As professional auto detailers, we’ve heard all the common car detailing myths and we’ve seen firsthand 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.
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 dirt. It’s best to use a clean microfiber cloth.
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.
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 clean soft microfiber cloth.
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 Details Matter to learn more about our prestige car detailing and paint protection services for your car’s interior and exterior. We are certified installers of Ceramic Pro and Opti-Coat Pro, providing the ultimate in paint protection for auto enthusiasts throughout the Melbourne, Florida area.
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