#1,557 Elbow Grease.
by Erin Napier
Another car post. But you know we’re car people over here—I can’t NOT write about it since we finally found our dream car. After I finished my work this afternoon, I came home so we could wash and wax it. It’s totally amazing what you can do with these 3 (cheap) magic supplies:
1. Mr. Clean eraser
2. Color Magic wax
3. A sample can of custom mixed latex paint from Sherwin Williams
While the truck looked great before:
After you wax it with Color Magic, and clean the plastic trim (the fender flares around the tires and the bumpers) with a Mr. Clean eraser, it looks like the car has been in storage since 2005 and just saw the light of day for the first time ever. Ben’s brother Sam told us about the Magic Eraser. It’s crazy how well it works to remove that hazy grey oxidation from the black trim:
Afterward we put Armor All on all the plastic trim, but NOT the running boards. Best not to if you want to avoid an injury in which you slip off and break your neck. In the same way that moisturizing your face keeps it looking good, wax does the same thing for cars apparently. This stuff is better than Estee Lauder Daywear. You know, for cars.
But my favorite little detail is this—it’s a common issue with these Chevys for the dash paint to peel off in places if they get Armor Alled too often. Ours was missing the grey paint in 2 spots where the glossy black plastic beneath was shining like a spotlight, if you look closely you can see one big chunk of paint missing toward the windshield and one smaller chunk missing above the A/C vent:
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!