These are answers to our most commonly asked questions about Mirror Reflections Auto Spa. If you have any additional questions about our services or products, do not hesitate to contact me. I also respond to auto detailing how-to inquiries (with preferences to my clients) when time allows.
What is the difference between a polish and a wax?
Polish is used to produce a shine by improving the clarity of your paint. A wax, sealant, or coating is used primarily for protection. But a high quality wax, sealant, or coating can also enhance the depth of polished paint. The term Wax is often mistakenly used to describe a sealant.
Where do most swirls and scratches come from?
These defects most commonly occur as a result of using an automatic car wash, as well as improper hand washing.
I just purchased my car from the dealership, why should I get my car detailed right away?
Contrary to common assumptions, it is extremely rare a car leaves a dealership in pristine condition. Dealership prep and maintenance work often adds swirl marks to the vehicle due to improper techniques and an approach to detailing that sacrifices quality for volume. Just like you would prefer an auto mechanic who specializes in auto repair, you would want a licensed professional auto detailer addressing the cosmetic needs of your car. A proper detailing also helps protect your vehicle making it easier to maintain.
What is paint correction?
It is a process of removing and or eliminating the defects in your paint (swirls, scratches, water spots, etched stains) by leveling the paint. The average person often does not see the swirls, but may see a loss of clarity in the paint. Most swirls can effectively be removed in a two-step polishing process. A two-step process would consist of a compounding step to remove the defects and polishing step to remove compounded haze restoring the gloss to the paint.
Is detailing just washing and waxing?
Detailing is part of a process that concludes with the application of a wax, sealant, or coating. The first detailing step is the car wash. Washing alone cannot remove contamination that has bonded to your paint. The deep cleansing of the paint is essential to the effectiveness and durability of the wax or sealant applied. A coating cannot be applied to a surface that is not surgically clean.
These videos, linked below, provide a more in depth description of the auto detailing process.
How is detailing different than car washing?
The car wash is the process of removing loose dirt from a vehicle in preparation for any exterior detailing process to be performed. Car washing can also be described as a maintenance procedure performed routinely after an auto detailing.
I see so many different rates from auto detailers who advertise the same service. How are you different?
Most detailers perform high volume production work attracting customers with cheaper prices. Mirror Reflections Auto Spa is uncompromising in our detailing standards. I am not interested in just good enough results. I do not cut corners. My customers trust me with their vehicle knowing that each step in the detailing process will be performed at a level of excellence.
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