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WCA Wrap-Up

Article by: Prentice St. Clair The Western Car Wash Association (WCA) held its annual Convention and Trade Show October 11-13, 2010 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The International Detailing Association (IDA) participated in the event in its ongoing effort to connect with professional detailers, car wash operators, Read More

Bugatti Veyron

Showdown: Bugatti Veyron vs. ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls

Drawing comparisons between the Bugatti Veyron and the '95-'96 Bulls may seem a little odd, but let's look at some facts. The Bugatti sports a top speed of over 260 mph, unheard of for the most part. On the way to the '95-'96 Championship, the Bulls routed the entire NBA for a record 72 wins out of 82 games. So which would you rather ride with, a Read More

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Top 8 Detail Fixes of 2010

With the help of Simon's Shine Shop, Chicago's premier hand car wash and auto detailing shop, we've compiled a list of our Top Auto Detail Fixes of 2010. All stories listed are actual experiences from customers at Simon's. If you have similar stories or want to share your detail experiences, feel free to do so by commenting on this post! Read More

Red Corvette Stingray

Losing The Machine: Hand Polishing to Remove Scratches & Swirl-Marks

Don't be fooled. Just because your car has unsightly surface scratches and minor swirl-marks doesn't mean your car needs to be machine buffed. In fact, on a car such as this 1970 Corvette Stingray LT-1, it's a better idea to stay as far away from a machine as possible. Truth is, impurities like this can be taken care of easily and safely by Read More

Ask Dr. Beasley’s Mailbag: December Edition

Proper car care begins and ends with knowledge. Understanding what a given product or procedure is going to do for you car can help you make proper decisions on extending the life of your vehicle's surfaces, such as paintwork and leather. Today I open the Ask Dr. Beasley's Mailbag to answer customer submitted detailing questions with our 30+ years Read More

Silver Porsche in Snow

Top 5: Things To Do & Not To Do In Winter

As Winter is among us, car care becomes a whole new game. Personally, it appears that most people decide to 'go rogue' once the temperature drops and will use anything accessible to rid their cars of snow, ice, and the rest of Winter's gifts. I kid you not, I've literally seen shovels taken to car doors to remove ice. My personal favorite was the Read More

Dr. Beasley's & '66 Porsche 912

Snow Shots With a Porsche: Finding the Perfect Shot

Black & White by John Barone Walking to work on this particular Sunday afternoon in early December, I find myself fighting my way through a Chicago blizzard that could go toe-to-toe with the best of them; relentless snow blowing laterally across the landscape due to the 25mph+ winds, and of course, bone-chilling, hand-numbing cold. I Read More

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Ford Mustang Hand Polishing Time-Lapse

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Paintwork Correction or Paintwork Preservation?

A car’s paintwork is like its skin, its face, its essence. A car’s beauty often leans against the quality of its paint job and is often the first cause of criticism. Keeping the everyday car’s paint looking like new is a tough job, but there is certainly a way of going about correcting, preserving, and protecting a car’s paintwork. Knowing the Read More

Simon's Shine Shop

Automatic vs. Hand Wash. What & Why?

  Today, you're either going to the $7 Wash N' Go or you're dishing out $15 - $20 for a hand wash (if you're not doing it yourself). To many people, the choice of where and how to get your car cleaned lies upon three options: location, time, and affordability. In retrospect, rather than asking "How long is this gonna take?" or "How close is the Read More