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.

When it comes to cars, nothing can outclass a Mercedes Benz. Mercedes cars are easily distinguishable by their luxurious interiors and striking designs that re-imagine classic car aesthetics. They also, as you know, don’t come cheap.You want to maintain that luxurious appearance and retain the value of your car, so how do you go about protecting your new Mercedes? One way is to apply a ceramic coating. So what exactly is so great about a ceramic coating?

Why Does Your Mercedes Need a Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coatings offer superior protection

Ceramic coatings utilise the latest in advanced nanotechnology. Ceramic coatings work by filling in the pores in the paint of your car, creating a permanent, hard surface that will resist minor scratches and keep corrosive contaminants from causing damage. Ceramic coatings from companies such as GTechniq have 3 – 4 times the hardness of a regular clear coat. Your factory paint job will be protected and preserved.

Ceramic coatings keep your car looking great

In addition to providing unparalleled protection, ceramic coatings will give your new car a sleek, mirror-like shine that will last for years to come. You can easily maintain this freshly waxed look without ever having to wax your car. GTechniq is 100 times thicker than a typical wax coating and will not wash away or break down over time.

Ceramic coatings require less maintenance

Ceramic coatings form a permanent bond with the paint of your car, unlike other products that require frequent reapplications. In addition, the sleek surface created by the ceramic coating will prevent dirt, dust, and other particles from sticking to the paint, which means car washes will be easier and won’t need to be done as frequently.

Ceramic coatings are extremely hydrophobic

The hydrophobic nature of a ceramic coating will cause water to bead up and roll off of your car instead of sitting on the paint and causing corrosion. Hydrophobicity is key to protecting your car’s paint, and you simply won’t find this level of water resistance in most other paint protection products.

A ceramic coating provides a superior protective layer that is chemical resistant, harder than factory clear coating, hydrophobic and permanent – all in one product.

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At Adelaide Paint Protection we carry several of the top brands of ceramic coatings. You’ll have the peace of mind that the work will be done by an expert technician who stands by their work. You can visit us at our Flinders Park location or contact us today for more information on applying a ceramic coating to your new car.

2005 HSV GTO Build #442

Paint Correction & Ceramic Paint Protection Coatings

We were asked to return this GTO to its former glory. A self confessed user of the dreaded brushes at the pay car washes, the before video demonstrates the damage incurred.

From the outset the task was to be a lengthy process:

Endless hours of wet sanding

Heavy Water stain removal

Swirl marks

Scratches

Paint touch-ups

Wheels & brake calipers cleaned, which we then coated in a high temperature ceramic coating.

Comment from the owner, “I didn’t hold out any hope that you could repair it. Instead it is better than new”

Check out the video to see the transformation.

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Vini & Anna Ferrari

Adelaide Paint Protection

A collection of interesting photos of vehicles we have had the pleasure of applying Paint Protection Coatings. Enjoy….

2008 Porsche Cayman S

Paint Correction & Ceramic Paint Protection Coatings

We had the privilege of treating this stunning little Porsche to an Intensive Correction followed by the installation of our Signature Multi-Layer Ceramic Coating. ‘The Black Series’.

From the outset the task was to be a lengthy process:

Heavy Water stain removal

Swirl marks

Scratches

Paint touch-ups

We also wanted to give the owner a gift in the form of decontaminated & cleaned wheels & brake calipers, which we then coated in a high temperature ceramic coating.

Comment from the owner, “I’m not sure how you did that, but I am blown away. Thank you”

Check out the video to see the transformation.

Its our pleasure –

Vini & Anna Ferrari

Adelaide Paint Protection

Every car owner must protect their investment from the elements. Your car must endure daily bombardment from UV Rays, industrial fallout, Bird Mess, as well as Bug squash which can affect its external surfaces. This constant assault will cause severe damage and deterioration to your vehicle’s factory-standard clear coat. As this coat is slowly being stripped by the elements, your car also becomes more vulnerable to paint damage.

By applying a quality Ceramic coating from Adelaide Paint Protection, you are going for “prevention” which is always better than cure. Once damage starts to appear, its already too late and the reality of an expensive re-spray will begin to dawn, as will the nagging thoughts.

Perhaps the better question would be: “Can you afford not to”?

SO YOU’RE BUYING A NEW CAR…

Congratulations! Doubtless you’ve spent hours comparing different makes and models, reading articles and reviews. Now you’re making the purchase, and you’re anticipating the excitement of laying eyes on your new or new-to-you auto-mobile for the first time.

