Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Doing a Professional Auto Detail on Your Own

The fact of the matter is this: Keeping your car clean ensures that you have a safer ride. Why? Well, because clean windshields and windows prevent glares while you drive, which decreases your chance of getting into an accident. Yet, what is the proper way to clean your car? Do you simply start scrubbing the outer surface with a soapy sponge and then rinse with a garden hose, or are there better, more correct ways of cleaning your valuable car so you don’t leave scratches and watermarks on the glass and paint? If you’re curious and want to preserve your vehicle the right way, then keep on reading to learn some simple, yet effective auto detail tricks.

Vacuuming The very first thing you should ever do when you do an auto detail is vacuum your car. After all, how can you clean the vehicle thoroughly if there are random food crumbs and old trash lying around? It is better to start out by removing all the unnecessary trash and follow that by vacuuming the carpets and seats. You will notice a cleaner, tidier car immediately. Best of all, your car will actually smell better, especially if you frequently and consistently vacuum and remove the trash.

Removing Dust off the Dashboard Another great way to clean your car effectively is to dust the dashboard. Day after day, week after week, the car gets dusty just like anything else. So it is a good idea to grab a car cleaner and a towel and gently wipe away all that dust that has accumulated there. This will also be highly useful to you if you or a family member have asthma. You’ll breathe better in the car and the area will look cleaner from day to day.

Cleaning the Exterior with a Microfiber Cloth and a Car Cleaner The exterior of any vehicle might be the hardest part to clean (because it takes the longest), but it is worth doing. In the end, you don’t want your car to be a mess. Otherwise, other drivers will look at your car as that “old thing whose driver is reckless.” As a result, when you do an auto detail, have a microfiber cloth and a car cleaner on hand. Then, gently wipe the car’s surface, making sure to get all the areas, especially the roof and all the corners. When you clean with a microfiber cloth, you don’t scratch the paint, and this keeps your car looking new.

Dry the Car with a Microfiber Cloth Similarly, right after you clean your car’s exterior with the car cleaner and microfiber cloth, use another dry microfiber cloth to wipe the surface dry. You never want to leave the car wet and let it air dry, since that can cause ugly watermarks and stains. Not to mention that the dry watermarks can make the paint appear dull in color, which is never a good look. For that reason, be sure to dry in both directions and get all the corners and surfaces for the best result.

Cleaning the Glass with a Microfiber Cloth and a Glass Cleaner Lastly, you should always clean the glass, both inside and out, when you do an auto detail. The windshields and windows are highly essential for your safety, which is why you should not neglect cleaning them and keeping them in the best shape possible. After all, you don’t want the windshield to be hazy and dirty when you’re trying to see the road. Consequently, look for a high quality glass cleaner (Rain-X has some good ones), and invest in a third microfiber cloth for your car’s glass. This will help you clean the glass completely without scraping and ruining the surface.

Doing an auto detail properly can transform your entire vehicle into a great ride. However, that requires being extra thorough when you’re tidying and washing your car. Follow the tips above, and you will soon see a major change that will make everyone jealous of how organized and clean your car is.

 

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Our Top 4 Blogs on Broken Windshield Repair

Is your windshield broken and it looks more and more like you’re going to need a repair? Don’t delay! If you’re not sure whether you have an easy broken windshield to repair or a terribly damaged one that might need a complete replacement, the four blogs below should help you figure that out.

Common Mistakes Made with Broken Auto Glass Auto glass sometimes gets damaged or shatters completely. It is annoying and unpleasant for car owners, but it does happen. And sometimes, in an attempt to save on money, car owners make big mistakes. These mistakes are common, but that doesn’t make them OK. Below are four of the most common mistakes made with broken auto glass, and we are sharing them with you so that you can do better.

What to Do When You Have a Cracked Windshield to Repair You are on your way to an important event when you pass by a road construction. There are a lot of rocks and debris scattered about, and without being able to do anything about it, a rock hits your windshield. The whole incident takes no more than half a second; it is so quick that you’re not sure what just happened. Even your brain is taking a couple of seconds more to register the new crack in your windshield. You stop your car at the nearest gas station, you throw your hands in the air, and you wonder why this had to happen to you of all the drivers. But now that it has happened, there is no other way around it. You must get it repaired. So what do you do? What are your options when it comes to windshield repair? Here is a checklist of all you need to do.

Start 2016 with a Windshield Repair and a Clean Car Start 2016 with a clean slate and make it your New Year’s resolution to maintain your car. Whether your car needs a windshield repair thanks to an annoying chip or crack in the glass or you just have a really dirty car, be sure to keep your car in shape. There are several benefits to keeping your car clean and well-repaired. To learn more about these benefits, continue reading!

