Top 5 Reasons People Get Their Car Detailed

Top 5 Reasons People Get Their Car Detailed

As the main scheduler, I get to communicate with a variety of people who want to schedule a detail service with Onsite Detail.  I get everything from someone wanting the most basic of services to people who need the entire day to get their cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and/or airplanes cleaned and protected down to the smallest detail.  It’s not just the services that are so diverse, but also the reasons behind those services. From personal experience, here are the top five reasons people call to get on our schedule to get their car detailed!

1. They’re Selling the Car

A common reason we receive calls is someone is simply looking to sell their vehicle.  A detailed car will not only increase the value of the vehicle but it will help it sell much faster too. Anyone who has bought or sold a car knows it’s a long process with paperwork, scheduling visits, and talking to banks.  Why add to the stress of it when you can have someone else do the detailing?

Our services can deep clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle and make it almost like great, even if it hasn’t been the most well-maintained.  We can also help clean engines so they shine for the buyer and buff out those scratches and oxidation on the paint to make it shine again. Whatever you need cleaned before you sell, we can almost certainly do the job!

2. They Just Don’t Have the Time

We live in a busy age.  It’s uncommon to see someone who has all the time in the world anymore.  So when I make an appointment for someone who says they just don’t have the time, we totally understand!  One of my personal favorites from this is a call I got where someone needed their vehicle cleaned for their friend’s wedding the very next day.  Talk about rushed!

When I say they don’t have the time, I mean all sorts of things.  I mean people whose jobs have them working overnights, to parents with four kids, to people with conditions that make it so they cannot work on their vehicle as they’d like.  Our two or three hour job would be an entire day or more for them. We are more than happy to come to you and detail your car and help keep it clean and protected, even if it’s just because you don’t feel like doing it.  It’s a unique way of treating yourself. Speaking of treating…

3. It Makes A Great Gift

Detailing a car has lots of uses.  It can help prevent long-term wear and tear like rust, deal with scratches or oxidation, and make the car owner feel like a champion.  It makes me smile when someone explains they want a car detailed that belongs to their spouse, kid, parent, or friend. Some people are hard to buy for, but if they have a car, then you have a gift idea!

My own grandparents, who are hard to find gifts for because they simply don’t need much in terms of material items, were ecstatic when I got their car detailed for them.  It was by no means filthy, but it hadn’t been deep-cleaned in months due to their old age and busy schedules. Other family members were even a little envious because they wanted their cars cleaned too!  So I can tell you from personal experience that scheduling a car detail from the pros is a great gift idea, and at Onsite Detail we even sell gift cards to make that even more fun! Keep it in mind, the holiday season is coming up very soon.

4. They Have A Complicated Job 

Some jobs need more than a good car wash can help with.  Swirl marks, over spray, hard water spots, oxidizing paint, they want a ceramic coating, or sticky substances like tar and tree sap need a particular amount of care most places can’t help with.

When these people call in, I’m always eager to get them on the schedule right away.  Our detailers are trained to take care of the tougher jobs and use the best techniques, products and equipment around to do so. We love seeing a car in rough shape be cleared of its “ailments” and don’t like to shy away from the harder jobs.  Instead of risking time, money, and potentially making things worse trying to “DIY” it, you can call us to have some peace of mind while we take care of your vehicle.  We even do the big ones like RVs and boats!

Our pricing for some of these are based on how long it takes, such as our Buffing and Polishing being $75 per man hour.  If you want to figure out how long it’ll be, you can send photos of the vehicle to our phone number or email so we can give a better estimate!

5. It’s Personal

Every so often I get a call that part way through throws me off guard for a second.  One such call was because their car had been stolen and recently returned, but the trauma of it made it uncomfortable to drive until it’d been thoroughly cleaned.  Another was someone had been diagnosed with a condition that would need treatment that would kill their immune system, so they needed the car cleaned thoroughly to make sure they wouldn’t risk their health.  They were willing to share this with me, despite not knowing who I was beyond “the schedule person,” and so I was able to communicate more thoroughly what they needed so we did the right job.

