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Auto Detailing San Diego – Detail Shops are GREAT!

June 14, 2017

Auto Detailing San Diego Shops & Services

San Diego Auto Detailing

Do you dread standing in your driveway with a hose and a bucket of soap slaving over your car in the blistering sun? Are you frustrated that you keep spending your hard earned cash on expensive cleaning products and not getting the perfect shine you desire? Are you tired of waiting in endless lines for a lackluster and overpriced automatic car wash? Fear not car fanatics, if you live in the San Diego area, there plenty of reliable Auto Detailing San Diego places to get your car professionally detailed. What exactly does a detail shop do? Well, a detail shop takes your basic car wash to the extreme for professional results at a budget friendly price. In addition to basic cleaning services, you can also pay a bit extra to have UV and paint protecting products added to prevent fading and peeling, keeping your car’s exterior and interior looking newer for longer.

What Auto Detailing San Diego Shops can do for you!

Auto Detailing San Diego shops offer a wide range of services starting from the most basic auto detailing packages which usually include: a complete and thorough cleaning of the exterior, interior vacuuming, window cleaning, tire detailing, and dusting and wiping of the vehicle interior. From there the service expand into higher packages or individual add-ons which often include: Extensive interior cleaning, full wax treatment, wheel polishing, UV protectant for trim, cleaning of carpets, mats and seats, leather conditioning, fabric and upholstery protectant, dash and console cleaning and UV protectant, and polymer paint sealant for painted surfaces. These are the basic services offered by most detail reputable detail shops, and with a quick call or visit you can find out if there are additional options like minor bodywork or electronic upgrades. Many used car dealerships also offer basic auto detailing services so if you feel more comfortable you can ask your favorite dealer to schedule you to have your vehicle detailed right at the dealership.

This article was written by Ryan of Wheel Revivers. Mobile Wheel & Rim Repair

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Wash-n-Wax: How Often Should I Wax My Car???

May 28, 2017

A common question we are asked here at So Cal Mobile Detailing & Auto Wash is “how often one should wax their car?” Some people say that one should wax there car every time after washing the car, and should wash your car at least once a month. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but you really do not need to wax it that often. It is true that your car will look great if you do this, but it is a little bit of overkill and not completely necessary. – Let’s talk more about wash-n-wax.

You definitely should wash your car once a month. ESPECIALLY in the snowy climates. We live in San Diego, yet still, if you love your car, you will wash your car to protect it and keep it looking nice. The truth is that if you wax it every time you are just wasting wax.

Too Much Waxing Wastes Wax

Wax last longer on a vehicle, and if you use it too often you are just caking on more wax without any real benefit. If you are washing your car once a month, it is ideal to wax it every other wash. By doing every other month you maintain a healthy shine, protect your car form chemicals and the sun, and are not needlessly wasting money by over waxing. Waxing every other time is the perfect way to make sure that you car stays looking great without having to set aside a second savings account just for your wax budget.

San Diego And Wax Services

So Cal Mobile Detailing & Wash offers San Diego the best in wash and wax services. Our wash and wax services available include our Wash-N-Wax wash package and check out our clay bar treatments. The deal is in the Wash-N-Wax.

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Wax Every Other Wash

At the end of the day. We suggest our clients to wax every other wash. This insures you are protecting your car while not overkilling it on the wax, ultimately saving you money.

 

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San Diego Headlight Restoration

May 25, 2017

Headlight Restoration

Don’t Replace… San Diego Headlight Restoration

Why San Diego Headlight Restoration? Car owners have much to fear from the sun—especially when living in San Diego, Ca where clouds are hard to come by over 300 days a year—but while most car owners are primarily concerned with the damage the sun’s rays can do to their paint jobs, they frequently overlook how harmful the sun’s rays can be to their headlights.  A lot of people don’t realize it, but cloudy, oxidized yellow headlights are caused by long-term exposure to the sun, not by dirt and dust as it’s often assumed.  While properly protecting your car’s paint from the elements is certainly important, don’t underestimate the importance of protecting your headlights too.  After all, the paint’s just there to make your car look nice—your headlights are there to protect you.

Cloudy is Dangerous… Try Headlight Restoration

For most of us, it’s hard enough as it is to both drive in the dark or in inclement weather, and at the same time, keep an eye out for animals and pedestrians strolling unannounced into the street.  Therefore, don’t make it more difficult for yourself by driving with cloudy headlights. Cloudy headlights reduce the amount of light your bulbs are able to project, and as a result, make it more difficult for you to see.  Additionally, the less light your headlights are emitting, the more difficult it is for other drivers and pedestrians to see you.  Obviously, anytime visibility is compromised, the likelihood that you’ll be involved in an accident increases.

