Take it easy with the snow brush there captain!
When Mother Nature blankets your car with snow this season, please be careful when using your military issue snow scrapers and brushes removing it. Certainly you need to remove the snow and ice from the windows so that you can see out the of the front, back, and sides of your car, but go easy on the painted surfaces. The scraper is used for glass surfaces only and a definite no-no to use on any painted areas like the hood, deck lid, roof or sides of the car. The snow brush can also scratch your car if used improperly. Can you imagine using that nylon brush to wash the dirt off of your car in the summer? Uh, the correct answer is no! It will leave slight marring and make your pretty bright paint work look dull. Even worse is that most likely, there is a layer of dirt under the snow resting on your car, so as you slide the snow off of the surface, the dirt and sand is abrading the paint, leaving scratches in the clear coat. In fact, sometimes, depending on the level of dirt present, it can scratch THROUGH the clear coat and all the way through the color. Dirt and sand is very sharp and is the leading cause of scratching of vehicle paint.
So what do I do? Leave all the snow on my car to blow off in someone’s face while I’m driving? Well no, not if there is a lot of snow on it. I just use the brush to remove most of the accumulated snow. Don’t rub the brush down to the paint and try not to slide the snow around on the surface.
Just a little tip to help your car stay shiny for the spring time! 🙂
Does your car feel silky smooth?
It may need to be exfoliated!
Airborne contaminants are everywhere. Your car’s exterior is exposed to contaminants all day – every day. Driving down the road, parked in the hot sun, driving through construction areas, outdoor painting, acid rain, etc., and our cars have to endure all that Mother Nature and man can throw on it. Because of this, most every car on the road today has an accumulation of fine particulates that are actually stuck to the clear coat. Many times these harmful contaminants are not visible to the naked eye, but you can feel them, and if left untreated they could eat further into your paint.
How Do You Know?
After the car is washed and dried, feel the surface of your car’s paint. (You can magnify your sense of touch by using a sandwich baggie or a cellophane wrapper to feel the paint with your fingertips.) Do you feel bumps and rough spots? These bumps are contaminants attached to the finish of your car. Removing these surface contaminants (road tar, hard water spots, paint overspray, brake pad/rotor dust, bug residue, iron dust, etc.) will improve both the look and the health of your car’s paint.
After summer is a great time to clean, polish, and protect the paint on your car. Automobile finishes tend to soften in the hot sun and become more susceptible to airborne contaminants attaching themselves to the surface. By the way, if you have a white or light colored vehicle, you can see the most common contaminant in this region, brake pad/rotor dust and iron dust particles. If you look close, on the rear of the car, you will see tiny spots that look like rust even after you wash it good. This is iron dust that has stuck itself to your car and oxidized on your paint. Fear not! It can be exfoliated.
Enter Detailing Clay
Actually, clay in many forms has been around for at least a couple thousand years! It has even been known to cure blindness! Here we will discuss a somewhat less miraculous use. Within the last ten to fifteen years clay has become popular among auto enthusiasts and detail technicians for removing surface contaminants from paint finishes, glass, wheels, and trim. Detailing clay is a soft, flexible resin base (polybutene), with various paint cleaning additives.
Usually a clay “bar” is about 3×4 inches and 3/4″ thick. Color will vary between manufacturers and/or grades of clay but light grey is most popular among most detail professionals. The texture and consistency is very similar to modeling clay or play dough. One clay bar can be used on 5 – 6 entire vehicles if it’s kept clean. Dirt is your car’s worst enemy and it scratches paint, so if the clay bar drops to the ground get a new piece.
How is Clay Used?
The substance is primarily used by hand and rubbed over each surface of a vehicle while using a special lubricating spray. (Be sure to wash the car thoroughly to remove all loose dirt first.) The clay bar works as a virtue of its flexibility and as it is gently hand rubbed across each surface, the soft clay flattens out to form to the exact contour, leaving behind an exceptionally smooth, clean surface.
After treating one or two panels (depending on the condition of the paint finish), the clay will begin to look dirty. That “dirt” is all the various contaminants being removed from the surface and being embedded in the clay. The clay should be turned over now to expose the clean side. When both sides are dirty, simply remold the clay and continue “claying” until each and every surface of the vehicle has been “exfoliated.” (I love that word!)
Re-wash the vehicle. The paint finish is now ready for polishing or waxing. Repeat this treatment at least once per year to keep your vehicle’s paint finish in excellent condition.
What is Ozone and How Does It Help Remove Odor From My Car?
Ozone generators ha ve been used for years to eradicate odors in buildings after fires and natural disasters. they are also used in most bars and restaurants to eliminate or minimize cigar and cigarette smoke. Ozone is a gas, and it is very effective at eliminating odors as long as the major source of the odor has been removed. (Like that very old banana we found under my brothers seat!) However, there are some concerns surrounding safety when using ozone. When using ozone, you must ensure there are no people or living things in the vehicle.
How it works
Ozone is a gas. Its molecules consist of three oxygen atoms, designated by the chemical symbol O3. In nature, it is created by lightning in the lower atmosphere and by solar ultraviolet rays in the upper atmosphere. In an ozone generator, ozone is produced by applying an electrical current to a conductor sheathed in ceramic and encapsulated in a stainless steel tube. A corona is formed between the two conductors through the ceramic sheath. Oxygen (O2) molecules passing through the corona are split apart which then attach to other oxygen molecules forming ozone (O3).
When an O3 molecule encounters odor-producing molecules, it oxidizes the molecules, leaving only O2 molecules or pure oxygen. This simplified description of how ozone generators work explains how they kill odors.
