Some Common Vehicles We Detail

Utah is a lovely state with a variety of places to explore and ever-changing roads.  This attracts all different kinds of people, and where there are people, there are vehicles.  We have come a long way since the covered wagon, and as such, at Onsite Detail we see and service many kinds of cars, trucks, SUVs, trucks, RVs, boats and more.  

However, there are some types we see more than others.  In this article we will be going over what those kinds are and what they say about Utah, as a celebration of the many kinds of people we work with. 

Sedans

When someone mentions they have a sedan, it can be safely assumed that these people work or live in the Salt Lake City metro area.  Sedans are great for tight parking spaces and getting from one point to another, which makes them reliable for all business types.

Commonly sedans are treated to our Basic Combo Detail or our Full Combo Detail, which are good details of the inside and out of the car.  It matches their owners who are efficient but thorough!

Small SUVs

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Subaru dominates this section, but SUVs come in all styles.  With Utah’s mountains and unpredictable winter weather, it makes sense why so many have this kind of car!  These are versatile, able to handle lots of driving in uncertain territory, and keep us safe when wandering to less maintained or civilized places.  

These cars always benefit from our Wash & Wax service, which helps maintain their exteriors that brave the weather and dirt that kicks up on our behalf.  Clay bar treatments are also useful to have done at least once a year to keep your paint healthy and free on contaminants!

Semi Trucks

This one may be a surprise, but we service a healthy amount of semi trucks each year, especially the cabs.  With roads like I-15 going between Canada and California, a lot of transport vehicles pass by and need a little (or lots of) love.  There are also many hubs in Utah for trucking companies.

Much like a semi truck, our Interior Details do heavy duty work and can make their on-the-road homes clean and spotless again.  Truck drivers work hard enough, so we are happy to help take care of the details.

RVs

Not everyone who crosses Utah’s highways is working!  Travelers looking to see the Salt Lake or go skiing stop at resorts and ask for a bit of love done to their RVs.  Ranging anywhere from 25-45 feet, we have done everything from a good exterior wash to oxidation removal with our hourly rate. We enjoy keeping the adventuring spirit going by being part of the maintenance of RVs and any other toys they may be hauling along with them!

Minivans

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If there is one thing that defines Utah, it is its love of family.  That can range from a married couple to having eight or more kids! Big families mean big vehicles to get everyone to school, work, church, and other outings, which can mean lots of messes do accrue.  

Our Full Combo Detail is one of our best for these vehicles because it is an all-rounder that fits in a family-friendly budget.  It includes a thorough Interior Detail (including shampoo and stain removal), a Wash & Wax, and a bonus Engine Detail. It helps keep your whole van healthy and since we can do the job mobile, you can still do errands or chores without missing a beat!

 

Do you have one of these vehicle types? Were our descriptions accurate to you?  Let us know! In the meantime, feel free to fill out a Request Form if any of our services interest you, or call if you want to know more!  We are happy to help.

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail

How Acids can be used in Detailing

In the auto detailing industry there are so many products and chemicals that it can truly get confusing. The research and development that has been put in has truly changed the way we can do our job and serve our customers. There are a large array of products that fulfill many different needs and are used for specific purposes. There are also many products that can be used as general cleaners and protectors. One product/chemical that can be quite controversial. This controversial chemical is acid.

In detailing there are many reasons not to use acids. There are many different chemicals with acidic bases that are used for a wide variety of purposes. For the purpose of this blog we are just going to talk about two that are straight acids. These are not to be used without proper PPE (personal protection equipment) and training and consideration for the environment.

HYDROFLUORIC ACID

This acid is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. It is probably one of the, if not, the most dangerous acid ever created. When used correctly can produce amazing results and make a nightmare job less of a nightmare. However, if inhaled or spilled directly on your skin, it can cause serious health hazards – even death. Don’t take this stuff lightly. Be sure to wear protective eye wear and gloves and even a mask if you can. If you get any on your skin, stop what you are doing right away and wash the affected area thoroughly.