You Could Get a Ticket for Having Dim Headlights

Not only do you put yourself in danger of being in an accident with cloudy headlights, you also run the risk of getting pulled over because of foggy headlights too.  Most states have strict headlight laws, and the federal government also has regulations addressing headlights as well. Anytime a police officer sees that one of your headlights is out or is extremely dim, you just might get a ticket.

 

Don’t wait until you get a ticket or get in an accident to take care of your headlights.  A headlight restoration by your favorite auto detailer will remove any damage that’s already been done to your headlights, and it will also help protect your headlights from yellowing or clouding up in the future.  The procedure is a lot cheaper than replacing your headlights too. Replacing headlights can run you up to $500 for labor and parts, and at SoCal Mobile Auto Detail & Wash a headlight restoration can be added on to any package for only $39.00 or $69.00 as a stand alone package. Either way, it is a substantial savings.

This post was contributed by Brittany Larson on behalf of Falls Motor City

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San Diego Motorcycle Detailing that comes to you.

May 13, 2017

Motorcycle Detailing in San Diego

San Diego Motorcycle Detailing

Whether they’re Harley or Ducati, cruisers or choppers, custom or stock, import or American—some motorcycle owners are just as protective of their big boy bikes as they are of their homes and of their families.  I hate to say it, but I’m sure there are a few motorcycle owners out there who would claim that they love their bikes even more than their spouses. Though for some of us that might be hard to imagine, it’s no secret that motorcycle owners are notoriously possessive of their bikes and tend to be abnormally attached to them.  If you have a biker in your life, treat them like the Road King or Queen they are with a Motorcycle Detailing Gift Certificate from San Diego’s number one choice for San Diego motorcycle detailing, SoCal Mobile Detailing & Mobile Car Wash. more »

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San Diego Interior Auto Detailing done right!

May 4, 2017

Interior car cleaning

San Diego Interior Auto Detailing

Maybe you need am San Diego Interior Auto Detailing? If your busy schedule requires you to be in and out of your car all day long, it’s likely that the inside of your vehicle is piling up with fast food wrappers, spilled coffee, and mysterious odors emanating from children’s car seats or dog toys long ago forgotten about.  And while you’d love to give the inside of your car the thorough cleaning it’s been begging for, the whole reason that it looks and smells the way it does is because you didn’t have the time Interior Car Cleaning in the first place.  So before things get so bad that you feel the need to don a hazmat suit just to jump in your car and run up to the store, have a professional detailing service come out do your overdue dirty work for you. more »

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How to Restore Oxidized Headlights & Plastic Windows

May 2, 2017

Restoring Oxidized Headlights & Plastic Windows

We’ve all seen those convertibles and Jeeps that have perfectly good tops, but their plastic windows are cloudy and need replacing. When this happens, most owners will try to and clear them up with a glass cleaner, and when that fails, they usually give up and buy a brand-new top. What they don’t know, however, is that like oxidized headlights, their oxidized windows can easily be restored. more »

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Cash In – San Diego Auto Detail Your Car Before You Sell It.

June 28, 2013

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Before You Sell… San Diego Auto Detail

Did the endless holiday commercials featuring people getting a shiny new car inspire you to trade in your current ride for something more snazzy? If you are considering getting rid of the old to make way for the new car, you’ve got to San Diego Auto detail your car!

 San Diego Auto Detail and these 5 Tips

The following five tips can help you sell your current vehicle for the least amount of hassle and the most amount of money.  Assuming you don’t want to pass down your vehicle to your grateful teenager or trade it in at the dealership, visit a buy here pay here car dealer to see if you can get a good price by selling it to them. Before you go there: more »

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Auto Detailing: How Nano-technology Will Change Auto Detailing Forever

March 5, 2013

For decades, we’ve heard that nano technology will change the world. From medical applications to aerospace to the auto detailing, nano technology has promised to improve efficiencies, reduce weight, and make everything better.

Unfortunately, like a lot of technological hype, the promise of change is often more enticing than the reality of change. While prognosticators were quick to predict wide-ranging changes, the reality is that nano-technology is coming along in fits and starts.

 

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Glove Box Light: May the Light Source Be With You!

February 18, 2013

 

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Night driving is an adventure. For a recent camping trip in the mountains we left after work which meant a healthy dose of driving in the dark to get to our campground. The stark glare of oncoming headlights on the highway gives those rods and cones a brisk workout. Adapting to it and keeping an eye out for hazards gets tricky. It’s like I’m in a huge video game, only it’s Game Over and I’m losing. But the real fun happens when we reach the campground.

