Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps for a Terrific (and safe) Romp in the Woods

Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps for a Terrific (and safe) Romp in the Woods

Ford Focus ST
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Leaves are falling and paws are crunching in the parks….

What a beautiful time of the year to get out with your canine companion and enjoy the crisp, cool air, frolic in the falling leaves and take in the visual splendor of nature. A walk in the woods can be an exhilarating experience for you and your dog, especially if you’ll take a moment for some basic dog care preparations. Minimize surprises and emergencies by following these simple steps.

I don’t know about you, but I will drive hours to find a place where the dogs can run free in nature. We all love it and often spend the whole day in the mountains together. I’ve developed a list of easy dog care to-do’s to ensure we have a great time and arrive and leave together safely.

I recommend the following items for your outdoor adventures:

1. Orange vests for you and your dog
This may sound like overkill, but I recently had an experience with my dogs that scared me. I was out in the woods with my dogs when I heard shots fired not far from me. I couldn’t see my dogs and terror ran through me. Immediately I realized we were not prepared for the hunters. Bright colored vests would have helped the hunters know we were not deer, and please don’t shoot us. Every year you hear the stories of accidental shootings. Don’t be the next casualty — don your orange vests!

2. Current dog tags on collars
Keeping a collar and current dog tags on your dog helps others get him home if you get separated. One thing I have recently done is change the dog tags to read “I must be lost. Please call Mom. (xxx) xxx-xxxx”. This gives all the pertinent information, yet doesn’t provide information for an easy abduction. I don’t want someone to know my babies’ names, which might lead the dogs to believe the stranger is a friend.

3. Foot and body check during and after the outing
I check my dogs’ paws and body frequently to remove the debris from the fall season — gum balls, seeds, burrs, rocks, thorns, pine needles, and leaves can add up to irritation or lameness.

4. Fresh water and a bowl
If I can help it, I don’t let my dogs drink standing water. I carry fresh water instead. I have had to deal with stomach problems in the past from bacteria in standing water. Carrying your own water is a small thing, but doing it can prevent lots of pain and suffering, a vet bill, and a 10-day supply of antibiotics.

5. Towels
I love towels, lots and lots of towels. To me, dropping dirty towels in the washer is much easier and less smelly than detailing a car or working to get that horrible wet, dirty dog smell out of fabric and carpet in my truck.

6. Whistle — long range
Lastly, I whistle-trained my dogs. If we do separate, a blow on the whistle has them running to me. Chances are, they don’t like not being able to see me and will be happy to have me back in their sights. I highly recommend the ACME whistle that sounds from 2-5 miles. Get it on a lanyard and carry it with you.

These 6 simple steps can make your outdoor trip so much more enjoyable, for you and your dogs. And paying attention to the basics in dog care shows your dog just how much you love her.

Happy hiking!

How To Create The Perfect Bedroom With NASCAR Bedding!

How To Create The Perfect Bedroom With NASCAR Bedding!

