Smoke, Smell, Remove

How to Remove Smoke Smell from a Car

Getting the Smell of Cigarette Smoke Out of Your Vehicle Cigarette smoke is one of the most pervasive odors there is and one of the most difficult to remove from close quarters like your vehicle. I’ve seen smoke smell get behind door panels and discolor the white vapor barrier inside. Smoke build-up sometimes forms a yellow coating that sticks Read More

Nano Coating, Sealants, Wax

The Breakdown on Nano Coatings

The perfect shine is the Holy Grail of the automotive appearance industry. For over a century, professionals have sought a magical solution ― a bullish, long-lasting shine product that is quick and easy to apply and will repel dirt, environmental contaminants, and rain so the vehicle has the best protection on the market. Some even looked for a Read More

Water Spots, Acid Rain, Paint

Water Spots Etching Your Paint…Why?

What the Heck is Going on in the Rain? Rainwater is not pure. It is naturally acidic, the result of water collecting on dust and smoke particles in the clouds. Comprised of water vapor and any number of contaminants like pollen, mold, bacteria, dust, soil, pollutants, plant parts, algae, and insect parts, these tiny particles make up the Read More

Car, Clean, Car Wash, Detail a Car

The Basic Components to Detailing a Car

Detailing a car is quite a bit more extensive than just washing your car. Washing you car could be as simple as soap and water and a vacuum. However, if you're looking to really deep clean your car for either a sale or an event, follow this guide to learn how to detail a car. Let's Start with the Interior 1.  Carpets and Fabrics.  Remove Read More

Detail Shop, Expectations, Requirements

10 Things To Do in Your Detail Shop

So I run and operate a detail shop in Chicago, IL called Simon's Shine Shop where my reputation around the city (and wider) has grown based on the customer's experience. For me it's not about turnover and how many cars I can get in and out, it's about the quality that goes into the cars and how they're properly worked on. But furthermore, it's Read More

metal, chrome, polish, restore, rust

Metal Polishing: The Quick Guide

There is good news when it comes to polishing the metals on your vehicle. Most of it - like your tail pipe, wheels, exhaust manifold, outer panels, trim, and engine - is made of stainless steel. While stainless steel is rust and stain resistant, the chromium oxide and nickel finish on the metal is NOT. That's why metal polishing is so Read More

Towels, Damp, Microfiber, Detailing, Drying

Use Damp Microfiber Towels to Improve Performance

All detailers should make it a habit to use a partially wet or damp microfiber towel when drying a wet car because it absorbs water better than one that is fully dry. Scientifically speaking, the skin of a water molecule is polarized (attracted to specific molecules), thereby acting like a magnet for other liquid or water molecules based on a Read More

Bid Poop, Paint Etching,

Cleaning Bird Poop From Your Car: The Acidic Nightmare

It looks harmless enough, if not rather disgusting, driving along when a big splat of bird poop splatters all over the hood of your car. It looks terrible but you just drive through it not knowing how aggressive that powerful organic acid is when reacting chemically with your automotive paint. If you did, you would rush to the first available Read More

Polish, Buffing, Chemicals, Perfect

12 Traits To Look For When Choosing A Polish

My idea of a great polish is one that cuts paint in order to remove defects that are embedded in a car's finish. But it needs to do this without being overly aggressive. While you do need some amount of cutting from a polish, one that is too aggressive will remove more clear coat than is necessary, which can greatly limit the durability and Read More

Swirls, Swirl Marks,

12 Tips for Preventing Swirl Marks

Removing swirl marks is a little like cleaning up after yourself, or at least cleaning up after someone else's mess. Swirls may be the professional detailer's most despised surface flaw because they are almost exclusively caused by the detailer’s polishing technique. Because they are less visible in the shade but spectacularly obvious in sunlight, Read More