Wheel Sealant, Brake Dust, Cleaning

What’s Wrong With Brake Dust?

Brake dust is one of the most aggressive corrosives in the automotive appearance industry. Even if the rest of the car is clean, dirty wheels equal a dirty car. So what is it about brake dust that is so harmful to your wheels and what’s the best way to clean and keep your wheels safe? What Do You Need to Look Out For? Brake dust is Read More

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

Polish, Buff, How To

How to Avoid Polishing a Car

The title of this article may throw you for a loop. I understand. When you see a car that has some issues, your first instinct may be to grab a tool and go fix it. The only issue with that is that you're being extremely aggressive with your car's paint when you do that. As a result of using your machine buffer, something going to give, and it's 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 care products

Breaking Down Consumer Report’s Car Wash Guide

Consumer Reports, a credible source for many of life's questions and concerns, recently published an article we found relevant. Their Do's and Don'ts of Washing Your Car compelled us to do a little fact checking to continue to educate people on the web. After having read the article and highlighted the points I agree with in yellow and 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

wet, dry, carbon fiber,

Wet vs. Dry Carbon Fiber

Without being directly informed about wet and dry carbon fiber, any normal individual may overlook the differences. Although the desired look is purely personal preference, the design, manufacturing, and care of wet and dry carbon fiber differ greatly. The term carbon fiber is widely used to describe these similar looking panels that are Read More

matte mercedes sls amg black series

How to Detail a Matte Car using the Matte Paint Prescription

Many of our customers buy our Matte Paint Prescription so that they have everything they need to take care of their matte vehicle. But once it arrives on their doorstep the question usually arises - "Now what?" While we tend to think that detailing a matte finished vehicle is easier than a glossy one, it's still useful to have a step by step guide 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