How to Protect your Car for the Summer Season

How to Protect your Car for the Summer Season

While you still may be cooped up in your house because of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation, the reality is that life will soon get itself back on track just like it used to be.

You’ll return back to work, take your kids back to soccer practice and you’ll need to go get your car detailed to protect it from the harsh summer season.

You’ve felt it before.. parking your car in the blistering heat and coming back hours later to drive home barely able to breathe from the heat while sitting on a hot to the touch black leather seat.

The temperature inside your car can reach up to 145° Fahrenheit, while the exterior can reach up to a staggering 200°F.

Needless to say, automobiles are not perfectly heatproof and can be damaged by the sweltering heat and accompanying summer conditions.

Now you ask yourself.. I thought the winter was the only season to watch out for your car, how can I keep it in good condition in the summer too?

Well first off, park in the shade if you can.

Not only will your car stay cooler, but you can protect it from dangerously powerful summer UV rays that can potentially oxidize the paint on your exterior, causing it to change color, fade, and even become weak and brittle

Live or work somewhere that doesn’t provide you with any shade to safely park your car? In Great Detail’s famous Ceramic Pro Coating provides an ultra protective film that safeguards your car from anything imaginable, including UV rays and extreme heat.

While your exterior is most susceptible to the hot summer sun, the interior can very well take some damage too if not treated properly.

Extreme heat entering the car from the windows and windshield can potentially damage any interior leather and upholstery while also damaging the functionality of your car’s dashboard.

With this it may be wise to invest in some windshield protectors and IGD’s new window tint that will block heat and UV rays at the surface of the window, keeping the interior of your car safe and intact.

Lastly, as you need to stay hydrated in the summer sun, so does your car.

Before going on a long trip or realizing it’s been awhile since getting your automobile checked out, make sure to fill up on all your fluids to ensure your car has what it needs to run efficiently in the summertime.

Summer is a great time for everyone so make sure it’s a fun time for your car too!

Is Ceramic Pro Worth it for your Car?

Is Ceramic Pro Worth it for your Car?

You remember the feeling. When you drive your new car off the dealer’s lot for the first time and you make a promise to yourself to always keep great care of it.

Everyone wants their car to look just like it did the day they drove it off the lot but your self-cleaning efforts from the dirt under your shoes and the small scratches that begin to add up can unfortunately only go so far.

On the go your car battles with dust, dirt, grime and damaged roads and even while just parked in your driveway your automobile is still victim of acid rain, bird droppings and UV exposure

You go to your local car wash every once in awhile when its convenient to your busy schedule but just one week later it looks as if you never had gone.

Automatic car washes may give you a cool drive-in show but the reality of its results lie in the damage to your car’s paint and the terrible chemicals that actually end up damaging the surface of your car.

If even your local car wash damages the exterior of your automobile… then how do you keep your car clean in the long run?

You hear about it every time you go to get your car washed or detail, but should you really get ceramic coatings on your car?

Simply put, yes.

You have probably seen the videos of water trickling off a car and mud sliding right off the hood but why should you invest in Ceramic Pro coating for your car?

With In Great Detail’s Ceramic Pro Coating, you can make sure your car stays in perfect condition wherever you go and with whatever you drive.

What is Ceramic Pro Coating?

Using nanotechnology, ceramic coating utilizes microscopic, tiny particles that essentially act as a thin, transparent layer that covers the surface of your car.

Like your skin, a car has “pores” that can be filled with ceramic coating which in turn makes it very hydrophobic.

In addition to being water-repellent, ceramic coating can resist UV radiation as well as scratches, extremely hot weather, chemicals and even graffiti. Ceramic Pro encapsulates pollen, dust and dirt, therefore creating a self-cleaning effect and reduces the oxidation effect from UV rays interacting with the car’s surface.

Essentially, ceramic coating ensures the surface of your car stays in perfect condition, making sure environmental contaminants (i.e. bird droppings, sap, acid rain) won’t get through to your car’s finish

Ceramic coating can even help on those snowy days when the snow turns to a rock hard ice that sticks to the surface of your car when you go to work in the morning.

The semi-permanent surface that the ceramic coating provides makes sure the water doesn’t stick to the surface at all, making the accumulation of ice on any car virtually impossible.

Where can I get Ceramic Pro Coating?

With In Great Detail’s auto detailing in West Chester, PA, you can take the best care of your car with Ceramic Pro.

We make sure to provide excellent paint correction to ensure the coated surfaces look perfect before they are sealed with Ceramic Pro.

IGD’s  Ceramic Pro 9h coating is a sacrificial barrier between your car and the elements that surround your car. Our Ceramic Pro 9h ceramic coating is 3-4X stronger than typical automotive finishes when you get your car detailed.

At In Great Detail, Ceramic Pro is available in many different packages ranging from a 6 month warrantied package to a lifetime warranty.