Signs that You Need a Windshield Replacement This is a repost of an old blog we wrote. We are sharing it once more because it is informative, especially since we are nearing winter. So now, imagine you’re driving down the road when something drops straight off a tree and onto your windshield. You’re pretty sure those wild squirrels are to blame, but it’s too late. The glass now sports a small crack, and you’re wondering if this tiny damage will ruin the rest of your windshield and, ultimately, your car. This happens to car owners all the time, and though they hope that if they ignore the damage—whether it’s in the form of cracks, chips, scratches, or the shattering of the entire windshield—it’ll go away, car windshield replacement or repair is a must. Before we dive into everything you need to know about repairing or replacing your windshield, let’s mention a few tips that can help you avoid a major windshield damage.

These four LP Auto Glass Orlando blogs should help you take care of your broken windshield until you get it repaired. Just be sure not to delay too long so your windshield doesn’t get worse.

Avoid These Products to Prevent an Auto Glass Repair

We’ve all been naïve about taking care of our cars at one point or another, unless you were brought up in a family that drilled the importance of car care over and over. But overall, most of us need guidance when it comes to knowing what tools and products to use to wash and clean and cars because, let’s face it, it can be hard knowing what’s good and what’s not. Well, you don’t have to look no more. Below is a list of products and tools you should completely avoid if you want to prevent an auto glass repair as well as an auto paint restoration. If you avoid these and replace them with good products, you’ll be just like the pros.

Sponges Yup, you know you’ve done this before. Sponges are probably the most commonly reached for product when it comes to washing a car. People associate sponges with cleanliness because they are regularly used to clean dishware and sometimes even to scrub counters. But that’s where the problem lies; they are meant to scrub, not gently clean. Sponges, when used to wash cars, can scratch at the paint. Worse yet is when they’re used to wash a car’s glass. They end up really harming the surface. Though signs of scratches don’t show right away, over months and years, you’ll be able to see how using a sponge has ruined the glass. So it’s crucial to refrain from using one if you don’t plan on getting an auto glass repair. Instead, use a microfiber cloth.

Towels Who hasn’t used a towel to dry a newly-washed vehicle? Chances are, you’ve done this numerous times without knowing the risky side effects. Just like with using a sponge to clean your car’s glass, using a towel to dry the glass can scratch the surface. While towels seem soft, they are not soft enough to use on a car’s glass. In the end, they’ll only make you regret using them. Just like with sponges, you can replace your towel with a microfiber cloth and use it to dry the car.

Ammonia (Windex) Many household products that you might be using to clean your vehicle’s glass have ammonia in them, and ammonia is very harmful on cars. For instance, many Windex products have ammonia, and though you can use Windex on regular windows and mirrors, you shouldn’t use it on your car’s glass. Not only does ammonia leave streaks on auto glass (which creates glares while you drive), but it also can ruin the glass if it’s tinted. Over time, ammonia will cause the tint to peel off, leaving you with really terrible windows and windshield. So it’s best to steer clear of ammonia-based products if you don’t want to deal with an auto glass repair.

clean-windshieldWhat Can You Use? See, there are only a few items you need to avoid. Still, what are you supposed to use now that you’ve gotten rid of all the products and tools you used to rely on whenever you went out to wash your car? The answer is very simple. Like mentioned above, simply use a microfiber cloth or two (one for washing and one for drying). A microfiber cloth is safe to use on a car’s paint and glass. It is soft and smooth and won’t scratch. So now you’re probably wondering what kind of cleaning product you can use to spray your glass with. Well, if you go to an auto shop or a retail store with an auto shop, you should find many high-quality products that are safe to use on car glass. Some examples are Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, Mothers Glass Cleaner, Rain-X Automotive Glass Cleaner, and Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner. All of these are recommended for washing auto glass.

If you’re using any of the abovementioned products and tools that are unsafe on a car’s glass, be sure to put them away. Preventing an auto glass repair is as simple as relying on the correct products. Sure, your car’s windshield and windows might still get damaged from other everyday threats, but the probability of you harming your own car’s glass is more likely. Consequently, it’s best to take action right away and buy the tools that are the most affective at cleaning the glass.

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Benefits of Tinting Your Auto Glass This Summer

Orlando is about to get hot. Summer starts in June, but let’s face it, Florida gets warm earlier than that. And don’t let the temporary windy air fool you; the sun is flashing its rays, and they’re only going to get worse. So what do you do if you live in Orlando and have to drive everywhere during the summer heat? Get car glass tinted, of course! At Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we tint your car the proper, legal way and help you gain several benefits that include:

Being Protected from Glares Sun glares are a terrible thing. They blind drivers and make driving so difficult. So a huge benefit of tinting your auto glass this summer is avoiding all those glares once and for all. Besides, just think back to the many times your vision was obscured by the sharp sunrays while you were driving; not only were you putting yourself at risk, but you were also putting other people on the road in danger too. With tinting, you would prevent 99% of UV rays from entering your car, which means that you’ll be less accident-prone and less likely to get a sunburn too, which is a bonus!

