Polish and Buff Your Way to a Perfect Finish

Today is the 4th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day!  This event celebrates and raises awareness of how important automobile restoration and collection are to American society.  This relatively new holiday showcases vehicles in pristine condition from past decades to demonstrate American craftsmanship, ingenuity, and creativity over the years and to also commemorate the look and style of a variety of cars.  From antiques and hot rods to muscle cars and trucks, collector cars are a source of recreation and fun for thousands of automobile enthusiasts!  And with help from Harbor Freight Tools, you can get your ride in top condition before showing it off around the neighborhood.

Whether you’re taking part in a Collector Car Appreciation Day event or just cruising down the highway in your favorite vehicle, you’ll want to keep your car looking its best.  For that, you have to have the right tools and the best cleaning solutions.  And if you haven’t found out already, Harbor Freight is your one stop shop for all your vehicle upkeep requirements.

polisher 92623polisher 69924One of the most important parts of vehicle restoration is maintaining the body paint and keeping the finish shiny.  In order to ensure a look that will impress your friends and fellow car buffs, you’ll need a high quality buffer/polisher.  With the 7” Variable Speed Polisher/Sander or the 6” Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher ($40 and $60 respectively), you’ll be able to achieve swirl-free, glass smooth finishes on large surfaces quickly.  But that’s not to say you can’t reach into smaller spots as well.  Just ask some of our customers:

“Used this dual action buffer right out of the box. User friendly. Fast action. Exceeded my expectations all around. Small enough to get into every spot. Large enough to repeat process multiple coats of polish in no time.” – 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ

“Harbor Freight you did it, this buffer is a winner. I, a retired Bodyman/Painter, am doing many side jobs now at home and this buffer works and works. I couldn’t believe how quiet it is.  Great balance and really light, lighter than my old expensive buffer.  Just a nice overall buffer and it does not slow down when pressure is applied.” – Jojo

Nu Finish Car Polishimage_16046Of course, there is more to car restoration and upkeep than just a good polishing.  You need the proper formulas to get that perfect finish that will blind the competition.  Or… the friendly display of vehicles, that is.  Regardless, if you want your car to stand out, you need an outstanding finish.  With the help of Nu Finish Car Polish and Nu Finish Scratch Doctor, you’ll be a step ahead and your car will be turning heads.  The Nu Finish Car Polish calls itself the Once a Year Car Polish which is a bold statement, especially at only $7 a bottle.  But our customers have a couple statements of their own:

“This polish is easy to apply and remove, and cleans very well. I have been using this polish for years and it’s one of the best for cleaning dirty car finishes. We have a white car and NuFinish removes all of the soot and grime.” – Saturday Mechanic

“Quick and easy to use. Just follow directions. Got rid of my swirls and minor surface scratches. Looks good too!” – Kujo

And how about that Nu Finish Scratch Doctor?  You can’t have a smooth finish if there are any nicks and scratches lurking around, no matter how small they might be.  Well, this handy formula not only removes scratches but also paint scrapes, scuffs, haze and swirl marks!  For just $12 a bottle, you can’t beat this incredibly effective cleaning solution.


Any car owner or collector will tell you that there’s a difference between washing your vehicle and restoring the finish.  For general washing needs, you won’t need to look any further than Meguiar’s Deep Crystal Car Wash.  Before you even worry about waxing and polishing, you’ll want to get rid of any dirt and grime on your vehicle.  The Deep Crystal Car Wash gets a deep clean on your car and produces extra long-lasting suds to safely remove any contaminates.  In other words, it gets your car just about as fresh and clean as it can get right in the comfort of your own driveway.  And at just $6 a bottle, this stuff pays for itself and will save you heaps of time.