Honda S2000
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NASCAR bedding for kids is just the thing to delight your young racing fans! They’ll just love dreaming about crossing that finish line when you decorate their soon to be favorite bedroom with all of the racing bedding and accessories you’ll be able to pull together.
They’ll give you the checkered flag no doubt, for creating such a special and wonderful bedroom for them.
Imagine the wonderful memories that your kids will have in such a fun room!
Dan River may be a name you’re familiar with already. They’ve got a great reputation for creating bedding that lasts, is easy to maintain and has superior attention to detail. And they are one of the very few companies that are actually licensed to make NASCAR bedding.
You could begin with the Checkered Flag sheet set made with a poly/cotton blend that’s easy care for busy moms. The bold black and white checkered pattern featuring the NASCAR logo makes this a perfect place to build your kid’s NASCAR bedding around. The snuggly comforter features fast, zooming race cars and checkered flags against a blue background and great attention to stitching and detailing.
Add the coordinating bed skirt, throw pillows, drapes, and maybe even a coordinating area rug to complete the look.
If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is your child’s favorite, you’ll find other cool bed linen products that feature his famous Number 8 car. This set’s got a reversible comforter in tan emblazoned with the Number 8 in bright red and Dale’s name embroidered in black. The comforter must be dry cleaned but all the other bedding in this set is machine washable.
The sheets, pillow shams and bed skirt feature repeated prints of the number 8 and Dale’s name against a white or tan background.
For the perfect finishing touch, you could also add a super soft NASCAR throw for the bed too- they’re just right for grabbing to snuggle under while watching TV or just relaxing.
Don’t stop there, you’re just getting revved up!
You could add wallpaper borders to your kid’s bedroom to pull all the accessories together. Choose from all the various drivers, NASCAR logos, checkered flags. You’ll find NASCAR lamps, wheel pillows and even window treatments!
How about adding some flags, banners and posters? Add shelves to hold their precious little race cars.
Make sure that you’re buying the real thing and not a cheap imitation. Simply look for the NASCAR licensed product label. Only NASCAR licensed products can carry this label and only licensed products can legally market the NASCAR driver’s cars, names and images.
And because the prices are so affordable, there’s no reason to settle for less than the genuine article!

How to create the perfect NASCAR bedroom

How to create the perfect NASCAR bedroom

NASCAR bedding for kids is just the thing to delight your young racing fans! They’ll just love dreaming about crossing that finish line when you decorate their soon to be favorite bedroom with all of the racing bedding and accessories you’ll be able to pull together.

They’ll give you the checkered flag no doubt, for creating such a special and wonderful bedroom for them. Imagine the wonderful memories that your kids will have in such a fun room!

Dan River may be a name you’re familiar with already. They’ve got a great reputation for creating bedding that lasts, is easy to maintain and has superior attention to detail. And they are one of the very few companies that are actually licensed to make NASCAR bedding.

You could begin with the Checkered Flag sheet set made with a poly/cotton blend that’s easy care for busy moms. The bold black and white checkered pattern featuring the NASCAR logo makes this a perfect place to build your kid’s NASCAR bedding around. The snuggly comforter features fast, zooming race cars and checkered flags against a blue background and great attention to stitching and detailing.
Add the coordinating bed skirt, throw pillows, drapes, and maybe even a coordinating area rug to complete the look.

If Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is your child’s favorite, you’ll find other cool bed linen products that feature his famous Number 8 car. This set’s got a reversible comforter in tan emblazoned with the Number 8 in bright red and Dale’s name embroidered in black. The comforter must be dry cleaned but all the other bedding in this set is machine washable.
The sheets, pillow shams and bed skirt feature repeated prints of the number 8 and Dale’s name against a white or tan background.

For the perfect finishing touch, you could also add a super soft NASCAR throw for the bed too- they’re just right for grabbing to snuggle under while watching TV or just relaxing.

Don’t stop there, you’re just getting revved up!

You could add wallpaper borders to your kid’s bedroom to pull all the accessories together. Choose from all the various drivers, NASCAR logos, checkered flags. You’ll find NASCAR lamps, wheel pillows and even window treatments!

How about adding some flags, banners and posters? Add shelves to hold their precious little race cars.

Make sure that you’re buying the real thing and not a cheap imitation. Simply look for the NASCAR licensed product label. Only NASCAR licensed products can carry this label and only licensed products can legally market the NASCAR driver’s cars, names and images.

And because the prices are so affordable, there’s no reason to settle for less than the genuine article!

Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last

Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last

In many parts of North America, the end of “porch season” has arrived. Whether you’re clearing out for some oncoming bad weather, closing up the cottage for the season, beating the vandals on devil’s night, or just retreating to your nest for the winter, you’ll want to store away all of your outdoor items with maximum care.
Dirt particles can settle deep into fabric and wood fibers and making tiny cuts that hasten their deterioration. Untreated soiled spots can become irremovable stains. Moisture can breed mold, mildew and rot. Rust will spread, eating through metal. So proper storage will not only make your spring set-up more pleasant, it will prolong the life of your furnishings and décor.
The first step is to clean and dry all pieces.
Remove any loose dirt and dust from all pieces. For cushions and wicker furniture, use a vacuum or a soft-bristle brush. Then attack any specific problems.
If there are mildew spots from a humid summer, remove them with a bleach and water solution (1/4 cup bleach to 3 gallons of water).
Remove rust spots on metal frames; sand the area lightly to remove as much as possible.
Use toothpaste applied with a dry cloth to get rid of scuff marks on vinyl furniture or strapping.
Once specific areas have been treated, wash all pieces with mild soap and water and rinse well. If you have cedar furniture that is dingy, you can use a pressure washer set on low to help restore its lustre. Umbrellas covers may need to be scrubbed with a bristle brush.
Wipe down all pieces with a dry cloth and then leave to thoroughly air dry. This is probably the most important step.
Secondly, repair and protect surfaces.
Apply vinyl protectant to vinyl straps.
Oil moving parts such as wire umbrella frames and hinges by spraying silicone on the joints.
Use furniture paste wax to polish wooden umbrella poles.
Apply car wax to non-textured metal finishes, and baby oil to textured ones. This will help maintain the surface.
If there were rusted spots that you have cleaned up, apply touch-up paint or clear lacquer.
Third, store your items away.
If you live in a climate with long snowy winters, seriously consider indoor storage of your furniture & decorations for the season, whether that’s in your back shed, a neighbour’s garage, or a rented storage facility.
If you cannot store your items inside away from the brunt of winter’s fury, then do cover them – but make sure the furniture is dry before you cover it! If it is not, the plastic tarp can promote mold growth. Inspect the tarp carefully for tears so that water and snow do not leak in.
Some furniture, such as teak benches, cedar chairs and wrought iron table sets are designed so that they can be left in the elements year round. If you have some of these furnishings and will not be using them in the winter, bring them in if you have the space. Yes, they will endure the winter, but winter protection will extend their life.
So take some time now to store away your outdoor paraphernalia. It will pay big dividends next spring.

Detailing Your Car’s Interior

Detailing Your Car’s Interior

For car lovers who spend most of their time working on their cars for hours or even days just to present it on their selves as a precious gift, cleaning the interior is more important than the exterior. Enthusiasts will spend most of their time detailing their cars’ inside and it will still make sense. Technically, there are two surfaces of a car’s interior which are divided into: the breathable surfaces which include the cloth of the car’s seats and the vinyl such as the dashboard.

Step 1 – Vacuum
Before plugging in the vacuum and inhaling everything that comes in contact, you have to first remove the things that will go against your work like the mats, auto kits, etc. You must use a strong kind of vacuum. The small ones which run through rechargeable batteries will not be enough more so those that are plugged inside the lighter plug of your car. It is more advisable that you use something more powerful like your home’s vacuum cleaner. That would be perfect for the job.

Remove the mats and just do the cleaning separately. Vacuum everything in sight which includes those that will soon be cleaned with liquid cleaner. Use a brush for places inside your car that could get marred with any impact coming from solid edge attachments.

Step 2 – Do the vinyl
This is easier than vacuuming. Just use a vinyl cleaner like Simple Green which is pretty much available in automobile stores and the like. Dilute part of the concentration to water then go intense for stains that are stubborn. Drench the soft cloth inside the mixture then apply it in a liberal manner to the concerned sections. After applying, dry it up immediately using a towel made from microfiber. This is not advised to be used in metallic surfaces.

Step 3 – Innermost cleaning
If you have the strength for it, remove the car seats every time you do interior detailing. That is how thorough your cleaning should be. It will be easier on your part to clean the interior if you have no seats to hinder your cleaning although there are cars that don’t allow you to remove the seats so you have to work hard just to get the dirt out of the tiny spaces present on your car seats.

