Hello, my name is Amie. Your teammate Vince is my cousin-in-law. I just wanted to let you know that I will be at the race this year, and I am hyped to see the car in the mag. I bought pit passes and will have my camera in hand 90 percent of the time.
Our first 24 Hours of LeMons outing is coming up in two weeks. By the time you read this, we'll have completed it. And knowing me, I'll probably will have put you to work. Thanks for the support!
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What's Your Ideal EL Camino?
Members of the forum at El Camino Central (elcaminocentral.com) weigh in.
A red '59 Elky 283 four-barrel, three on the tree with overdrive! Just like the first one I had back when I got married!
- Papa Johns 77
Bone stock LS6 with a four-speed.
- Camino LS6
I dream of a '59 with a 502.
Get her dipped in a bright yellow with black racing strips and have the 350 engine worked up tough enough to get about a 4-foot launch.- PS
Meguiar's Top 12 Car Care Myths
Ever wonder what's true and what's myth? Car care expert Meguiar's sorts fact from fiction here with 12 of the most debated car care myths-everything from dishwasher soap to wax protection.
1. Dishwashing detergent is safe to wash your car with.
Absolutely not! With repeated use, dishwashing detergents remove everything from your paint finish, including waxes, silicones, and polymers. For best results, use a pH-balanced car wash product with conditioners specifically formulated to enhance the appearance and protection of automotive paint finishes, such as Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash.
2. Washing and cleaning are the same.
While they sound similar, they are vastly different procedures. A car wash removes loose contaminants from your finish like dust, road grime, and fresh bird droppings. On the other hand, paint cleaners and clay bars such as ScratchX 2.0 and Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit remove stubborn stains, blemishes, and bonded contaminants like paint overspray and tree sap mist that won't flush off with washing.
3. If a car looks shiny, cleaning can be skipped.
Not until you complete a thorough physical and visual evaluation of your paint finish can you determine that your car is clean. The surface should be as smooth as glass. If it isn't, you will feel bonded contaminants that can be easily removed with a clay bar, allowing easier application and wipe-off of polishes and waxes with dazzling results.
4. Clay bars should only be used by professionals.
If you have ever played with Silly Putty, you can use a clay bar. The bar will grab and gently remove all bonded contaminants, leaving the surface silky-smooth.
5. Waxing can remove swirl marks.
Swirl marks are scratches, and the only way to remove a scratch from paint finish is to reduce the thickness of the paint down to the bottom of the scratch. Micro-fine, hairline scratches can often be removed by hand using a nonabrasive paint cleaner or products such as Ultimate Compound or SwirlX. Moderate scratches may require Meguiar's Dual Action Polisher. Deeper swirl marks caused by the improper use of rotary buffers and rubbing compounds may well require professional color sanding and buffing.
6. There is no difference between polishing and waxing.
The sole purpose of polishing is to create a brilliant high gloss. Polishing removes a microscopic layer of paint and creates a fresh, glistening surface, but does nothing to protect paint. Waxing a car protects the finish from the elements by coating it with waxes, polymers, resins, and silicones. Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 provides superior protection with its blend of rich nutrients and tough polymers. Waxing not makes a dull surface shiny, but protects your freshly polished paint.
7. Machine polishers damage paint.
Even novices can quickly master a dual-action polisher or orbital buffer without risk of burning the paint finish. However, rotary buffers, which operate at much higher rpm, are best left to professionals.
8. Diapers, T-shirts, and flannel make good cleaning cloths.
Always use 100-percent cotton terrycloth towels like Meguiar's Soft Buff Terry Towel, or premium microfiber towels like the Meguiar's Supreme Shine Microfiber. These eliminate uncertainty and reduce the time and effort required for wipe-downs.
9. Wax can be guaranteed to protect up to a year.
There is no integrity in guaranteeing the protective time because every car is different, and so are the environments in which different cars are kept.
10. Paste wax offers greater protection than liquid wax.
There are now liquid and paste car waxes on the market that offer equal ease of use and performance. Two examples are Meguiar's NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 Liquid and NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 Paste, both of which redefine quality and performance with their next-generation water-repelling "hydrophobic polymer" technology.
11. Lighting a hood on fire without damaging the paint finish proves the protective qualities of a car wax.
Regardless of whether the paint finish is protected with some magic formulation or not, it will be unaffected by flaming alcohol. The moment the flame goes out, if you place your hand directly where the flame was you will discover that the surface is barely warm. This stunt is simply a demonstration of physics.
12. Once a car is waxed, regularly protecting the paint finish is unnecessary.
The best long-term protection for your vehicle is to remove contaminants with a mist-and-wipe product, such as Ultimate Quik Detailer, before they have time to bond to the paint finish.