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How to Detail a Matte Car using the Matte Paint Prescription

Many of our customers buy our Matte Paint Prescription so that they have everything they need to take care of their matte vehicle. But once it arrives on their doorstep the question usually arises - "Now what?" While we tend to think that detailing a matte finished vehicle is easier than a glossy 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 Read More

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Harley Davidson Project LiveWire: Electric Motorcycle (Video)

Harley Davidson is on a mission to reach a new demographic, a young and earth conscientious demographic with the potential release of an brand new electric motorcycle. It's an exciting time and they are doing all the right things.  They are taking the bike around the country and getting feedback Read More

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Metal Polishing: The Quick Guide

There is good news when it comes to polishing the metals on your vehicle. Most of it - like your tail pipe, wheels, exhaust manifold, outer panels, trim, and engine - is made of stainless steel. While stainless steel is rust and stain resistant, the chromium oxide and nickel finish on the metal is Read More

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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 Read More

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Removing Overspray from a Matte Black Harley Davidson

Overspray from a construction site littered a matte black Harley Davidson the other day. Needless to say, that's no way to ride around the city and show off such an awesome bike.  Luckily we got our hands on the bike and were able to restore it back to it's original clean factory Read More

Towels, Damp, Microfiber, Detailing, Drying

Use Damp Microfiber Towels to Improve Performance

All detailers should make it a habit to use a partially wet or damp microfiber towel when drying a wet car because it absorbs water better than one that is fully dry. Scientifically speaking, the skin of a water molecule is polarized (attracted to specific molecules), thereby acting like a magnet Read More

Driving Gloves: For Style or Protection?

  We've all seen movies where a bad ass guy owns a little porsche. As he's walking up to the car, he pulls out his leather gloves and steps inside. But why? Sure some people think that when you drive fast you need better control of the steering wheel, while other more practical people Read More

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Cleaning Bird Poop From Your Car: The Acidic Nightmare

It looks harmless enough, if not rather disgusting, driving along when a big splat of bird poop splatters all over the hood of your car. It looks terrible but you just drive through it not knowing how aggressive that powerful organic acid is when reacting chemically with your automotive paint. If Read More

Microfiber Towels

Microfiber Towels: Picking, Using, Cleaning

It's hard to find any detailer worth his or her salt who's not using microfiber towels nowadays.  It's the detailing industry standard and so far the best tool around for cleaning/drying a car.  We'll discuss the reasons microfiber towels are so important and the best practices for using them in the Read More