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

3M, 1080, Wraps, Self Healing, Matte

Self Healing Vinyl Wraps to Remove Scratches and Imperfections

There are a number of self healing vinyl wraps on the market these days. Amongst this list is the 3M 1080 wraps. We got our hands on some and decided to play around with it to see just how effective it really is! We got our first glimpse of the self healing wraps in action while we were at SEMA in 2013. One of the attendees dug his nails into 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

Spring Detailing, Detailing After Winter, Tire, Wheels, Plastic

Spring Cleaning: Detailing the Details (Part 3)

Ok...now that we have the interior and exterior of our cars detailed to an extent, it's time to focus on a few details that really make that your car look awesome. Although these areas I'm about to mention aren't often overlooked, there are some tricks that can make a huge difference in your detailing. Tires, wheels, and plastic trim are on the Read More

Spring Detailing

Spring Cleaning: Exterior Detailing (Part 2)

Now that your interior is nice and clean and protected, there are a few things to consider when getting ready to prep the paint. There's no doubt that the harshness of winter takes a toll on your paint. Luckily (hopefully), you were prepared before winter and had a durable, long lasting sealant for protection. But now that we are headed into 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 Read More