While you’re at it, it never hurts to have some decent polishing cloths around.  Especially ones that are clear coat safe like the 2 Piece Microfiber Spa Polishing Towels.  These are the perfect way to finish off polishing your car to remove any lingering dust, wax, or polish and to ensure that like-new sheen.  I mean, when you’re showing off at a Collector Car Appreciation Day event, anything less than perfect is unacceptable!  Which is one reason so many Harbor Freight customers seem to be so happy with these towels:

“I’m a snob as well when it comes to my show car/bikes. I look far and wide for soft (I mean non-swirl causing soft) towels to use at every store.  I was blown away by these especially for the price.” – Ducati_Guy

“I am a car nut and do not like swirls in my paint. I am a bit of a microfiber snob and I was blown away when I found these.” – Jason-S

And that price that everyone is “blown away” by?  Just $2.59 for two of these great towels!  With reviews like that and a price that low, you really can’t go wrong with these incredible soft towels.

Individually, each of these products can help take your car restoration or upkeep to the next level.  With all these items together, you’ll have an entire set-up for keeping your vehicle bright, clean, and ready for showing off.  And even including the polisher, you’re still coming out at under $90 total for the whole shebang!  If you’re a real car collector or car restoration buff, you know it’s essential to have the right tools in your repertoire and with one quick trip to your local Harbor Freight Tools, or a couple clicks through harborfreight.com, you can stock up on these items and stay prepared for Collector Car Appreciation events or just cruising down the highway any day of the year!

Light Up Your Life with the 5 LED Magnetized Head Lamp

These days it can often be difficult to find the time to read.  Even though there are more options than ever with e-readers and books on your Smart Phone, nothing replaces a real, traditional book that you can hold in your hands.  Of course, when it comes to reading physical books, many people read right before bed which can be a strain on the eyes if you don’t have proper lighting.  But with the Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp from Harbor Freight Tools, you’ll have all the clean, clear light you’ll need to knock a chapter or two out before hitting the sack!


While the Head Lamp is the perfect accessory for celebrating National Literacy Day, it’s also a great tool for much, much more.  This handy illumination tool lets you work in dark or dimly lit areas, lights your way during a late night stroll, or helps visibility while hunting for wood when camping.  And best of all, it keeps your hands free.  Whether you’re working under the hood or holding a book comfortably in bed, the Head Lamp is a tool that does exactly what you need it to do.  And with the comfortable head strap, don’t be surprised if you even forget you’re wearing it.

The Lamp is designed with five bright white LEDs that provide ultimate illumination and the 45 degree angle wide beam covers a wide area.  And nothing is more important than a wide, clear field of view when you need it.

You might also be wondering where the “magnetic” feature comes in.  Well, this head lamp doesn’t have to stay on your head!  The lamp features a magnetized base that allows you to disconnect it from the strap and stick it on any metal surface.  Stick it under the hood of your car, the top of your toolbox or practically anywhere that will help you shed some light on the task at hand.  The head lamp is designed to provide the light you need just about anywhere.  Of course you don’t have to take my word for it.  Here’s what customers have to say:

“This is a great light. I have had it for a couple years and use it anytime I need a flashlight. It is pretty bright. I took it camping last weekend and it easily lit up an area at least 25 feet away.” — Mikey

“I can easily see my dog at night when she’s wearing this and it perfectly lights up where ever she points her nose.  Just put it on her neck upside down compared to how you’d wear it.” –Aloysius

“To sum it up, the LED headlamp is a terrific item. No more dropped flashlights. Both hands are free to work and hold onto tools, or, for safety, grab something to avoid a fall.” –Chris

Never be left in the dark again!  The Five LED Magnetic Head Lamp is just the ticket for keeping your work space or book well-lit while keeping your hands free.  And at just $4.99, it won’t put a damper on your budget either.

4-Camera Surveillance DVR – Protection Against Intruders, Vandals, Ghosts & (sigh…) Zombies

Living on a cul-de-sac (which is French for “butt of the sack”– which, at least for me, is good to know in case a Frenchman ever asks where I live) in the ‘burbs does not preclude one from falling victim to B&E, home invasion, vandalism, property theft, puppy dumps, etc. Usually when it happens you wake up in the morning, or come home from work, and not have a clue as to who did it, let alone what all was done. It’s a cruddy, violated feeling, however minor it might be. Don’t be that guy.

