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Scratches and Paint Transfer

Author: Administrator | Date: 07/10/2012 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 5
Tags: AUTOMOTIVE CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CLEANING COMPOUNDING DETAILING PAINT POLISH REMOVAL SANDING SCRATCH TENNESSEE TIPS WASH WAX WET

  Scratches and Paint Transfer    Does your vehicle have any mysterious blemishes on its paint? Scratches and "Paint Transfer" can often be difficult to tell apart. Paint transfer results when an object leaves a mark "on the paint" as opposed to "in the paint". One of the easiest and most reliable ways to tell the difference is to gently run a fingernail over the affected area. If the mark can be felt, it is most likely in the paint. This same technique can be used to gauge the depth of the scratch. Paint transfer is much easier to eliminate than a scratch.    Paint Transfer: We often have people ask us if we can use wax to remove a scratch and the answer is always a resounding "no". Most automotive waxes and polishes are formulated with advanced cleaners that cleanse painted surfaces as they are applied. In most cases, they will remove contamination such as paint transfer. Paint transfer comes in all shapes and colors. If your vehicle is white and you have a black mark on the pa...


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Black 2001 Jaguar XJR (after)

After washing and claying the entire vehicle to exfoliate the paint to prevent further damage, we polished the paint with a three stage paint correcting polish and a D/A polsher (D/A is a "Dual-Action" polisher as opposed to a "high speed" or "rotary" buffer).The polish completely eliminated the small scratches rather than temporarily hiding them like a wax or swirl remover would. We want true results rather than temporary results. This took several hours to complete, but once the surface was smooth and blemish free, we applied two coats of a durable paint sealant that forms an invisible sheild over the surface. Once the sealant had time to bond to the paints, surface, we appilied to two coats of a premium paste wax for additional protection as well as delivering a look that is unparalleled. The marring was gone and we were left with a deep shine. We wanted to make the flakes in  the paint stand out to add stronger depth and clarity. The trunk lid was retored to its original brill...


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Black 2001 Jaguar XJR (before)

Author: Administrator | Date: 04/01/2012 | Category: Detailing Journal | Comments: 1
Tags: CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CORRECTION DETAILING ELIMINATE PAINT POLISH REMOVAL SCRATCH SWIRLS TENNESSEE TIPS VEHICLE WASH WAX

We recently had one of our clients bring in her black 2001 Jaguar XJR that she has had and babied since it was new. The car was in good shape, but she wanted to prepare the car for the summer heat by doing some routine maintanence such as cleaning and treating the carpet, vinyl, and leather. As anyone that has ever owned a black car will tell you, black is not just a color, but a part time job. Black paint is beautiful when it is clean, but it does not hide dirt, debris, pollen, smudges, or marring very well. Marring is a term to describe blemishes in the paint that look like swirl marks that tend to appear over time especially on darker finishes. She wanted to eliminate the surface scratches and protect the paint to prevent future marring.  The marring was most noticable on the horizontal surfaces, such as the hood, roof, and trunk lid, but for its age, the paint was in good shape. Our client wanted to restore the paint to its original depth, brilliance, and optical clarity by elimi...


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Headlight Restoration

Author: Administrator | Date: 10/26/2011 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 2
Tags: AUTO CAR CARE CHATTANOOGA CLEANING DETAILING HEADLIGHT RESTORATION TENNESSEE TIPS

Headlight Restoration: We are constantly being inundated with commercials for the newest trends in the car care industry. I have seen several commercials for headlight restoration kits that show a set of old faded headlights and in 30 seconds, they look brand new. You've seen the results in the commercial for yourself so why wouldn't it work? If watching somebody on television do it, isn't enough incentive to buy this product, order now and they will double your order for free! (just pay separate shipping and handling) After all, a new set of after-market headlights will cost upwards of $160+. If you read the reviews on these products from the people that ordered them, you can save yourself money, time, and headache. This is a very important safety issue as it directly affects your visibility when driving in addition to allowing other motorists to see you so what headlight restoration system actually works?   What causes headlights to yellow and fade over time...


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What is Carnauba?

Author: Administrator | Date: 08/09/2011 | Category: General | Comments: 2
Tags: AUTO CAR CHATTANOOGA DETAILING TENNESSEE TIPS WASHING WAX

What is "Carnauba"? We are asked this almost daily and since we pride ourselves in the details, here is the detailed answer.   Carnauba is a wax that is pruduced by a species of palm tree found in Brazil called Copernicia prunifera, or "carnauba palm". This tree secrets the wax to repel moisture from the palms to the ground where it can then be absorbed by the roots in addition to protecting the plant from damaging heat and humiduty. Humans have derived the wax from the leaves by harvesting them, drying out the leaves and collecting the yellowish brown wax as it flakes off the leaves. Using heat and solvents, the wax is refined and used in food, pharmaceutical pill coating, hardwood floor coating, as well as high end automotive waxes.   In its natural form, carnauba is extremely hard. In order to make the substance more workable, car wax manufacturors blend the wax with oils, petrolium distillates, or naptha solvent, which is a kind of paint thinner. The wax will retain i...


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Unpleasant Odors

Author: Administrator | Date: 08/02/2011 | Category: Interior Maintenance | Comments: 0
Tags: AUTO CAR CHATTANOOGA DETAILING TIPS

What is the first thing that you notice when you get in someone else's car? Do you ever wonder what other people notice when they get into your car?   The first thing that I always notice is the smell. Odor is always amplified in the summer, especially when a car sits in the sun all day with the doors closed and the windows up. Every summer, I have clients that bring their cars in because there is some smell somewhere in their vehicle and they want it removed. Who wouldn't? The sources of most odors are usually pretty obvious so we will jump straight to the part on how to eliminate them. The first, and most cliche, way to get rid of an odor is to prevent it. Realistically though, there will probably be a time when you will eat in your car and a small part of your snack or meal will end up in between your seats and if unnoticed, it will stay there for a long time. Maybe you will take your dog to the park and if the dog doesn't get sick in the car, it will shed in the car....


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