These are probably the most rare cases I get, but I treat them just the same as anyone else.  Some people don’t share the reason for getting their car detailed, which I certainly don’t need in order to schedule them.  However, that doesn’t mean the reason for it isn’t deeper than a simple “I want it looking nice.” Part of why I love working at Onsite Detail is because we are a small business so we can treat each person like a person instead of a number, and I keep that in mind whenever I get a new call, email, or text.  

Whatever your reason for getting your car detailed, we at Onsite Detail are more than happy to help!  From simple to complicated jobs, personal to business reasons, we can be there. Reach out to schedule with us today!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

Removing Tar, Sap and Bugs before Winter Hits

Removing Tar, Sap and Bugs before Winter Hits

Winter Prep

It’s getting to be cooler in Utah, which means getting your car ready for winter.  Snow tires, antifreeze, and battery checks are important parts of this process, but here at Onsite Detail we want to suggest getting other things taken care of that you might not have thought of before.

Tree Sap on Car Paint

Tree Sap on Car Paint

Tree sap, bugs, and tar are a pain to deal with when it gets on your car.  In the short term, it’s unsightly, sticky, and obnoxious. In the long run, it can solidify and do damage to paint, finish, and clear coats. If we allow these contaminants to remain on our vehicle’s surfaces throughout the winter we may find the damage they have caused is irreparable.  Most of us can try to prevent getting sap on our cars simply by avoiding trees, but Utah’s nature and our tendency to park in the shade can make this tricky to avoid.  Warmer weather brings bugs that hit and over time damage your car, and tar can be kicked up from construction or an unlucky encounter with a construction vehicle.  No matter how careful we are, there’s always a chance you will encounter these particular messes.

Removing the Contaminants

You might be thinking to yourself, “wow, I have one of those on my car now, I should get it off.”  That is a good way of thinking, especially since the chances of damage or staining goes up the longer it is there.  A simple Google search can lead you to all sorts of how-to’s for getting rid of these substances yourself. It may seem easy, but if you’re not a hundred percent sure you know what to do, you can potentially cause more severe damage than the contaminant itself could.  Getting the right chemicals, finding the time, and gaining the knowledge exactly what to do without doing damage yourself is a big hassle with a good-sized risk. Paint damage is expensive to get repaired properly and it makes you feel worse when you did the damage yourself.

Tar on Car Paint Before

Tar on Car Paint Before

Clean Car Paint After

Clean Car Paint After

We, at Onsite Detail, try to make this process easier for you.  While the majority of our auto detailing services have a fixed cost, removing sap and tar comes at a separate cost of $75 per man hour.  While we can’t give a perfect estimate, you can send photos of the contaminants to our email clean@onsitedetail.net or text them to us at 801-412-9274.  You can also talk to the detailer in advance, as they can tell you how long they think it will take and discuss your needs/budget with you.  Rather than sink more money into chemical products you may never use again and risk an expensive paint repair job, you can leave it to us to help you with these hazards!

That’s all well and good, but what about bugs?  Glad you asked! Whenever you schedule an Exterior DetailOnsite VIP Detail or any service that comes with a full exterior hand wash it includes taking care of any bugs on the car.  We utilize products that help with that specifically so you get the care your car deserves. We can make sure they’re cleared off, unlike running it through a car wash that may or may not get the tough bugs off.

DIYers Beware

If you are really into the idea of doing the job yourself, more power to you!  Just remember to take time and make sure you’re using the right stuff to minimize the damage.  We will provide a small list of things to not use, based on what we have seen others that have tried and failed and called Onsite Detail to the rescue.  Please do not use the following to try and remove tar, sap, hardwater spots, overspray, bugs or any other contaminant from your vehicle’s surface:

Scratches from Brillo Pad

Scratches from Brillo Pad

  • Brillo pads
  • Magic Erasers (especially the heavy duty ones)
  • Razor blades of any kind
  • Steel Wool
  • Stiff bristled brushes
  • Hair dryers or heat guns
  • Brushes not made for auto detailing
  • Any harsh chemicals not designed for auto detailing (read your labels!)

