SEMA, Dr. Beasley's, Matte, Detail

Polishing Outside? Risks and Alternatives

Polishing a car outside in the elements doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. However, there are restrictions that limit people from adhering to best practices. So how do we make the best of the situation? What to do Before You Polish a Car The two main steps to prep a car to be polished are clean and decontaminate.  Cleaning is obvious, but 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

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

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

Detailing, Car Care, PlasmaCoat,

7 Step Process to Detailing an Audi A7

  The other day a gentleman came into the detailing shop we own in Chicago to get a "Complete Exterior". We took a look at this car and saw that it was in fair condition with a few deep scratches in key areas.  We decided to take it in and told him he could pick it up at the end of the day.  Do not misinterpret this, just because it doesn't Read More

Car Care Products, Detailing mistakes, swirl, claying, microfiber

Top 4 Detailing Mistakes You Should Avoid

Whether you've been detailing your car for months or years, or are justing getting ready to start with the new BMW you just bought; you'd do well to ensure you're not going to be making these same mistakes. Detailing isn't a job for just professionals, though there are aspects to detailing that do require special knowledge for use of specific Read More

summer car care tips, car care, jaguar

4 Ways To Get Your Car Sparkling For Summer!

Now that winter is finally over, summer is here! That means more time to spend outside cruising, and of course, caring for your car. Here's some tips to get that perfect shine, clean seats, and radiant rims! Read More

Polishing Decision Tree

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 2)

So you know you need to polish and don't know where to start. You are not alone. When it comes to polishing, I can't stress enough how much that old idiom "better safe than sorry" comes in to play. Before we dive in, let me state that this article will demonstrate the right way to begin a polishing procedure and layout a clear plan of action for Read More

Polish being applied to a pad

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 1)

It seems as if we've been discussing polishing a lot on Behind the Detail, but I guess that's okay since the polishing process is the most widely misconstrued subject in car care. As a beginner, the first thing you need to know is that polishing "corrects" imperfections with abrasives and heat. What exactly does this mean? That's what the article's Read More

Car Paint Sealant on Corvette

The Best Polish You’ll Ever Buy a paint sealant. No, really, it is. You see, the idea behind polishing is that, by use of abrasives, you can revive your car's beaten paint back to pristine condition. While this is true and achievable, there is a major cost here: your clear coat. As I've mentioned before, overpolishing has become a major problem in the detailing world. What Read More