Frequently Asked Questions

Cold Weather Detailing?

People ask if we detail in cold weather?

  • Well sort of, between 32 to 40 degrees its very marginal for the performance of most of the products we use. Bellow 40 we are limited to only the interior.
  • 40 to 50 degrees seems to let most products work, but not always at their best. Smearing, streaking, long dry times are the most common problems.
  • 50 degrees seems to be the turning point. Everything seems to work fairly good and the streaking, smearing, long dry times are greatly reduced. 
  • 60 degrees is when it gets back to normal. Products work like they are supposed to and I’m comfortable.
  • In case you haven’t guessed, If it’s 43 degrees and blowing 30 miles an hour, I don’t have much interest in going anywhere. 
  • I do heat some of my chemicals up that helps them work better and because my hands are in the bucks of the chemicals I don’t freeze.
  • It also gets dark quicker and I bring lights out to light up the area that I am working in too.

 

Do I need to provide you with water & electricity?

No, We bring all the water & electricity that we need. We carry enough water to wash 4 to 10 vehicles. The water is Deionized, Ultrapure Water from our filtration system in our garage. As far as electricity we use a quite inverter style 3200 watt generator. This gives us the 30 amps of electricity needed to run all of our equipment. The only thing that we need is the dirty vehicle and a place to clean it at. 

Whats the difference between Wax and Sealant?

Both provide the something, a protection from scratches and from the sun. However they both provide different types of protection for different lengths of time. So I have place a Pro and Cons list of both.

Sealant & Wax, What to know:

  • Sealant last up to 1 year or longer if you apply wax on top.
  • Wax last about 3 to 6 months.
  • You can not place sealant on top of wax, but you can place wax on top of sealant extending the life of the sealant.
  • Sealant is harder than wax.
  • Wax is thicker than Sealant Giving you deeper shine than sealant.
  • Almost all new cars coming off the lot will have a factory sealant on it, So protect it with some wax!
  • Wax bead water better than sealant and absorb the acid content in rain.
  • Wax can hide minor swirls in paint
  • Sealant will preserve the paint better than wax

 

Do we use steam to clean the carpet and seats?

The quick answer is no, we have a tool that is way better. We do have a steam cleaner, but that is for another post. Most people refer to a steam cleaner, but what they are asking for is a carpet extractor. A carpet extractor places hot water on the carpet and then the water and dirt are sucked out with a vacuum. The problem with this is that it leaves the carpet and seats very wet. It also does not clean very deep into the carpet.

We use a Tornador, which is a pneumatic tool that blows air and cleaners deep into the carpet leaving the carpet very clean. This brings all the dirt to the surface so that it can be vacuumed up or pulled up with at towel. The Tornador uses very little water, we dry the carpet with a towel. 

Here are a few videos showing the Tornador in action

Where did you get that trailer?

Our trailer is made by a company in Texas called Logoboats and is a  Yuppie Wagon.  (Buy)

Yuppie Wagon Trailer (Enclosed Composite Shell) - Click Image to Close

The Yuppie Wagon trailer offers an absolutely perfect match in providing the ideal towing option for just about any “regular” car, automobile, vehicle, truck, or SUV (small or large).. small vehicles can effortlessy tow it, and larger vehicles won’t even notice it’s being towed ..in addition to countless benefits including far improved gas milage and reducing wear and tear on your vehicle when towing..

Weighing in at just over 450lbs, the Yuppie Wagon Trailer is one of the most effortless travel trailers to tow and yet also offers “real” cargo room ..thats over 96 cubic feet of enclosed weather resistant cargo transport storage, compared to other glorified rolling tool boxes which claim to offer light weight trailer solutions.. The Yuppie Wagon Enclosed Lightweight Trailer is a true light weight tralier solution ideally suited for small cars and automobiles, and equally ideal for full size vehicles and trucks/SUVs..

The Yuppie Wagon trailer is your perfect light weight traveling companion or around-town friend…works hard and never talks back or knows a better road than the one you are on. Whether you are running a race, running the road or running away, the Yuppie Wagon is always behind you. So easy to setup, durable, lightweight and aerodynamic, you may forget your being followed…

The Ultimate Light Weight Trailer Solution

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Yuppie Wagion Specifications:

