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Overall, the exterior of the 2011 BMW 328i was in good condition. The paint had light swirl marks. The owner’s primary concern was damage from bird droppings on the hood.
Across the hood were circles made by bird poop; the droppings had eaten into the paint. The car had been detailed removing some of the damage. However, there were light blotches still present. Therefore removal required an aggressive approach.
In total, the hood had about twelve (12) damaged areas. Each spot was sanded with 3000 grit sandpaper. Next, the area was compounded removing the sanding the marks. Then, the hood along with the entire car was polished bringing out the gloss. Lastly, the paint was protected with Beadmaker paint sealant.
Whenever birds target your car, you should remove the poop immediately. This can be done with a water rinse or spraying and wiping with detail spray and a microfiber towel.
Also, you should keep protection on the paint with wax, sealant or ceramic coating. These will slow down the effects of acid on your paint. Paint protection will make removal easier and save you money over a detail or repaint.
Do you have bird droppings or bug damage? Contact Red Clay Detailing for a consultation. 404-419-6882
The processes of a waterless car wash and a traditional car wash are different. Could you tell whether a car was cleaned by one method versus the other? In either case, the outcome would depend on the effort and vehicle condition.
Waterless is best for cleaning light dirt. For heavy dirt buildup, this method will scratch the paint and is inefficient. Therefore, a traditional or rinseless wash are better options.
How Does A Waterless Wash Work?
Although relatively small, a waterless wash contains water. It is a spray cleaner high in lubricates, which makes wiping the panel easier. The cleaner is sprayed onto a small panel. The solution softens the dirt and lifts it from the surface. This chemical process helps reduce scratches.
To remove the dirt, a clean soft microfiber towel is gently passed over the cleaning area. Then, a second clean towel is wiped across the paint. This removes streaks and leaves a shine.
The cleaner comes comes ready to use or as a concentrate. The ready to use is a safer and easier route versus concentrate. Improper mixing may lead to problems. Too little waterless wash will increase the chances of scratching the paint. Too much, the product may streak and require more effort to remove from panel.
Like car wash soap, waterless washes are made as stand alone cleaners. Also, they come mixed with wax, sealants, or Silica Dioxide(SiO2). These variations add protection while cleaning the vehicle.
What Can Waterless Wash Clean?
The waterless car wash cleans all exterior areas: paint, wheels, glass, plastic and rubber trim. Also, it is good for light interior plastic and vinyl cleaning. Although not a end all be all, the waterless wash is great for maintaing your vehicle between heavy washes.
Lastly, waterless washing uses more towels than a traditional wash. However, it is great for the winter and summer. Car washes can be done indoors out of frigid cold and blazing heat. Not to mention, there are no hoses or buckets to wrangle.
A can of spray paint burst in the Ford Fusion trunk. Paint hit the fabric lining, the truck roof, the rubber seal, the rear bumper, and the taillight. Watch video
The car owner’s main concern was the bumper and taillight.
Upon contacting Red Clay Detailing, the owner asked about the process. Would it be a chemical or mechanical process? I assured him it would be chemical.
The removal process required the proper chemical and patience. The paint cleaner removed overspray without damaging the car paint. It was sprayed on a small area and let dwell for several minutes. Afterwards, the cleaner was wiped from the panel.
On the rubber seals, the process was more involved. This piece required cleaner application and scrubbing with a brush. The grooves were filled with paint. The process could not be rushed.
After much scrubbing, the spray paint was gone. The plastic and rubber were not degraded with chemicals and over abrasive scrubbing.
The owner recently purchased this 1964 Ford Falcon Futura and wanted to enhance the paint gloss. Along with out state shows, he drives it around town.
The 1964 Ford’s paint was thin in areas which prohibited heavy paint correction. We agreed on a light polish and Gtechniq EXO ceramic coating for protection.
With the coating the Falcon will clean up easily. Road debris and bugs will come wipe off with little effort or use of harsh chemicals.
Now, the owner can spend less time washing and more time admiring other vehicles and socializing at car meets.
What is that smell? Does your car have an odor that never goes away? Air fresheners seem useless and makes matters worse? The car still smells like smoke after having the interior detailed? The cabin air filter may be the culprit.
The cabin filter traps dirt, pollen, moisture, and debris. This filter is different from the engine air filter. It cleans outside air coming into the vehicle passenger cockpit through the vents. In many cases, it is located behind the glove box.
Over time, it becomes clogged and grows bacteria. Cabin air filters are made of paper, cotton or other porous material. A dirty cabin filter will produce a bad smell in the heating and cooling system (HVAC). It can aggravate allergies and asthma.
According to some experts, the cabin filter should be replaced between 12,000-15,000 miles. Others recommend 25,000 – 30,000 miles. The best recommendation is check with your vehicle manufacturer.
Another option is to buy a reusable filter and clean it at least once a year.
K&N filters are washable. A single filter would give you many years of use.
Where to Buy?
- Auto Part Store
- K&N Filters – https://www.knfilters.com/
- Filter Heads – https://www.filterheads.com
- Online AutoParts Dealer
Does My Vehicle Have a Cabin Air Filter?
Not all vehicle have a cabin filter. For example the 2005 Chevy Silverado does not. One of the best resources is a car dealer parts department. The parts staff can search by the VIN to determine if your car, truck, or SUV has a cabin filter.
How to Replace Cabin Filter Videos:
How to Decrease Foul Odors?
– Check and change cabin air filter.
– Shampoo carpets and seats.
– Vacuum carpet and seats regularly.
– Clean up food and drink spills immediately.