As Chester County’s leading auto detailing company with over 30+ years of service, you can be confident we can answer all of your questions and provide the absolute best quality and service for you and your vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto Detailing Tips for Protecting Cars in Winter

Winter is soon approaching, and here in West Chester, PA and the northeastern United States in general, that means wet, snowy, and icy driving conditions are in store. At this time of year, a vehicle’s auto detailing means much more than just keeping cars looking their best, it’s about protecting vehicle owners from the safety risks that come from winter wear and tear.Working with an auto detailing pro can help protect your investment and also keep you safe.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your car this winter:

Get Regular Professional Car Washes

It’s best to remove salt from your vehicle as soon as possible. Salt is notorious for prematurely degrading and damaging waxes and sealants.
As professional auto detailer’s, it is our job to inform our clients of their best car washing options for winter. We do not recommend clients wash their cars on their own at home, especially in freezing temperatures. This can increase risk of car door jambs and locks freezing. You may also create damaging hard water surface spots that end up more difficult to remove than snow or ice ever would be. Instead, a professional auto detailer can provide a touchless wash or a wand wash, which thoroughly cleans salt and grit out from around wheel wells, jambs, and other crevices.

Use A Good Wax to Better Protect Your Vehicle

Professional wax jobs are a mainstay of any reputable auto detailing service, and for good reason. Car wax is formulated to protect a vehicle’s finish from the damaging salt and road grime that mixes with snow and splashes up onto your car every time the car moves. Auto detailing pros use spray waxes or sealants after they wash salt and snow off vehicles to help refortify the wax or sealant previously applied. This guards the surface of the vehicle against the corrosion and permanent damage that can be caused throughout the winter season.

Windshield Care Is Essential for Winter Safety

We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining strong, clean windshield glass. In winter, when windshields are most vulnerable to harsh conditions, we turn to water and ice repellants that act similar to sealants by keeping grime off the surface of the glass. Safety benefits of a good windshield repellant include:

  • beads water so it rolls off the windshield glass
  • helps push snow, grit and grime off the glass
  • improves visibility in night or daytime driving

While ice scrapers are made for safely removing ice and snow from windows, a professionally applied repellant will provide a clearer view of the road.

Take Care of Your Wheels

During the winter months it is important to treat wheels for road salt, brine solutions and whatever winter conditions may bring.  Just as there are waxes and ceramic coatings for car paint and windows, professional car detailers use specialized waxes and ceramic coatings on your wheels as well. Protective waxes and ceramic coatings prevent brake dust adhesion year-round and prevent brine solutions and salt from adhering to the wheel faces.

Stay safe and protect your car this winter with these auto detailing strategies.

The staff at In Great Detail would like to wish our clients a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  And don’t forget to get a GIFT CARD, which can be redeemed for any service.

How to Choose A Car Detailing Service

Getting your car detailed means a top-to-bottom thorough cleaning of your vehicle, using specialized tools and products as well as the latest technologies. In most cases, a detailer will also perform some light cosmetic touch-ups, but the process does not include paintwork or body repairs.

Car detailing involves cleaning and reconditioning the interior and exterior of the car. The aim is to restore the paintwork by eliminating scratches or swirl marks to make the car look almost brand new. When shopping for a car detailer service, consider these six tips:

Location
Be wary of a detailer without a professional location. Those that work out of their home garages are often detailers who have not taken the time to learn correct detailing techniques or invest in professional detailing tools and product or professionally trained technicians. You should be able to easily identify their business, and they shouldn’t hesitate if you want to see the products and tools they use. A pro should be able to answer questions and provide examples of their previous work.

Time Commitment
If there is only one technician working on your vehicle performing even a basic detail that includes interior and exterior it can take 6 to 7 hours. You’re simply not getting the same quality from a shop that says they can do the job in just a few hours.

Guarantee
A detailer should always stand by their work and be willing to ensure your satisfaction, but there are some processes that simply cannot be guaranteed. And no professional will guarantee that they can fix imperfections without first seeing your vehicle.  Scratches can sometimes be corrected, but other times they cannot, depending on the depth of the scratch. There are also some particular problem areas, like bad odors, that may initially require work before it is known whether the problem can be corrected.

Services Offered
Start by looking for a detailer that offers exactly the kind of services you’re looking for. If you’re looking to get rid of all that dog hair in your car but the company doesn’t offer pet hair removal then you’re not going to get the best results.

Pricing
Price shopping is normal, but a price that is significantly lower than other detailers in the area is often a reflection of the quality of work you will get. Lower than average cost comes with inexperience, low-quality products and tools, and not enough time spent to complete the job well. You should expect a professional detailer to request to see your vehicle before finalizing their quote and not expect a final price over the phone.

Reviews
These days it’s a god idea to read reviews before making a decision, and it’s always a good idea to search on Yelp or Google to see what other customers have had to say about their experiences. At In Great Detail, we take pride in our customer satisfaction and work hard to maintain our five-star rating on Google. There will be times when things don’t go right, but our responsiveness in fixing any mistakes goes a long way to proving our commitment to the highest quality service and customer satisfaction.