    • Max GVW: 2,000 LBS
    • Curb Weight: 460LBS (Empty Weight)
    • Hitch/Tongue Weight: 46LBS
    • GVWR: 1404LBS
      (w/std 12″ Wheels; 1860LBS with 13″ Wheel Option)
    • Payload Capacity: 944LBS
      (w/std 12″ Wheels; 1400LBS with 13″ Wheel Option)
    • Payload Volume: 96.6 Cu. Ft.
    • Axle: 2000LB Spring Type
    • Tire Load Range: B (35 PSI, 4-Ply)
    • Wheels: 12″ Steel 5-Bolt/4.5″ Bolt Centers
      (Chrome & 13″ wheel options avaiable)
    • Floor: Plywood
      (1/2 – 5/8″ Pressure Treated Plywood)
    • Main Frame Construction: 2″ x 2″ Angle Iron and box tubing
    • Cross Member: 2″ x 2″ Angle Iron
    • Tongue Construction: 2″ x 3″ Removable Tubular
    • Coupler Size: 2″
      (1-7/8″ available option)
    • Shell Construction: Lightweight Roto-Molded Polyethylene
    • Deck Height: 15″ to 18″
    • Axle: 2000 lbs. 48 x 58 5 Lug Under Slung 20″ Springs
    • Brakes: None
    • Size: 4 FT. X 7 FT.
      • Overall Body Length: 87″
      • Overall Body Width: 49″
      • Overall Length: 128″
      • Overall Width: 69″
      • Overall Height: 66″
      • Interior Length: 86″
      • Interior Width: 44.5″
      • Interior Height: 48″
      • Platform Height: 17″
    • Rear Door Opening Size: 36″ wide 44″ inches tall.
      • Rear Door Type: YOUR CHOICE SWING OPEN OR REAR RAMP
      • Door Height: 43″
      • Door Width: 35″
    • Standard Features:

      • Safety Chains
      • Full Lighting Package
      • Std 4 Prong Trailer Wiring Electrical Plug
      • Removable Tongue Hitch
      • Single Rear Door >> Side Opening or Ramp Gate
        (w/ Clamp Lock Latch and License Plate Mount/Light)
      • Various Base Color Options
        (Custom Color Options Availble)
    • Additional Custom Options:
      • See Below for Std Selectable Accessory Options
      • Contact Us for additional special options such as custom colors, trailer stands, rock gurards, requests, etc..

Carnauba Car Wax vs. Paint Sealants

Carnauba Car Wax vs. Paint Sealants

Carnauba Car Wax vs. Paint Sealants

Learn the facts on Car wax!

You have two basic choices when it comes to paint protection: carnauba wax or synthetic paint sealant. Here you’ll find information on each so you can choose the paint protection that’s right for you.

 

Carnauba Waxes

Carnauba wax is the preferred car wax of collectors and concours enthusiasts because it creates a rich, warm glow. It doesn’t appear to sit on the paint. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions. The more carnauba wax, the more shine.

The wax is produced by the Brazilian Tree of Life, a palm tree, in order to coat its leaves. The wax provides protection from the sweltering sun and it sheds water so it falls onto the ground and is absorbed by the tree’s roots. If you think back to junior high science class, you might remember that plants release oxygen through their leaves. For this reason, carnauba wax is breathable. Good for the tree and good for your paint.

Carnauba is rock hard in its natural form. When the leaves of the Tree of Life are harvested, the wax flakes off as the leaves dry out, or they are put into a machine that removes the wax. It comes off in hard flakes. Car Wax makers have to blend the wax with oils, petroleum distillates, or a solvent called naptha (commonly used to thin wood varnishes and paints) in order to make the wax workable. The very best carnauba-based car wax is only about 1/3 natural carnauba. It’s probably for the best since the price gets higher and higher as the concentration of carnauba rises. When a product advertises “pure carnauba car wax” or “100% carnauba car wax”, they are referring to the purity of the carnauba that is in the product, not the product as a whole. One example is Mother’s California Gold Pure Carnauba Paste Wax.

That brings us to grading. Carnauba is harvested and then graded according to color, purity, and where it was grown. Trees grown in the northern area of Brazil produce the highest grade carnauba. The yellow wax is the most pure and therefore receives the highest grade. This is the grade most commonly used in high end car waxes and in the pharmaceutical industry as a pill coating.

Some manufacturers refine the yellow wax again into an ultra-pure white wax to ensure that the wax produces the clearest, most reflective gloss once applied to the paint. Such is the case with Pinnacle Souveran and Pinnacle Signature Series II.

As you’ve already read, carnauba protects the leaves of a palm tree from the intense heat and humidity experienced in Brazil. The carnauba car wax repels water and, consequently, most contaminants. When applied to any surface, carnauba retains these characteristics. Therefore, an application of a carnauba-based car wax to your vehicle will protect it from UV rays, heat, moisture, oxidation, and environmental contamination. And it looks like a million bucks!