Step 4 – Floor mat cleaning
This is also easy. After removing them from your car’s interior, whale away then hose them and consider them as part of the wash job exteriorly. Majority who do this gets most of the dirt out but some may find it quite difficult. If the exterior washing doesn’t get the job done, then it is now necessary to apply a carpet cleaner then brush it.

Clean the part of the driver’s seat covered in vinyl with whatever chosen equivalent you have available. Never try treating the area with dressing for it will cause some problems like the driver getting slipped and may have difficulties in pedals.

Tough tip: it is always good to use hot or warm water whenever you plan on cleaning your interior. You can heat it up in a microwave although this strategy is only meant for those who are doing it at home because when it comes to professional car detailing, the model will be stronger. Other models will provide provisions for water heating.

Detailing Your Car’s Interior

Detailing Your Car’s Interior

For car lovers who spend most of their time working on their cars for hours or even days just to present it on their selves as a precious gift, cleaning the interior is more important than the exterior. Enthusiasts will spend most of their time detailing their cars’ inside and it will still make sense. Technically, there are two surfaces of a car’s interior which are divided into: the breathable surfaces which include the cloth of the car’s seats and the vinyl such as the dashboard.

Step 1 – Vacuum
Before plugging in the vacuum and inhaling everything that comes in contact, you have to first remove the things that will go against your work like the mats, auto kits, etc. You must use a strong kind of vacuum. The small ones which run through rechargeable batteries will not be enough more so those that are plugged inside the lighter plug of your car. It is more advisable that you use something more powerful like your home’s vacuum cleaner. That would be perfect for the job.

Remove the mats and just do the cleaning separately. Vacuum everything in sight which includes those that will soon be cleaned with liquid cleaner. Use a brush for places inside your car that could get marred with any impact coming from solid edge attachments.

Step 2 – Do the vinyl
This is easier than vacuuming. Just use a vinyl cleaner like Simple Green which is pretty much available in automobile stores and the like. Dilute part of the concentration to water then go intense for stains that are stubborn. Drench the soft cloth inside the mixture then apply it in a liberal manner to the concerned sections. After applying, dry it up immediately using a towel made from microfiber. This is not advised to be used in metallic surfaces.

Step 3 – Innermost cleaning
If you have the strength for it, remove the car seats every time you do interior detailing. That is how thorough your cleaning should be. It will be easier on your part to clean the interior if you have no seats to hinder your cleaning although there are cars that don’t allow you to remove the seats so you have to work hard just to get the dirt out of the tiny spaces present on your car seats.

Step 4 – Floor mat cleaning
This is also easy. After removing them from your car’s interior, whale away then hose them and consider them as part of the wash job exteriorly. Majority who do this gets most of the dirt out but some may find it quite difficult. If the exterior washing doesn’t get the job done, then it is now necessary to apply a carpet cleaner then brush it.

Clean the part of the driver’s seat covered in vinyl with whatever chosen equivalent you have available. Never try treating the area with dressing for it will cause some problems like the driver getting slipped and may have difficulties in pedals.

Tough tip: it is always good to use hot or warm water whenever you plan on cleaning your interior. You can heat it up in a microwave although this strategy is only meant for those who are doing it at home because when it comes to professional car detailing, the model will be stronger. Other models will provide provisions for water heating.

Why Wax When You Can Seal?

Why Wax When You Can Seal?

Waxes and sealants both provide valuable protection and enhance the shine of your vehicle’s paint. Waxes have long been the dominant form of protection but they are being replaced by new synthetic sealants. Sealants and waxes are both great products and knowing the differences between them can help you select what product or combination of products works best for you.