Take Care of Your Vehicle

We encourage you to take care of your vehicles, because they do a lot of work for you. Whether this means taking its care into your own hands or getting in touch with professionals, it’s always a good idea to keep up on even the small and sticky annoyances because they can quickly become bigger issues.

Contact us, here at Onsite Detail for your vehicle detailing needs before winter really hits!  It will not only make your car look better, but will prevent long-term damage and staining. No matter what, you’ll be glad you did it!

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

5 Myths About Detailing

5 Myths About Detailing

Myth #1 A Shiny Car Is A Clean Car

This myths about detailing is an easy one to debunk. You can check this yourself after washing your car. By running your hand or fingers over the paint you may still be able to feel small imperfections and contaminants that have embedded themselves into the clear coat of your car. No need to panic as this is rather common, especially with vehicles that are driven regularly. To get rid of those small imperfections and particles we prefer a clay bar treatment. Contrary to another myth, you do not have to be a professional detailer to use a clay bar, although you do need to educate yourself before attempting the process. A very important thing to remember is to keep the paint lubricated for the clay bar to avoid marring of the paint. There are many different types of lubricants that can be used. We use a showroom gloss water-less wash to keep the surface wet long enough to keep the clay bar moving along the surface of the paint while picking up contaminants. Be sure to rinse off the clay bar between every use and store in an airtight zip-lock bag or container.

Quick tip: Performing a clay bar treatment before paint correction will help produce amazing results.

Myth #2 Old T-Shirts, Diapers, or Flannel Cloths Are Best for Detailing

If you’re cleaning your car regularly, good for you! If you’re using old t-shirts or diapers, shame on you! You’re not in trouble but it’s time to make a change. Investing in some quality microfiber rags is the best option for most interior and exterior tasks in detailing. Diaper and shirt “cloths” most commonly have cotton in the material that can scratch and cause swirls in the clear coat of your car. These “cloths” also do not lift dirt very well from the surface of the paint but rather push and or drag the dirt across the clear coat that can cause micro-scratches and swirls as well. The same is true on the interior, they will just spread the grease and dirt around and not really lift and/or absorb all that gunk you want removed. Microfiber rags will absorb and clean best with any type of detailing job you need done. At Onsite Detail, we don’t use anything but microfiber cloths. We also care for them properly and wash them correctly after every use.

Quick tip: Make sure to check rags well and make sure there is nothing stuck in the fibers of the cloth that could potentially scratch before each use.

Myth #3 Dish Soap Is the Best for Washing Cars

So I have good news and bad news! I’ll give you the good news first. Sorry if you wanted the bad first but for the sake of my argument I need to give you the good news first. Washing with dish soap does get  your vehicle clean but it will strip most waxes and sealants off the paint’s surface. Now you need to re-wax your vehicle. I guess if that was your goal all along it would work but if you wash your car weekly you would be removing the wax or sealant long before it would wear off, essentially wasting money and defeating the effectiveness of the wax or sealant. Most waxes will last for 2 to 3 months. Most sealants will last 2 to 6 months. Dish soaps are designed to remove oils, grease, and many substances which include chemicals that are found in wax, polymers, and silicone. This means some dish soaps can prematurely dry out exterior plastics and rubbers and cause premature oxidation. The best option for car wash soap is a soap that is pH balanced and has glossing conditioners and specially formulated for vehicle washing. So a good car wash soap will clean your car and not take off the finishing protection that may have taken hours of work to apply.

Quick tip: If you have ceramic coated vehicle avoid using car wash soaps that have a wax or sealant additive.