Also, when rinsing from rims or wherever it is being used, be sure to rinse the area very well. It will start to weaken any protective coating if it is left on for longer than a few seconds. All you really want the acid to do is to penetrate and break down any built-up brake dust, road salt, dirt, oils, or any other contaminants that may have built up on the rim or tire. The acid works quickly when it comes to breaking those things down. This is why you don’t want to leave the acid on the surface for very long. You will want to do one area at a time. After spraying the acid on the area, you will only need to wait 20-30 seconds before spraying it off unless its drying then get it rinsed off faster. Even the experienced detailer SHOULD NOT be spraying more than one area at a time with hydrofluoric acid. If there are any weaknesses in the surface as far as any protective coating or any rusting the acid will find it. Acid does not care what material you are when it is applied. It will weaken anything that it touches especially if it is left on said material. Be sure to check what the dilution you should be before working with it. Ask manufacturers  of the acid how it should be diluted and used. That’s why this acid is so dangerous and should be handled with extreme care. Although this acid may be the most effective and very widely used. It is not my first choice and not my go-to. At Onsite Detail we actually don’t use this type of acid.

HARD-WATER REMOVAL ACID (SULFURIC ACID)

When needing an acid, my go-to is actually a hard-water removal acid. This may be coming from a biased perspective because I’ve used hard water acid a lot more than any other kind of acid. It still needs to be handled with great care and you should use the same precautions when using it as you do with hydrofluoric acid. It does remove or break down more than just hard water. For most cases where acid would be used, this sulfuric acid can accomplish the same tasks as any other kind of acid without the intense bodily harm that can come with the hydrofluoric acid.

One of the things that I like best about the hard-water acid is that I like to use it when I’m doing a hard-water removal wash on the body of the vehicle. When using it on the body of the vehicle, this acid is not as dangerous or fast-acting as some other acids, it should still be held to one panel at a time when doing an acid wash on the paint. The acid will still break down and weaken anything that it touches and you will want to monitor that area you are working very closely. If you can tell that the clear coat is already weakened or peeling off, using acid may not be a good choice or put the acid on a rag and wipe around the weakened area may be effective. Pretty much the only reason that you would be doing an acid wash on a vehicle’s paint is because of hard water or a major decontamination.

It will not take away any scuffs or scratches. For that you will need to have paint correction done which is a much more extensive process than just an acid wash. Pre-spraying with water on the rim, paint or glass before applying the acid is strongly encouraged but optional if you know and understand what you are doing.

Acid on Wheels/Rims

Depending on what your rim is made of, it will be the deciding factor of what kind of acid you should use or if you should use any acid at all. Diluted acid DOES NOT affect if the acid will work or not. It does, however, affect how fast the acid will work when applied. The more the acid is diluted the slower the acid will take to break down the contaminants. This is why the rinsing step is important after using it. If any acid, even diluted, is left on the surface it is applied and not completely removed – it can still eat away at any material. It will take much more time with a very small amount of acid but you still want to make sure that the acid is completely removed. Don’t get shy with the pressure washer or sprayer. Spray a generous amount of water on the area to make sure that the acid is completely rinsed off and removed from the area. When dealing with acid, be sure to keep a close eye on the area you are working on. 

Detailing chemicals all need to be handled with great care. It is smart, and truthfully necessary, to read the labels of any chemicals or acids before using, including dilution, protective wear, etc. Be smart and be careful.

Here at Onsite Detail we go through training and learn and practice safe use of detailing chemicals. As Certified Detailers we work hard to ensure you and your vehicle are taken care of properly and we get the best results we can on each detail service.

 

If you have a vehicle that needs some heavier decontamination, such as over spray removal, rust spot removal, oil or grease contamination removal, tree sap removal, hard water removal, or if your once shiny rims are now black and covered in brake dust feel free to reach out and schedule a detail with us. On the other hand if you have a nice vehicle and just want it maintained and protected please reach out and give us a call or text at (801) 412-9274. Let us know what we can do for you! Happy detailing and safe travels.

by Andy Stallings, CD, Operations Manager, Onsite Detail

2020 Has Officially Landed

2020 has officially landed, and as we replace last year’s calendars and planners we look forward to what the new year and decade bring us.  As we go forward we felt it would be worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on all Onsite Detail accomplished in 2019, and we wanted to share it with you all.  Here is our behind-the-scenes for your enjoyment, and we look forward to servicing your vehicles soon!

