Winter Prep Detailing

Getting Ready for Winter

In Utah, the hardest thing we put our vehicles through is the winter. Winter time in Utah causes all kinds of problems for our vehicles. Not only is the cold weather hard on the engine and other mechanical parts but cosmetically our vehicles take a beating during the cold season.

During the Utah winter it is impossible to avoid getting snow, ice and road grime on your vehicle. Now modern vehicles are made to withstand some of “the elements” but they are not invincible to them. The longer we let these things sit on our cars the more potential there is for damage such as scratching, corrosion and cracking. The most common type of damage is scratches in the paint. As snow and ice slide around on the surface of a vehicle with embedded dirt within, it will cause damage. This also occurs as we “brush” snow off our cars. Unfortunately sometimes this type of scratching is inevitable but the more carefully it is done the more chances we have that we are not harming the paint. I have seen instances where people have literally gouged the paint with the ice scraper. Please do not use the ice scraper for paint. It is intended for windows only. It can also help to warm the car before starting to clean off the snow and ice to help melt and loosen up some of the ice and snow.

Vehicle Damage during Winter

The relentless attack on your vehicle from the road salt and chemicals that are used to melt snow and ice will slowly eat away your vehicle’s exterior surfaces, including paint, plastic, rubber and metal. Even interior surfaces will get contaminated with salt and chemicals when you track them in after walking through the winter wonderland that surrounds us. Have you ever noticed that white build up on your interior carpets or mats? That is road salt that has been dissolved in water and reappears as the water evaporates. It left untouched all winter it will build up and slowly caused irreversible damage. This is why winter prep detailing is so important to avoid unnecessary damage.

Protect Your Vehicle

As mentioned above the winter is really hard on your vehicle. This means you should be doing everything you can to protect your vehicle if you want to preserve it and keep it in its best shape. Both interior and exterior surfaces are needing extra care and attention to help them endure the constant attacks from the environment. We offer exterior, waxes, sealants and even ceramic coatings to protect paint all year round but especially during the winter months. Having a ceramic coating installed will help to minimize this issue as these types of coating are much more scratch resistant than vehicle paint. Ceramic coatings also make it harder for things to stick to or sit on the surface which makes it easier to clean. The ultimate protection would be our Opti Coat Pro+ with a 7 year warranty. We also offer Glass Coatings to help with the pesky ice build up on the glass during the winter. We also offer fabric and leather protection for your vehicle interiors.

One thing that is very important before your vehicle can be properly protected is the proper cleaning and detailing. Interior dirt and grime must be removed and everything sanitized. The exterior must be fully decontaminated and properly prepared so the protection can properly attach to and bond with the surfaces. We offer many different levels of full details from the Basic Combo Detail to our Onsite Elite Detail depending on what your vehicle needs and what you want.

Winter Prep Detailing

Winter vehicle preparation detailing is a very important in Utah. When a vehicle is not properly cared for it only shortens the life and resale value of it. Too many people don’t realize how hard winter can be on their car and wait until spring to address the issues. By then the detailing can be significantly more costly. Please give us a call, send us a text (801) 412-9274 or e-mail if we can help with your winter prep detailing needs. Or you can fill out an Appointment Request Form.

by Chris Blaisdell, CD-SV, Onsite Detail

Chris Blaisdell is the owner of Onsite Detail and has been detailing  for 12 + years.
He is a Certified Detailer-Skills Validated detailer through the
International Detailing Association. The industry leader in detailing standards.

Ten Car Costumes

Despite what all the retail stores are saying, Christmas is still far off.  Halloween, however, is coming up quick! That means candy, scary movies, haunted houses, and wicked lawn decorations are abound, and everyone will soon be asking, “What will you be for Halloween?”

Most anyone you ask will have an idea what they want to be.  Whether it’s homemade or store bought, thematic or modern, there is a costume for just about anybody!  Yet while we may have our own costumes figured out, how many of us think about dressing up our cars? 

