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FOLLOW ALONG WITH MY VARIOUS GARAGE PROJECTS AND SHENANIGANS
I placed an order with autoobsessed.com on Sunday evening, and received my shipment on Tuesday morning. Here's what I added to my stockpile of supplies and equipment.
From left to right:
1. Microfiber Madness Incredipad - for exterior wash
2. Wheel Woolies Vent Detailing Brush - gets right down into the vents
3. 5 x Premium Black Microfiber Towels - you can never have too many high quality MF towels
4. Crack and Crevice Detail Brush - for getting in those cracks and crevices
5. Wheel Woolies Wheel / Fender Premium Boars Hair Brush 9 inch - for engine bay and wheels
6. Chemical Guys Citruswash + Gloss 16oz - one of my favourites
7. Salt Eraser - helps break down hardened salt stains
8. Black Wow Pro 1oz - trying this trim restorer for the first time
9. Metro Master Blaster Extension Hose Kit 10' - should make drying the car an easier endeavor
10. A few bonus bottles of wash shampoo by Sonüs and Sonax (Thanks guys!)
I have never tried the Incredipad or the Black Wow trim restorer, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform. I am also looking forward to using the two new brushes from Wheel Woolies. I've heard good things about their products.
I received my latest order of detailing supplies from autoobsessed. One of the items I purchased was a 10' extension hose for my Metro Master Blaster car dryer. With this extension, I now have enough hose length to dry my entire car while the machine remains stationary. Until now, I've had to roll it around the garage. This is not a huge deal, but it was somewhat annoying having to ensure it never came into contact with the car. When in use, it will now be suspended on two retractable hooks. Here's a few pics to demonstrate where I'm coming from.
Check out this SQ5 as it walks all over a 5.0 Mustang GT and a 370Z. So awesome.
We hit a high of 16°C today, so it was a perfect day for giving the SQ5 a much-needed wash. I used my Kärcher to get most of the dirt off, and finished with a rinseless wash using my Optimum No Rinse & Shine. This method has zero environmental impact and results in a gleaming shine. A cap full of Optimum in a big bucket and a Griot's Garage chenille wash mitt, and this is the result:
It took almost a decade for Audi to release the second generation of the Q7. I'm not sold on it. I'm sure it will grow on me, but I was expecting more. I'll almost go as far as saying I like the look of the redesigned Volvo XC90 more.
According the staff at Motorweek, Batman would rock a 1991 GMC Syclone if he were in the market for a truck. I'd have to agree with them. I stumbled across this retro review of the Syclone and I was blown away by its performance numbers. The 280 bhp and 350 lb-ft of torque produced by the 4.3L Turbocharged V6 propelled it to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and eclipsed the 1/4 mile mark in 14.1 seconds. I was particularly impressed with its 114 ft 60-0 stopping distance. (Its GMC Typhoon kin actually stopped in an unbelievable 103 feet) I was a fan of the Syclone/Typhoon back in the day, and I still admire what GM accomplished with these trucks. They looked cool, kicked ass, and only came in black. Like Batman.
Don't feel bad if you don't recognize any of these cars, you are probably not alone. From the anemic Aerio to the unremarkable Uplander, here's the 25 most anonymous cars to ever hit the streets.
I used to store things around the garage using specific hardware tailored to each item. As my equipment changed, I found myself having to patch holes only to create new ones to effectively hang new stuff. I am now using pegboard exclusively since it allows me to change things up without having to tear into my drywall. I should have done this years ago. I added four more panels of Craftsman steel pegboard in various locations around the garage. I used two panels to hang my roof-mounted bike racks.
I had been using some wall hooks to keep the bike trailer wheels up and out of the way, but the pegboard is a better solution since we will inevitably be getting rid of the trailer in a few years. That's the thing I love about pegboard, when the day comes, I can find other things to store up in that space above the garage door rails. Here's some before and after shots:
Lastly, I installed one panel close to my water service to store my arsenal of hose nozzles and step ladder. These before and after shots demonstrate home much more flexible a pegboard storage system is.
Years ago, I fashioned a wooden box to cover up the furnace switch and thermostat. I grew tired of it, so I removed it and freshened up the outlets with some dark grey paint. I think it looks better. If you're wondering what the black box is to the right of the thermostat, it is a locking key caddy.
As you can see from the pics, the calcium chloride clings to the tiles and the floor and looks pretty gross.
During the winter months, a lot of my time is spent trying to keep my car and my garage space clean. Given the weather conditions up here, it can be a monumental chore. The City has introduced a new road salt product that is disgusting in every regard. It is a calcium chloride mixture and this stuff is nasty. It clings to everything and is a real pain to remove from floors and car surfaces. I'm thankful that my RaceDeck Free Flow floor allows the water to pool beneath the floor tiles, but the run-off contains so much of the substance, that my floor inevitably becomes coated with the crud. The City claims it is "environmentally friendly", however the findings of a 2000 Environment Canada study examining the impact of de-icing agents would suggest otherwise. It concluded that calcium chloride is toxic to the environment, and I can say that I've noticed huge dead patches of grass in the Spring in the areas that my garage run-off drains to.
I've been doing some quick cleans, but I really need the weather to warm up so I can do a more thorough job. I keep my garage door an inch off the pad to allow the water to drain out. I am very jealous of my garage buddies who live in more hospitable climates.
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