Awesome Events

Starting off our list is the big events we were able to participate in throughout the year.  Starting as early as January 2019, we were busy with major automotive events all around the state.  Our first was the Utah International Auto Expo, where we spent days maintaining cars from around the world from early morning until late at night.  Our detailers planned their days around this event to make sure they could be there, so it was a full force. We are excited to say we will be back this year to help with the prep work!

Over the summer of 2019 we also participated in a Porsche Event, where we helped clean Cayenne SUVs at the Grand America Hotel.  When not working with Porsche, we also took care of the Ford Performance drive events, cleaning cars after they had been used all day.  We love taking advantage of the late sunsets of the summer, which helped us be effective with the late night cleanings.  

Finally, we also took care of display and shuttle vehicles with GMC in Park City year round.

Most Popular Services

Onsite Detail has dozens of services for all kinds of clientele, so we thought we would share our most popular!

Our most popular service with individuals was our Interior Detail, followed closely by our Full Combo Detail.  Our Interior Detail saved many from accidents, spills, stains, and smells that could otherwise cause long-term damage or negative effects.  Our longest Interior Detail was on a minivan that took five hours to complete!

Full Combo Detail followed close behind, combining the Interior Detail with a wash, wax, and engine detail- a great combo for an overall clean, especially with car selling seasons!  This was especially popular in the early parts of 2019, with people coming out of a long winter of holidays and snow dirt.  

Later in the year, Hourly Services became popular for RVs, boats, and motorhomes, especially around Labor Day as people were preparing to store their big toys for the winter.  We enjoyed cleaning whole summers of dirt, oxidation, and water spots from these vehicles and making them like new again before storage.

New Services and Shop Space

2019 was the year we added three new services, as well as a bonus In-Shop option for customers!  Our shop space opened around March 2019, giving customers a place to drop off their vehicles and, in some cases, avoid travel charges.  Our covered work area gives people the chance to have vehicles detailed in less than stellar weather and has helped people with difficult schedules have a place to store them overnight when needed. 

Having the shop space helped us release a new product called Deep Odor Removal, which is paired with our Interior Detail and requires the car to stay overnight with us.  The service has eliminated long-term smells such as mildew and smoke smells, even ones that have lingered for many years. It has a high success rate and many customers have been happy with it!  We recommend it for anyone who struggles with driving a vehicle that has headache-causing smells.  

In addition to Deep Odor Removal, we became Opti-Coat Certified this year!  Opti-Coat Ceramic Coating helps protect your vehicle against hazards like oxidation, UV damage, tree sap, and other natural hazards like bird droppings and bugs.  It also helps reduce swirl marks and scratches. In addition to this, we can help install Opti-Guard Leather & Vinyl and Opti-Guard Fabric to add extra protection to your seats against liquids and stains!

What else could we have possibly added to our list?  Our final service we added covers your windshield and windows with a product called Glassparency, which makes the glass hydrophobic and easier to clean of liquids and dirt.  It also reduces glare from driving and comes with a three-year warranty! Through the end of the month you can receive this service for free with an in-shop Onsite VIP Detail, so keep it in mind if you’re debating a service.

What’s Next?

2019 was a big year for us, but 2020 will be just as big.  We already have some special services in the works, such as our detailers becoming Transparency Warranty Specialists this year! This means we can sell vehicle warranties for both new and used vehicles

Finally, we have a special anniversary, as Onsite Detail reaches its 15th year in business as of December 2020.  Keep an eye out for special deals to help celebrate such an accomplishment around then, and in the meantime, consider reaching out with a Request Form so our amazing detailers can service your vehicles.  It is because of clients like you that we are able to have this great company and work with such talented detailers. You have a big year coming up, so let us take care of the details.

by Miranda Hughes, Onsite Detail