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Detailing Products: What do the names mean?

Waxes, Glazes, Polishes: What’s’ the Difference? The car care product aisle at your local retailer is a pure marketing bonanza.  There is this wax and that polish, and nano this and carnauba that.  No wonder every internet forum related to a specific vehicle...

Cost vs. Value in Auto Detailing

Cost: If you are shopping for a service for your home, car, or even dining out, the cost of the remodel, repair, or prepared meal is perhaps the primary driver of the decision making process.  Price is a very rational metric of which to base an economic exchange for...

SEMA: The Show

The Show. (And I am NOT referring to MLB.) I will confirm- the SEMA Show is everything the media present it as- an over the top conglomeration of anything and everything automotive. Last year was my first experience with the trade show and never for one moment was I...

Yes, Winter Detailing Matters…

Shooting from the hip here but I would estimate that a majority of drivers in the Pacific Northwest purchase auto detail services during the spring and summer months.  From a logical standpoint this makes some sense as the sun appears more frequently in the sky and a...

Waterless / Rinseless Washing…

If my post is the first time you have been exposed to the idea of waterless and rinseless wash products you may be a little skeptical.  That’s certainly ok because I know I was.  However, I have been using these alternative wash products over the past two years...

Paint Coatings: Why you should care or care less.

Growing up, a portion of my boyhood responsibilities included- mowing the lawn, raking leaves, cleaning dishes, and washing my family’s vehicles.  Every chore was bothersome but one was particularly so and that was waxing our Chevrolet Blazer every month.  And my...

‘Identifying paint defects. Do you have… THE eye?’

‘Identifying paint defects. Do you have… THE eye?’ A discerning eye, when it comes to paint defects, doesn’t simply belong to paint and body guys or just detailers. I actually know some car guys who have ‘THE eye’ when it comes to identifying paint problems. But the...

Safe Car Washing at Home (Part 1)

This is the first post in a series of how to properly wash you car or truck in the comfort of your own driveway. Without argument, the washing and drying stages of exterior car maintenance and detailing are usually responsible for the majority of damage inflicted in...