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

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

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

Microfiber Towels

Microfiber Towels: Picking, Using, Cleaning

It's hard to find any detailer worth his or her salt who's not using microfiber towels nowadays.  It's the detailing industry standard and so far the best tool around for cleaning/drying a car.  We'll discuss the reasons microfiber towels are so important and the best practices for using them in the detailing industry. It isn't new information Read More

Waiver, Engine Cleaning, Services, Detailers

Engine Cleaning Waiver: Do You Think You’re Safe?

Covering your bases as a professional detailer is always good practice. The first place you probably start is getting insurance, right? Insurance can only help you so much, so that's why we recommend that every professional detailer implements a waiver when working under the hood of a car. The engine compartment has thousands of little pieces 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

matte paint clear coat reflection diagram

If You Buff Matte Paint, You will RUIN your Finish!

The average person isn't going to put a Rupes polisher to the hood of their matte Mercedes. However, we think it's important to show you what happens when you do buff matte paint. http://drbeasleys.wistia.com/medias/odvt3yw88b?embedType=seo&videoWidth=800 From time to time we get panicked calls because someone had a scratch or chips in Read More

Dog Proof, Cleaning, Protection, Car, Vehicle, Pets

How To Dog Proof Your Car

A couple of years ago, a fellow detailer and myself were discussing the dirtiest interiors we had ever had to clean.  He told me about a Honda whose back windshield was covered in an unidentifiable substance that appeared to have been smeared across the entire glass, completely blurring visibility. Whatever it was came off relatively easily but he Read More

Woodie Wagon at SEMA 2013

How to Get Your Woodie to Properly Shine

As detailers we are always being challenged to think in new ways. When a new job comes in, one course of action doesn't always work on every car. So we have to analyze and assess the proper steps for each individual vehicle. This was the case when our friends over at Shiner's Auto Detailing in California got their hands on a couple of 1950's Woodie Read More