WHAT KIND OF WAX DO WE USE?
HOW DO WE APPLY OUR WAX?

       Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax is CG's wettest wax ever. It delivers an unmatched surface shine and wet look. This is a brand new technology that consists of a special blend of polymers, resins, and natural Carnauba. Butter Wet Wax leaves your car shining like it is dripping wet! Butter Wax contains no cleaners or abrasives, and will not stain plastic or rubber. It is suitable for easy application and removal in the sun or shade, in hot or cool temperatures.--Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax is the expert's choice!
(2-3 MONTH OF PROTECTION)

  Finish Kare 1000P Hi-Temp Paste Wax delivers heavy duty resistance to UV, hard water, acid rain, bug remains, tree sap, and other contaminants. It's an ideal car wax for daily drivers in hot, sunny climates. The high melting temperature surpasses even carnauba wax, which has the highest melting point of any natural wax. Finish Kare 1000P Hi-Temp Paste Wax's synthetic formula doesn't break a sweat!
(4-6 MONTHS OF PROTECTION)

    Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax is one of the finest liquid carnauba waxes you can buy. It has the shine and wetness of carnauba but its longevity is more like a paint sealant. You can expect up to 5 months of protection and incredible water-beading, even on non-garaged vehicles.
(4-6 MONTHS OF PROTECTION)

    Meguiar's Synthetic Sealant M21is a premium Hydrophobic Polymer Technology™ that offers technologically advanced paint care and protection. The product produces a noticeable deeper, darker, more reflective paint finish. It visually eliminates fine scratches and swirls, creating a flawless finish. Application could not be easier. This wax glides on easily with a smooth, resistance-free wipe-off.
(4-6 MONTHS OF PROTECTION)

    SPACE AGE PROTECTION FOR YOUR VEHICLE.
RejeX is a thin-film polymer coating designed to provide a high-release protective finish for vehicles of all kinds. This very thin film – less than a micron thick – prevents stains and adhesion of common contaminants such as exhaust, bugs, oil, tree sap, bird droppings, road grime, brake dust, etc.
(10-12 MONTHS OF PROTECTION)

BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection
A premium paint sealant designed for the perfectionist. It creates an extremely slick finish and incredible depth with a revolutionary blend of three incredible polymers.  Sourced from Germany and Switzerland, these polymers have a protective quality and depth of gloss that surpassed all others tested. BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection refracts light, similar to a diamond, to create a vibrant, super slippery, head-turning finish.
    After our hand wash and clay bar treatment we use our dual-action polisher and ultra-soft finishing pads to apply our premium wax.  This ensures a thin even coat, which allows the wax to bond and cure faster. 
        To ensure those months of protection, it is recommended that we maintain your vehicles finish so as to protect your vehicles paint.
        Some car washing facilities use harsh soaps and cleaners that strip or compromise the durability of the wax.  Using ph balanced products to clean your vehicles exterior safeguards your paints protection.
HOW DO WE CLEAN (SHAMPOO) YOUR CARPETS AND MATS?

   Use professional equipment if you want professional results! Just like a dual-action polisher, the 3 gallon Mytee Lite II Heated Carpet Extractor is one of the most important tools a professional auto detailer can own.

    Whether talking about laundry or dishes, everyone knows that hot water cleans much better than cold. In the world of professional automotive detailing, the same rule applies. That's why no serious auto detailer would consider operating a detailing business without a 3 gallon Mytee Lite II Heated Carpet Extractor to clean carpets and upholstery
        Carpet and upholstery cleaning with hot water actually helps break up dirt and grease that would not be as easily removed using the old-fashioned technique of a bucket of cold soapy water and a brush or sponge. You wouldn't have a professional carpet cleaner clean your carpets that way, so why should you use that technique on automotive carpet and upholstery?
        And because the 3 gallon Mytee Lite II Heated Carpet Extractor actually sprays the surface with hot water and then extracts it immediately, the process leaves the fabric or carpet free of soapy residue and much dryer, allowing you to finish your detail in less time than detailing by hand. Professional detailers agree: A hot water carpet extractor like the 3 gallon Mytee Lite II Heated Carpet Extractor is a must-have!
"THE DEALERSHIP TOLD ME NOT TO WAX MY CAR,
THEY SAID IT RUINS THE FINISH."

Well why would a dealership tell me not to wax my vehicle?  Unfortunately we can't answer that question directly since really we don't know why  they would say such a thing.  But what we can tell you is that not properly washing and protecting (wax/sealant) your vehicles paint from the elements will  incur damage.  Your vehicles clearcoat, meant to protect and add gloss to your vehicle, is not impervious to the elements.  It is basically a layer of transparent paint.  It needs washing and protection. 
    Improper  washing and waxing will ruin your vehicles finish, so care and knowledge is needed to properly maintain your vehicles paint.
    Improper  compounding and polishing will also ruin your vehicles finish, untrained and careless "detailers" have been known to cause such damage either unknowingly or uncaringly.  A high-speed rotary polisher in the wrong hands will cause swirls, holograms (buffer trails) and can even burn through the clearcoat, especially at the corners and edges of your vehicles panals. 
    Protecting or waxing your vehicle is very important. 
    Sacrificial Barrier Coating
    "The primary purpose of a car wax or synthetic paint sealant is to act as a sacrificial barrier coating over the surface of your car’s paint. The idea being that anytime anything comes into contact with your car’s paint, before it can cause any damage to the paint it first has to get past the layer of wax or paint sealant. When your car’s paint is under attack, the layer of wax or paint sealant sacrifices itself so your paint doesn’t have to sacrifice itself.  Or in other words, the layer of wax or paint sealant gives itself up so your car’s paint doesn’t have to give itself up."
-Mike Phillips
Director of Training at Autogeek.net

    Ask us why and how we treat your vehicles paint, and why protection or wax is important.  We enjoy educating and training others in this regard.
WHAT IS DETAILING CLAY?


