Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Different Types Of Auto Detailing




As a customer, auto detailing offers you many different options and quite frankly that can be rather confusing at times. I am going to try and simplify some of the different options, which may help you choose the service that best fits your needs. I will do this series in a few blog posts so I hope you enjoy. 

Maintenance Detailing

This is the most overlooked detailing service and probably offers the most value to the customer. Customers tend to only call detailers when their car has massively damaged paint or their carpets are so dirty they can't remember the original color. 

Some simple things done in a maintenance detail are as follows:

  • Cleaning Paint-Proper methods are very deliberate and include up to as many as 20 steps to do properly. Spray sealant is used to add protection to your paint with every cleaning. 
  • Deep Wheel Cleaning (especially the inner wheel which can get burned on brake dust)
  • Cleaning Leather/Cloth Seats (usually any quality product used on these surfaces leaves a layer of protection behind)
  • Carpet Cleaning Thorough vacuum and follow by scrubbing with a carpet cleaner (keeping carpets continuously clean ensures they will look like new the entire life of the car) 
  • Touch Screens-Now becoming the most easily damaged part of the interior and if not cared for properly can be damaged permanently
  • Vents/Buttons-Using a soft bristle brush to eliminate dirt and debris from these areas will literally leave them perfect the entire life of the car. 
The obvious next question is, how often should I get this type of detail? We generally have 2 types of clients when it comes to this type of maintenance. Some of our clients want their cars cared for every single week and some are content with a bi-weekly service. This service far exceeds a basic car wash which really does very little positive for your car and it should be looked at much differently. 

We find that most people that try this service get addicted to the results and never stop or cancel service. Caring for your car can be confusing but just like most things we purchase in our life they take a little maintenance. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at nick@vegasrides.com 


Friday, November 16, 2018

Lets Talk About Protection




Most surfaces on a car can and should have protection. Paint, leather, plastic, rubber trim, and carpet just to name a few different surfaces that should wear some type of protection. Here is the scary thing that we see most often when meeting with new customers, NOTHING is protected. Many customers believe that only expensive cars need to be protected which is just not true. 

In this post, we are just going to talk about a few different options to protect your car's paint. We will tackle the other surfaces at a later date. 

Car Wax (Carnauba)

Carnauba based car wax is a natural product that offers very little long-term protection. These products are largely outdated and should not be used by most people simply because they will wear off very quickly compared to modern products. If you are looking for a little extra shine before you go to a car show this is a terrific product to have in your arsenal. 

Protection time: Depending on car usage most people will see less than a few weeks of real protection. 

Synthetic Paint Sealants

In my opinion, this is the no-brainer choice for most clients. These products are formulated in a lab using synthetic ingredients that are meant to stand up to tough elements. Sealants do a really nice job protecting your car from elements such as the sun, bird droppings, etc...  In my opinion, sealants are the best bang for the buck for any customer thinking of protecting and caring for their car. 

Protection Time: Sealants can easily last 6 months if the car is cleaned properly on a regular schedule. If the car is neglected then customers can expect about 3-4 months of protection. 

Ceramic/Glass Coatings

Ceramic coatings are a semi-permanent solution for your car paint. These products shoud always be put on by a professional and there are lots of preparation steps that must be completed before application. I believe these are a terrific solution for SOME customers who truly love their car. One important reality when you have a ceramic coated car, no more trips to the cheap car wash as it will ruin the coating. 

Protection Time: This varies strictly by how the coating is cared for on a weekly or monthly basis. These products will need continuous care to remain effective. We have had coatings last anywhere from a year to 5 years it just depends on some outside factors.


Paint Protection Film/PPF/Clear Bra 

PPF is a clear film that is put on the car to protect it from the elements. These products should only be put on by a professional and have A LOT of preparation steps before applying the film. PPF is by far the most expensive out of all the options we have talked about today. This is a great solution if you want your car paint protected from things such as rock chips but is a really large financial investment. 

Protection Time: This depends since a lot of PPF cars hit the race track. We have had our film last for years on end with no problem but again it is going to come down to how you maintain and drive the vehicle. 



