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How to Choose a Detail Shop

How to Choose a Detail Shop

There can be a lot of options when looking for a car detail shop near you, making it difficult to pick the right one. Many people often choose the closet or cheapest detailer but can be disappointed in the results. There are many factors to consider when trying to find the best car detail shop. In this post, we will walk you through the main things we look for – quality, pricing, and convenience.

Car Detail Shop Quality

To us, the quality of work is the most important part of choosing the best car detail shop. But, it is important to balance the quality of the shop with your individual needs. For example, it probably is not necessary to take the family minivan to a detail shop that primarily focuses on high-end exotic cars. Let’s take a look at how you get a sense of the quality of the detail shop.

  • Detail shop reviews – A great place to start is with online reviews. A shop that does not care about their online reputation is a major red flag. When evaluating a shop take a look at their recent reviews especially ones where the reviewer purchased the same service you are looking for.
  • Past examples – Most shops will have before and after photos on their website to help you visualize their capabilities.
  • Talk to the shop – One of the best ways to get a better idea of the detail shop’s quality is to call or visit the shop and talk with the owner and employees. Most reputable shops will be happy to walk you through their process, different levels of service, and answer any questions you may have.

Car Detail Pricing

Once you’ve narrowed your search to a few shops that meet your quality needs, it is time to start looking at the detail shop’s pricing. Each shop will have slightly different packages and names for their detail services. They may also have differing opinions on the level of service you need. To compare pricing, you will want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples as much as possible. For example, if shop A is more expensive and going to perform a multistage paint correction but shop B is cheaper and is only planning on a quick polish it does not make sense to directly compare their prices. Also, it is OK to be transparent if you find a shop that you love but they are a few hundred dollars more expensive than another shop you considering, give your preferred shop a call and see if they have any deals or promotions to win your business.

Convenience

Most people think of convenience as the location of the shop, but there are other factors that are part of the convenience. Depending on the service you are looking to get done, many shops offer mobile detailing services. Mobile detailing services can be great, especially for a simple service like a maintenance wash. Another convenience factor to consider is how quickly the detail shop will be able to start work on your vehicle. If you have a brand new car and you are looking to get a ceramic coating or clear bra on it quickly, you might not be willing to wait a week or two if a shop is backed up. The last piece of convenience we like to look at is the time it takes to perform the work. You don’t want to choose the fastest shop but you also don’t want to have your car sitting at the shop idle for a week. Talk to the shop owner and make sure you are both on the same page regarding timelines.

Conclusion – Finding the Best Detail Shop Near You

Overall, finding the best car detail shop near you isn’t too difficult. With a little time spent upfront, you can make sure you are making the best decision.
 

The Best Foam Gun For A Garden Hose And Car Wash

The Best Foam Gun For A Garden Hose And Car Wash

Don’t have a high-pressure washer but still looking for the extra suds from a foam gun when washing your car? No need to worry, as long as your garden hose has decent water pressure Gilmour’s Foamaster II will give you most of the same benefits at a fraction of the price. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of using a foam gun, how to use them, and why we think the Foammaster II is the best garden hose foam gun.

Foam Gun Benefits

As we have mentioned in some of our previous posts, washing a car is all about providing lubrication between the wash mitt and the paint. Foam guns provide a quick and easy way to coat the car with the sudsy foam lubrication from the car shampoo. Typically, foam guns are used with high-pressure wash systems which professional detailers use but we managed to find one that attaches to a garden hose and works surprisingly well. The foam gun is also great for covering hard to reach areas like the wheels and wheel wells. Even though you may not be able to scrub back there just applying the soap and rinsing helps remove some of the build-ups.

How To Use A Foam Gun

The Gilmour Foamaster II is very easy to use. The foam gun comes with a screw on attachment to your garden hose, the fluid reservoir, and the foam sprayer. The foam sprayer has a quick disconnect attachment to switch between water and foam quickly. To use this for a car wash, we fill the reservoir with car shampoo – we use enough to have 3/4 inch – 1 inch of the container filled. Next, twist on the foam sprayer top and connect the foam gun to your garden hose. The foam sprayer has a dial setting with 5 different levels, labeled “A” through “E”. The “A” setting is the lightest and “D” or “E” seems to give us the best foam production.

Foam Gun Car Washing Tips

  • Don’t mix the car soap/shampoo with water, just pour it into the container.
  • When foaming the car, spray the top first and work toward the bottom last.
  • Use enough soap, you don’t want to have to add more part way through.
  • Hold the container upright when spraying for maximum foam.
  • Spray the wheels and tires with soap.
  • Use the “D” or “E” setting on the foam sprayer.

If you’re looking to improve your wash without spending tons of cash on a high-pressure wash system, make sure to check out the Foamaster II on Amazon. Also, if you need help with finding the best car wash mitt checkout our recommendation.

The Best Car Wash Mitt & Pad

The Best Car Wash Mitt & Pad

 

To achieve the perfect car wash, a microfiber mitt that doesn’t create swirl marks or marring is a must have. The problems most people run into are either using a microfiber towel/cloth that doesn’t have enough fibers to hold lubricating shampoo or using some type of a sponge/wash mitt that is just too abrasive! With our obsessive attention to detail, we set out to find the best car wash mitt and pad.

We think the 2-pack Premium CYCLONE Korean Microfiber Wash Mitt and Huge 10″ x 10″ CYCLONE 10X Wash Pad made by THE RAG COMPANY are the best out there without breaking the bank. The thick microfiber wash pad has a nice foam cushion on the inside that keeps you from using too much pressure when washing.

The combo pack is a great value, we like using the pad for all the big, long stretches of the car and the mitt for harder to reach areas and angles. The only drawback is the pad seems a bit big at first and takes a few washes to adjust to the size. We think a 9″ x 9″ wash pad would be perfect (don’t worry, we’ll let you know once we find one)!

Wash Mitt Stats

  • 70% Polyester / 30% Polyamide
  • Weight: 12 ounces

Wash & Mitt Pro Tips

  • Always wash new microfiber products prior to first use.
  • Skip the fabric softener when washing, this can clog the microfibers leaving your mitt rougher than intended.
  • While washing your car use a separate rinse and wash bucket.
  • When using the mitt, we like to tuck the wrist portion of the mitt inside, causing only the microfiber portions to touch the car.

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If you can’t tell we’ve put a lot of thought into creating the best wash experience, check out some of our other articles where we share our thoughts on shampoo, drying aids, towels, and car detailing accessories.