When my friends ask me what camping is all about my stock answer is it’s about trying to find stuff. Add darkness into the mix and it’s that much harder. After amateur attempts at trying to unload gear and pitch a tent with flashlights I had to bang to get a beam out of, I finally invested in a glove box light. And that has made all the difference.

We rolled into our spot after midnight. No problem. I pressed the switch and let there be light! We could see the best place to put up the tent, I didn’t trip over that fire rock that’s always in the middle of the site, and what used to take forever only took a little while. When we finished it was time for a beer and now that I had enough light I could find it (and even the bottle opener). And airing down the tires was no major production – the handheld light’s magnet made it mountable so I could see exactly what I was doing.

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The stars are great to gaze at when you’re camping, but if I ever need to use my winch or fix something in the dark I like to know I’ve got it covered. To have a reliable light source on the trail is to be truly illuminated. Who knew that when pops left that light on he was really giving me a glimpse of my future?

Article by David B.

David B. is a staff writer for 4WD.

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Auto Detailing Tips on How to Remove Your Kids’ Stains – Auto Interior Stain Removal

January 7, 2013

Auto Detailing KidsChildren are a blessing– a messy, messy blessing.  Between snacks on the go and muddy shoes, our vehicles are a tally mark of every soccer game and play group we’ve been to.  But a family car doesn’t have to be a grungy.  Combat those pesky spots with our handy tips on kid-related auto interior stain removal.

 

 

 


How to Remove the Most Common Kid-Stains from Fabric Upholstery

Fabric seats make for the easiest cleanup, but you should always check your owner’s manual and test where can i get  a small hidden area before tackling big stains.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to removing the most common kid-stains.

Milk:  You can only pass so many sippy cups to the backseat before you’re faced with the inevitable spill.

1.    Blot the spill with a paper towel.  Never rub the spill because it will only smear the stain and make it worse.

2.   Dab a penny size dollop of bleach-free dishwashing soap on your finger and spread it over the affected area.

3.   Spray the area with a mister bottle of water until its considerably wet and let soak for 1 hour.

4.   After the soap has set, mist the area again and blot by heavy pressure.  Continue to rinse and bloat until the milk and soap are removed and the area is only slightly damp.

Juice.  When juice spills, you need to act on the stain immediately.

1.    Blot the stain with a clean cloth to remove as much juice a possible.  Do not scrub!  You’ll make the stain bigger.

2.   Mix one teaspoon neutral bleach-free detergent with 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart cold water.

3.   Moisten a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and blot it onto the stain.

4.   Repeat until your achieve your desired result then blot dry.  Allow the spot to air dry.

Mud:  Little feet get in big adventures.  If you try and tackle mud smears while they’re still wet, you’ll just make it worse.

1.    Let the mud dry and vacuum up as much as you can.

2.   Use a scrubbing brush to loose up ground in dirt.

3.   Vacuum and repeat until the stain it gone.

Bodily Fluids:  It’s gross, but it definitely happens.  If your child gets sick in the car, the stomach acid in their vomit could result in a permanent stain.

1.   Clean up as much of the fluid and solids as possible.

2.   Place down a thick layer of paper towels followed up a layer of newspaper and apply pressure for 1 minute.  Remove the padding and repeat until the area is slightly damp.

3.   Mix 1/4 cup ammonia with 1 cup warm water.

4.   Use a clean washcloth or sponge to wipe down the stained area, blotting off extra fluid with each go.
Repeat as needed.

5.   Sprinkle baking soda generously over the area and rub it in.  This will help to neutralize the odor and remove   excess moisture.   Allow the baking soda to sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum.

6.   Rinse the area with warm, clean water.  Blot excess moisture off with a clean rag.

What to Do If You Have Stained Vinyl Seats

Every manufacturer uses a different vinyl and leather treatments for their seats.  Many “professional grade” cleaning products can actually damage your seats by over drying (which leads to cracks) or damage the pigment that gives your interior its color.  To clean vinyl seats, mix 3 or 4 order  with no prescription!  no pres drops of Ivory dish-washing liquid in a bowl of warm water.  Use a clean cloth to wipe down the seats and another to dry them.  If this doesn’t take care of your stain, contact a professional cleaning service to avoid further damage.  For leather seats, contact a professional interior detailing service.  You’re better off having stains treated properly the first time.

The key to any successful stain removal is to move quickly!  If you’re ever unsure or the stain isn’t coming out like you’d hope, contact a professional interior detailing service and ask about their stain and odor removal services.  By maintaining you interior, you’ll protect your investment.  Who knows?  Maybe your kids will thank you when you pass them the best prices for all customers!

Author Gib Goodrich thinks keeping cars tidy and stain-free can be challenging at times. He is the man behind HondaPartsOnline.net; Honda Parts Online provides OEM Honda parts at discount prices.

 

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