With the rise of Trunk or Treating events the internet has amassed a fun collection of car costumes dressed for the holiday, and as car people, we have fun exploring anything to do with our favorite four-wheeled creations.  So today we will share some of our favorite Halloween cars as well as their original sources, so hopefully you can find inspiration of your own this Halloween! (Sources will be at the end of the article.)

  1. If Utah is known for anything it is our rivalry between The University of Utah and Brigham Young University teams.  Even if you don’t have a side, there is likely some kind of team you root for! This Boston Red Sox car costumes theme can help give you ideas for your own car.

    Boston Red Sox Trunk or Treat

    Boston Red Sox Trunk or Treat

 

 

  1. Only the daring will reach for candy in your car if it bears fangs like this one!  Bonus if you can find someone to hide inside to grab at people reaching for candy, adding to the terror.  (Just don’t forget to let them back out!)

    Chomp Chomp Trunk

    Chomp Chomp Trunk

 

  1. Ever thought about dressing up your car as… well, a car?  Thanks to Disney that’s possible!
    Cars Cars

    Cars Cars

     

 

  1. Can’t contain your Halloween excitement?  This car costume can help! Jokes aside we love the simplistic yet clever nature of this idea.

    Jail Trunk or Treat

    Jail Trunk or Treat

 

  1. Who says only the trunk can be used?  This creative person used their whole car as a prop! We love the smoke machine the best (at least, we hope it’s a smoke machine).
    Car as Lawn Decoration

    Car as Lawn Decoration

     

  1. If you have a hearse, why not use it?  This clever grim reaper did and we love the spooky details they added!

    Ghost Hearse

    Ghost Hearse

 

  1. Even cars can be a movie star!  Think of the Delorean from Back to the Future or any version of the Batmobile and you know what I’m talking about.  Here is an example from GenCon 2012 that I found:
    Ghost Busters Car

    Ghost Busters Car

     

 

  1. Of course, not every four-wheeled vehicle is a car.  Why not consider dressing up your wagon or stroller too?  Take this adorable idea for example!

    Ice Cream Truck Wagon

    Ice Cream Truck Wagon

 

  1. We cannot forget about car-themed costumes for people too!  Check out this clever group who paid homage to one of the best racing games in video game history:

    Mario Kart Car Costumes

    Mario Kart Car Costumes

 

  1. Not to brag, but our work vans are dressed up all year round!  If you see our orange and black vans you can call the number to set up a car detail of your own, especially for whatever cleanup you may need after finding candy and costume pieces all over. 

    Onsite Detail Van Utah

    Onsite Detail Van

 

Do you have a favorite car-themed Halloween costume or idea?  Share in the comments below, we would love to hear them! 

 

In the mean time if you need any detail work before or after the sticky, gummy, sugar filled holiday please give us a call for an interior or exterior detail.

 

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

 

 

1: https://blog.drivetime.com/trunk-treat-15-last-minute-halloween-costumes-car/ 
2: https://blog.drivetime.com/trunk-treat-15-last-minute-halloween-costumes-car/
3: https://happymoneysaver.com/10-days-of-thrifty-halloween-ideas-day-10-trunk-or-treat-decorating-ideas/
4: https://happymoneysaver.com/10-days-of-thrifty-halloween-ideas-day-10-trunk-or-treat-decorating-ideas/
5: Pinterest: Kelli Wilson  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390757705139550282
6: http://viralscape.com/halloween-decor/cannibal-halloween-decor/
7: Photo provided from the writer
8: https://www.safelite.com/resource-center/current-events/car-themed-halloween-costumes
9: https://www.safelite.com/resource-center/current-events/car-themed-halloween-costumes