The 8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities from Bunker Hill Security is an effective, low-cost solution to keeping your castle safe and monitored. Able to be installed indoors or outdoors, it’s your silent guardian… your watchful protector. And with its state-of-the-art infrared technology– enabling to record clearly after bedtime– it’s also your dark knight. Protecting your property and possessions with security cameras is a tried-and-true method of deterring trespassers, burglars, and even those bonehead neighbor kids who think terrorizing you with pranks doesn’t exact a price. And on top of preventing break-ins and vandalism, surveillance cameras enable you to respond swiftly to nefarious activity before and after it’s in progress.

The Bunker Hill 8-camera DVR, sold exclusively at Harbor Freight Tools, gives you access to your entire camera system from a PC or smartphone, so you can view your live video feed while you’re away from home. Imagine going on vacation to Bali (or more likely your brother-in-law’s in South Dakota) and still being able to monitor your home and property. This home security surveillance system features a remote control for easy navigation and a huge 500 GB hard drive which allows you to record, play back or transmit video from wherever you are. Now that’s empowerment.

Security cameras should be installed in at least one of these four strategic areas:

Front Door:  Mounting a camera over or near your front door is key to identifying everyone who approaches there, including expected visitors, delivery drivers and other service professionals.  Think of it as Caller ID for your house. Plus, according to FBI statistics, roughly 34% of all break-ins occur at the front door.
Back Door: Back doors are every bit as important as front doors, and often more vulnerable because the perp is out of sight.  Cameras should be installed above the door, either inside or out, to monitor for any usual activity.  You can put surveillance cameras on the eaves of the roof, outdoor overhangs, soffits, etc.
Indoors:  Where do you keep most of your good stuff? For us it’s the family room: It’s where we keep our big screen TV, Blu-ray player, PC computer, XBox, Lladro (my wife made me add the last thing)… and if I came home and found the Barcalounger missing, I’d be a bona fide menace to be around. It’s a good idea to also place surveillance cameras indoors to watch over valuable items. Also, cameras in living rooms, kitchens and above the staircases monitor, not only intruders, but also house cleaners, contractors, caregivers and babysitters.  If anyone manages to get past the front or back door, an indoor security camera can serve as a reliable back-up in capturing the face of anyone who’s up to no good while in your home.
Garages and Sheds:  If you have a multi-car garage, carport, guest house, pool house, or shed on your property, put an additional camera in that area, too, as it’s an easy, natural place for someone to “hole up,’ as it were.

If you’re still wondering if this set-up’s right for you, here’s what a couple of homeowners had to say about it:

“GREAT!!! The house for sale across the street from mine (nice suburban neighborhood) was hit by vandals a week ago (graffiti mostly), most of the neighbors think it is some local kids (most are good kids, but are KIDS nonetheless, and can get into trouble) Fearing my own new paint job, I bought this system to install before I left town for a vacation. Sure enough, when I got home there was some new artwork on my garage door. Well, the cameras worked great, the night vision gave me a clear enough image to recognize the “artists” and call their less-than-thrilled parents. The kids are now repainting all the houses they hit and are in serious trouble with their parents. As a close-knit neighborhood we decided not to press charges, as long as they cleaned up their mess. Great cameras, love them, and plan on buying a second system for my business next week.”  Billy, Michigan

“Love how EXCELLENT the night time video is for seeing people in pitch darkness, best camera I have seen so far. With my cameras in total darkness I can see at night around 50 feet, no trouble, making out people and animales. I have told all my friends looking to get a security DVR system to purchase this setup.”  Danny O, Florissant, Missouri

“This system is great! After having professional security companies quote me 3k to 4k on a 4 camera system I wanted an alternative. I was concerned that 60-ft of cable per camera was not going to be enough but everything worked out. I can now watch my business(which is 200 miles away) over my computer or Iphone.”  mercerguy23, Georgia