Myth #4 Waxing Is All You Need To Do To Remove Swirl Marks

How nice would this be? Unfortunately it takes much more to correct the swirls and scratches than a layer of wax. Sometimes a wax or glaze can temporarily hide small imperfections but is does not correct the problem. Paint correction is one of the things that you need to have done professionally. To completely or mostly eliminate swirls and minor scratches can be a 3 to 4 step process. With deeper scratches and scuff marks, this process can start with wet sanding. Wet sanding requires a proper sand pad with very small grit made for working on automotive paint. It also requires keeping the surface lubricated to avoid being too aggressive and causing irreparable damage. I would recommend the same surface gloss that I mentioned previously with using the clay bar. Having a well lit shop or garage with LED lights will help the imperfections be more visible than they would be outside or in bad lighting. Depending on the severity of the scuffs we can determine the correct pad and the appropriate amount of pressure to apply or not to certain areas. This is why when it comes to doing this, you would want to make sure you know what you’re doing or  who does. Wet sanding does not always need to be done and rarely needs to be done to the whole car. The most common areas for wet sanding will be the hood, roof, and trunk area.

When wet sanding is complete, you will notice a lighter complexion to your paint but an extremely smooth surface that you’ll be able to feel the difference in before you wet sanded. Next step is to bring back the glossy, mirror-like shine. Many of the swirls and minor scratches will be eliminated but this may still only be the first step of 4. Your vehicle is now ready for buffing, polishing and waxing. Yes, they are all separate and require different products with less and less grit as you go. Finally finishing with a wax or sealant to protect your newly buffed and polished paint/clear coat. Again I reiterate please have this done professionally! This is something you don’t want to get into and figure out the hard way that you’re in over your head.

Quick tip: The best way to keep your car scratch and swirl mark free is to not get them in the first place. Make sure you use the correct techniques and procedures when caring for you car, especially washing.

Myth #5 Electric Machines Are Damaging To Your Vehicle’s Paint

This myth is could potentially be true… or partly true. In the wrong hands someone could probably do more damage than good with a rotary buffer or DA polisher but with the right machine and proper training someone can correct a lot of damage that has been done to the clear coat. Car paint is made to survive some pretty harsh conditions: rain, windstorms, sun, and other elements but those things among others will slowly and continually “beat up” the clear coat. To correct the paint imperfections when possible you need a machine. I prefer an oscillating or DA polisher machine. Although it’s an easy machine to learn (for most detailers), experience, skill and technique still play a vital role in being able to successfully eliminate swirls and scratches.

Quick tip: A professional detailer will be able to help determine what type of correction (if any) your vehicle needs according to what results you are looking for. At Onsite Detail you can text or email photos in and get recommendations on what course of action should be taken.

Final Thoughts

There are many myths, rumors and misconceptions that go around about detailing, many of which are/were marketing gone wrong or old techniques people did before they knew better. If there are any questions or concerns feel free to contact us and we can do our best to help you out and get your questions answered.

by Andy Stallings, Operations Manager, Onsite Detail

Why is it important to hire a Professional Detailer

Why is it important to hire a Professional Detailer?

Why hire a professional?

Why hire a professional detailer? This is a question that drives me insane. Not just in detailing but in other industries as well. Why hire a professional roofer or plumber? Why would you hire a professional web designer for your business? Why hire a professional lawyer? Why hire a professional photographer for your wedding? …and the list goes on.

Years ago, I had a customer call us and he was requesting a full detail for his $85,000+ boat. He asked some questions regarding the services we offer. I asked some questions back to clarify exactly what he was wanting done. Then he brought up pricing. As soon as I gave him a ballpark cost he acted shocked. There was a bit of an awkward pause and then he asked me, “What’s the difference between you guys and the kid down the street I can have do it for $8 an hour?”. Ugh… I wanted to hang up on him… I politely explained that we were professional detailers.

