towels are 100% Cotton

In the last installment of our Car Care Myths series, I cleared up the differences between polish and wax. Are you ready for some more myth busting? Okay… save the bath towels for your morning shower, step away from the old t-shirt, and for the love of all that is sacred in car care, leave the diapers on your babies. It’s time to dispel the myth that all cotton towels are created equal.

by 07/28/2009 0 comments Car Care, Tech