Why a Detailer v Car Wash Cafe?

A lot of people ask “why would I spend extra money with a detailer when I can get a much cheaper wash and detail with a car wash cafe or alike?”

Well.. There are many reasons

Here are a few to consider:

1.  Skill- Proper car washing and detailing is a skill. Using specific washing and drying technique to reduce potentially marring your car’s paint work takes skill. Proper technique when using a polisher to enhance the gloss and clarity of the paint takes skill. Proper use of equipment and product to clean exteriors, interiors, engines and other delicate parts of a car takes skill. 

2. Knowledge- You can ask any detailer any question about any facet of detailing and I can assure, you will get a knowledgeable answer. Detailers never stop researching, testing and learning to further enhance their knowledge of their profession. Maybe we won’t have the answer to your question today.. I can assure, you will have it by tomorrow! 

3. Care- Detailers take extreme care when transforming your car to a showroom finish. Detailing is our livelihood and passion. Care comes naturally.

4. Equipment- Detailers have an arsenal of equipment to fulfill each job to the best potential possible. From steamers, extractors, various polishing machines, pads, chemicals, microfiber towels, wheel care products etc. The list goes on and on. What may be appropriate for one vehicle may not work on the next, so a variety of equipment is important. 

Some incidents I have witnessed at various car wash cafes and alike include:

 -Incorrect to zero decontamination procedures prior to polishing followed by poor polishing technique resulting in horrific buffer trail marks also known as holograms or severe swirling. A complete no no in the detailing industry. It would be like watching a doctor about to perform surgery without first scrubbing their hands.

-The use of the same wash mitts and/or drying towels car after car. This effectively transfers abrasive dirt particles from car to car, which in essence is turning what should be a clean wash mitt into a form of sand paper. I have even witnessed wash mitts and drying towels dropped on the floor, picked up and continued to be used. 

Detailers have dedicated towels for, paint, wheels, engines, interiors and glass. If it gets dropped it gets washed and decontaminated before being reused. 

Detailing is an art form. It takes skill, knowledge and care to the extreme. Yes, you will pay a premium compared to a car wash cafe but I can assure you, the difference is outstanding.

A full detail on a car can take many many hours and sometimes even days depending on the service you are after.

If you are offered a $100 full detail including polishing from a car wash cafe and told to come back in 1 hour, let me warn you,  your car is in trouble. 

At the end of the day you get what you pay for. 

If you have pride in your ride, send it to someone who has pride in their industry. Aquire the services of a detailer.

Thanks for reading

Robert Cooper 

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