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Q: What is a Full Service Car Wash?

A: A luxury tunnel exterior car wash and interior clean; Vacuumed seats, floor, ash tray, under the seat, and trunk, wash the floor rubber mats, interior window clean, dash board wipe, exterior auto dry with hand towel wipe. It takes within 5-7 minutes to make the car look new. Just drive in to the facility, no appointment is needed. (Starts at $21.00 for complete Full service car wash)

Q: What is auto detailing?

A: Auto detailing is the process of “STEAM SHAMPOO” reconditioning your vehicle to make it look like new, and then maintaining it that way. This is a done by an experienced detailer who knows how to steam shampoo the complete interior, take out any kind of stains; salt stain, coffee stain, construction dirt stain. Also cleans the air vents, dresses all vinyl and leather with the sealer treatment, disinfecting and odor removing services are accomplished through craftsmanship and high grade reconditioning products. Exterior waxing, buffing, and clay is used to protect your paint to keep your vehicle looking new.

Q: How often should I wash my car?

A: We advise our customers to wash their vehicles any time your vehicle is dirty, interior or exterior. This is so because the dust inside, and the salt in winter can cause many problems. The dirt in your car will deteriorate the paint due to many pollutants in the road soil. We also recommend that insect residue, bird droppings, tree sap and egg residue be removed as soon as possible to prevent damage to the paint.

Q: Are touch-less wash systems and small tunnel car wash is better?

A: Although the owners’ manual states very clearly not to “wash the vehicle with high pressure water, acid or harsh detergents” today’s touch-less wash systems typically use a combination of acid and high alkaline chemicals plus high pressure water to clean the vehicle. Further, if the touch-less wash system removes both dirt and road film, would it not remove any wax on the surface at the same time? Why then would you want to use a wash process that literally removes the wax off the vehicle? In addition, touch-less washes are often not entirely touch-less.

Q: Should I hand wash or use an automatic car wash?

A: Hand Washing is one of the worst ways to clean your vehicle. The International Carwash Association working through a special Carwash Research Foundation Grant to the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, has conducted extensive car washing tests this past year to determine the effect on car finishes by comparing various car washing techniques ranging from professional car washing to the bucket and sponge used by many auto owners. Make sure there is no soap residue left on the car and effect on you paint to make it dull.

In the automatic car wash, the attendants will do a pre-wash on your vehicle with a high pressure power wash to make sure there is no dirt on your vehicle before it goes through  car wash. Only professional car washes can provide the proper amounts of water and water pressure needed along with the appropriate soaps and waxes to safely and effectively clean your vehicle.

Q: I wash my vehicle at home using garden hose. Lately, the finish looks dull and marked. What could be wrong?

A: Washing your vehicle at home is extremely harmful to the finish. The University of Texas proved that single home hand-wash can leave scratches in your finish as deep as 1/10 of the paints total thickness. Also, the average garden hose cannot supply enough water and water pressure with the detergent action to avoid damaging a vehicle’s finish.
“This important study concluded that automobile owners should avoid washing their vehicles at home. Only professional car wash can provide the proper amounts of water and water pressure needed along with the appropriate soaps and waxes to safely and effectively clean your vehicle.”

The University of Texas was commissioned by the International Car Wash Association to conduct a similar test. The results were quite startling. It was found that hand washing a car 26 times and washing a car 26 times at an automatic cloth car wash, the surface of the hand washed vehicle showed damage. This was determined by taking microscopic pictures of the paint finish. When enlarged, these photos revealed deep and numerous scratches in the paint of the hand washed vehicle.
Why did this happen? It was determined that each time the hand wash sponge or mitt is placed on the surface of the car, it continually picks up girt in the fibers that are not rinsed out. This grit acts like a very fine sandpaper putting scratches in the paint.
In an automatic car wash however, the car is constantly flooded with water and shampoo. This forms a protective layer between the washing material and the paint surface which washes away girt and dirt before it can damage the finish. Is that to say all hand washing is damaging? Not at all. What both tests determined was that in order to prevent the grit from harming the finish, the hand washer must keep a hose in one hand with the water running on the area being washed while washing the vehicle surface. This will keep a protective layer of water between the mitt and the paint and will rinse away grit.

Q: How often should I detail my car?

A: Vehicle owner’s manual recommends frequent waxing/polishing on the paint, and cleaning the interior as needed. This depends on how often you drive and also depends on several other factors. Basically, the more you use your car, the more frequent detailing will be recommended. On daily basis when you drive to work, and accidently spill your coffee or food crams into your car, salt coming with your shoes in winter time, window left open on rainy day, juice or milk spilled in, smoking in the car, keeping pet in the car can make foul smells which can cause health issues due to the contaminated air you breath inside the car. Even frequent washing will eventually leave the paint in need of wax. The interior should be vacuumed regularly and shampooed at least once a year. We recommend three visits a year to keep your vehicle looking great inside and out.

Q: What is wax, and why do I need to apply it?

A: Wax is a product designed to give your car’s paint a temporary micro thin layer of protection from the environment. Auto enthusiasts use car wax on a regular basis to extend the life of a car. It places a protecting layer over the car’s paint and clear coat that protects it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which can fade the color of a car’s paint. It also protects the car from dirt, road salt during inclement weather, and it helps prevent rust. Car wax can also be used to keep moisture off the paint and the clear coat.

Q: How do I know when my car needs waxing?

A: It is easy to know, just slide your hand over the paint surface and feel if it is slippery smooth or a little rough. Take a close look at the car paint if it shines or not. Feeling a rough surface and seeing dull paint indicates your car needs a professional wax job.
Painted surfaces are subjected to aging from weather and chemical fallouts that can deteriorate the surface over a period of years. Scheduled waxing is the best way of protecting your paint.