What Are Bonded Contaminants?
When we wash your car, the fresh contaminants are removed from the paint and the paintwork looks clean. However, washing will leave behine the bonded contaminats which are attached to the paint as if they had been glued on:

These bonded contaminats are hard to see, so after washing your paintwork looks clean. However, if you gently run your fingers acorss the paintwork you may feel that the paintwork feels rough - a bit like stubble in a way. This roughness, grittiness that you are feeling is the bonded contaminants in the paint.

Examples of bonded contaminants are:

> Brake dust - sharp, so embeds itself in the paint
> Industrial fallout
> Tree sap - very sticky so adheres strongly to the paint

Removing Bonded Contaminants - Clay
In order to remove the bonded contaminats and restore a glassy smooth feel to the paint, detailing clay is used.  If you have not removed them by clay, when you come to polish, glaze, seal or wax, it means that you are now sealing in remaining bonded contaminants.  Simply washing and waxing will not remove bonded contaminants, they will be left behind and then just waxed over, reducing the longevity of the wax.

Clay basically works by grabbing hold of the bonded contaminants and pulling them off of the paint surface:  "Paint Exfoliation"









***Important Point to Remember***
"I think we can all agree that a great looking finish is a glossy looking finish. Gloss comes from smoothness. Bonded contaminants on your car's paint create surface texture, that is a rough feel to the paint. This also diminishes smoothness and therefore diminishes gloss.

Claying removes above surface bonded contaminants and is the first step after washing to restore a high gloss finish to any car, including the one in your garage or driveway.

Claying also enables your choice of wax or paint sealant to better bond to the paint by removing a layer of contaminants off the paint so the protection ingredients can bond to the paint unhindered."      
-Mike Phillips
Director of Training
Autogeek.net
What is the differences between a compound a polish and a wax?

All three products have there proper place in car care. 

A compound is an abrasive product that acts like a liquid sandpaper, leveling the surface of the clear coat or paint, removing enough clear coat to remove any swirls or scratches.  A compound is most effectively used with either a rotary or dual-action polisher and foam or microfiber cutting pads.  Depending on the level of "cut" or ability to level the clear coat, a compound can remove wet sanding scratches and moderate scratches and defects.  Usually a finer polish is used after to further refine the clear coat or paint.



A polish is used to increase gloss and refine the compounding step.  Polishes also range in "cut" with some being more or less abrasive.  However most polishes have extremely fine abrasives that smooth out the clear coat and added oils to enhance shine and slickness.  In some cases, the vehicles clear coat or paint may be in good condition that it may only need a polishing to improve it. 




A wax/sealant is simply the barrier that is applied lastly to the clear coat or paint that protects it.  They range from liquid to paste and can be applied both by hand or by a dual-action polisher. 

There are however many products that fall in between these products, such as all-in-one products, that can both level the clear coat or paint to remove defects and leave a barrier of protection.  Each vehicles clear coat or paint will vary, so it is up to a trained and expereinced detailer to have a knowledge of clear coats, single stage paints and the products to use in different circumstances.
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WHAT IS PAINT CORRECTION?

    When the sun shines on your vehicle's paint what stares back at you?  Is your paint glossy or dull?  Does it appear to have swirls, buffer trails and holograms (called such because the swirls appear to move within the paint like holograms) either from improper washing and drying or "buffing"? 
    If your vehicle's paint looks like the picture to the left, then your paint has been damaged by an inexperienced detailer using a rotary polisher.  Fortunately this can be repaired. We have the knowledge and experience to safely restore or "correct" your paint. 
    We use special polishers that enable us to effectly remove the swirls, buffer trails and holograms.  The results will be clear, glossy, swirl free paint. 
    We further refine the paint by 1 to 2 more polishing steps.  We finish and protect your vehicle's paint by apply either a polymer sealant (Rejex, Jetseal, etc.) or ceramic coating (Gtechniq,).
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What is a One-Step Polish?
If your vehicles paint is hazy, faded, swirled or it has just lost the gloss it once, then it needs further attention.  A simple cleaning and waxing will not be sufficient.  After the vehicle has been properly washed and decontaminated using a clay bar or clay mitt, we proceed with a One-Step Polish. 

We use a product from a company called HD.  This Product is called is HD SPEED.  It is a polish and wax comboned in one product.  When combined with the right cutting or polishing pad and our powerful Rupes Dual Action Polisher it has the ability to reduce/remove swirls, hazing, fading paint.  It leaves a super glossy and slick finish with protection that can last up to 3 months. 

We can also add an additional Paint Sealant if desired to boost the durability. 

This process if one of our most popular polishing services because it can produce excellent results, without having to preform a multi-step paint correction, which may not be within our customers time and/or budget.

This service is listed on our Services Page under THE ONYX STAGE 2 PAINT REFINEMENT section