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It’s that time of year when the weather turns crisp, colors brighten, and there are a dwindling number of perfect days left to relax outside or take one more drive, ride, or trip to the lake.
Too soon, it will be time to put away your classic car, boat, motorcycle, and patio furniture, until warm weather arrives again.
Proper storage techniques are super important to keep your gear in great shape and running order. To make sure you are ready to roll next spring, we’ve compiled a list of simple storage tips:
* Storing your classic car or motorcycle. It’s important to clean and remove all road grime, dust and other debris from all interior and exterior surfaces before storing. Then, after cleaning, make sure to protect hard surfaces and finished leather with 303 Automotive Protectant. Also, remember that old gas breaks down over time and can lead to gummed-up fuel lines, carburetors and injectors. To avoid these issues, fill your fuel tank 95 percent full with fresh gas and add a quality fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL Storage to keep the gas fresh for as long as 24 months. After the stabilizer is added, run the engine for a few minutes to ensure that the stabilizer gets into all parts of the fuel system.
* Storing your boat and water equipment. It’s best to do a thorough cleaning of your boat to avoid any deterioration while it sits in storage. Start by removing all the dirt and grime from the boat’s surfaces with a cleaner such as 303 Marine Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser, and protect the exterior of the boat with 303 Marine Quick Wax. Moving to the inside, similarly to the classic car, fill the gas tank 95 percent full with fresh fuel and add a fuel stabilizer. Store your boat in a cool, dry place and cover it to keep dust away.
* Storing your small engine equipment. Most fuel available today contains ethanol, and ethanol can wreak havoc on small engines if they’re not treated before storage. Over time, the water and ethanol will separate and sink to the bottom of the fuel tank, leading to corrosion, stalling and engine damage. To make sure your engines start up come spring, fill your tank with fresh fuel and add a stabilizer to the tank. It’s also a good idea to store your small engine equipment indoors to protect it from the elements.
* Storing your patio furniture. Before putting your outdoor oasis away, make sure to wash or brush off any loose debris. Remove surface stains with a cleaner such as 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner and make sure to protect your cushions from future spills and spots with a product such as 303 Fabric Guard. Make sure to apply it in a well ventilated area and let it dry before storage. Finally, protect the hard surfaces of your furniture with 303 Protectant to repel dust and prevent fading and cracking.