I was tired of having my polisher arsenal stored away and out of sight, so I mounted them on the Craftsman pegboard above my workbench. I want to add one more polisher to my collection, but that will have to wait until Father's Day. I also moved my pad collection from my 56" Craftsman to two of the drawers beneath my workbench. Here's a few pics:
A recent spat of mild weather enabled me to do a thorough spring clean of the garage. The floor wasn't too bad, but a lot of grime and debris was lurking in the vents of the Free Flow tiles and it was time to get rid of it. The entire process took a few hours. I put a video together that demonstrates each step of the process. Enjoy.
I have a number of work surfaces around my space, and they are invaluable when I am in the throws of an intense detail job. I find it frustrating to put something down and then lose track of it, so having a variety of accessible work surfaces makes things much more efficient and pleasant for me.
I have experimented with a variety of materials to line the tops of my various work surfaces. Until the other day, I had heavy duty rubber lining atop my benches and rolling cabinets. The price of the lining was ludicrous especially after customs and shipping fees, but Rubber Cal carries an extensive selection of high quality products that are great for protecting the tops of your work surfaces. Just be prepared to pay through the nose if you are shipping to Canada.
So, I was using Rubber Cal's "corrugated wide rib" rubber runner mats. They were working okay, but I didn't like the way they marked up so easily and they did require regular cleanings in order to look good. Plus, they never did sit flat on the top of my tool box or workbench. I had to anchor them down along the edges which has never sat well with me. It just looked bad, but without them, the ends of the rubber mats would start to roll up. If you haven't caught on, I'm a little bit particular about things, and I just couldn't deal with it any longer. I had an extra strip of industrial carpet laying around so I thought I'd give it a shot. I cut a piece to fit the top of my rolling 4-drawer cabinet and I was pleased with the result. That was a few weeks ago, but now all my work surfaces sport carpet.
I know what you are thinking, "Carpet on a workbench"? But, before you start questioning my sanity, you have to understand that the most abuse my work surfaces see is the placement of spray bottles, polishing pads, and the occasional detailing brush. Obviously, this solution wouldn't be practical in 99% of garages, but I think this will suit my needs nicely.
If you are wondering what I did with the expensive corrugated rubber, don't fret. I used it to line my two Craftsman carts which do come into contact with water quite regularly.
Who is Rick?
I'm just a suburban dad who loves garages, Audis, and detailing so much he blogs about them.
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In addition to showcasing my own garage, I enjoy sharing other amazing garages. Here are some spaces that I have featured on my blog:
Tyson's Acura Museum
Larry's Charlotte Showroom
Chad's "Next" Makeover
Gully's Dream Garage
Orland Park Audi Oasis
Cory's Industrial Arts Studio
Brynjar's Icelandic Garage
Pat's Controlled Chaos
Greg & Nancy's Place
Brandon Burrell's Toy House