ONE STOP CAR CARE SHOP

Slim’s Detailing is one of my favourite outlets for car care stuff, with no fewer than 48 brands stocked including Britemax, Poorboy’s World, Menzerna, GTechniq and CarPro, while they are also main distributors for Chemical Guys, Presta, InstaFinish, Malco and Wolfgang.

Whenever I go to the US I spend far too much time in the many car care stores, which are my idea of a toy-shop. They do these types of retail outlets well in the States, but they aren’t so well-known here in the UK.

Well, Slim’s Detailing has a shop to rival the best American outlets and when I’m in More >

PRESSURE WASHER DEALS FROM SEALEY TOOLS

Sealey Tools has introduced a couple of new pressure washer combination deals to their range. They are ideal for a range of applications including cleaning vehicles, commercial equipment, motorbikes, patios and decking. There are two models available.

The PW2500 is fitted with a powerful 2200W motor with a 438ltr/hr water flow rate and a maximum pressure of 170bar. This unit incorporates a five-metre hose reel. The PW2200 is fitted with a powerful 1800W motor with a 400ltr/hr water flow rate and a maximum pressure of 140bar. This model is fitted with dual built-in detergent tanks.

Both models are fitted with a Rotablast® More >

NOT JUST FOR SAUCEPANS!

When Carol presented me with a couple of brass saucepans she’d picked up for a song at a local charity shop, I was aghast.

She reckoned that because I had loads of car care stuff and metal polishes it would be easy for me to bring them up nicely and take them back to a glossy finish. They were in a terrible state, not only un-cared for but also dirty and caked in grease.

I tried a couple of my regular metal cleaning products and it didn’t look good. I figured I’d have to get the Dremel out but then I remembered More >

NOTHING MORSE CODE ABOUT THESE DASH BOLTS FROM RALLY DESIGN

Rally Design is now stocking a full range of dash-3 brake pipe fittings, manufactured from 303S31 stainless with ‘silk sheen’ finish and manufactured in the UK.

The range includes fittings with convex or concave tips, M10 x 1 or 3/8 UNF stub, standard or bulkhead length, banjo and banjo bolts plus specials.

Prices as follows: bolts from £2.40 each inc VAT, standard fittings £8.95 each inc VAT and banjos from £7.07 each inc VAT.

For more information contact www.rallydesign.co.uk ENDS.

IT’S NOT KRYPTONITE SUPERMAN!

Alien Magic is a cool, artisan UK car care manufacturer and they recently sent me a bottle of their Krypton Si02 Quick Detailer and told me to put it to test as they reckoned I’d be pleased with the results.

Well, I tried it on my black X5, which had been pressure washed to get the worst of the road grime and sandy water spots from the ‘Saharan rain’ that came our way in Surrey recently. It did the job beautifully and worked well on top of the ceramic coating I’d put on it a few weeks ago.

Ceramic coatings are great More >

REGAL CALIPERS!

Four-piston ‘Princess’ calipers were commonly fitted as an upgrade to many Fords – and Ford-based kitcars, of course – that used the M16 caliper as it conveniently had the same mounting bolt pattern.

These Leyland calipers have become difficult to find as the Princess and Ambassador donor cars are rare beasts these days.

Burton Power is now able to offer a faithful reproduction of the ‘Princess’ caliper for those that prefer a period modification. The new calipers are now supplied with a spacer kit that allows them to be used with vented discs. Handy.

The calipers can be ordered as part number CAL4POTV More >

USE YOUR HEAD MATE

Mini Spares now offers a new kit of head studs and nuts, which it believes to be the best available on the market for road and lightly-tuned Mini A-Series engines. 

The material specification is impressive, using alloy steel that has been heat-treated to 75-tensile tons per square foot minimum and then finished in chemical black. 

Order as C-AHT279A at £32.60 inc VAT per kit.

Mini Spares can also offer a similar kit, but to an even higher spec for highly tuned engines -order as C-AHT280

For more details call 01707 607 700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.

WELL-BALANCED EQUILIBRIUM SUPER-SONIC!

The Sonic 7 was designed by Stuart Mills of MEV back in 2009 and later moved to Exo Sports Cars where it resided for several years.

Around 100-kits were sold before it was acquired by Equilibrium Kit Cars run by Angus and Kate Weijers in 2015.

Angus, a technical author by trade, has been working hard on making a few revisions to the package with little tweaks here and there, all things that have made a difference rather than being done merely for the sake of it.

I spent a lovely morning driving around some fine Gloucestershire roads, in warm sunshine (I readily More >

GLOSS KINGS – A NEW CAR CARE HUB

I don’t need to tell regular readers that I am partial to car care stuff and detailing in general and an exciting new arrival to the scene is Gloss Kings.

The main ethos with the business is to be able to offer something for everybody, whether novices in the detailing game or serious valeters and professionals.

The brands stocked (thus far) are Chemical Guys, Kleen Freaks, Bilt Hamber, Absolute Wax and a new company, Blue Goblin Car Care and although they are concentrating on re-selling initially, they have plans. Big plans.

More brands will be added to their roster in due course and More >

WHO NEEDS WATER TO WASH A CAR?

With the need to look after water use during times of hot weather a waterless-wash-type product comes into its own and there are many available on the market.

Having used lots of them over the years, with varying degrees of success, one of the best I’ve sampled is Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash & Wax Anywhere, which goes on easily, wipes off fast and leaves a soft-to-the-touch silk feel to your vehicle’s bodywork while also leaving a deep gloss.

A 768ml spray bottle is good for up to around four cars and retails at £15 ENDS.