On a side note, Harbor Freight’s surveillance DVR is used by various organizations in the investigation of paranormal activity. Because of its night vision, motion activation and mobile-monitoring capabilities, it’s apparently the ideal equipment for nailing poltergeists, specters and the odd cherubim. As a representative of the Southeastern Paranormal Society commented:

“I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

If you enjoyed the Paranormal Activity movies as much as I did, you might think it sounds like a fun experiment to try, setting up the Bunker Hill Security DVR in your bedroom. But before you do, just think about it first.  Do you really WANT to know if there’s something swinging open doors and looking at you while you’re asleep?


Tool Review: Harbor Freight’s Digital Inspection Camera

I went into my local Harbor Freight Tools store and picked up a Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor. It takes 4 AA batteries (not included), so I picked up a 24 pack of AA batteries from Harbor Freight as well for under $6 bucks – great price and now I have back up batteries! Some online recon revealed that competitive brands of inspection cameras with monitors were exorbitantly higher priced than the Harbor Freight version at under a $120. Would the Digital Inspection Camera from Harbor Freight deliver on its claims? That was my mission and I chose to accept it–fortunately, the  Camera did not self destruct in five seconds.

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Make easy visual inspections even in hard-to-reach places

The packaging claimed that with this device, I could “make easy visual inspections, even in hard-to-reach places.”  I couldn’t count the number of times I’d dropped hardware into the abyss of heavy machinery or needed to inspect behind a wall before drilling into it. And then there’s dropping keys that somehow get kicked under a shelving unit with 40 metric tons of equipment on it. Hopefully, the Digital Inspection Camera could help remedy these types of situations.

The light at the end of the camera provides the 4 ft. night vision as described previously and also illuminates the tight spaces you’re in, which are usually dark. This became especially useful as I soon discovered.

The monitor is amply sized at 2.4″ and provided easy viewing but to document my adventure, I utilized another useful feature of the device. With the included video cable, I was able to plug the device into the video-in port on my wide screen TV. Then I practically had theater viewing.

wireless camera on TV screen

With the included video cable, I was able to plug the camera into my wide screen TV

Once you start using the Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor, you’ll never know how you lived without it! The device is easy to assemble and operate. The lighted camera integrated into the end of a three foot flex hose provides excellent maneuverability in hard-to-reach areas, and the monitor picture is clear and detailed. The attachments are extremely useful! The hook is ideal for locating/feeding wires behind walls or behind equipment. The magnet is effective in picking up fallen hardware and even small tools. The angled mirror allows you to view underneath places where you would not be able to bend the flex hose.

From plumbing and electrical work to retrieving lost items and viewing places that are otherwise inconvenient or inaccessible to reach, you owe it yourself to get the Digital Inspection Camera with 2.4″ Color LCD Monitor.

Save 25% on this 80 Watt Continuous Power Inverter

This week we’re highlighting this 80 Watt Continuous Power Inverter (SKU 66972), which is now only $14.99 with coupon until September 19, 2011 (some restrictions apply).

power inverterPower up and charge electronics, computers, appliances, camcorders, TVs, DVD players, video game consoles and more using your vehicle’s battery power.

  • High surge capacity
  • Continuous power up to 80 watts
  • Compact design
  • One AC receptacle
  • Modified sine wave for up to 87% efficiency
  • Plug into your vehicle’s accessory socket for easy auxiliary power
  • 5 volt, 500 milliamp USB port
  • LED indicator light
  • Protection from low/high voltage, low/high temperatures, low/high currents
  • Short circuit and overload protection

So use code 61568141 when you check out with the Power Inverter in your online cart or just click on the coupon below. You will get 25% off this item* from the Harbor Freight website! This offer lasts through September 19, 2011.

*Online quantity limit: 1. For other limitations, please see coupon below.

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