Waxes are primarily made from properties found in nature like carnauba wax. Waxes have fine water molecules in them, which make them more sensitive to heat than sealants. Once the clear coat temperature reaches 125 – 200 degrees the moisture inside the wax starts evaporate and the wax will melt, leaving the paint without protection. If a wax is melting it becomes soft and contaminates in the air can settle in the wax. As the wax cools the contaminates can become trapped in the wax. Natural waxes will generally protect your vehicle from 2 – 14 weeks. If you apply a wax to a dark colored vehicle and let it sit in direct sunlight continuously it will melt quickly, but if you have a lighter colored vehicle and store it in a garage you can get up to 3 months of protection.

Sealants are made in labs from artificial properties like polymers, resins, acrylics, etc. Creating a sealant basically takes ordinary polymers and removes properties that do not add more shine or protection to the formula by reducing the presence of water and other unnecessary elements. Sealants will only begin to melt at several hundred degrees and will last 3 – 12 months. Sealants are generally much more resistant to nature’s harsh elements and abrasions. Applying a sealant to your vehicle would be ideal to give it maximum protection for the winter months.

Sealants add a great shine and make the surface feel very slick. Sometimes right after applying a sealant the surface is so slick that moisture doesn’t really bead up it sheets off. Sealants tend to be very reflective. So why would anyone use a wax then if sealants provides such superior protection and a great shine? Waxes typically provide a deeper and glossier appearance that makes the paint look endlessly deep. This look is sometimes referred to as “wet” or “hard candy” and looks stunning when done right. Typically a pure carnauba wax is used to give off this effect and produce the deepest shine possible. When automobile manufacturers display new models they will often apply multiple coats of a carnauba wax so their vehicle is sure to be eye catching.

So now we must evaluate what form of protection works best for vehicle owners. If you have a daily driver we recommend applying a sealant to ensure that you have a strong layer of protection for months to come. If you detail your vehicle regularly (at least once a month) or you have a vehicle that’s not regularly driven you may want to just use a carnauba wax. With regular applications and/or light driving, the carnauba wax will give you the protection you need and the shine you want. To have the best of both worlds top off a coat of sealant with a layer of carnauba wax. This will give you the enduring protection of the sealant along with the rich and glossy appearance of a wax for a show car shine.

We hope this information helps you better understand waxes and sealants and the differences between them. Thank you for reading.

Steps For Do It Yourself Car Valeting

Steps For Do It Yourself Car Valeting

When your car was brand new, you just can’t get over the fact on how great looking it is. The paint is shiny and has that luster that you can be proud of showing off in public and you also have those great leather seats that is so soft and comfortable. However, as years go by, you will see that the luster of the paint will disappear and scratches may develop that you definitely don’t want to see in your car.

You will also notice that the leather in the seat will become a bit stiff and quite uncomfortable.

You have to remember that even if you are extra careful or cautious in driving your car, the environmental factors will significantly affect the look of your car. The paint will lose its luster and will eventually fade away because of the environment, such as acids, the suns harmful rays as well as the harshness of snow and rain.

Most cars manufactured today only have a thin coat of paint. In fact, the overall thickness will be 4 to 6 millimeters, which will include the anti-corrosion coatings and the scratch resistant coating. The thickness of the clear coat can be compared to the thickness of a piece of paper.

Even the bumper and other soft parts of the car will have thin coats of paint.

These are the facts that you need to consider when you plan on detailing or valeting your car. Basically, you may want to evaluate the paint of the car before undergoing a detailing or valeting project.

The first step in car detailing is by removing any contaminants in the exterior, such as tar, bugs, grime, dust and other things that affects the look of the car.

You must thoroughly wash the car first with water and use a car shampoo to completely remove the dirt. Then, with a chamois, polish the car and make sure that no water droplets remain.

There is commercial grade tar and bug removers that will help you remove any unwanted stains that may have stuck on the paint of the car. Usually, most professional car detailers will use a clay bar that has a fine abrasive property which can remove any stains without harming the paint job on the car.