As professional detailers we;

  • Have all the proper licensing and insurance.
  • Are in compliance with all regulations and laws.
  • Have the proper training and skill level.
  • Have the knowledge of the why’s and how to’s of detailing.
  • Use professional grade products and equipment.
  • Have the knowledge of the proper use of each chemical.
  • Have experience with many different kinds of boats.
  • Do this to make a living. We support our families via detailing.
  • Are serious about what we are doing and we won’t cut corners.
  • Are members of the International Detailing Association.
  • Follow a code of ethics

We could provide him with a great experience and he would be rest assured his boat would be taken care of and detailed with the proper chemicals and equipment and not have any issues down the road. Also if an injury were to occur on the job, he would not be liable.

With “a kid down the street” as he put it he would not be guaranteed anything and he would not know what kind of products this kid used on his boat. He may have used dish soap and furniture polish which would surely cause damage in the long term. He for sure would not have the proper tools to clean and protect the boat. He could potentially expose himself to a lawsuit if the “kid” was injured or exposed to a chemical.

The Hamburger Analogy

I can’t recall where I heard this from but it is very simple in terms of “you get what you pay for.”

If you go to a fast food chain and order a hamburger you can pay as little as one dollar. When you get a burger and pay one dollar you can’t expect much but you know what you’re paying for and you know what you’ll get. You are not getting the most fresh ingredients. You are not getting the healthiest ingredients. The meat is not the most pure. The the flavor will be plain. These kind of restaurants cannot provide a better burger because they do not have the right ingredients or equipment to make something of more value.

Let’s contrast that to a gourmet burger from a high end restaurant. You will pay much more but you will also get much more. The smell, flavor and even the service you receive will be absolutely better. The burger will be exactly how you ordered it. A mouth watering, extremely satisfying experience. These restaurants have invested in the proper ingredients, equipment and training of their employees, as well as hired the best chefs to give you this experience.

You really can’t compare the two kinds of burgers. Now I realize there are many kinds of burgers that vary between the two, but you get the point.

Hiring a pro is like paying for a better burger while hiring the cheap guy from down the street is like picking off a very limited dollar menu.

The true value of hiring a professional detailer.

The bottom line is we hire professionals for services because they have the training, certification(s), licensing, insurance, experience and know how to give you what you want. A professional also makes a living doing what they do and more than not they enjoy what they do and take pride in their work. Next time you consider the true value in hiring a professional detailer, remember these things and ask the right questions when looking to hire someone who claims to be a professional.

by Chris Blasidell, CD, Onsite Detail

How to Prepare For Your Detailing Service

How to Prepare For Your Detailing Service

It is a miserable feeling walking to your car, boat, RV, etc. and seeing how badly it needs to be cleaned and protected but you don’t have the time, energy, or know-how to do it yourself.  Utilizing our mobile detailing services takes the stress of cleaning and protecting your vehicle away and leaves you with that shiny clean car you want to see. If hiring a mobile detailer is new to you, or it’s just been awhile, consider these four tips when you’re ready to prepare for your detail service!

1. Figure Out Exactly What You Want

There are two main areas to each car: interior and exterior.  Well, there are more, but for detailing we will start here. It will help to look at both parts to figure out exactly what you want.

Is the inside filthy after that family road trip?  Does the outside have lots of scratches or hard water spotting but the inside could just use a wipe down?  Are you looking to sell the car and need everything like new? Decide what you want done and look through the services page and see what options are available. If you have questions or need clarification just go ahead and ask. If you’re unsure about what services your vehicle needs, bring this up and we can help find the right service for you.

If there are specific issues you want your detailer to work on, such as the engine, exhaust pipes, pet hair removal or stains in the seats, let us know in advance.  This will help with scheduling the correct amount of time for the appointment and allow the detailer to come prepared with the right chemicals and equipment to do the job correctly and efficiently!

Onsite Detail Bonus Tip: At Onsite Detail you can send photos of scuffs, scratches, oxidation or stains and that will help us give you a better idea how we can help and what pricing will look like! You can email or text the photos to us.

2. Call In Advance

We will do our best to schedule your detail appointment at your preferred time, but every so often it just doesn’t work out.  It is worth calling, emailing or texting us in advance to schedule. It gives you time to prepare and helps get the time slot you want.  Knowing what you want for service in advance can help us find time to schedule too. Some services take as little as half an hour, while some take all day.  Never be afraid to ask how long it will take!

