Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years, we’ve seen trends come and go in the detailing world. We’ve used every chemical available, and while some worked great, others did not. Instead of searching high and low for the perfect combination to help us achieve show-winning results, we decided to develop our own formulations. We spared no expense through the development process, and feel we’ve come up with premium solutions that out-perform anything else available today.
Where is it made?
All of our chemicals are proudly made and bottled in the USA. Jay and his team of detailers have worked closely with chemists and product engineers to develop the highest quality formulations.
What’s the difference between wax and polish?
One of the most common misconceptions in the vehicle detailing world is what differentiates a wax from a polish. A wax typically comes from organic origins, i.e. plant or animal based, and is applied to a vehicle’s surface to provide a protective barrier and shield the surface from the elements. It can also provide additional shine, luster and depth. However, if your vehicle’s surface is oxidized, scratched, marred, or swirled, a wax won’t be very useful. That is where polish comes in handy.
Polish is an aqueous fluid that contains varying levels of an abrasive material. Some polishes are more aggressive than others and contain larger abrasive particles, or a higher concentration of abrasive altogether. Which polish to use depends greatly on the type of imperfection you’re trying to correct. Either way, a polish’s role is to correct the minor surface imperfections like oxidation, scratches and swirl marks. It does this by removing a very fine layer of the painted surface to flatten out the imperfection. By doing so, a polished surface will reflect light more evenly and have greater depth and clarity than a scratched or marred surface. Once the surface has been polished to a perfect finish, wax can then be applied to help protect the surface from being scratched again.
What’s the difference between wax and sealant?
“Wax” and “sealant” are very broad terms used in marketing tactics to try and illustrate a product’s properties. The two are very similar, and are often used interchangeably. However, they also have very distinct differences from one another. A true wax is typically organic in nature and is derived from plants and/or animals, i.e. carnauba wax or beeswax. A sealant is typically synthetic in nature and is manufactured or blended with various ingredients to achieve specific characteristics. Sealants can typically offer longer protection times, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are superior to wax. Sealants can often have a more complex application procedure, where a wax can be applied quickly and easily. Many detailers looking for the ultimate protection will use both by first applying a sealant treatment, and then applying a wax over the sealant.
Common causes of scratched/swirled/hazy paint?
There are endless variations on what can cause or contribute to a scratched, swirled, or hazy finish on your vehicle. The most common are typically improper wash techniques, but it can also be caused by wiping, dusting or touching a dirty surface on your vehicle. Car washes are also notorious for ruining your vehicle’s showroom finish. It takes a certain level of care to properly clean your vehicle and ensure that new imperfections aren’t being introduced causing it to look dull or faded.
What is a microfiber towel?
Microfiber is a blend of two materials, polyester and polyamide. The two materials can be blended at different ratios to achieve specific drying and cleaning characteristics. The more polyamide, the softer and more plush the towel. Most common ratios are 70/30, or 80/20. .
Microfiber density is measured in GSM (grams per square meter). The higher the GSM, the better (for the most part). Glass cleaning towels have the lowest GSM, less than 150. Inexpensive, general-use towels are 150-250 GSM - good for cleaning wheels, jambs, engine bay, and non-sensitive surfaces. 300-400 GSM provides for a good utility-use towel that is safe for sensitive surfaces (painted or clear coated surfaces). Great for wax application and removal. 400-600 GSM medium to long pile towels are softest and great for drying and use on scratch-sensitive surfaces.
What is the best way to wash a microfiber towel?
It is best to use unscented, clear, liquid detergent. Do not use a powdered detergent. Wash in warm water. Dry on low heat.