After giving your car a good scrub with the clay bar, the next step is to remove the clay residue from the car. After removing the clay residue, you are now ready to apply a professional grade car wax. Then, you may want to use a liquid polisher compound. Carnauba is also a great addition as it will contain carnauba fat which will provide a thin coating on your car which will give it its shine and give the paint more depth and luster.

There is also chrome refinishing products that you can spray on damaged chrome. With this, you will be able to make the chrome shine like it was brand new as well as recondition it and remove and damages.

For the engine, there are engine detailer kits that you can use. However, you have to follow the instructions first. There are basically two things that you need to apply. The first is the dirt and grease remover, and the second is the detailer which will make your car’s engine shine like it just came out of the factory line.

For the interior, you may want to use a vacuum to remove dirt from the carpet as well as the seats. There are also chemicals that will moisturize the leathers on your seats which will make it soft like it was brand new.

Car detailing/valeting kits are quite inexpensive. All you need to do is follow the instructions on how to apply each of the compounds and you can be sure that you will have great results.

Automobile Detailing Business Matters

Automobile Detailing Business Matters

SEAT Leon Cupra
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If you love cars and you take pride in keeping it as spiffy clean as possible, then you have found yourself a new business that is quite in demand especially in cluttered and urbanized areas.
Introducing – automobile detailing. There is more that meets the eye with regards to auto detailing. How nice it is to be the boss of something that you have loved for years. Even though detailing is considered as a small time business venture, it would be fine because big things come from small beginnings.

Do not underestimate car detailing because it is considered as hard work and you have to put in some threads of income for it to work although if doing cars is your thing, then detailing can become rewarding for you. Rewards will not come in money but in experience like skills, craftsmanship and the pride of doing your routine. One more benefit of detailing is that, aside from the assurance of income, you are about to venture into something that benefits your body as being physically fit.

How can you start?
Connect yourself with friends. You can make a leap at that. If they liked what you have done, then you have yourself avid customers which will soon suggest you to other friends of theirs and so on. Then with just the word of mouth will keep your business afloat. Make sure that when your business is starting to flourish, you have the right resources to sustain maintenance – funds, people and place.

Amateur versus professionals
Soon you will discover that there is a fundamental difference between professional detailers than amateur ones. Dealing with the fact of being an amateur will change once you have entered the business. Circumstances will differ and so would be your technique and eventually, you will evolve and your skills will be much more advanced compared to before. Equipments will also when you are now dealing with professional aspects of detailing. What you are using when you were once amateur will not be sufficient and not last that long under full stress hours of professional usage. You are expected to use all materials and supplies that are available and sometimes, you are demanded for more that is why, proper purchasing and selection of tools must be adhered.

Time is indeed, gold
Because of the business that you have put up, you are required to become more professional especially when it comes to coping with your customer’s and dealer’s time. How you do the things that are expected of you must always coincide with the time that you need to spend in order to achieve the quality of labor it needs. Never sacrifice quality because of time constraint.

Detailing will turn out to be very unsatisfactory. As a professional, you would want to make first impressions to your customers and make it last. Therefore, you also have to make practice different and new procedures and techniques that will give you the opportunity to offer a job in a price that’s reasonable and at the same time, competitive.

Take note, you have to be as professional as you can be. And, as much as possible, be patient to the things that you need to do. Don’t compromise the quality of your service just because time didn’t make it. Starting a car detailing business is easy if you know the rules of the game.

Mud Flaps and Mud Guards Prevent A Potential Accident

Mud Flaps and Mud Guards Prevent A Potential Accident


Rocks, sticks and debris meet their doom when they hit a mud guard.
There’s plenty of other benefits to slapping-on a set of mud guards, including:

– Cleaner fenders that’ll save you a car wash or two

– Dent and ding protection that preserves your paint

– Sweet looks that go from mud-running master to smooth-style cruising

– Durable, long-lasting materials that stand-up to virtually any barrage

Cleanliness – it’s godliness for your vehicle

Nobody likes that telltale sign they’ve been off-roadin’ or trolling through puddles when you’ve only been cruising the streets. There’s nothing decorative about the resulting splatter spread on your wheel wells, fenders and doors, either. By the time you get a chance to spray the mud off yourself or run your vehicle through the local touch-free car wash, that dirt is caked-on and dried like spackle.