The drawback of carnauba waxes, if you can call it a drawback, is that it does not last as long as a synthetic sealant. A carnauba car wax finish will wear off in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. It depends heavily on the climate in which you live and whether or not your vehicle is garaged. Daily commutes in a hot, humid climate mean a shorter life span for your carnauba wax coat. If you enjoy regular waxing, then the life span of a carnauba wax is just one more reason to indulge in your favorite hobby!
Pinnacle Souverän™ sets the standard for carnauba paste waxes!
Pinnacle Souverän™ sets the standard
for carnauba paste waxes!

In a nutshell, carnauba car wax is the wax of enthusiasts. It appeals to people who want the absolute most stunning show car shine available and are willing to spend a couple of hours every month or so to get it. Most of them will tell you it is time well spent.

Paint Sealants

Paint sealants are kind of the anti-carnauba. They last a lot longer, they are easy to apply, and there’s nothing natural about them. This is surface science at its best.

A paint sealant is made of polymers, which are composed of tens of thousands of synthetic particles that are linked together. When a sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a rigid shell. It is not the warm carnauba that seems to melt into the paint. Paint sealants sit on top of the paint like a transparent chain metal suit. They are glossy and slick, but carnauba lovers will tell you they do not have the warmth and depth of a carnauba.

Paint sealants have gotten progressively more popular as time goes on. Some people really love the hard-as-glass look. In an industry that is driven by technology, it seems appropriate that an engineered paint protector is the new favorite among many detailers. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 lasts the more typical 4 to 6 months.

However, the real selling point of a paint sealant is the durability. A premium paint sealant can last 4 to 6 months, sometimes longer. Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze, for example, can last up to 12 months. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 lasts the more typical 4 to 6 months. By “last”, I mean that water will continue to bead and the paint will remain protected from UV rays and contamination. For people that spend more time driving than detailing, the paint sealant is the way to go.

Paint sealants are extremely easy to apply. They are always in liquid form and they spread easily by hand or with a polisher. This time-saving feature makes paint sealants an attractive choice for those who like instant gratification, and who doesn’t?

As you’ve seen, there are a lot of differences between paint sealants and natural carnauba waxes. Glassy, hard shell or deep, liquid shine? Six months or six weeks? These are the basic questions you have to answer before selecting your paint protection. A premium paint sealant can last 4 to 6 months, sometimes longer. Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze, for example, can last up to 12 months.

However, a growing number of enthusiasts simply refuse to choose. Instead, they coat their vehicles with a layer of sealant for long-lasting protection and then top it with a layer of carnauba for the dazzling shine. Even if you forget to reapply carnauba in 6 weeks, your paint won’t suffer. The Forum Favorite Kit will give a prime example of the shine you can get from a sealant topped with a carnauba. It’s the perfect marriage of beauty and longevity!

Remember, paint protection is one of your vehicle’s basic necessities. No matter what kind of product you choose, Autogeek has got your vehicle covered.

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Do I Really Need to Wax My Car?

The answer is: Probably. Waxing has always made cars extra shiny. That’s still the case today, but both modern paint jobs and wax formulations have improved a lot in recent years. Paint used to be just thatpaint. A new car got a layer of primer and a few coats of colored lacquer, and that was it. Wax not only gave the paint a good gloss, it was also the only line of defense against scratches.

Beginning in the 1980s, manufacturers started adding a layer of clear coat, which seals the paint and adds to the shine of the car. The clear coat also takes the environmental abuse. Things like ultraviolet light, ozone, exhaust, salt, dirt, rain, bug guts, and bird poop build up tiny scratches and oxidation on the clear coat’s surface. As the paint ages, that damage causes the surface to get hazy and the shine to subside, but there’s generally no damage to the color layer below. Not waxing will leave the car looking dull and the clear coat vulnerable to accelerated wear. If you don’t particularly care how the car looks, you can be lazy and never wax itjust keeping the car washed will leave it looking reasonably nice (use a gentle soap made for carsno detergents). Waxing provides a sacrificial layer on top of the clear coat so that when you remove dirt and such you’re not directly rubbing the paint.

Things have changed substantially since dads spent Sunday afternoons rubbing carnauba wax onto lacquer car paint. Now even that classic formulation has additives that make it easier to wax on and wax off. New synthetic formulas are even simpler to apply and offer longer-lasting protection, and spray-on waxes can be applied with almost no effort at all. Plus, you don’t need to wax that often. Even if you obsess over your paint, four coats of wax a year are plenty, and you can use spray-on wax to maintain the shine. We like to wax the car at least twice a year, once before winter and once in the spring.

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