In Conclusion, Fall and Spring are heavy allergy seasons. With it comes sniffles and sneezing possibly increased in part by a dirty cabin air filter. Take the above actions to reduce allergy or other respiratory irritations.
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What is the difference between a wax and paint sealant?
Wax is the most commonly known paint protection. It adds a warm and deep gloss to paint. However wax provides limited UV protection and durability. Wax contains carnauba. Carnauba wax breaks down faster in high temperatures. This requires more frequent applications.
A sealant is man made and offers better UV protection. Besides water beading, it is great at repelling dirt and adding shine. A sealant makes cleaning your easier. Depending of the product, a paint sealant can last up to 9 months.
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Spring is a wonderful time of year. It represents growth, a new beginning. With that growth comes pollen. The dreaded spores that spur new life.
Although pollen is in many sizes and colors. the yellow pine pollen is highly visible. It takes no mercy. Pine pollen covers everything: vehicles, streets, structures and more. Not only is it a pest outside, it makes a way indoors onto car interiors and home furnishings.
A common reaction is to do nothing and wait until pollen season blows over. Another would be to take your vehicle throw the tunnel wash on the unlimited wash plan. Both could a big mistake.
First, pollen is sticky. Be it’s nature it will attach itself to anything that it contacts. To do nothing will add to the build up and a stronger bond. The pollen will become hard to remove. It will get into the cracks and crevices. The spores are not easy to remove from rubber.
Second, the tunnel wash may be causing more harm than good. Drive thru washes could see hundreds of cars a day. If poorly maintained, dirt and grime from previous washes attach to the cleaning fibers and rub onto your vehicle during cleaning. Although removing pollen, it could be scratching the paint.
What is the Solution?
- Apply paint protection to the vehicle: (wax, sealant, coating)
- Rinse off the vehicle at least twice a week (Before driving)
- Wipe interior surfaces with damp cloth
Paint protection creates a barrier between the car paint and elements. Dirt and other particles will be easier to clean off the vehicle. After rinsing the car, it will air dry on the drive. These few steps will reduce the pollen build up and keep you sane.
If access to water is a challenge, Red Clay Detailing is happy to help you maintain your vehicle’s appearance. Schedule service at 404-419-6882.
Red Clay Detailing is a professional detailing service in Atlanta, GA. Services include: paint polishing, headlight restoration, ceramic coating, rv detailing, watercraft detailing: boat & jet skis.
Initially, the Porsche 911T Targa was slated for a level 1 polishing and paint sealant. However it was being shipped to a new home that sits on a dirt road.
Although housed in a garage, a ceramic coating was applied after the paint correction for better protection and easier cleaning. The coating locks in the polished paint results for years to come. It also adds slickness and gloss.
Along with paint correction and coating, the 911T interior received a light dusting and vacuum. It’s vinyl top was protected with Raggtopp Vinyl Protectant.
Have you considered a flu shot for your vehicle? Let’s assume you’re the tidy type who never brings food or trash into your car. Your car looks pretty clean, especially after it gets washed and vacuumed, doesn’t it? But what about the germs you can’t see?
Think back to your last trip to your favorite restaurant, or even that quick pit stop at the local gas station. Did you use the restroom? What were your feet standing in? That’s right, pretty gross! Well, all that dirt and bacteria is now on the floor mats and pedals of your car, but it doesn’t stop there.
Studies have shown that millions of germs, fungi, bacteria and even mold are most likely hitching a ride in your car. Microbiologist Anthony Hilton from Ashton University randomly tested car interiors and found on average, 285 types of bacteria present in every square inch of the vehicle. Steering wheels, gear levers and trunk carpets were the worst offenders with as much as 300 to 400 bacteria per square inch. Does Fido ever go for a ride in your car? The study found traces of fecal matter from pets too!
“Our study found organisms in a car that are not uncommon to be found around a toilet,” said Hilton. ” Today’s car has become more of an extension of the domestic environment — where people eat and drink and talk on the phone. It’s like a room of your house on wheels.”
So, what can be done? Have your car professionally steam cleaned by a trained and certified detailer. By combining specialized cleaning products with proven techniques and an industrial-grade dry vapor steam machine, your car can not only look clean, but become sanitized too. All these tools and process act as a flu shot for the interior.
Dry vapor steam machines produce super-hot steam typically above 300° F. The steam will kill microorganisms on contact, so your car is getting sanitized while it’s getting clean. This strong cleaning power uses extremely low water content, so carpets and upholstery won’t be wet once the cleaning process is over.
If you don’t disinfect the germs in your car at least once a year, your car can easily spread the cold and flu viruses, or even worse! Interested in learning more?
Contact Red Clay Detailing at 404-419-6882
Article used by permission from Chris Woolman at Octane Detailing
The new car smell is unforgettable. Do you remember buying a brand new car? No previous owner, low mileage, sparkling paint and that interior smell? Ahh!
For many, the new car smell evokes a clean, fresh, unspoiled feeling. Years after that purchase, car owners are chase that new car scent. They buy air fresheners hoping to keep or recapture that feeling.
The scent is produced by new plastics and vinyl releasing gas. All surfaces are bare: seats, dash, console, panels, and carpets. Nothing at the dealership has been added to the car creating this scent. There is no exact new car smell. The actual odor varies based on the interior makeup. It may include hints of leather and or metal. Once completely released, the scent goes away.
Therefore, you will lose the new car smell. Remember, that odor you love so much is a mixture of gases. Instead of the new car scent, you should strive for a clean scent.
If have questions about interior odors or want a clean and fresh interior, please contact Red Clay Detailing at 404-419-6882. You will receive a clean odorless interior. If desired, you can add the “bottled” new car scent, afterwards