Any mud guard, splash guard or mud flap stops the cycle of splatter marks. In fact, a mud guard keeps the mess contained in the wheel well–out of sight and out of mind. Plus, mud is more likely to just fall off if it cakes inside the wheel well or on the back of the mud guard. Most times, you’ll just need a few minutes with a garden sprayer to dislodge the dirt and get back to a showroom shine. By keeping the splatter away, your truck or SUV stays ready for any on or off-road adventure.

A guide to mud guard protection

There’s a lot more than mud that can fly-up and hit your paint, and they do much more than cause a mess. Think of all the obstructions you see on or off road that tires could be shooting right at your doors and fenders: rocks, sticks, random metal pieces, tire treads and even roadkill. A good set of mud guards acts like an all-star goalie with all the kick-saves you need to keep your paint pristine. Dings, dents and chips meet a brick wall of coverage.

Don’t forget about potential damagers that are much more difficult to see and steer around. Sometimes it’s freshly-painted lane lines or turn arrows. It might be new asphalt or tar that isn’t quite dry. The corner cutting of a lackadaisical road crew can rob a few hours of your time, especially if enough tar or road paint makes its way onto your fenders. Thankfully, mud guards turn back the assault of these potential paint damagers, saving you time, energy, and rubbing compound.

A reference on mud guard and mud flap looks

Whether you spend your weekends churning through the deepest muck, or shuttling the kids to and from soccer with a side trip to the mini golf place, a nice set of mud guards or mud flaps can give your vehicle the look of an off-road commander. Or, a super long and flexible set of mud flaps helps you blend in with any convoy of 18-wheelers, which use these flaps to deflect costly windshield-wrecking rocks tossed at top speed.

Some mud guards offer not only serious protection, but eye-catching ornamentation, too. These include steel or aluminum sheet mud guards that offer premium gleam and rigid protection. While they look great, they can be quite troublesome if you’re wheel well-deep in the mess with your mud guards digging-in. Then again, if you’re that deep in the mud, you’re probably in trouble anyway. Best to stay on the hardball with a set of these metal mud guards.

Looking for the pinnacle of mud guard looks? Many of AutoAnything’s mud guards can be color-matched to your vehicle’s finish. That’s because they employ a textured surface that receives paint without the need for primer. Basic colors can be done at home; any paint tone can be matched by a local shop. The finished product blends seamlessly with the fender and wheel well shape of your vehicle, giving you an extra dose of custom looks the other rigs on the road don’t have.

The basics of mud guard materials

Mud guards are offered in two basic material styles: sheet metal and rubber or rubber-composite. Both bring durability and longevity to your wheel wells, but they have a few distinct differences.

Rubber/rubber-composite mud guards and mud flaps

They can be a flexible mud flap, or a stiff mud guard. Either way, rubber and rubber-composite guards bring the rigidity you need to thwart debris, and the durability to last through the rigors of life on your wheel well. Certain rubber mud guards come ready to paint match with your vehicle’s original color.

One issue with flexible rubber mud flaps is sail. At high speeds, wind resistance blows the flaps out of position to reject the full compliment of rocks, mud and moisture. That’s why a premium flap-style mud guard employs bottom weights and/or a specialized frame that limits sail when you need coverage most.

Sheet metal mud guards

Offered in both stainless steel and aluminum, sheet metal mud guards are usually best for decoration use only. Sure, they’ll stop the splatter tossed rocks and even small-caliber bullets, but they can be a liability if they get caught in soft ground. Still, there’s no other mud guards packing an extreme shine such as the one displayed by these. If looks and on-road protection are your goal, this is the way to go.