I hope this quick overview will help clear up any confusion there may be around this issue. I see far too many cars that have no protection on the paint and I know damage is not far behind at that point. If you have any questions or if I can help in any way don't hesitate to email me at nick@vegasrides.com






Friday, October 26, 2018

Never Use an Automatic Car Wash




Las Vegas is riddled with cheap automatic car washes and a sign like the one posted here is not uncommon. What does it tell you when you see a sign like this one? The simple answer is: I am taking my car into a torture chamber and I should really rethink this decision. Yet many customers ignore all the warning signs and drive right in, hitting the start button without giving it much thought.

Automatic car washes have a built-in problem. The brushes and bristles that are used to clean your car have been used on thousands of vehicles prior to you pulling into the wash bay. What that means is no matter how well you care for your car everyone else's dirt, grime, rocks, etc... are being rubbed on your car. This is what causes that ugly "spider web" look on your paint. It may even cause some really isolated deep scratches, that FYI, are very difficult to fix. 


Here is a picture of that spider web look an automatic car wash can cause on your car. Look familiar? 



So you may be asking yourself what options do I have if I want to stop going to the automatic car wash?

The best choice is to work with a reputable local detailer to get on a maintenance detailing schedule for your car. The most important part of your choice is being realistic about how much wear and tear your car gets on a daily basis. Talk with your detailer find something that works for you and STICK TO IT. Most of our clients are on an auto-pilot system, they have a certain day and time every week and we don't waver from the schedule. This is absolutely the only way to keep your car clean and looking its best.

The other option is to clean your own car in the driveway. This is a viable option but realize a couple of things before going down this road. You will have to invest cash consistently in products and chemicals to do it right so DIY doesn't mean its free (you would be shocked how many people over the years have told us DIY means its free for them). Next, you will have to invest time in learning proper procedures to wash and clean your car properly. Again taking care of your own car is an option but realize its time consuming and you will have to invest money in products. 

Hopefully, this will help a little bit when trying to decide how you want to care for your car. Feel free to contact me at nick@vegasrides.com if I can help answer any additional questions you may have concerning the care of your car.




Monday, October 8, 2018

Does My New Car Need Detailed?



The picture shared with this post is a brand new Cadillac Escalade with only 82 miles on the odometer. As you can see by the picture there is sanding mark damage on the door panel. This SUV set our customer back over $100,000 and this is just a small example of damage that was inflicted on this SUV. How did this happen?

Many people don't realize that from the factory to your garage there are a tremendous amount of stops your car must make. There is a good chance that multiple distribution centers and dealerships have touched your car before you drive it off the lot. The deep dark secret of this supply chain is that at every stop an inexperience detailer will be cleaning your car and inflicting damage. Most dealerships will let this inexperienced detailer loose with a high speed machine to quickly go over your car to make the finish pop with more gloss, unknowingly creating swirl marks. Polishes will hide the damage for a few weeks, but once they are washed away you’ll notice the damage your car has received. All because the dealer didn’t have the proper procedures in place to do things correctly. Customers call us all the time after a week or two of driving their brand new car and they notice it is covered in deep swirls that only a machine could’ve inflicted. Having the paint corrected by a professional will eliminate the damage inflicted by the dealerships.

PROTECT THE CLEAR COAT!

There is not a single car that doesn't need to be protected. I know that many people get talked into purchasing a $150 special wax from the dealership but please do not be one of these customers. Its basically a spray on product that is highly ineffective. Also contrary to popular belief the factory does not put anything on the car to protect the clear coat either. Your car HAS ZERO PROTECTION when you get it home from the dealership. This leaves your finish highly susceptible to environmental contaminants that cause imperfections. All you have to do to combat this is give your car a once over with a quality paint sealant. You’ll be protected for upwards of 6 months (depending on service and product) from dust, debris, fallout, and UVs.

To make this even more simplistic think about it this way:

Correct the problem....Have swirls, scratches, etc... removed by having the paint corrected by a professional.

Protect Your Car....Have a simple paint sealant applied to your new car. Then have it reapplied regularly as long as you own the car.


Those simple things will actually give your car a showroom look that was missing when you bought the car. Feel free to contact us a www.vegasrides.com if you have any further questions we can help answer for you as well.