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1. Why should I have my car detailed?
Detailing is probably one of the least understood, but most valuable services you can get for your vehicle. Your vehicle is your second best investment, which is very important to Exquisite Detailing as well. Regular detailing will protect and keep it looking new as long as you own it, and return value will be more profitable to you. If your vehicle has been neglected, detailing will restore a showroom look and feel. If you are selling or trading your vehicle, a detail will assure a quicker sale while increasing the value hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
2. My vehicle has a clear coat. Is waxing necessary?
Absolutely!!! Today’s high-solid clear coat finishes are the result of new laws for paint solvents and emissions created by the EPA in 1983. The new paint systems are actually softer and less durable than the low-solid single stage finishes applied years ago. A wax or sealant acts as a superficial layer of protection for the vulnerable finish of your vehicle. You do not want to neglect your vehicle's finish by not having it treated regularly because this will result in paint fade, blemishes and other problems that will end up costing you more money to repair then the cost of having your vehicle detailed regularly.
3. I just bought a new car. How long should I wait before having wax applied?
Today’s factory finishes are fully cured when they leave the factory. Despite what your dealer may have told you, it is safe and recommended to apply wax 21 days after you acquire your new vehicle. If your vehicle has been completely or partially refinished by a body shop, it is recommended to wait 30 days before applying wax or sealants.
4. How can I keep my vehicle looking good between washes?
Frequent and proper washing is the most important preventive maintenance for your vehicle's appearance. No wax or sealant is effective enough to protect a vehicle from contaminants that remain on the surface for extended periods.
5. What is the best way to wash my vehicle and how often should I do it?
When properly performed, hand washing is the safest and most thorough method of cleaning the exterior of your vehicle. It is recommended to wash your car every rainfall to remove contaminants that may have settled or about every 5-7 days if no rainfall has occurred. You may need to wash more frequently depending upon construction or dusty conditions. Another key factor in detailing your vehicle is to make sure the vehicle is always washed and all bugs are removed after a long trip. If not removed, the bugs have acid that will eat into the vehicle’s finish.
6. Is it safe to bring my vehicle to an automatic wash (e.g. Gas Stations)?
Many automatic car washes, especially touchless washes, use harsh detergents and acid presoaks that can strip away wax or sealant and dry out the clear coat. The protective sealants and waxes used at automatic washes do not provide the protection they claim. They can actually harm painted surfaces, trim and glass, and may cause damage to mirrors and vehicle’s underside. They can also scratch the vehicle’s finish and leave spots on the vehicle, Spending $5-20.00 on an automatic car wash may eventually cost you a lot more time and money. Having your vehicle professionally cleaned by hand will ensure this does not happen and will only cost around $15-45.00 for a wash and sealant application by professionals that care about your vehicle’s finish.
7. Should I have my leather interior cleaned?
A fine leather interior, original or restored, represents a major investment worth protecting. Cleaning and “feeding” leather is essential to keeping it pliable, lustrous and healthy. In time, if leather is not maintained, it tends to become dry and brittle due to environmental pollution and exposure to direct sunlight. It is important to use a leather conditioner between cleanings to prevent “cracking”. It is recommended to be treated once a month
8. What is the difference between a polish and a wax?
A polish is designed to remove minor surface imperfections such as scratches, spotting and oxidation. Polishes work with abrasives and/or chemical cleaners to flatten or level, the surface. For example, a clear coat scratch can reflect light from its microscopic edges. That’s what makes it stand out from the surrounding area. A polish can smooth out, or level, the edges, reducing the amount of light the scratch reflects. In many cases, a polish can completely remove minor surface scratches and other imperfections.
A wax or sealant is designed to enhance and protect a previously polished surface. This protection is necessary to keep airborne pollutants, road film and other contaminants from sticking to the surface, causing potentially long term damage. Some single-step products combine the cut of a polish with the shine and protection of a wax. They work great when speed is important, but are not as effective as a two-step polish/wax process.