Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is Detailing?
    In a nutshell, for me detailing means reconditioning each aspect of the vehicle inside and out to a better then new condition.
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    What is Paint Correction?
    A specialized, multi step, precision machine polishing process, which microscopically removes fine scratches and abrasions leaving behind a flawless, pure, beautiful paint finish.
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    Can Deep Scratches be Removed?
    If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail then it is too deep to be completely removed. However compounding and polishing the damaged area can reduce and minimize the scratch causing it to be less noticeable.
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    What is Two-Bucket Washing?
    Two bucket washing is a specialized washing technique that traps and isolated the dirt particles in one bucket so they do not drag across the finish causing micro scratches known as swirls.
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    What are Swirls?
    Swirls are micro scratches in the paint finish typically caused by improper washing and drying as well as dust offs and wipe downs. Over time these micro scratches accumulate causing a spider web/swirl effect.
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    What is a Clay Bar?
    The clay bar is specialized polymer abrasive clay designed to shear off and lift out contamination that has become bonded to the surface. Claying will not remove scratches.
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    Wax vs. Sealant?
    A traditional wax is a natural product developed typically from carnauba as well as bees wax blended with many other oils and ingredients to make it applicable for protecting your paint finish. Sealants are man made synthetic products typically using polymer, acrylic or water-based resins designed for long lasting paint protection.
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    Do I Need to Wax the Clear Coat?
    Yes, the clear coat protects the color coat to a certain point but UV rays will still penetrate and eventually break down the clear coat. Protecting the clear coat will provide a slight but significant barrier allowing it to remain healthier longer.
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    How Often Should I Wax?
    Generally on a daily driven vehicle a good Carnauba wax will last 5-7 weeks. A good synthetic sealant product will typically last 3-4 months. On vehicles that are rarely driven and garage kept I would reapply every 6 months.
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    What Products Do I Use?
    I use what I feel are the best of what each brand seems to specialize in. Therefore I carry many different products. The majority of the products I use are water based and have no petroleum's in them.
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    Can the Paint Texture Be Removed?
    Yes. Only with wet sanding (color sanding) can the texture be re-leveled and flattened enough to remove the “orange peel” effect leaving a more mirror like quality to the finish.
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    How Long Will It Take?
    Typically a simple decontamination process plus the full interior takes 4-5 hours for smaller vehicles. If I perform extensive paintwork reconditioning it could easily take 16-20 hours.
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