 Staying Cool While Driving Florida weather makes it hard to just hop in your car and go. With the immense heat, you almost always have to turn the AC on high and wait for the car to cool down. This can be uncomfortable for many people. No one wants to sweat on their way to school or work, and no one wants to get a heatstroke while driving on the road. Tinting your car would keep it cool.

Keeping Your Upholstery in Good Condition Have you ever had or seen a car with leather seats that were cracking from being in the heat for too long? Well, this could happen to you in Florida if you have leather seats. Tinting auto glass, however, prevents that by keeping the upholstery in the shade.

Strengthening the Glass What many people do not know is that getting your car tinted makes the glass stronger and harder to break. As a result, if you get into an accident, the glass would be sturdier and have a higher chance of staying intact. This means that you would be safe from any broken glass hitting you in the face. Not that this happens often, but knowing that you are protected if the worst happens is a relief.

And More The obvious benefit of tinting is that thieves will not be able to see inside your car easily. They would need to glue their face to the window and look in, possibly with a flashlight in hand.

Want to learn more about Low Price Auto Glass Orlando’s tinting process? Call us today! We tint at the legal limit set here in Florida using the most advanced products and tools to safely and effectively tint your windshields and windows. So don’t wait for the weather in Orlando to get worse this summer. Come and get your auto glass tinted for a comfortable, cool, and safe ride.

Removing Stickers Securely from Your Windshield

Whether your kids placed stickers on your car’s glass or your school made you add a decal to the windshield years ago, chances are that you’re reading this blog to learn how to remove those old, unwanted stickers. Rather than attempting to remove the decal hastily, we recommend that you read the below tips so that you don’t end up scratching the glass or leaving residue behind from the glue on the stickers.

Get Rid of Anything that Scrapes When many drivers need to remove decals or car stickers off of their windshield, they tend to grab their car keys and scrape at the sticky paper. This is a very terrible way to remove stickers. First off, it scratches the glass (which costs money to fix). Second off, it helps peel off the paper but does not get rid of the glue on the window. Other objects people tend to use to remove decals and stickers are shaving razors and screwdrivers. Not only do these seem absurd, but just think of all the damage these can cause if you’re using them to scratch stickers off. Just be aware that if others on the internet recommend using these objects, it doesn’t mean that they know what they are talking about.

Spray the Area with Water After you’ve gotten rid of any tempting but dangerous tools, get a spray bottle and spray the area where the decal is with water. Or, you can simply wash your entire car and go from there. The way water works is that it softens the sticker just enough to help you add other products that do the rest of the removal.

 parkingpermitRemove the Sticker/Decal from One Corner at a Time Next, start out by picking at one corner of the decal with your fingernail, moving diagonally toward the opposite corner. We’ve all done this before, so it shouldn’t be difficult. What can be difficult, though, is the sticker tearing up a little bit of the way through. You’ll just have to pick another corner and repeat this step until all corners are torn. Try your best to get as much of the paper off before the corners tear. Afterward, attempt to remove what remains of the paper with your fingernail. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get rid of it all.

Use Suitable Products to Ease the Removal ProcessThere are a couple of products out there that are safe to use on your windshield. Some of these products are rubbing alcohol, acetone, and WD-40. We recommend that you use WD-40 because it was designed for the removal of such items as tar, bugs, stickers, and more; it is literally a penetrating oil that helps soften and wipe out unwanted elements. Take WD-40, or the other products mentioned, and rub or spray it on the decal. Then, leave the product to set for a minute or so.

Purchase and Use a Special Razor Blade While you let the WD-40 set, grab a special windshield-safe razor blade handle and use it to peel off the decal. You can find these razor blade handles in your local auto store. Though they are called “razor blades,” they are not your typical shaving razors. Therefore, they don’t damage the glass when you use them to remove stickers. What you need to do is take the special razor blade and gently slide it against the sticker, peeling it as you go. This should remove all the paper and glue remaining.

Clean the Glass Properly At the end, clean the glass as you would when you clean your car. Just be sure to use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass. Whereas sponges and regular rags can scratch the glass, a microfiber cloth is soft, making it safe on car glass. Making sure to clean the glass properly at the end ensures that you wipe away any residue from the WD-40, acetone, or rubbing alcohol. At the same time, doing so keeps the glass in a great condition.

That’s all there is to this method. From now on, you shouldn’t dread removing any decals or stickers off of windshield. With just the right tools and products, and a little patience, your car’s glass will be clean and back to its original condition.