The Top 10 Detailing Mistakes…
When detailing your own vehicle, you need to pay careful attention to the following:
1. Aggressive rubbing or use of “scrubby” pads to remove bird droppings, tree sap, bugs or other grime on fragile paint surfaces will create scratches that generally aren’t noticed until the finish is dry.
2. Improper Polishing…causing wheel marks and swirls or even removing the paint on edges.
3. Leaving excessive and unsightly wax in the cracks, seams or emblems.
4.Using touch-up paint to cover up scratches and scuffs that could easily be removed with proper polishing.
5. Improper glass cleaning, leaving windows smeary and hazy a possible safety hazard.
6.Using too much cleaning solution in the carpet, then not rinsing properly. (That would be like washing your hair with shampoo and not rinsing.)
7. Soaking the carpet and causing wet, stinky mud to sink into the base of the carpet fibers.
8. Neglecting to dry the interior thoroughly may lead to foul smells, mold and eventual replacement costs.
9. Making the interior dirt shiny by putting slimy dressing on interior surfaces instead of cleaning properly.
10.Turning your floor mats upside down or removing them to “save your floor mats.” Floor mats are removable, replaceable and easy to clean compared to the capet. They are meant to protect the carpet.
The Inside Story on the Inside of Your Vehicle
Throughout the winter you’re regularly getting your car or truck washed; that’s good. You’re wisely protecting the exterior from potentially damaging effects of road salts, grunge and general air pollution common to our region.
But do you know your vehicle’s interior is also threatened by many of the same contaminants that can damage the exterior? These include dirt, mud, salt and the stones you and passengers drag in. That’s not all; there’s accumulated dust, crumbs, food, drink and pet stains, messy cup holders, window grime, cigarette smoke, and refuse. Plus, wintertime use brings excessive snow and salt to carpets, increasing wear and tear. There may even be mold and mildew effects left over from summer.
Your car or truck’s interior is your “living room.” So, especially now, during or after a tough Michigan winter, it deserves some TLC. That’s where Classic Appreciation – the professional automobile detailing centers – shines.
An offer You Shouldn’t Refuse
Bring your car in for our Interior Detail Package and let our professionals:
• Clean the dash, vents, door panels and all vinyl trim, with a safe, protective cleaner.
• Treat all interiors that feature leather options with approved cleansers and conditioners.
• Vacuum and extract soil from carpeting, seats and floor mats.
It’s often said that drivers feel good behind the wheel of a freshly washed car. Imagine how much better you’ll feel when you interior – your “on the road living room” – is professionally detailed; especially during and after a typical Michigan winter. Make your appointment today to get every interior nook and crevice throughly cleaned and more – with a complete Interior Detailing at Classic Appreciation. Your car’s interior will be “living room” clean and showroom fresh, and smell like the Michigan Spring that’s just around the corner.
Vehicle Hygiene and the Dentist
Having your car or truck professionally cleaned and polished at Classic Appreciation is a lot like having your teeth cleaned and polished at your dentist. Except you don’t sit in a big chair, feel awkward and drool on yourself.
Dental hygiene is defined as “The practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy, as by regular brushing, flossing and periodical visits to the dentist for a thorough cleaning and polishing.” It is recommended by the American Dental Association that your should brush (wash) your teeth after each meal, floss once a day, and visit your dentist once every six months for a thorough “detailing” of your mouth.
The preferred method of cosmetic maintenance for your vehicle also involves frequent cleansing. The International Car Wash Association recommends that your vehicle be washed a minimum of once a week and professionally detailed every six months to preserve that showroom fresh appearance and retain its maximum value.
When you go to the dentists office for a routine appointment, a dental hygienist will begin by methodically cleaning every tooth in your mouth. If you’ve ever noticed, these trained professionals don’t just randomly jump around cleaning a little bit here and there. They always use a specific process or routine to make sure every tooth and the adjacent gum area is thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Following the manual cleaning of each tooth, then the hygienist then polishes the teeth using a rotary polisher and a special polish.
Hmmm…This all sounds so familiar. At Classic Appreciation Professional Auto Detail Center , we also follow a structured process to achieve unequaled thoroughness in the vehicle detailing. In fact each section of the vehicle is treated to its own individual process developed by Classic Appreciation Inc.
A complete detail begins when a trained professional detail technician cleans the e n t i r e exterior of the vehicle. Special attention is given to the areas that are often neglected during routine car washes. Areas such as door jambs, hinges, weather stripping, under carriage, wheel well and engine compartment thoroughly cleansed.
The exterior paint finish is then polished to eliminate fine scratches, smooth the surface, and prepare it for the paint sealant. Stone chips and deep scratches are touched up with the properly matched factory color. Protection of the dazzling finished is obtained by using a high quality paint sealant such as “blue coral”. Applied with a gentle orbital motion buffer.
The interior of the vehicle is then cleansed meticulously using specific chemical solutions, Q-Tips, toothbrushes and focused effort. We also employ a hot water extraction machine, identical to the machine the carpet cleaning industry uses, to thoroughly rinse out all the soul and detergent residue from all the fabric. “Rinse” out is the key word here. Could you imagine lathering up your hair with shampoo and then just dry it….not even rinse it? Certainly not! You need to rinse the sticky, soil attracting detergent otherwise the material will look and feel dirty again real quick. Rinsing….It’s all part of our process.
The art of treating each section of the vehicle as a separate component, as the word “detail” is defined, helps to ensure that every car is returned to our customer looking “showroom fresh.” Just like routine visits to the dentist and frequent brushing enhances the appearance and greatly extended the life on your teeth…having your vehicle professionally detailed is the answer to extended vehicle life, high resale value and no problem lease turn in.