How to Make Automotive Wax

How to make Wax

Today bee’s wax is sometimes used in Automobile waxes but normally it is most used in furniture wax and polishes. You can make your own wax very easily, my ancestors did on the plantation on Cape Cod, it is a relatively simple process and fun too.

First you need a couple of pots to boil in and a pot of hot water. Liquid Beeswax furniture polish is simple, use one quarter cup of ivory soap, one quarter pound of beeswax, 1 cup of turpentine and half a cup of water. Dissolve the soap in hot water, put the shaved wax into the turpentine and then slowly melt together, then pour the soap mixture into the mix and stir with a wooden spoon, once well stirred pour it into a glass jar and you have it, very easy. Bees wax cream furniture polish which can also be used on cars with lessened amount of turpentine is made by using and mixing quarter lb of beeswax, 2 cups of turpentine, quarter cup of liquid Ivory soap, 1 cup of warm to boiling water and quarter cup of pine oil. The only difference it you have to make sure all the beeswax is dissolved first and cool then mix it into the warm soapy water until it congeals and then reheat together and dissolve. If you reduce the turpentine content you can use it on your car too. It goes on smooth and it works good.

Although, I am partial to Carnauba wax for cars for it’s ease of use, but from a realistic standpoint of protection the carnauba only lasts three months while the beeswax melt might last slightly longer. For solid beeswax furniture polish, which is preferred by the antique dealers we met on the back roads of NH, VT and Maine, all you do is use equal amounts of linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine. The finished product is golden brown and see through and looks rich in content. Now you have lemon oil smell in furniture polish, which can easily be added to the boiling water during the process.

There are many good waxes to use on cars that you would not put on surfboards, furniture or statues. Wax is found in the human ear also. There are two different types and your genetics dictate which one you have. Most plants have a thin protective coating of wax also. Most fruit and citrus trees and vegetables plants have wax on the fruit, leaves and vegetables they produce that we eat. Many animals and even some fish also organically produce waxes. Other wax components are found in minerals and petroleum products and distillates.

There are Polymer or synthetic, manufactured by man into various types of waxes. We get waxes from a variety of sources really. The Carnauba we discussed is a preferred wax by many detailers. Carnauba wax is on the leaves of the carnauba palm trees. The best Carnauba wax comes from in my opinion the Palm Trees of Brazil. You can tell a good carnauba wax by the water beads up as you see when you detail your car. Candelilla wax comes from a plant that grows in parts of Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala and sometimes in the southwestern United States. It is a brown wax and not only have people used it on cars it is used in phonograph records, floor dressings, and candles. Although it is the major component of candle wax, it is mixed in with other waxes normally in the candles we use in our homes.

12 Key Automotive Branch & Business Center KPI Strategies

As the reorganization of almost everything automotive domestic occurs wholesale field operations must follow.

As marching orders flow downhill, many OEM field office executives and managers are finding themselves in a somewhat rudderless environment. Oh course the pressure for dealer sales will never end. But, just how to set up the new regional and district personnel, processes and structure coming down the road for each field office for some is still a mystery for some.

In preparation for a more comprehensive direction from the home office many managers are thinking about or working on the following strategies to be ready for the inevitable quick start as corporate directions disseminate.

Proven strategies that have worked for some include;

1. Facilitate Organizational Analysis of factors that affect branch dealer account managers, branch managers and service representatives… environmental impediments to multi-delivery.

Identify sales and service process tasks, activities that do not add value or contribute to the achievement of dealer performance objectives.

2. Document a Branch Process and Flow Chart Analysis for all sales and service duties/tasks, decisions, information needed, communications, and personnel job functions. Core competency analysis areas could include relationship management, investment management, transaction processing, financial engineering, teleservices, risk management, customer information capture, etc. Compare process and flow chart information with OEM dealer F&I multi-delivery process analysis… for gaps and disconnects.