If requesting an appointment for same-day service we will do our best to make an appointment work but if not we’ll find the next best time. Of course, things happen and sometimes you might need to call right away. It’s definitely worth calling as soon as you can!  We have a waiting lists in case an appointment drops or we are running ahead of schedule and time opens up, but if you can help it, contact us in advance to get the most options available to you.

Onsite Detail Bonus Tip: When scheduling an appointment with us, we require a $30 appointment deposit that goes toward your final balance.  This holds your spot on our calendar! 

3. Clear Out Your Vehicle

Wait, aren’t you calling Onsite Detail to clean your car?  Well, yes! But detailers cannot do much about the stuff in the car that isn’t, well, the car. It’s worth clearing your vehicle of items such as bags, papers, toys, or personal items. Take the stuff out of the center console and gloves box as well as any pockets or other storage spaces. If your vehicle is full of stuff that requires the detailer to spend time taking out, its cuts down on the time to do the actual detailing.  The next time you go to the gas station, throw away trash in the cans near the pumps.

Some detail places such as ours will find ways to handle your items if you just ran out of time, so it is always worth asking what their protocol is if you have a concern!

Onsite Detail Bonus Tip: Our detailers are trained to clean child car seats too, for a low cost. Just ask!

4. Make Sure There Is Room To Work

An important thing to think about is the location.  Detailers can’t work on your car inside or out if they can’t get to it, after all.  Make sure they will have access to all sides of the car and there is plenty of room to open all of the doors as well as plenty to park the mobile detailing van.

Things to look out for are;

  • other vehicles parked nearby.
  • any potential hazards around the car such as bikes, yard equipment, tree branches, etc.

    onsite detail of dodge ram truck

  • flat and stable ground for safety
  • available parking space for the detailing van.

If possible, try to find a shady spot for the detailer to work if the weather is hot.

If a detailer is coming to your workplace or anywhere that isn’t your home, be sure to check with the location if it is alright that they arrive and work there.  Most of the time companies are okay with it, but not having permission can lead to problems. If you are on the move, such as travelling through states, try to find a consistent spot such as an RV lot or relative’s/friend’s house that will permit the work.  We don’t have a list of places to meet if you are a customer on the go, but we are happy to accommodate your needs as long as you are willing to help us find the space!

Onsite Detail Bonus Tip: Our vans are equipped with our own water tanks and electrical hookups, so you don’t need to figure out a location with those connections! This means we can help you in more locations so you can get your detail job done with ease.

Knowing and doing these things will help make scheduling and receiving a mobile detailing service for your vehicle much easier.

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

What causes paint swirl marks and micro scratches?

What causes paint swirl marks and micro scratches?

Shiny vs. clean black paint swirl marks

Most people use the word “shiny” when describing a clean looking vehicle. As do I. But the thing is clean does not necessarily “shiny”. Many vehicle owners find that over time the paint on their vehicle looks less shiny and duller. The fact of the matter is that this happens to almost all vehicles unless they are kept inside a show room where no one is allowed to touch them.  This is referred to as swirl marks. 

 

Modern paint is a 2-stage paint. It is made up of a layer base color, which is the color of the vehicle that you see. The top layer is the clear coat. This is the layer we feel when we touch the paint. This is also the layer in which most minor scratches are found. Most of these micro scratches or swirl marks can be removed through the paint correction process or buffing and polishing. 

 car paint layers swirl marks

Causes of paint swirl marks 

It is true that some micro scratches are unavoidable if you are actually using your car.  

The most common cause of swirl marks is improper care and washing of the vehicle’s painted surfaces. 

