White Nissan GTR Wheel

Matte Wheel Care Basics

As far as wheels are concerned, there are dozens and dozens of surface options ranging from chrome to clear coat. Today I'll be talking about matte wheels, how to care for them, and why protection is really the key to keeping them in great condition. Most people don't realize it, but matte paint (whether on wheels or the entire car) isn't all that Read More

Claying a Black Car

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Claying

To continue our Beginner's Guide to Detailing, today I'll be discussing the wonderful world of clay. If you haven't heard of claying (aka clay bar treatment), it's basically a process in which you remove embedded contaminants from your car's clear coat. It's one of the most widely used car care practices, and for a number of good reasons. This Read More

Matte Red Ferrari FF

Flat vs. Satin Matte Paint

 One thing that makes matte painted cars so attractive is how unique they are. Not only are 99% of cars on the road glossy, but each matte finish is uniquely matte. There are satin matte finishes with a higher natural gloss, and what we consider flat matte finishes that scatter light so well you'd think the surface was covered in sand. Read More

Black Acura

The Detail: Back To School Edition

Fall's almost here and schools are in full swing... and I'm sure all of the parents out there know what that means. I'm talking, of course, about the endless war between children and the cleanliness of your car. I'm sure at one point or another, every one has experienced crumbs in seatbelt buckles, "art" filled windows, and a whole lot worse, but Read More

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Interior

Top 5 Leather Cleaning Tips

Tips are great because, for the most part, we all do things just a little bit differently. Whether that means washing indoors vs. outdoors, or using a paint sealant vs. a natural wax, detailing is pretty fluid in that you can achieve great results any number of ways. Cleaning leather is no exception. Rather than quick fixes, the following 5 tips Read More

The Road to SEMA

The Road to SEMA 2012

As many of you know, this year will mark our first ever SEMA Show. A lot has happened in the past two months in preparation for the event, so consider this an update on our progress. And for those of you who don't know or may have forgot... we'll be liveblogging SEMA 2012! Matte Demo Hoods We have some exciting news regarding our matte hoods for Read More

Yellow Ferrari 348 TB

4 Tips For A Spotless Autumn

In just one short week we will welcome fall and all of its impending implications: colder weather, less sunlight, more debris, etc. While weather does, of course, depend on geographical location, there are still a few concepts that ring true for every car owner, no matter where they are in the world. These four tips will help you get ahead of the Read More

Matte White GT-R Rear View

Our Kind Of Labor Day

If you've checked out our facebook page recently, you know we had a pretty exciting Labor Day weekend. We went to Supercar Saturdays for a little fun, but we also went to Autowerks of Northbrook to get down to business. By business I, of course, mean detailing... and not just any old cars. Among the cars we were invited to detail was a Read More

Behind the Detail Logo

Sorry for the downtime…

Hey everyone, we just wanted to apologize for the downtime we've had here on Behind the Detail over the past couple days. Unfortunately, we were affected by GoDaddy's outage the other day, and it took us a little bit to get back up and running. And whether the outage was due to them being hacked, or their own internal error doesn't really matter Read More

Black McLaren at the Car Wash

4 Tips For Choosing The Best Car Wash Soap

If you're searching for your next car wash soap on the internet, I understand your frustration - thousands of brands, varying prices, and loads of confusion. While there's no way to filter the influx of car care products, I hope this article will provide aid to those looking to get the most out of their next car wash soap purchase. Believe me when Read More