3. Facilitate the Multi-Delivery Change/Improvement Process by mapping the sales and service process from root cause, critical success factors, competitive advantages, and benchmark targets (internal/external) through synthesis, revision and implementation.

4. Develop a Personnel Abilities Test (personality, motivation, and core skills) and assessment measurement instrument (factor analysis) for all branch sales/service personnel. We recommend this instrument be used simultaneously for hiring, training, and personnel multi-delivery assignment decisions by branches.

5. Determine and measure the difference between what wholesale employees are expected to do and what they are actually doing regarding complete F&I product sales and service duties… a Needs Analysis for the new startup (new positions/functions) and diagnostic (likely causes for startup performance problems).

Identify gaps and barriers in meeting sales and service skills, standards (problem solving, dealer process understanding, objectives reporting, dealer sales and service relations, etc.), and knowledge.

6. Facilitate “Team” Sales and Service Performance Standards. Overall, these meetings will assist; responsibility delegation, information sharing, group consensus building, and set up a performance appraisal system and accountability reviews to meet new multi-delivery challenges… reinforce the branch cycle of multi-delivery improvements through increases in commitment, coordination, and competence.

7. Facilitate “Team” Sales and Service Performance Improvement and Evaluations. After standards are confirmed this diagnostic monitor will; – Stabilize and evaluate the performance of each team, – Determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, – Outline critical success factors and the characteristics of each teams competitive advantages as they relate to their achievement to sales and service tasks, – Determine relative accountability of each team member.

8. Prepare Training Recommendations for all branch sales and service personnel and management that include specific content need areas.

9. Propose a national Performance Recognition Communications program that acknowledges aggregate performance measures of success, for selected service and sales personnel and teams.

10. Key Account Market Measures Analysis – Establish and identify multi-delivery baseline sales volume and market features and benefits, strength or weakness criteria and probable branch product sales conquest strategies for dealers in various stages of Ford customer involvement.

12. Identify and compare branch sales & service continuous improvement objectives, process and measures of performance against dealer and corporate performance criteria.

With reorganization many domestic manufacturers are now in a position to do it right without the same inventory and cost pressures that existed before public investment became a reality.

Ask the author for a complete strategy review.

Automotive Locksmith Services

Getting locked out of your vehicle is never a fun thing. It always seems to happen at the most inopportune time. You start your car, step out to take a flyer off your windshield and the door shuts and locks behind you. Better yet, you pull to the side of the highway to check a tire that feels low, and discover you are locked out. These can be dangerous circumstances, especially if you are on the side of the highway. They can be even worse if you have the car running or a small child inside.

Your best bet is to call a car locksmith. Many companies offer technicians that specialize in automobiles. An auto locksmith is someone who has trained in the various types of locks and doors on car today. Unlike household locks, cars have thousands of different styles. A car locksmith would also know how to get your door open without doing damage to your paint or vehicle. This is not always an easy job when it comes to shove a piece of metal between glass, a painted car, and a rubber gasket, and then managing to pop the lock. A reliable locksmith should offer insurance as well, if an accident occurs.

Most companies now offer 24 hour locksmiths. Unfortunately, doors do not only lock during the day. These companies will usually charge a higher price for late night service. However, when you consider having your car towed or paying a locksmith, the solution is probably pretty simple. Some companies even offer a guaranteed arrival time, such as service in thirty minutes. This can be very helpful if you are in a hurry. You should always consider the locksmith credentials before you do choose. Make sure they are with a reliable company and that they can provide identification before you allow them access to your running car.

You should always provide all the information about your situation when calling an auto locksmith. For example if you are in an unsafe situation or under hazardous conditions, a locksmith may recommend you to the authorities. If you have a small child in the car during extreme heat, it may be better to have the police come to your assistance. They may have an officer in your vicinity that can provide quick relief. However, unless you have an actual emergency, most officers cannot help. Most of police departments will not take on the liability.