Wheel Sealant, Brake Dust, Cleaning

What’s Wrong With Brake Dust?

Brake dust is one of the most aggressive corrosives in the automotive appearance industry. Even if the rest of the car is clean, dirty wheels equal a dirty car. So what is it about brake dust that is so harmful to your wheels and what’s the best way to clean and keep your wheels safe? What Do You Need to Look Out For? Brake dust is Read More

Car, Clean, Car Wash, Detail a Car

The Basic Components to Detailing a Car

Detailing a car is quite a bit more extensive than just washing your car. Washing you car could be as simple as soap and water and a vacuum. However, if you're looking to really deep clean your car for either a sale or an event, follow this guide to learn how to detail a car. Let's Start with the Interior 1.  Carpets and Fabrics.  Remove Read More

Detail Shop, Expectations, Requirements

10 Things To Do in Your Detail Shop

So I run and operate a detail shop in Chicago, IL called Simon's Shine Shop where my reputation around the city (and wider) has grown based on the customer's experience. For me it's not about turnover and how many cars I can get in and out, it's about the quality that goes into the cars and how they're properly worked on. But furthermore, it's Read More

Clear Bra, Advantages,

Clear Bra: Advantages of Using Paint Protection Film

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to their vehicles, preventative people and reactive people. There are the people who even before they buy their car have already decided how and where to get it detailed. Although many people don't understand the importance of detailing a brand new car, there's one step further that some 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

matte paint clear coat reflection diagram

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

Touch-up Paint, Car, Scratches,

Touch-up Paint: What? When? Where? Why?

From the moment you drive a new car off the showroom floor, the attacks begin. Ravenous paint-eating contaminants like bird-do and acid rain hunger for your clear coat and paint. Filth billows up from the asphalt to do a dance on the lower portion of your front fascia, bumpers, and body side moldings, while thoughtless drivers terrorize your shiny Read More