What Is Car Detailing?

Full Service Professional Automotive Detailing in it’s most basic terminology is the “systematic rejuvenation and protection of the various surfaces of your vehicle” What exactly does that mean to you? Well simply put we take every surface of your vehicle and add a process to it so to get it back looking like it did when you first bought it. It’s a long process and a very thorough cleaning. It requires lots of specialized tools and chemicals to do properly. Individual shops and detailers define their own process to get the desired results. Some get it right off the bat others have to keep redefining their process and keep learning. But it’s the process that ultimately becomes the product.

Maintenance Detailing (or Express Detailing) is another form of “detailing” This usually falls under the “Wash Wax and Vac” packages It’s more than a wash usually takes an hour or less to complete and it’s just that… express.. I think it really needs to be noted about the types of vehicle’s that can benefit from this type of service. New or like new vehicles or well maintained or often detailed vehicles are usually the types of vehicles that can really benefit from this type ofservice. It’s not intended to get any stains or scratches out. It’s not meant for cleaning out extremely soiled vehicles either. While you are always free to get this service note that if your vehicle is need of a full service you’re probably not going to be happy with the results of maintenance detailing. The two options of what would happen are either 1 it would take a lot longer to get the service up to any sort of satisfactory condition. Or 2 the time constraints become the key and the service itself is not up to par. So ask as many questions as possible and any detailer out there should steer you in the right direction for your vehicles needs.

ALWAYS REMEMBER that we at Bright Dynamics are here to serve your needs!! You can have as much or as little done as you want. We will make suggestions only, and let You choose the package that works best for you and your budget.

What is Clay barring?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my clay bar service. So I thought I would answer some of them here in this section. If you have a white or silver or any other light colored vehicle it defiantly stands out more. But rest assured ALL vehicles get this. Have you ever looked at your car after a normal washing and seen all of those little “rust” colored flecks all over it? This is what we call Rail Dust. The term originated as the cars would come down the railroad tracks they would be covered in this when they got to their destination. However a lot of different things cause this to happen.

I tried showing a good before and after however due to the auto resizing of the pics it’s rather hard to see all the flecks in the before shot. But basically the only way to get the flecks off is by using a clay bar. (no don’t go grab your kids play dough thinking it’ll work.) A special automotive clay is used and it literally pulls all the contaminates out of the paint leaving behind a nice clean surface for the wax to adhere too.

WHY SHOULD YOU DETAIL?

Automobile detailing is probably the least understood, and yet one of the most valuable maintenance programs for your vehicle.

Unfortunately there is no standard of quality set, no special qualifications, no certification training or special licensing required to be a detailer. Anyone with a buffer and a vacuum can call themselves a detailer. Training, product knowledge and quality standards are up to each individual business owner. Unfortunately for you, most shops just pull a $6.00 an hour young kid off the car wash line, stick a buffer in his hands and tell him to detail your vehicle. At Bright Dynamics Owner, Jake Maxwell, either does or oversees every aspect of the shop’s many services. All of which are Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Is detailing just for coastal areas or the wealthy? Absolutely Not!Michigan is one of the hardest environments on a vehicle, due to our diverse climate. Also, you need to realize that you have a serious investment in your vehicle, even though it may not be an expensive automobile. It probably was to you. Detailing your vehicle and keeping it looking like new protects that investment and also maintains the resale, trade-in or lease return value. Not to mention you’ll enjoy it more and feel better about it.

Automobile dealers have known the benefits of detailing for years. When you see a great looking car, it looks like it has been properly maintained. To a prospective customer, appearance is everything! Even a vehicle with high mileage or mechanical problems that looks good will sell because it still looks like a worthwhile investment. Are you having trouble selling your vehicle? Bright Dynamics may be the answer. In fact, on the average, the resale value may be increased by $1,000 or more! Definitely a worthwhile investment when considering our great low prices.

It is usually when selling a vehicle that most people consider detailing. But, by that time (usually an average of 5 years) the vehicle has too much wear and tear to restore it to a like-new condition. That’s why we recommend thinking of detailing as a maintenance program the same as changing the fluids, getting a tune-up or rotating the tires. Most people don’t realize that in most cases, it is less expensive to replace the engine than to replace a “factory paint job!” We recommend at least 2 to 5 times a year depending on your driving, car washing habits and the storage of the vehicle. Is it parked inside or outside most of the time? Do you wash it every other day or maybe once a month? How do you wash it? Do you spend so much time in your vehicle that you feel like it’s your home? These are just some of the determining factors Bright Dynamics considers in recommending what maintenance schedule is best for you.

Don’t forget the winter months are the most crucial time to detail due to the rapid changes in temperature, road construction, salt and other elements that are especially hard on your vehicle’s exterior. Not to mention that the Magnesium Chloride they are using on the roads these days is proving to be even more harmful than we thought to the exposed surfaces of your car. Even though “it’s just going to get dirty again anyway,” properly applied wax protection is your only defense! Plus it makes it easier to wash off all that harmful grime.

You may have been told by the dealer, your body shop painter, or read it in your owners manual, that with today’s clear coat finishes your vehicle never needs to be waxed. This is defiantly not the case! All the elements can and will permanently scar the clear coat. Washing and properly applied wax protection is your only defense!

You may have already found that those once a year or the last forever sealants (that you may have purchased with your vehicle) that are loaded with silicones and polymers are not the answer. They also can cause a new clear coat to crack or peel. Some of the newer sealants we use will extend the protection time from a standard wax, but are only recommended on paint at least 1 year old and not more than 3 years old. The length of protection time with both wax and/or a sealant depends on your washing habits.