We’ve heard all the common car detailing myths and we’ve seen first hand what the friendly detailing tip your neighbor gives you really does to your car (hint: it’s not pretty). Let’s get right into debunking a few of the most common car detailing myths.

10 Common Car Detailing Myths

1) It’s okay to use dish detergent to wash your car : This is one of the most pervasive car detailing myths. Detergent may create soap suds but that doesn’t mean it’s effective at cleaning your car. Dish detergent was not designed for automotive paint and should not be used on it in any scenario.

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10 COMMON CAR DETAILING MYTHS

2) A shiny car is a clean car : There are many ways you can make a car shine without actually cleaning it, so just because your car is still shiny doesn’t mean you aren’t due for a wash.

3) It doesn’t matter what you use to wipe down your car : Many people use old towels or shirts to wipe down their cars but the fibers in towels and t-shirts are often rough and can scratch up your car’s clear coat and leave behind dirtIt’s best to use a drying towel designed for the job. The best choice is RAPID DRY TOWELS.

4) You can wait until your car is filthy before you wash it  : The longer something sits on your car, the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. Biological contaminants like bug splatter, tar, and bird droppings are especially harmful to your car’s paint. If you spot anything at all that needs to be cleaned you should wash your car right away.

5) Wax lasts for years : Wax is a temporary solution. Under ideal circumstances, it only provides a few months worth of protection. If you want long-term protection you need a ceramic paint coating.

6) Air fresheners remove bad odors : Air fresheners simply mask bad odors. If you want to remove bad odors you’ll have to get down and dirty with some interior detailing.

7) There’s nothing you can do about water spots : Water spots are difficult, but not impossible, to remove. For a few tips on removing water spots check out this post. We have water spot removal products for purchase ($33.00) from our studio.

8) Polishing and waxing are the same thing : The terminology can get confusing but in general, polishing is something you do that removes minor imperfections while waxing is something that provides protection. Don’t assume that the detailer polishing your car also provides protection.

9) You should let your car air dry : Allowing your car to air dry is a great way to get some nasty water spots, which kind of defeats the purpose of washing it in the first place. It’s best to dry your car with a RAPID DRY TOWELS.

10) Machine polishing can damage paint : Don’t let this car detailing myth fool you, the polishing tools used by professionals are perfectly safe for your car. That’s what they were designed for, after all!

Please contact us today at Adelaide Paint Protection to learn more about our prestige car detailing and paint protection services for your car’s interior and exterior. We are certified installers of Gtechniq and IGL Coatings KENZO, providing the ultimate in paint protection for auto enthusiasts throughout Adelaide.

So you’ve decided to get a ceramic coating for your brand new car. It’s a smart step towards providing the most modern and effective method of paint protection for your vehicle that the market has to offer. But what should your next step be?

If you were thinking of letting the dealership give your car a courtesy detail service before you pick it up, then think again. The best option is to make arrangements to have your new car delivered to your ceramic coating installer directly after purchase. Here’s why:

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Dealerships Can Damage the Paint

Don’t expect the dealership to treat your new vehicle with kid gloves. Lack of precaution on the dealer’s side can leave your new car’s paint with scratches.

The Dealership Might Wash the Car 

That “detail service” that dealerships provide may be nothing more than a quick wash and wax using methods and equipment that can potentially ruin your paint. Ever see the swirling patterns that are left on a car’s surface after it has been washed using only the circular motion of cleaning? You don’t want that! Many dealerships lack the technical know-how to properly wash a vehicle, and may very well leave marks on your car that would then have to be corrected by the detailer prior to applying a ceramic coating.

Avoid the Unnecessary Waxing

You don’t need a wax job on your car if you’re getting a ceramic coating. The dealership’s impulse will be to apply a courtesy layer of wax on your vehicle. This is another opportunity to introduce marring and scratching due to improper methods. It is best to avoid this step.

The Plastic Wrapping Should Stay Intact

The first impulse of the dealership will be to tear away the plastic wrapping from your car to prep your new car before you pick it up. However, all of the above problems can be avoided if you have the car delivered to your detailer or you pick up the car yourself with the wrapping intact. It’s best to keep the wrapping intact until the car is ready to have the ceramic coat installed, ensuring the exterior finish is in pristine condition.

As you can see, there are many ways in which the dealership can actually end up harming your new car’s paint rather than protecting it. That is why the best strategy is to have your car delivered to the ceramic coating installer directly so that the ceramic coating can be applied on the car’s unspoiled surface.

Give us a call at Adelaide Paint Protection. We are certified to install both Gtechniq and CQUARTZ Finest Reserve. We can work with you to make arrangements to have your new car delivered directly to us prior to your ceramic coating installation.