AIN’T GONNA WORK ON MAGGIE’S FARM NO MORE …

The products of the Japanese car care brand, Coating Farm are now available from Slim’s Detailing and I’ve been putting their Alpha Guard Ceramic Coating through its paces.

The product can be used as a standalone coating that is easy to use, gives outrageous gloss and also 9H scratch resistance. Unlike some products of this type you don’t need to use a special applicator block to apply it as all you do is spray it on (a little goes a long, long way, remember) and buff it off with a clean microfibre cloth.

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ON THE SHELF AT MACHINE MART AND NO BOLTS IN SIGHT!

With over forty models available, in a variety of sizes and colours, the range of Clarke boltless shelving combines tough steel construction with quick and easy set up for any garage, office, home or more.

Only a hammer is required to assemble these boltless shelving units, allowing for quick and easy assembly. These units feature adjustable shelf heights and can be assembled as a bench or corner unit too making them suitable for any room size.

When assembled, depending on the shelving model’s weight capacity, shelves will hold between 100kg and 1000kg per shelf.

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ADD A BIT OF FINESSE TO YOUR WASH

Containing a highly effective blend of deep cleaning agents and progressive surfactants, Wash N Gloss is an extremely advanced car shampoo capable of safely breaking down, lifting and safely removing soiling, while leaving behind a durable layer of ceramic protection.

Infused with SiO2 rinse agents – designed to boost beading and extreme water behaviour – using this powerful cleaning formula is the easy way to clean, shine and add an ultra-hydrophobic ceramic coating, all at the wash stage.

Wash N Gloss is priced at £20 (1 Litre) and is available via www.autofinesse.com or one of their appointed stockists including www.slimsdetailing.co.uk ENDS.

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CLEAN FUEL EVERY TIME

Keeping fuel clean without unduly restricting flow and pressure is a tough trick, but one that FUELAB seems to have mastered.

Take its line of inline fuel filters as an example. All are machined from billet aluminium with machined internal radii for minimal pressure drop. The filters are available with a choice of filter elements.

The six-micron glassfibre element is compatible with all petrol, diesel and race fuels except nitro-methane and is recommended for carb and fuel injected engines running E85 or methanol. It’s recommended for filters located after the fuel pump.

The 10-micron paper element is perfect for carb and fuel injected engines running pump fuel, More >

THESE GUYS DO GOOD WORK

A company keeping a low profile but doing a great job is Basingstoke-based Classic Coachworks. Ian Castle’s operation (ably assisted by his son Ben and partner Belle Wednesday) act as agents for Tribute Automotive but put their own slant on things.

Among their kit packages, all body conversions based on BMW Z3 is the GT Hardtop, which to these eyes looks absolutely stunning. The quality of build is exemplary. Kits start at £5994 although they’ll build you one from £9500 INCLUDING a donor car.

The other models in their range are the GT Soft Top, Kobra, Cabrio Isabella and Le Mans Coupe. More >

DISH OUT A STRAIGHTENER

This is a handy little device to keep in your toolbox – the new brake pipe bender and straightening tool from Laser Tools (part number 8253). Small, but very capable and precise – it’s a specialist automotive pipe bender that features a triple-roller design and T-bar handle for controlled pipe forming without the risk of crushing.

The compact design and easy-to-use T-bar makes it ideal for on-vehicle use. Quickly produce smooth and accurate curves in small diameter pipes up to 6.35mm across a range of materials including copper and cupro-nickel. Can also be mounted in a vice.

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CATALOGUE SHOPPING

The big new Machine Mart catalogue is out now and it is packed full of all the tools and equipment you need! Whether you’re a hobbyist, DIY enthusiast or professional, you’re bound to find something for you!

Featuring over 400 price cuts and new products, the new 492-page spring/summer catalogue is a ‘must have’ for anyone seeking a huge choice of tools and equipment at unbeatable value.

With over 6000 items of tools and machinery in the new catalogue and a further 15,000 extra products online, you’ll be sure to find all the tools and machinery you need!

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TURTLE WAX GETS HYPER

The latest product to join the Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions range is Hyper Foam Wheel Cleaner and Tyre Prep, which is another highly effective and unique wheel cleaner and tyre preparation.

The product turns into a pink foam on contact with the surface that cuts through brake dust, iron deposits, mud and crud in just a few seconds.

Polymer protection keeps wheels and tyres cleaner for far longer and it’s safe for all types of wheels including chrome, steel, steel and alloy.

Perhaps a little pricey at £14 for a 680ml spray bottle because it does two jobs in one it saves buying More >

LOCKED ON

Sealey’s AK2741B, AK2742B, AK2744B & AK2745B are Lock-On™ Socket Sets from their comprehensive range of Premier Black Hand Tools, which are suitable for daily professional use. They are currently on special offer in Sealey’s Tool Promotion.

All are manufactured from hardened and tempered high-grade Chrome Vanadium steel and have been fully polished in a black chrome finish for resistance to corrosion. They all feature specially machined flutes in the walls of the socket which enable use on up to 85 per cent rounded fasteners, this not only provides added strength but also prevents damage to worn or rusted fixings.

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BARREL OF FUN

For more than 120 years, British company Castrol has been at the forefront of oil technology. Company founder Charles Wakefield launched his first vehicle engine oil in 1906, a pioneering blend of mineral and castor oils that offered unrivalled lubrication properties.

Since then, and through many further innovations, Castrol oils have lubricated the beating heart of everything from speed records to Mars missions.

Interestingly, Castrol was the first company of its kind to promote its products through sponsorship, which swiftly led to advertising and merchandising. By 1946, when the iconic Castrol Classic branding was launched, Castrol offered a wide range of workshop More >