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.
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:
Of, course, washing your car in the winter offers a fair share of challenges but it is the first most important step in winterizing your car! A high quality automotive 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 scratches and swirl marks. The exclusive Pinnacle formula is ph-balanced, biodegradable and safe on all vehicle surfaces. Another great option for (bulk) car washing is the BLACKFIRE Car Wash - at just $0.46 an ounce, the BLACKFIRE Car Wash is perfect for detailing shops that see an influx of vehicles prepping for winter.
If you've got a coated vehicle that could use an extra boost to get you through the winter months, check out the Wolfgang Über SiO2 Coating Wash - this unique formula contains protective SiO2 properties that boost your exisitng coating, as well as create it's own layer of protection.
Once winter has made it's freezing debut, you may find it difficult to give your car a "full-water" wash (who wants to spend that much time outside when it's freezing outside anyway!?) - and that's where a wateless or rinseless wash comes in handy. With a product such as BLACKFIRE Waterless Wash (available in a ready to use and concentrate version), or Ultima Waterless Wash Plus+, you receive the liquid, spray-on version of the same lubricants that keep a wash safe. When combined with an ultra-plush towel, like the Shine & Buff Waterless Wash, dirt, dust, and other above-surface contaminants will be safely removed from the surface without causing any washing induced-swirls.
After you've washed the car, the next step is to remove any bonded surface contamination. 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! Insert your hand into a plastic bag, this will make your fingers very sensitive to the touch, allowing you to better feel the embedded contaminates. These contaminates are mainly metallic brake dust particle, which turn to rust particle when exposed to moisture. 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 damaging the paint.Pinnacle Clay Lubricant makes claying easier and faster while protecting the paint from scratches. Another great option for paint contamination removal is to use a synthetc, rubberized material, like the BLACKFIRE Clay Mitt or the Nanoskin AutoScrub Fine Grade Wash Mitt. Both of these products will safely remove bonded contamination from the paint without harm - and if you drop it, you can simply rinse and keep going; no need to throw it away!
If your car will be exposed to extreme winter conditions, the best protective coating is a good, high-quality paint coating, paint sealant, or synthetic wax blend. Unlike carnauba waxes, a synthetic wax provides a durable protection that can withstand against water and road salts. Klasse All-In-One car polish & wax followed by the Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze is a great choice to battle against winter’s worst.
For protection that can last years, check out the BLACKFIRE Pro Ceramic Paint Coating. This unique, ceramic paint coating provides unparalleled levels of gloss and clarity, as well as a hard-as-nails protective layer. The extreme hydrophobic properties keeps snow, sleet, and water from leaving a trace and is easy to maintain. Be sure to check out our full selection of Paint Coatings to see which product would work best for you!
The Wolfgang Deep Gloss Total Concours Kit also provides a complete exterior detailing kit, including Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 to protect your paint from harsh winter conditions.
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 rims. Another great wheel cleaner is the BLACKFIRE Tire & Wheel Cleaner - this 100% water-based formula is safe for all types of wheels!
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your rims, use a protectant like SONAX Rim Shield to protect from the harsh winter conditions.
Wash tires thoroughly with a TUF SHINE Tire Brush and BLACKFIRE Tire & Wheel Cleaner prior to application of any tire dressing or coating.
Using an Acrylic Tire Coating on your vehicle's tires before winter season 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. McKee’s 37 Tire Coating, Tuf Shine Tire Clearcoat, and Griot's Garage Black Satin Tire Coating are all great options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is your car’s interior ready to stand up to winter's grime? Keep the interior clean, fresh and protected against 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. BLACKFIRE Interior Cleaner 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 Wolfgang Carpet & Upholstery Restorer. It is a professional strength cleaner that exceeds EPA standards for biodegradability. With all of its cleaning power, this cleaner is amazingly gentle.
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.
BLACKFIRE Interior Protectant 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. Blackfire Interior Protectant provides UV light protection.
For the most complete leather care, pamper your fine leather interior with the Pinnacle Concours Interior Kit.