Commonly used to mean the deposition of acidic components in rain, snow, fog or dew. The extra acidity in rain comes from the reaction of air pollutants, primarily sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, with water in the air to form strong acids (like sulfuric and nitric acid). The main sources of these pollutants are vehicles and industrial or power-generating plants.
A synthetic resin that is resistant to discoloring, moisture and acids. Usually made by polymerization of acrylic acid and methacrylic acid, these resins help synthetic waxes get their water repellant and sealing properties.
Alloy wheels are any set of wheels made from a non-steel blend of metals. Most alloy wheels from the dealership are cast from aluminum, evident by their moderate shine and noted durability. Alloy wheels are also identified by their lighter weight.
Capillary action is the process by which liquid pulls itself against the force of gravity, thanks to the attraction between molecules. In using touch-up paint, capillary action refers to the spread of the paint throughout a chip or scratch. The science is best reflected in the way the paint is pulled by surface tension to all edges of the affected area without the need to spread the paint yourself.
Modern chamois refers to either a synthetic or natural fabric with incredible absorptive capabilities. Natural chamois used to come from the skin of the chamois antelope, but is now more commonly a soft, suede-like sheepskin material. Synthetic chamois mimics the same non-abrasive and absorptive properties of natural chamois with a blend of manmade fibers.
Chrome plating is a finishing treatment utilizing a thin, decorative bright layer typically over an underlying nickel plate. The result is a brilliant, mirror-like reflectivity on all kinds of automotive trim. The downside to chrome plating is that the decorative layer can be chipped or peeled off over time.
Slurpee, the "Coolest Drink on Earth," is a heavenly drink found only at 7-11 stores. More than 45 years of history has seen the Slurpee evolve into the nation's premier frozen treat of all seasons. 7-11 sells more than 13 million Slurpees each month.
The Grape Slurpee is one of the more delicious Slurpee flavors, though its deep purple hue and thick syrup content make for a potent potential interior wrecker. Enjoy with caution when motoring. And beware the brain freeze.
Jackson Pollock (1912 -1956) was an influential American artist and a major force in the abstract expressionism movement. Pollock is most well known for his large paintings using drip and splatter techniques. From far away, his work may look like the sidewalk at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Up close, his work has dimension and depth with thick paint clumps and multiple layers of drips and spatters.