Tag Archives: buffing

  • If it isn't broken, try making it better anyway!

    Here is another sneak peek into what we have been testing, designing and developing in our R&D department. Lately the shop has been buzzing, and I was able to snap off a few pictures and hold the guys down for a few minutes to get the scoop on what they were up to!

    Recently our first batch of new Eastwood Welders have hit our warehouse and we have been working on getting these out to all of our customers that had pre-ordered. Because of this, we decided we'd break open a welder and do some more "real world" testing. We decided to build something that one of our customers may work on themselves. Below is a few shots of one of our R&D guys Mark welding up a roll cage from local roll cage provider S&W race cars. This thing went together nicely and was a treat to weld! Mark laid out some quick beads and the pile of tubes started looking like "something" pretty quick! The production welders performed flawlessly, just as all of our test units had done. We are excited to hear some reviews on these new welders and check out some of your handy-work with one of these!

    With it getting to be show season, a big thing people are doing is polishing all the shiny bits on their ride. We have some additional/new buffing pads coming available in our catalog shortly. These are just in time for "polishing season"! Below you can see the assortment that Joe is trying out on a painted test panel. You can see how well the test piece shines with just the small portion he had done. Keep an eye out for these real soon! I know I'm excited to try them out on the lips of my new (to me) multi-piece race wheels I am refinishing!

    Here at Eastwood many of us are as much enthusiasts as our customers. Because of that we are always looking to hone our skills and learn as much as possible about any product we currently sell. Today we had a master auto body technician come in and do a tutorial on some important techniques when using our spot welder. I found this very informative, especially when it came to the correct time to use each of the accessories for the spot welder. We hope in return we can pass some of this knowledge to our customers when you may have any questions or concerns. We also filmed this stud welding class and we are planning to edit this into a comprehensive video that we will be hosting on YouTube and also on our site. We hope that you can benefit from these tips as much as we did!

    As always, thanks for reading and let us know if there is anything you'd like to read about or any topics you'd like more information about!

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  • Foggy vision on your plastic headlights?

    "They don't make 'em like they used to" is something you often heard from the older generation in the car world. In some cases this is untrue, but other times you have to sit and wonder if they really are on to something. A case in point is plastic lenses on most modern cars. Yes, they may be cheaper to make, but on a daily driven vehicle the lights often become "hazy" or "fogged" from the harsh sun light to dirt, salt, and other road debris seen on the roads. This in turn has you squinting at night because of the decreased light output that is the result of your foggy headlights. Often times your local repair shop will advise to replace the headlight assemblies completely with new. Most times this is quite expensive and will range from a couple hundred dollars to upwards of a thousand dollars (depending on the model car you have of course!). This works great, but you will be left with the same problem down the road once those new lights are exposed to the elements. Luckily, there are options to clean or polish your lights yourself and have them looking new again for a fraction of the cost of the new ones.

    The best way to restore your headlights and get rid of the "foggy lens" look is to invest in a headlight refinishing kit and tackle the job at home. The only tool you will need on your own is a drill of some sort to hold the buffing wheel supplied with the kit. Simply clean your headlights of any large road debris, bugs, or other grime that may be on them. You then use some of the supplied headlight polish/compound and slowly buff the lens to your desired finish. You will see a nice contrast after a pass or two of the lenses. With a little patience you can have your lights looking new again! The best part is you can polish the lenses as many times as you'd like! It would take buying 5-10 kits to even begin to come close to the cost of  purchasing a new set of lights (not to mention the labor a shop would charge you install them!).

    Check out our kit that we offer for just this job. The kit includes one of the markets leading polishes for top results in restoring those headlights. We even have it marked on sale for under $20 currently!

    http://www.eastwood.com/headlight-refinishing-kit.html

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