Seal out the Winter
You wouldn't dream of facing winter's ice, snow and sleet without a coat, gloves and other cold-weather gear, would you? Your car deserves the same level of protection.
Your car is in for a tough time this winter. Your car’s paint, wheels, trim, wipers and other surfaces will be at the mercy of the elements, including wind, rain, sleet, snow, sand, salt and road grime. Now is your best opportunity to inspect and prepare your car with a protective layer, giving your car a fighting chance.
Be prepared and keep that shine!
Your car is more likely to be scratched during winter due to all of the potential debris on the road. As the saying goes, “Your best offense is a good defense!” Prepare your car for the winter’s weather and protect it against:
- Road Salt
- Acid Rain
- Scratches in the clear coat or top layers of paint
- Drying and cracking of rubber, plastic and leather
Of, course, washing your car in the winter offers a fair share of challenges but it is the first and possibly most important step in winterizing your car! A good paint shampoo gently washes allowing the dirt, road salt and grit to safely slip away. Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo gently cleans while also providing special lubricants to buffer your car's delicate paint finish, protecting it from scratching and swirl marks. The exclusive Pinnacle formula is ph-balanced, biodegradable and safe on all vehicle surfaces.
- After washing your car, let the water flow heavily over the car. The water will sheet off and it will be much easier to dry as well as help to avoid water spots.
- Don't skimp on your wash mitt. If it is getting old or dirty, replace it. The cost of a mitt is not worth the time and labor to remove swirl marks in your paint.
- To avoid swirls, only use quality microfiber towels for cleaning and drying. Never use terrycloth, diapers or t-shirts.
After you've washed the car, the next step is to remove any bonded surface contamination that has not been removed by a simple wash. How do you know if your paint is a victim of bonded contamination? After a good wash, feel the paint's surface. Rough spots and bumps mean contaminants so make sure to use detailing clay to improve the health and the look of your car's paint! By slipping a thin plastic on your hand, will make your fingers very sensitive to the touch. This allows you to better feel the embedded contaminates. These contaminates are mainly brake dust. Brake dust contains metallic particles which turn to rust when moisture sets in and embeds into the clear coat. These rust particles if not removed will quickly destroy the clear coat and lead to premature failure.
Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay safely and gently removes even the most stubborn paint-toxic pollutants. Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay removes embedded soil through microscopic polishing that removes the dirt without touching the paint. Pinnacle Clay Lubricant makes claying easier and faster while protecting the paint from scratches.
The Ultima Elastrofoam Paint Cleaning System is safe, easy to use and replaces your normal detailing clay. The Ultima Elastrofoam Paint Cleaning System quickly smoothes your paint to an ultra-slick and bright finish, preparing it for polishing and sealing. Be sure to wipe the Elostrofoam block frequently to remove contaminates. Always use a back and forth motion. Never use a circular motion. This can cause a swirl on the finish if contaminates build up.
If your car will be exposed to extreme winter conditions, the best protective coating is a good synthetic wax. Unlike carnauba waxes, a synthetic wax provides a modest amount of protection against water and road salts. Klasse All-In-One car polish & wax is a good choice to battle against winter’s worst.
While keeping a protective finish shell is important especially during the winter’s months, you can also keep that showroom shine using Ultima Paint Guard Plus, containing Polycharger Wax Booster technology. This product takes about ten minutes to apply to a clean, dry vehicle. Simply wipe on and walk away. No buffing required. Ultima Paint Guard Plus continues protecting, beading water and shining for months resisting road salt, detergents, pollution, hard water spotting, insect remains, bird droppings and acid rain.
The Wolfgang Deep Gloss Total Concours Kit provides a complete exterior detailing kit, including Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 to protect your paint from harsh winter conditions.
The Klasse Kit is a total paint care system utilizing the protectant Klasse All In One and High Gloss Sealant Glaze. Klasse offers unbeatable winter paint protection.
YOUR WHEELS – TIRES, TRIM & RIMS
Your car's tires have a tough job in the winter, too. Keeping the rubber clean, hydrated, and supple will certainly prolong the life of your tires and also restore your wheel’s original appearance.
Keep your wheels, tires and trim clean all year long! Sonax Wheel Cleaner is a pH balanced cleaner formulated to safely and gently clean all light alloy wheels. Even stubborn deposits such as heavy brake dust, oil, grease and road dirt are gently and thoroughly removed to restore your wheel’s tire, trim and rims.
Wash tires thoroughly with a good tire brush and strong car wash solution prior to application of any tire dressing.
Liberal use of a high-quality tire dressing keeps them looking good during the harshest weather, and provides a barrier to the elements and to the ozone that can cause rubber to deteriorate. Optimum Opti-Bond Tire Gel never looks greasy and it won’t sling off your tires onto the side of your car. The unique formula quickly penetrates your tires to hydrate, protect and beautify.
