Chevelle Quick Tips

Detailing Tip: 303 Aerospace Protectant

OK, what’s with the infomercial you say? We apologize if that’s what it seems like!

However, this product has earned its way into our hearts for all its weatherstrip/black plastic protection/preservation factors.

It’s super-easy application is nice, too. Just spray it on a dry micro-fiber towel and rub onto the part. The instructions will tell you whether to wipe dry right away or let it sit for a minute or two before wiping (this depends on the part itself – plastic, rubber, etc).

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Windshield Cleaning Tip

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.

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Portable Battery Charger

Here's a great little tip...

While at the last SEMA Show, we noticed many vendors now offering portable batteries capable of starting a car. These items are slightly bigger than a paperback book and most not only jump a car battery but also re-charge a variety of portable electronics like phones or laptops through a USB port. These units are powerful enough to jump start a V8 car engine (400 amps) and will generally hold a charge for up to six months.

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Front Disc Brake Install Tip

If you are looking to add/upgrade disc brakes on your Chevelle, you’ll need to pay close attention to the wheel on the hub assembly. Often times, the mounting plane of the new hub will cause the wheel to sit further outward in the wheel well. Depending on the wheel and tire size, this slight variance can create all sorts of clearance problems. Check it out before installing or assembling the parts!

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Molding Removal Tip

Be careful with those ever so delicate roof drip moldings! These thin, stainless moldings literally “pinch” over the drip channel in the roofline. The best way to remove them is to use a small block of wood and a rubber mallet. In some cases, you can actually remove them by hand. But like we said, they are extremely fragile and easy to kink, so be very careful. Start from whatever end of the molding is easiest. Wedge the end of the wood block underneath the lip and slightly tap it with the mallet. Try to avoid a “square” hit on the lip of the molding. This will only damage the piece and make it more difficult to remove. The key is to position the block just behind the lip between the roof channel and the molding. It should take minimal force to pop and release the trim from the roof.

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Canned Air Detailing Tip

Dust Buster (or a generic “canned air” product) is commonly used to clean computer keyboards. Basically, it is cold, compressed air in a can. It works great for blasting unwanted debris from your car’s nooks and crannies. We’ve used it to blast dust from interior vents and to remove dried, crusty wax residue on the exterior (especially around emblems). The air comes out of the can under high pressure and is extremely cold, so short bursts work best. If you’re concerned about the pressure damaging a part, use from a further distance and try light “bursts” first.

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Decal Removal Tip

A hair dryer works best to loosen the adhesive used to keep sticker/decals in place. Go slow and be aware that too much heat could damage paint. Here, as we use it on glass, that is not a problem.

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Heat an edge of the sticker/decal and try to peel it away. As it loosens, pull more of the sticker away from the surface until it’s free.

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