A Finer Detail: Distinctive Auto Detailing

FAQ

Educating clients is paramont in our business. Vehicle owners who know the facts about car care are equipped to make wise decisions for themselves about auto maintenance.

There are some Facts and Myths that every vehicle owner should be aware of, as well as practical tips for keeping valuable vehicles in showroom condition.

Why should I have my car detailed?
My vehicle has a clear coat. Is waxing necessary?
I just bought a new car. How long should I wait before having wax applied?
How can I keep my vehicle looking good between washes?
What is the best way to wash my vehicle and how often should I do it?
Is it safe to bring my vehicle to an automatic wash (e.g. Gas Stations)?
How often should my vehicle be waxed?
Should I have my leather interior cleaned?
I am getting ready sell my car. What will a detail do for me?
Can I use dish soap to wash my car?
What is the difference between a polish and a wax?
It just rained. Didn’t that clean the contaminants off of my car?

 

Why should I have my car detailed?
Detailing is probably one of the least understood, but most valuable services you can get for your vehicle. Your auto is an investment. Regular detailing will protect and keep it looking new as long as you own it. If your vehicle has been neglected, detailing will restore a showroom look and feel. If you are selling or trading your vehicle, a detail will assure a quicker sale while increasing the value hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Back to top

My vehicle has a clear coat. Is waxing necessary?
Absolutely!!! Today’s high-solid clear coat finishes are the result of new laws for paint solvents and emissions created by the EPA in 1983. The new paint systems are actually softer and less durable than the low-solid single stage finishes applied years ago. A wax acts as a sacrificial layer of protection for the vulnerable finish of your vehicle.Back to top

I just bought a new car. How long should I wait before having wax applied?
Today’s factory finishes are fully cured when they leave the factory. Despite what your dealer may have told you, it is safe and recommended to apply wax 21 days after you acquire your new vehicle. If your vehicle has been completely or partially refinished by a body shop, it is recommended to wait 60 days before applying wax.Back to top

How can I keep my vehicle looking good between washes?
Frequent and proper washing is the most important preventative maintenance for your vehicles appearance. No wax or sealant is effective enough to protect a vehicle from contaminants that remain on the surface for extended periods.Back to top

What is the best way to wash my vehicle and how often should I do it?
When properly performed, hand washing is the safest and most thorough method of cleaning the exterior of your vehicle. It is recommended to wash your car every rainfall to remove contaminants that may have settled or about every 10 days if no rainfall.Back to top

Is it safe to bring my vehicle to an automatic wash (e.g. Gas Stations)?
Many automatic car washes especially the touchless washes use harsh detergents and acid presoaks that will strip any wax or sealant that has been applied to your finish and dries out the clearcoat. The protection sealants and waxes use at automatic washes do not provide the protection they claim. They can actually harm painted surfaces, trim and glass.Back to top

How often should my vehicle be waxed?
This depends on the product used to wax or seal the car, environmental conditions the car is exposed to, and the requirements of the owner. For vehicles driven daily, we recommend applying wax every 3-6 months. More frequent waxing is needed if your car is red, black or white, as these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays. To maintain the high gloss possible, we recommend applying a carnuba wax every 30-45 days.Back to top

Should I have my leather interior cleaned?
A fine leather interior, original or restored, represents a major investment worth protecting. Cleaning and “feeding” leather is essential to keeping it pliable, lustrous and healthy. In time, if leather is not maintained, it tends to become dry and brittle due to the environmental pollution and exposure of the direct sunlight. It is important to use a leather conditioner between cleanings to prevent “cracking”. We use Lexol and Zymol products that are pH adjusted to the pH range of the leather itself.Back to top

I am getting ready sell my car. What will a detail do for me?
When it comes to selling your car, you never get a second chance to make a great first impression. The most important thing is to clean the car inside and out. A clean, shiny car gives the impression that you care about the car have maintained the condition of it.Back to top

Can I use dish soap to wash my car?
Dish soaps work great on dishes, that is why they are called “dish soaps”. The truth is, many dishwashing soaps are not pH balanced and can actually strip the wax off the car!Back to top

What is the difference between a polish and a wax?
A polish is designed to remove minor surface imperfections such as scratches, spotting and oxidation. Polishes work with abrasives and/or chemical cleaners to flatten or level, the surface. For example, a clear coat scratch can reflect light from its microscopic edges. That’s what makes it stand out from the surrounding area. A polish can smooth out, or level, the edges; reducing the amount of light the scratch reflects. In many cases, a polish can completely remove minor surface scratches and other imperfections.Back to top

A wax is designed to enhance and protect a previously polished surface. The protection is necessary to keep airborne pollutants, road film and other contaminants from sticking to the surface, causing potentially long term damage. Some single-step products combine the cut of a polish with the shine and protection of a wax. They work great when speed is important, but are not as effective as a two-step polish/wax process.Back to top

It just rained. Didn’t that clean the contaminants off of my car?
One of the most critical times to wash your car is immediately after a rainfall. As rain falls, it collects pollutants from the air, a concept commonly referred to as “acid rain”. Even after a light rainfall, rainwater a pollutants fall on your car. The water eventually evaporates, leaving a thin layer of pollutants that can damage your cars finish. The longer you leave these pollutants on your car, the more damage they will inflict on your cars finish. Snow and sleet can also result in some damaging effects and are often compounded by chemicals in road salt.

TO PREVENT WINTER DAMAGE IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WASH YOUR VEHICLE EVERY 10 DAYS.

Washing your car in cold weather is a great way to stop serious paint and rust problems before they start. To use the winter months as an excuse not to wash your car is to invite trouble.Back to top

We would like to remind you that a well-kept vehicle could be worth twice as much at trade-in time as its neglected counterpart. Keeping it clean is an important part of that process no matter what season it is.

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