Weekly Open Thread - oils lotions and potions oh my!
Every car person worth their weight in carnuba wax has some products you swear by. Part of car lust is dealing with various issues - be it dirty fuel systems, blue puff at start up, sketchy paint, dry leather and so on. What do you use? What do you swear by? I'll list a few of my favorites after the break below.
As always, this Monday thread is the collection bin for all things auto related that might not fit elsewhere. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, there's beverages in the fridge.
I like products that work as advertised. I'm willing to pay for it to get what I want, but I'm cheap, and therefore hate wasting money (or product) unecessarily. Below are a few of the products I've had success with over the years.
Rain-X. I've been using Rain-X for years and swear by it. It simply helps you see much better in wet/rainy conditions. Where this is expecially important is so you know when the guy ahead of you is slowing/stopping unexpectedly. Living in a metro area for a number of years allowed this product to probably help me avoid a few accidents because of my improved ability to see. If you doubt it, apply the product to just 1/2 of your front window and see for yourself.
3M Fuel System Tune-Up Kit. Whenever I get a new (used) vehicle, this process is immediately applied. I've seen as much as a 3mpg improvement after using it. I think a lot of fuel systems cleaners are snake oil, but this is not one of them. The vehicles also run smoother after use.
Water Wetter. I have an 88 S-10 that has always run a bit hotter than I'd like. That is until I tried this. Impressive in its ability to lower coolant temperature. I first saw it used in dirt track race cars (sprint cars) where operating temps were a signficant concern due to mud on radiators, running near full throttle a lot and limited surface space for a cooling system. Royal Purple makes a similar product that works equally as well.
Nu Finish Liquid Car Polish. Nu Finish is my "wax" of preference for my old beaters. I'd use something different on a new car or a classic car, but on my every day beater I just want the water to bead and the grime to stick less. This goes on and off easily, and it keeps a bead a remarkably long time.
3M Headlight Lens Restoration System. I chronicled my use of the this product (with video!) on the blog a while back. A year and a half later and the lenses still look much better than when I started the restoration process. Same goes for my wife's Honda Civic lenses that I did at the same time.
Mothers Clay Bar Paint Saving System. I've used a couple of clay bar systems and this is the best I've found. If you have recently succumed to your lusts and purchased a '76 Ford Torino that has sat in the sun for the better part of every day since it left the production line, you need something to bring that paint and surface back to life. Start here.
Mothers Back-to-Black. You know those various black trim pieces all over your vehicle? You know how they really aren't black any more? This will fix that. The only drawback is that about once a month it needs to be reapplied if you really want to keep that look. But it does indeed do as the title suggests and restores those various shades of gray back to black.
Invisible Glass. I use this on any glass surface - car windows, home windows, mirrors, glass table tops and more. It cleans quickly, easily, and without streaks. Never again will I use Windex.
Simichrome Polish. I don't use this on my cars but rather my motorcycle. My cars are all plastic. It works beautifully on any un-coated non-ferrous metal that you want to bring to a shine. Incredibly easy to use, and it helps prevent subsequent tarnishing.
Lexol Leather Conditioner. I've used this to restore a junk yard seat with remarkable success. I've also used it on my Lazy-boy and it works well there too. But don't be surprised if it seems like the leather is drinking this stuff. You'll use more than you'd expect on your first application. But it does really restore the leather to a degree you'd likely not have imagined had you not seen the transformation.