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Auto Detailing 101: Car Detailing for Beginners

Updated: 4 days ago

What is Auto Detailing?



What does it really mean to get your car “detailed?” 


Many assume “getting your car detailed” refers to a quick car wash at a nearby auto shop. Auto detailing is so much more than just a deep clean for your car, and the techs here at Wetwerks Auto Spa are here to share with you everything you need to know about car detailing today. 


Cars, like any large investment, require proper care. Regular upkeep and maintenance with scheduled auto detailing can help preserve the value of your car. Whether it’s your first time booking an auto detailing appointment, or perhaps you’re wondering about the best auto spa options in Vancouver for your next detailing, we’re here to help.




Who Should Have Their Car Detailed?





While everyone benefits from professional detailing, auto detailing is crucial in protecting the value of your car. Whether you’re a Nissan GT- R collector, an eco-friendly Tesla driver, or a luxury Koenigsegg enthusiast, car detailing can help you bring back and maintain that new car feeling. Regular car detailing protects the durability of ceramic coatings and  PPF.




Professional Auto Detailing vs. Automatic Car Washes




Using an automatic car wash is harmful to the paint of your car. Experienced, professional auto detailers, like our techs here at Wetwerks Auto Spa Vancouver, will be the first to tell you that auto car wash brushes are way too abrasive for your vehicle. Improper brushes used on your car’s paintwork can leave micro scratch marks and damage the surface of your car. Improper washing can lead to what we call “swirl marks” (micro scratches) or spider webs on your car’s paint surface. 


Professional auto detailers use the two bucket method: a gentle yet effective hand washing technique. Using the two bucket method eliminates the possibility of damaging the car's surface during the wash, by getting rid of the debris often left behind on cloths between wash panels.  This technique also ensures a deeper, more thorough clean, reaching the spots automatic car washes often miss.


Aside from proper technique, using the right cleaning solution is crucial. Using the wrong cleaner can damage the paint of your car, and leave the paint looking dull. Car shampoos that are not pH-balanced may lead to acid corrosion over time. Improper car detailing, with the wrong solvents, damages the PPF (paint protection film), and ceramic coating of your car. 




Why Should I Get Interior Detailing?


The average Canadian spends 380 hours a year in their car. Nobody wants to spend all that time in a dirty, unkempt car. Automatic car washes only clean the exterior, but what about the interior, the part of the car where we spend all our time? 


That’s right - car detailing involves much more than just getting your car washed.


Interior detailing ensures a deep clean that gets into every nook and cranny, including the inside of your windows. 


At Wetwerks Autospa we use the highest quality, pH-balanced car solvents, for a deep clean, without the damage. Our Wetwerks Vancouver auto detailing professionals use the two-bucket hand wash method, ensuring a gentle yet thorough clean every time. What do you get out of it? Meticulous interior and exterior detailing.




How Often Should I Have My Car Detailed?



Frequent detailing helps protect the value of your car. As a general rule of thumb, to keep your car looking and feeling brand new, you should have your car detailed quarterly. If you live in a rainy climate, you should consider more frequent auto detailing, as rain can harm the paint of your car


Contaminants on the vehicle’s paint, if not properly cared for, properly can leave lasting damage. This makes, making it harder to remove and repair in the long run. So, how often should you have your car detailed? This will depend on the climate you live in, how frequently you drive, and where you park.


For cars with ceramic coating and PPF (paint protection film), quarterly details are especially important to help preserve the quality and increase the longevity of your ceramic coating and PPF. 




Looking for Local Vancouver Premium Auto Detailing? Wetwerks Vancouver can help! 



Got a question about auto detailing? We’re here to help!


When you book with Wetwerks Autospa Vancouver, you can rest assured knowing that your car is in the best hands. We love cars, as much as you do. Our techs are professionally trained and we only use the highest quality products. Whether you’re looking for car detailing, paint correction, ceramic coatings, or for protection against the elements, we’ve got you covered. 


Contact Wetwerks Auto Spa Vancouver’s Auto Spa specialists today to find the right fit for your car! The best option that your car deserves. An eye for detail you can trust.

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