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

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

Polishing, Removing Swirls, Buffing, Correctly

12 Tips for Removing Swirls…The Correct Way

Last week we published an article, "12 Tips for Preventing Swirls". We enjoyed writing that article because it focused on many mistakes that companies make when not focused on the details or beginners who are still learning the ropes. Well, I wanted to write a follow up article that focused more on what you should be doing rather than what you 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

Auto, Car, Detailing, Tips, Tricks

9 Detailing Tips/Tricks You May Not Already Know

  Try as we might, we found it impossible to narrow the multitasking of a complete detailing down into a short list, but we were able to compile a list of Nine Detailing Tips that should help you work more efficiently! Learn new tips and tricks for everything from the interior to the exterior, and the windows to the engine bay. 1.  Save Read More

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 and 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