The major factors that can contribute to swirl marks while washing are: 

  • Improper Rinsing (not rinsing completely before washing) 
  • No/Not enough lubrication from soap or other cleaning chemicals 
  • Wrong washing tools (stiff brushes, hard sponges, etc.) 
  • Dirty wash mitt, chamois, sponges, etc. 
  • Misuse of polishers/buffers and/or pads 
  • Dusting/wiping with rag or duster on dry car 
  • Not washing your car thoroughly before drying 
  • Automatic car washes with outdated brushes and other wipers 
  • Automatic car washes with poorly maintained brushes 
  • Using a car cover when the car or the cover is not clean

 

How to remedy swirl marks? 

It’s possible to correct most swirl marks through the process of paint correction. With the proper use of paint correction tools and compounds the clear coat layer can be smoothed out to bring back a mirror like finish. It is always easier to maintain a paint surface then spend the extra time or money to repair it once its damaged.  

by Chris Blaisdell, CD, Onsite Detail

How often should you have your vehicle detailed?

How often should you have your vehicle detailed?

The average vehicle 

For the average vehicle, a detail at the very least, once a year is recommended. I would actually recommend getting a car detail 2 to 6 times a year. We have many clients who get a detail done every month to keep their vehicle(s) to where they want them to be. This would be a very in-depth interior and exterior cleaning and protection. Most of the vehicles we see have gone way too long without proper care and can no longer be detailed back to their former glory. Besides a deep cleaning and protection, a vehicle requires regular maintenance washing and cleaning with a regular protection application of wax or paint sealant to stay in “like new” conditional as much as possible. Even ceramic coated vehicles need the proper care to avoid damage and problems. 

Other things to consider 

Other things that affect how often a vehicle should be detailed are, but not limited to; 

Tundra Detailed Utah Onsite Detail

Tundra Detailed Utah Onsite Detail

  • How much the vehicle is being used. 
  • What it is being used for. (work, racing, hauling kids around, etc.) 
  • What kind of vehicle it is. (daily driver, classic, exotic, etc.). 
  • If pets are allowed in the vehicle or not. 
  • Where the vehicle is parked. 
  • Climate the vehicle sees or what weather conditions it goes through. 
  • Age of the vehicle. 
  • Personal cleanliness preferences. 
  • Other personal preferences. 

Using a vehicle as a daily driver or a work truck will mean that detailing is needed more frequently to keep it in its best condition possible. 

Weather will also play a role in how clean or dirty a vehicle gets. During winter months in Utah salt is used on the roads to melt ice and keeps roads safe. Unfortunately, this salt will also stick to vehicles and begin to eat away at the paint and other services. The vehicle that goes through this should actually be washed and protected more often in the winter than in the warmer time of the year. 

Many people just prefer driving in a clean car and not having to deal with a mess.  

Annual Detailing Packages 

Many people like to have their vehicle scheduled for regular detail services. That takes the hassle out of trying to get it done when you are busy with life or just waiting until damage has occurred. 

Check out our annual detailing packages to see what we can do for you. 

 

By Chris Blaisdell, CD, from Onsite Detail

Why should you get a ceramic coating on your vehicle

Why should you get a ceramic coating on your vehicle?

With so much talk going around about ceramic coatings and it being the new hot thing for many car owner’s, the question arises, why should I get a ceramic coating installed on my vehicle? There are many answers of why you and should not get a coating installed on your vehicle. Let’s go over some of these reasons. 

First of all, the benefits a ceramic coating can provide are many and vary from brand to brand. 

Most coatings, if not all offer the benefit of prolonged protection superior to traditional car waxes or paint sealants. I’ve heard of coatings for vehicles that have claims of lasting from a year to 10 years. Personally, I’m a little skeptical of the 10-year claims but maybe that’s just me. All of the coatings I’ve used do stress the importance of proper prep work before installation, proper installation of the coating and proper maintenance after the coating is installed. 

Another huge benefit of a ceramic car coating is the fact that is repels water and dirt much more than an unprotected, a waxed or a paint sealed vehicle. This means that it is also much easier to keep a vehicle clean and also much easier to wash it and maintain it. I have seen many tests done by detailers from around the world where vehicle panels are divided up and protected with different waxes, sealants and coatings. All the products that they’ve used repel water differently but coatings outlast and perform better than everything else as times goes on. 

