Wipes for automotive applications
07 March 2013
Polishing bodywork, cleaning car parts, wiping windscreens, wiping hands - there are numerous different tasks in the automotive industry that require specific types of disposables wipers.Mark Riley of Tork wiper manufacturer SCA looks at how to choose the right wipers to use with cars
Wiping tasks in the automotive repair and refinishing industries are often highly specialised.
Applications such as vehicle pre-cleaning, buffing and compounding need wipers that are particularly soft and low-linting.Tough, durable wipers are required for heavy-duty tasks such as engine cleaning and removing grease from components, whereas an abrasive paper wiper works best when cleaning car windscreens.
This means that anyone working in the automotive trade needs access to several different kinds of wiper to ensure that the right one is always available to hand.And for most automotive applications, disposables can offer advantages over textile rags.
Textile rags are made from clothes rejected from charity shops and recycling centres that are then cut up.These can be contaminated with dirt, stains or inks and often have fabric finishes that inhibit their ability to absorb liquids.This means that they have to be sorted before use which is both time-consuming and wasteful.
Some rags also shed fibres which means they are unsuitable for many tasking including refinishing and engine work.
Disposables on the other hand are of a uniform size and shape and are protected in a dispenser before use.The dispenser also makes the wipers highly visible which means that they are easy to find while the dispenser keeps the workplace tidy and free from hazards.
When polishing and refinishing, the wiper should be low-linting to avoid damaging paintwork. It should also be capable of transferring the polish efficiently to the surface.
Tork Specialist Polishing Cloth is suitable for this task since it is a soft non-woven wiper with a honeycomb structure.This enables the cloth to spread polish evenly over the surface and then lift it off again, trapping the polish within the texture of the cloth.This wiper is also effective for compounding and buffing and can be used for valeting the interior of a car as well.
When carrying out precleaning tasks in the bodyshop, a strong wiper that can withstand aggressive solvents and leave no traces of lint or fibre behind is required.Tork Specialist Cleaning Cloth has been developed specifically for precleaning tasks and is tear-resistant and virtually lint-free.
The automotive industry has its fair share of dirty jobs, especially when cleaning components and engine parts. For heavy-duty cleaning where solvents are required we offer Tork Premium 530 which is capable of cleaning rough surfaces without linting or tearing.
Tork Premium 530 for example is particularly suited to the task of cleaning engines and parts.This bulky spun-laced product can be used for mopping up bodyshop spills, cleaning the hands and for general workshop wiping.
In an environment that is heavily soiled with oils and grease, wipers need to be able to cope with high-viscose substances - otherwise the oil will simply be spread around the wiping surface.
Tork Advanced 430 has a surface texture specifically designed to allow it to absorb oil and grease.
For windscreen cleaning an abrasive paper wiper is best since soft non-woven cloths may leave behind smears. Paper products will also absorb water rapidly which means the glass windscreen will be dried swiftly and efficiently.
Tork Advanced 420 is particularly suitable for glass cleaning.
The stakes are high in the automotive business where time is money and where any damage to the vehicles during repair will prove costly. By choosing the best wipers for each specific task, automotive managers can help to improve their productivity - while ensuring that their operation is run efficiently and producing optimum results.