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Removing Surface Scratches From Black Paint: Part III

Paintwork Protection (Wax/Sealant) So you've just spent a few hours polishing, polishing, and polishing some more to remove the surface scratches from your car's paint - now what? No matter how hard you've worked, you'd might as well drag a key across your hood if you forget to wax. Please don't actually drag a key across your hood, but just know Read More

Polishing Black Paint

Remove Scratches from Black Paint: Part II

Paintwork Correction (Polishing - Cutting) If you've read Part I of our series (Polishing - Preservation) then you know why you'd use  cutting over preservation. To introduce cutting, let me just say - no, this in no way damages or harms your car. In fact, most professional detail shops will 'cut' paint in order to suit their customers' needs of Read More

Convertible in the Shade

Why You Should Be Doing It In The Shade

"Always wax your car in the shade, out of direct sunlight" If you've ever waxed a car then I'm sure you've heard this before. Every different wax product I've ever used has had something similar to this on the label. In fact, you could hear a dozen different tips for waxing a car from a dozen different sources, but every one of them worth their Read More

Polishing a Black Acura

Remove Scratches from Black Paint: Part I

Paintwork Correction (Polishing - Preservation) The whole idea behind paintwork correction is to fix your car's paintwork. There are two ways of going about paintwork correction by polishing, the first being cutting and the second being preservation. As you can probably assume, cutting will remove paint in order to get underneath the scratches or Read More

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Remove Scratches from Black Paint: Introduction

From experience at Chicago's premier hand car wash & auto detailing center, we've learned that not only are black cars popular, but that they also require more delicate care. We've put together a 4 part series highlighting proper technique and proper care when dealing with a delicate black paint finish. Read More

Ford GTX1

8 Car Cleaning Myths Debunked

Car cleaning may seem like a whole different world to you, but have no fear. We're here to educate, assist, and help you through getting and keeping your car as close to new as possible. We've provided 8 of the most common myths that car wash & detail shop customers believe to be true and have debunked them for your entertainment. Read on to Read More

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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