For unbeatable protection against pollution, ultra violet light (sun), road salts, harmful and ozone Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus delivers! On black trim it maintains a dark, satin appearance. You’ll see the protection with each wash by the way your tires and trim bead water.
Keep your wheels and tires completely protected against the elements. Be sure the wheels are cleaned, inspected and sealed. This Ultima Tire, Trim & Wheel Wash and Maintain Kit is the perfect solution to keep your tires, wheels and trim looking great, while maintaining hydration and flexibility.
If you live in a region that gets snow and ice, another easy tip for winter car protection is to spray tire dressing in the wheel wells to prevent buildup of snow, ice and road salt. It's best to start this practice before the really cold weather hits.
YOUR WINDSHIELD AND WIPERS
See clearly and cleanly all winter long! Be sure to inspect wipers and replace them if there's any sign of wear. Remember, you're going to be counting on your wipers to deal with the elements. Don’t forget to treat your wiper blades. The number one cause of wiper blade failure (streaking, squeaking and skipping) is dry rubber. When used monthly on wiper blades, Sonus Tire & Bumper Dressing Gel keeps wiper blades in perfect condition. Another option is 303 Wiper Treatment. The 303 penetrating lubricant coats and conditions wiper blades so they will remain pliable. 303 Wiper Treatment keeps wiper blades from hardening in summer and from freezing to your windshield in the winter.
While you're at it, check your wash fluid and add a good wash booster. A good wash booster will help cut through road salt, road grime and mud so you can see. 303 Instant Windshield Washer Tablets keep your windshield sparkling clean and are safe for people and the environment. They are super-concentrated and especially formulated to completely remove road film, dirt and grime leaving windshields sparkling clean.
- When cleaning your windshield, use a short nap microfiber and clean in one direction on the inside and the other direction on the outside. This way you don't have to chase streaks and you can tell if you need a final wipe on the inside or out.
- Be sure to use a dry microfiber, towel to prevent streaking.
- For windshields that still look hazy after a normal cleaning with glass cleaner and a microfiber towel, use a glass polish to get rid of the road grime build up.
Is your car’s interior ready for the winter’s grime that is walking in? Keep the interior clean, fresh and protected against tracked in dirt, grime and road salt.
Choose a cleaner made for interior surfaces. Until now, it was necessary to use various cleaners to shampoo cloth, leather, vinyl and plastic. Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel uses unique cleaning technology, not harsh detergents, to loosen and dissolve soil so that it can be safely wiped away. Your vehicle’s interior emerges clean, fresh and ready for protection.
If you just want to focus on your leather, a great choice is Pinnacle Leather and Vinyl Cleaner. It gently cleans modern automotive leather interiors using superior cleaning technology that cleans all leather and vinyl surfaces without removing the natural sheen.
For those stubborn stains, try 303 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. It is a professional strength cleaner that exceeds EPA standards for biodegradability. With all of its cleaning power, this cleaner is amazingly gentle.
Use a soft bristle paintbrush to dust the vents
Winter is hard on leather interiors. Cold, dry air pulls the moisture from leather, so it's important to treat leather prior to the onset of freezing temperatures. Once the daytime temperature dips below 50 degrees (Fahrenheit), the leather will not accept conditioners. Although the surface will look good, you have not provided moisture to the hide.
Pinnacle Leather Conditioner provides hydrating protection for all leather and imitation leather upholstery. The rich emulsion contains natural oils that are readily absorbed by leather to keep it hydrated, supple and in like-new condition.
Ultima Interior Guard Plus is the first and only polymer sealant for automotive interiors. It uses superior science and technology to coat, seal and protect every finish in your car. Fabrics, leather and vinyl resists staining, water damage, and the effects of oils and salt from the skin and environment. Another thing to consider is protection from the sun. Ultima Interior Guard Plus provides UV light protection.
- Always apply interior protectants with an applicator or folded microfiber to avoid overspray, especially on the windshield.
- To prevent carpet floor mats from staining, spray Ultima Interior Guard onto the mat and work in using the white side of foam applicator. Allow to dry for two hours before using. Do not use on rubber floor mats, as this can cause a slippery finish.
Ultima Interior Clean, Protect & Preserve Kit is your one stop interior winterizing kit. This all-inclusive kit contains all you need to clean interior surfaces of any stains, treat and condition it while also preventing fading from UV ray penetration. In addition to Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel and Ultima Interior Guard Plus & applicator, the kit also includes the Ultima Autospa Buffing Towel. This is a dual-purpose detailing towel designed for both polishing and buffing.
For the most complete leather care, pamper your fine leather interior with the Pinnacle Concours Interior Kit.
Keep a cockpit detailer and microfiber handy to clean up those accidental spills and little accidents.