Car Cleaning Tools & Accessories

There are a wide variety of tools and products available for detailing. Walk into an auto parts store, and there are endless brands of waxes, sealers, polishes, finish restorers, glazes, cleaners, etc. What follows are suggestions of the tools you will need for serious detailing, and a rundown on the types of products available. This information should help you decide which type to buy.

DETAILING TOOLS

There are a number of tools that you’ll find necessary, and others just helpful. Detailing has come a long way from a bucket, dish washing soap, a sponge, an old bathroom towel, and a can of paste wax. In this section, we’ll go over most of the many tools available to the detailer today.

Buckets

You’ll need two buckets rather than just one. One is for car wash solution, the other a rinse bucket. As you wash the car, you’ll dip into the cleaning solution, wash an area, then rinse the wash mitt in the clear, clean water.… READ THE REST

How to Hand Wash your Car like a Professional

Many professional detailers will work from the inside out to allow time for the carpet to dry as they polish and wax the car. But we’re going to work from the outside in, on the surface most people care about—the paint surface. But in order to accurately evaluate the the paint, you must wash it thoroughly. I visited both Eagle One and Meguiar’s, who both bent over backwards to help me in any way possible. What follows is a combination of instructions direct from the folks who are some of the best in the business.

For a proper, professional hand wash, you need the proper equipment: mitts instead of rags, at least two buckets, and car wash liquid. You’ll also need bug and tar remover, a good hose with high pressure nozzle, and your chamois. The dual bucket above has one receptacle for rinsing, one for sudsing. The tray, which holds the products, fits inside when empty, all closing up into one neat container.… READ THE REST

High-Side and Low-Side Drivers

Usually the computer will control an actuator by the use of low-side drivers. These drivers will complete the path to ground through an FET transistor to control the output device. Hie computer may monitor the voltage on this circuit to determine if the actuator operates when commanded. Monitoring of the system can be done either by measuring voltage on the circuit or by measuring the current draw of the circuit.

Computers using low-side drivers may be able to monitor the circuit for proper operation. When the relay coil is not energized, the sense circuit should see a high (12 V) volt. When the relay is turned on, the voltage should go low (0 V)

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FIGURE. Computers using low-side drivers may be able to monitor the circuit for proper operation. When the relay coil is not energized, the sense circuit should see a high (12 V) volt. When the relay is turned on, the voltage should go low (0 V).

Many newer vehicles are now using high-side drivers, which control the output device by varying the positive (12-volt) side. High-side drivers consist of a Metal Oxide Field Effect Transistor (MOSFET) that is controlled by a bipolar transistor.… READ THE REST