I highly recommend getting a ceramic coating if your vehicle is newer or if you’ve recently had new paint protection film or a vinyl wrap installed. It will increase the life of the paint, PPF or vinyl wrap. 

So now you may ask, why would anyone not want a coating?  

One thing that must be understood and is often misrepresented or oversold about coatings is that a coating is “scratch proof” or “rock chip proof”. This is absolutely not true. Yes, a coating is harder/more durable than paint but it is not invincible. If a kid runs his bike handles or pedals down the side of a ceramic coated vehicle it will most likely scratch it. If improper washing if performed on the coating it will most likely leave swirl marks. If someone opens their door and slams it into a coated car it will still scuff and possibly dent it.  

If you have a vehicle that is in bad shape or some uncorrectable issues with the paint such as rock chips, deep scratches or paint cracking then a coating may not be for you. Of course, a coating can still be installed but those issues will still be there underneath.  

I hope this info has helped you decide if a coating is right for you and your vehicle. The benefits and value of what you get when a coating is professional installed is totally worth it. 

By Chris Blaisdell, CD, from Onsite Detail

First Time Experience at Mobile Tech Expo

My First Time Experience at Mobile Tech Expo 2018 

By Chris Blaisdell, CD, from Onsite Detail 

Before the Expo I really was not sure what to expect. I had only heard good things about it and was pretty excited to get there and see it for myself.  

DAY 1. Education Day. 

I arrived early and got my badge. I was really looking forward to the International Detailing Association classes and some of the other classes in the detailing category. There were also multiple classes on business in general and digital marketing. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that I could not be in two (or 3) places at once to hear and be a part of each class in the detailing category. I was really impressed with the spread of knowledge and experiences that were shared. There were topics ranging from proper business setup (legally speaking) to being more efficient in your detailing operation(s) to ceramic coatings, etc. 

If MTE was just the education day it would be worth the trip. I do think some topics were basic but absolutely necessary for every detailer and detailing business owner to know and understand.  

DAY 2. Expo Day 1 

On Saturday morning Renny Doyle was the keynote speaking for the whole show. It was the first time a detailer had been given that honor. His speech was nothing less than motivational. People were talking about it all day. When the Expo hall opened and throughout the day it was a madhouse. Every booth was full of people anxious to see what was new and to ask questions about products and services. It was great but hard to really get the one on one time needed to ask and get information. Although throughout the day I was able to talk with many other detailers and business owners from all over the country. There were guys who were the one man show type and others with multiple shops and employees. 

In the afternoon the IDA put on an incredible webinar and to be there in person was different than just logging in online. There was a panel of experts, or guys with a lot of experience in their respective areas. It was an open forum where we and those online could ask questions and get plenty of great feedback. Afterwords I was able to chat with Renny one on one for a bit and that’s just something that I didn’t expect before going to MTE. 

In the evening the IDA hosted the Annual Business Meeting where we heard the goals for 2018 laid out by Justin LabatoKeith Duplessie gave an awesome state of the industry speech. We heard from many other of the board members (past and present) as well as what the goals are moving forward this year. The 2018 award winners were also announced. Congrats to each of them again! It was awesome to see many members of the IDA together in one room supporting each other and rejoicing in the success of others.  

DAY 3. Expo Day 2 

This was the day when things calmed down a bit and I was able to visit with many people individually and get more info on things one on one. I really enjoyed meeting up with people in the industry and discussing the different aspects of detailing, including products, equipment, business and just where everyone is coming from. Everyone has a story of how they got into detailing and how it has now become a part of their life. Being at the expo with others in the detailing world and other members of the IDA, I really understood the vision of what the IDA stands for and what it is doing for the Industry.  

highly recommend attending the Mobile Tech Expo in 2019. I know I’ll be there. Also join the IDA and see what you can do to help improve our industry and make it better for everyone involved.