Patina, Car, Paint Care

Patina Paint Care: ICON 4×4 and eGarage

A couple of weeks ago we posted an article about Dr. Beasley's partnership with ICON 4x4. This week eGarage posted a video about ICON and Jonathan Ward's story behind these beautiful machines. Instead of blushing over these amazing vehicles...AGAIN, I want to dig a little deeper into the paint 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

Microsuede, Alcantara, Dinamica, cleaning

Cleaning Microsuede: Choosing the Right Products and Techniques

  Several versatile new synthetic suedes have hit the automotive interiors market in the past five years. Soft, tough, and absorbent, Alcantara, Escaine, Dinamica, and Ultrasuede are rapidly replacing real leather interiors on high end vehicles. These are all different types of microsuede, a fabric that, in spite of being more durable Read More

wet sanding, paint correction, car detailing

Wet Sanding – Who? What? Where? When? How?

  To Sand or Not to Sand…. That is the Question! Do-It-Yourselfers and novice detailers often ask, “When do I turn to wet-sanding as the best form of paint correction for my vehicle?” It is a question without a simple answer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few different answers, so let us start by putting the question into Read More

Interior Cleaning, Detailing, Organic, Inorganic

How to Clean Interiors Properly: Spot Organic vs Inorganic Messes

This article has been a long time coming. Around 9 years ago at the detail shop we own and manage, we ran into an issue with a stain on the headliner of the car. It was a black mark that the detailer just couldn't get out. He noticed how caked on it looked and went straight for "purple" (our heavy degreaser product). No matter how much they sprayed Read More

Carbon Fiber, Detailing, Polishing, Hazing, Swirls

Carbon Fiber Detailing

Carbon fiber detailing is not extremely hard. It doesn't require a professional and you can actually get very good results...if you know what you're doing. Many times you'll see the trim, a hood, a spoiler, and sometimes even panels of the car decked out in carbon fiber. The carbon fiber, beyond adding a sense of "flash" to the car, serves as a Read More

Spring, Detailing, Interior

Spring Cleaning: Interior Detailing (Part 1)

The light is at the end of the tunnel and hopefully the polar vortex is gone for the next two decades. So what do we have to look forward to? How about flowers, grass, leaves, sun, heat, and rain. It's really quite lovely; but what does this mean for our cars? It's time for Spring Cleaning. Spring is different from winter, but it doesn't mean it's Read More

Matte Wheels, Cleaners, Powder Coating, Protecting

The 3 Things to Consider with Matte Wheels

Matte black wheels on a pearl white Mercedes AMG with blacked out windows...ya that sounds pretty good. Now before you go out and buy one, let's make sure that you've thought it through. There are a few things to consider when it comes to matte wheels. Mind you, "consider" does not mean concerned about. Matte wheels are an awesome look and I want Read More

Tire Dressings, Tire Conditioner, Revitalize Tires, Tire Browning

3 Things Tire Dressings Need to Have

Products have been used for ages to make tires shine, revitalize, and/or protect. But what are the essentials that we need to be looking for when considering a tire treatment product? Some people call them tire dressings while others call them tire conditioners. These terms can mean something different to each person. We believe that a tire Read More

Wax, Woody, Detailing, Shine, Wood

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