Paint Correction vs Paint Perfection

Fixing Vehicle Paint, Paint Correction vs Paint Perfection

There are many different perspectives on paint correction vs paint perfection. There are many misconceptions about “fixing” scratches and defects in vehicle paint. The only truly “correctable” part of vehicle paint is the clear coat. Clear coat is the upper most part or the top layer of vehicle paint and is clear (pigment-less) paint that provides UV protection to the other layers of paint beneath it. It is also responsible for the gloss and shine of the vehicle’s paint. The clear coat in modern paint systems varies in thickness from approximately 1.5 mils to 4 mils. A mil is a standard unit of measurement meaning one thousandth of an inch, or .001 of an inch. In other words, it would take 1000 mils to make an inch. Paint is also measured in microns, which is a metric unit of measure meaning 1 millionth of a meter. There is approximately 25.4 microns in 1 mil.

Clear coat paint is only so thick. This means that if a scratch is deep enough you cannot fully “repair” it or even “hide” it without a re-spray, which means getting it repainted. In many cases though paint can undergo the process of paint correction, which means polishing it or smoothing it out as much as possible.

Is there such a thing as paint perfection?

The simple straightforward answer is no. There is truly no perfect paint in the world. Even a freshly painted vehicle will have some minor paint imperfections or contamination and have the “need” for some paint correction.

The most common types of paint imperfections are below. There are many others that include oxidation (faded paint), clear coat failure (clear coat is gone and exposing color layer), dirt nibs, crow’s feet (small cracks in paint), solvent pop (air bubbles that are trapped in curing clear coat) and more. Some of these problems can be solved with paint decontamination, wet sanding, paint correction or polishing, but unfortunately some cannot. 

Some imperfections are very superficial and can actually be fully removed, others can only be improved and then there are some that are just too deep into the paint.

Too much Paint Correction

If someone goes too hard on paint correction it can cause damage or burn through the clear coat. Even if someone does not burn through the clear coat but cuts it thin then it increase the chances of future clear coat failure. This is the reason we try to save every little bit of clear coat we have and always go with the least aggressive method first.

When we are doing paint correction we are not going for perfect paint. We are simply going for getting the paint to look as best as possible without ruining the clear coat or opening it up too much and risking that the clear coat fails down the road. With most scratches we are not going for complete 100% removal but we smooth them out to decrease the light that reflects off them so they are not seen. 

There is a fine line between getting it to appear perfect and going too deep in the clear coat. In other words it takes proper training and experience to truly get it right.

Protection After Paint Correction

Now, I say there is no perfect paint but there are obvious differences between a well maintained show car and a daily driver that sees all sorts of weather and abuse. There are many different levels of paint correction and each vehicle and budget is different so there options available to everyone.

 After paint is corrected there are many options as far as protection goes. Waxes, sealants and ceramic coatings are different options. Many final polishes have a sealant or wax build in that can be applied as the final polish is being done. These usually fill in the remaining minor scratches as well and make is shiny and glossy. This effect is only temporary though. The fillers, waxes and sealants will wear away and reveal the scratches again at some point.

Ceramic Coatings

For newer and show cars we highly recommend a ceramic coating for the best protection possible. We offer coatings with warranties from 2 to 7 years. Read our previous blogs about coatings to find out more;

What is a ceramic coating?

Why should you get a ceramic coating on your vehicle

Onsite Detail is Certified to install Opti Coat Professional Coatings and Inspiration Ceramic Coating. Our ceramic coating process involves full paint decontamination, paint correction and installation of the coating.

Let Us know if  We can Help

Feel free to reach out to us for any paint correction needs you may have. You can always text us photos at (801) 412-9274 to help us give you a better estimate and get a good idea of what you’re needing. We love taking care of and protecting vehicles for both fleets and personal use. 

by Chris Blaisdell, CD-SV, Onsite Detail

Chris Blaisdell is the owner of Onsite Detail and has been detailing  for 12 + years.
He is a Certified Detailer-Skills Validated detailer through the
International Detailing Association. The industry leader in detailing standards.