Matte Paint, Manufacturers, OEM,

The Detail: The Matte Surge in the World Today

  Maybe it's because I work in the industry of cars and automotive paint, but I thought that matte finished vehicles were more popular than they are.  I've spent the past few weeks in conversations with lots of different groups of people and the question of, 'what do you do for work?' comes around quite often. On more than one occasion, 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

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

Icon, 4x4, Thriftmaster, Matte,

ICON 4X4 and Dr. Beasley’s Partner up to Clean and Protect Matte Finishes

  ICON 4x4 matte finishes, as of 2014, are being officially cleaned and protected by Dr. Beasley's Matte Paint Prescription. This partnership formed after extensive testing by ICON to ensure that the best possible products are being used on the best vehicles on the road. It is nothing short of humbling to be able to say that the legendary 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