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One of the things that has bothered me on my Acura CL-S is that the leather shift knob has been worn down and looks terrible. Since this is a gear knob for a manual transmission, it is something that you look at and handle every time you drive the car. So, I set out to look for ways to address the worn leather shift knob. The task of replacing the leather on the shift knob can seem daunting as it did for me. However, after watching a helpful YouTube video from Luke, it didn’t seem impossible to me anymore. It also was an appealing option to me as I could save hundreds of dollars and still maintain an OEM-like look and feel to my shift knob.

For this guide, we’ll be spraying primer, paint, and clear coat and it will all be done by rattle cans. The 1K primer and color-matched paint are purchased from Paint Scratch, and the 2K clear coat can be found online. Even using rattle cans to spray paint your bumper, you can get amazing results especially if you have a good color match and use a 2K clear coat, which hardens up to a professional level finish.

To refinish a bumper so that it looks new again, you’ll first need to repair the major damage so that it is structurally sound. And then prior to spraying primer, paint, and clear coat so that it looks pristine again, you will have to prep the bumper by filling in the damaged parts of the bumper with body filler, and sanding it smooth.

If you have a cracked bumper and depending on how severe the damage is, you may be able to repair it yourself with a variety of tools and materials. On this tutorial, I’ll be repairing a cracked bumper using fiberglass resin, bumper repair epoxy, and flexible glazing putty. Using each of these various items serves a specific and important purpose.

If you’ve ever had a headlight bulb go out on traditional halogen headlights, it’s usually as simple as changing out your bulb with a new one. With HID’s, you can have a HID bulb go out and may need to be replaced as well. However with HID headlights, there are several components that make up the HID headlight system which can fail and require replacement.

I tested several methods out to see what would be most effective at keeping birds from pooping on the side mirrors of a car. These methods also deter birds from pecking at and attacking your side mirrors as well. These are all pretty easy methods to employ, but you’ll have to consider the steps required every time you park your vehicle somewhere. Here are the methods I tested and my results from testing each one.

It has been almost two years now in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic and we are all by now aware of the importance of keeping our hands clean. We’re now accustomed to constantly washing our hands and using hand sanitizer whenever hand-washing is not possible. I’ve been playing with the idea of making a hand washing station for our vehicle because my family and I are always trying to find ways to wash our hands while on the go. After making this hand wash station and placing it in the back of our Toyota 4Runner (with a bottle of hand soap), we’ve found that is has become extremely useful in keeping our family’s hands clean. We are always transporting the kids around and running errands, and it’s not always possible or convenient to find a restroom to wash our hands. Now, it’s as simple as opening the tailgate and having soap and water to wash our hands whenever we need to.