What if that excitement didn’t go away? What if years later your car could look as good or better than it did the day you bought it? That’s not easy. Over the life of your vehicle rocks, sand, salt, sap, birds, bugs, rain, sunshine, and more will pose an unrelenting threat to your car’s glossy finish. So what’s a new car-owner to do? Here are five steps you can take today to make your car more resilient against the dangers of the road, and keep it looking like-new for years to come.

DECONTAMINATE

Believe it or not, the first thing your car needs after it rolls off the dealer’s lot is a thorough decontamination and wash. Here’s the truth: Dealership cars are dirty. Upon purchase, a car has often been sitting in a dealer lot for several months. During that time, the vehicle has most likely been stored outside and exposed to a host of environmental contaminants. If the car has been shipped any distance by train, rail dust has most likely bonded with the paint. If contaminants like metal filings or acidic deposits are not properly removed from the vehicle, they will end up causing permanent damage to the clear coat and factory paint.

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Hard water spots on a car straight from the dealer's lot.

POLISH

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Swirl marks on a brand new vehicle. The left side is polished while the right is not.

Dealerships are infamous for improper washing techniques. You can understand why. A dealership must wash many cars in a short amount of time. If they gave each car the time required for a proper wash, there would never be any time to sell. What does that mean for your car’s paint? In short, swirl-marks. Swirl-marks are a collection of very fine scratches in a vehicle’s clear coat caused by improper washing techniques, specifically when a dirty rag is wiped across a panel, or an inappropriate rag is used for drying. The good news is that a professional polish or paint correction process can remove swirl-marks and restore the glossy finish of your factory paint.

APPLY WINDOW TINT

Once the exterior is decontaminated and polished, it’s time to start adding layers of protection. The first layer of protection to add is not just for your car, but for its passengers. Did you know that car drivers in Australia are more likely to get skin cancer on their right side? If you will be spending any amount of time in your new vehicle, you should protect its interior with a premium window film (that is, unless you plan on applying sunscreen every time you get in the car). In addition to protecting your skin, a good window film will keep your upholstery from being faded by the sun. It will also block heat from the sun, making your interior not only safer, but cooler.

 
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Window film is heat formed and then applied to the glass.

APPLY PAINT PROTECTION

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Paint Protection Film must be professionally applied for a seamless finish.

Now that your new vehicle is cleaned, polished, and tinted, what are we going to do about the rocks, sand, salt, sap, birds, bugs, rain, sunshine, and other threats mentioned above? What can you do today to keep your shiny car shiny, despite the dangers it will face? Here’s the number one answer: Apply a premium Paint Protection Film. An automotive Paint Protection Film (sometimes called a Clear Bra) is urethane covering that is applied to a vehicle’s exterior surfaces to preserve the quality of its factory paint. Paint Protection Film is most famous for its ability to stop rock chips, and is commonly applied on high-risk panels like the front bumper, hood, and fenders. However, it can also be applied to all exterior painted surface to provide protection from all kinds of hazards. When a bird poops on your car, acid in the dropping quickly starts eating into the paint’s clear coat. If not removed in a timely and professional manner, the bird dropping can cause visible, permanent damage. The same is true for tree sap, bug splatter, acid rain, and other contaminants. A layer of protective film makes your vehicle more resilient to whatever may threaten your paint.

 

APPLY CERAMIC COATING

If you’ve been careful to care for and maintain your previous vehicles, you know the benefit of a good wax: It adds a small layer of protection and makes your car easier to clean. You also know its limitations: The protection is minimal, and it requires repeated application. A Ceramic Coating is kind of like a good wax on steroids. It is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. Upon application, the coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent chemical bond with the vehicle’s factory paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months (leading brands have manufacturer warranties of up to 10 years). When covered by a Ceramic Coating, a vehicle is more resistant to oxidation caused by the sun and chemical stains caused by naturally acidic contaminants. A Ceramic Coating also creates a hydrophobic (that is, water-repelling) surface, making your car easier to clean. Mud and grime have a more difficult time bonding with coated paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.

 

 

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Ceramic Coatings are applied by hand to the whole vehicle.

DRIVE AWAY WIT PEACE OF MIND

When the process of buying a new car reaches its summit and you are driving away in your new auto-mobile, you will be excited. Don’t let that excitement get suffocated by the discovery of swirl-marks left by the dealership, or collection of fresh rock chips, or a damaging bug splatter, or a careless parking lot driver. It’s true that nothing will make your car bullet proof. None of the steps outlined above will provide 100 % protection from anything your car could face. Moreover, none of the steps above make ongoing maintenance obsolete. Nonetheless, each step will add significant value to your vehicle, give you peace-of-mind, and help preserve your car’s appearance over the long-term, so that years from now you can be just as excited to sit in your beautiful vehicle as you were the day you bought it.