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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

Detailing, Car Care, PlasmaCoat,

7 Step Process to Detailing an Audi A7

  The other day a gentleman came into the detailing shop we own in Chicago to get a "Complete Exterior". We took a look at this car and saw that it was in fair condition with a few deep scratches in key areas.  We decided to take it in and told him he could pick it up at the end of the day.  Do not misinterpret this, just because it doesn't Read More

Beginner's Guide

Beginner’s Guide To An Afternoon Detail

It’s a Sunday morning and it’s 70 degrees outside. With coffee in hand and the newspaper read, what do you do with the rest of your day? How about we detail that pretty four wheeled work horse you have in your driveway? Before you go whip out your old bucket and dirty rags, here is what you need to know to get a quality car wash and detailing that Read More

Blue Ferrari

The Best Detailing Bang For Your Buck

People detail their cars in all sorts of ways. Many use local detail shops, some have mobile detailers, and then there's the folks who do it themselves (my personal favorite). Regardless of the method, one thing's for sure: detailing an entire car ain't cheap. Now we have a problem. You always want your car looking clean, but it may not make Read More

Polishing Decision Tree

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 2)

So you know you need to polish and don't know where to start. You are not alone. When it comes to polishing, I can't stress enough how much that old idiom "better safe than sorry" comes in to play. Before we dive in, let me state that this article will demonstrate the right way to begin a polishing procedure and layout a clear plan of action for Read More

Polish being applied to a pad

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 1)

It seems as if we've been discussing polishing a lot on Behind the Detail, but I guess that's okay since the polishing process is the most widely misconstrued subject in car care. As a beginner, the first thing you need to know is that polishing "corrects" imperfections with abrasives and heat. What exactly does this mean? That's what the article's 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

GT Haus Black and White BMW M5

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Paintwork Protection

For the latest addition to our Beginner's Guide to Detailing, I'm going to dish out some information regarding paintwork protection. This series, as many of you know, is geared toward increasing the amateur detailer's detailing IQ - focusing on facts, tips, and proper procedure. I consider paintwork protection to be the single most important Read More