Category Archives: Exterior

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

What to do when you find tracks left behind by our feline friends on your nice paint job?

It doesn’t take Grizzly Adams to find the tracks left behind cats on a vehicle’s paint job. Claw scratches and dirt scuffs are evident on any vehicle’s paint because cats like to cuddle up to vehicle like it’s a warm fire on a cool night. Short of a big dog we have not yet discovered a sure shot way to keep cats from jumping up on vehicles, but here are some tips for depleting the damaging effects.

  • Keep your vehicle´s paint clean and waxed. This will make the surface slick and the coating is more resistant to damage.
  • Hand glaze is a great alternative to wax. It will create the same results as wax but can be used more often. Too much wax causes a problematic build up.
  • Purchase and use a good quality car cover. This is the ultimate protection but might not be very practical for your daily driven vehicle.

Although claw scratches on your vehicle´s finish are annoying we can remove them using a professional buffing process. Keeping your vehicle´s finish clean and waxed will most likely eliminate the scratches completely.

On another note, cats also like to sleep in the warm engine compartment of vehicles. Many felines have met their maker when the engine is started. An under the hood check is recommended before starting your vehicle if you know that cats have been present.

Cosmetics

Believe it or not, cosmetics are almost as important as the mechanical condition of your vehicle.

Not having cosmetic defects in paint and interior will not leave you stranded on the road, but they will cause you to loose the warm fuzzy feeling that keeps you from trading for a new vehicle.

We understand that your perception of how others view you in your vehicle is important. This is the reason we like to see cosmetic repairs performed as they crop up. Most cosmetic repairs such as broken knobs, torn upholstery, cracked glass, worn hinges & latches etcÉ are much less expensive to repair than most owners perceive.

Exterior cosmetics are no different from interior cosmetics. Paint buffing, waxing and touch up should be done once or twice per year. External eye appeal is high on the warm and fuzzy list, as it should be. We recommend a good interior and exterior detail on an annual basis. Having this done professionally is great but if you donÕt mind applying some elbow grease in conjunction with good products you can achieve long lasting professional results.

Self-satisfaction will be your reward for a job well done. If you are in need of product knowledge we can give you some great advice. If you just want your vehicle detailed beautifully, just call and make an appointment anytime with our friendly and expert crew.

Car Washing 101

A Street Automotive & Collision’s refresher course on how to properly clean your vehicle.

Now that the sun is shining you might want to think about washing your vehicle. We know that is has been a while so the following is a refresher course on how to properly clean your vehicle.

Always begin with the proper tools:

  • A clean 2-5 gallon bucket
  • A soft clean auto wash mitt
  • Auto wash soap (any biodegradable, spot free brand will work)
  • A soft terry cloth towels or a clean chamois

Put a small amount of soap in your wash bucket. [This will minimize water spotting if you choose not to dry your vehicle.] Thoroughly rinse the vehicle, letting the water sheet off (rather than spray off) before washing. This will remove as much dirt as possible to decrease the amount of abrasive materials during the scrubbing process.

Starting on the roof, scrub lightly in line with the vehicle. Working your way down, scrub each panel along its manufactured lines. Scrubbing in line will help blend scratches into the style lines of the vehicle. Be sure to keep your wash mitt soapy and rinse as you go. Do not let the soap dry on your vehicle´s finish as this will cause severe water spotting. It is best to wash when it is cool out to avoid water spotting too. When the washing is finished you can dry your vehicle with soft terry cloth towels or a clean chamois. Do not forget to clean your tools when finished to prepare for the next washing.

Now go enjoy your beautifully clean vehicle!

Factory Finest, Not Aftermarket After-Thoughts

Installation of anything other than factory body parts on your vehicle could result in doing harm to your vehicle.

Professional collision repairs using factory parts can restore a vehicle back to pre-accident condition, however, a word to the wise is the installation of anything but factory body parts on your vehicle could result in doing unspeakable harm to your vehicle.

Factory body parts are engineered to exact specifications and created by the same machinery and tools as the original parts. Exact fit, gaps between panels, textures, metal thickness and corrosion protection are all taken into account by car manufacturers when creating the original body parts.

Collision damage to today´s vehicles can be extensive, expensive and long term so make sure that factory quality body parts are used on your vehicle.

Bumper Stickers

Bumper stickers were invented back when all automobiles had big chrome bumpers. Today, most vehicles have plastic color-matched bumpers. The problem with putting a sticker on a painted bumper is that you (or your vehicle’s next owner) will probably want to remove it someday!

Taking stickers off chrome is no problem, but removing a sticker from a painted bumper can be a real challenge. If a sticker is left on a painted bumper cover for any length of time it will typically require a costly repaint to remove it.

We have many methods for removing stickers, but they are expensive. Save yourself a lot of money and apply the sticker to the lower back window (where it doesn’t obstruct your view) and it can be easily removed at anytime without damage to your vehicle. This way you can easily change bumper stickers.