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Decorating the Car without Damage

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Fall is upon us and time to show team spirit. It’s time to start decorating the car to support your team on game day! Yet, not at the expense of a vehicle’s paint. Here are a few ways to keep a car safe from damage, but still be decked out for the home team.

The first thing is to make sure that the car is squeaky clean. A great wash can reduce the residue that can cause scratches when temporary decorative materials are applied to your car. Microscopic dirt on the painted services can cause scratching when a magnetic decoration is applied over the dirt. The dirt can get caught in a paint pen causing scratches when used on painted surfaces. We suggest only using a temporary paint pen or window chalk designed decorate your cars glasses surfaces.

Then after the big win, make sure to remove all of the paint and applied decorations as not to set the material into the paint job. Immediate, or close to it, removal provides the least possible damage to the vehicle.

Other things to think about when it comes to a car’s paint and game day, are logo stickers. While displaying a team’s brand is a must, sticky adhesives that clings to paint can be a problem if not applied and removed properly. Try putting magnets on the back of the sticker instead for easy removal, so the cleanup is easy and damage free. Adhesives can be bad news when it comes to damage. They can be difficult to remove, and can stay on a car for long periods of time before they come completely off. Having a clean car to apply the logo is the best option to prevent scratching the paint.

Some ‘damage free’ alternatives are a window flag, license plate frames and even state issued personalized license plates with your team logo (when available).

Other ways that a die hard fan can show support with their vehicle without the damage is music. By playing a fight song or other musical representation of the team is an alternative to adding decor. Window cling decals can be a cleaner option to window paint because they can be used over and over again.

After the game, no matter the outcome, get the car ready for the next one with $5 off a Signature Shine for a limited time.

Detailing Service: Waxing & UV Damage Protection

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

When a car owner thinks about purchasing a detailing service (like a wax), it’s often because they want to improve their car’s cosmetics. However, waxing is not just the first step towards a superior shine—it’s also a way to protect a vehicle from UV damage.

There are two general types of wax: synthetic wax and natural carnauba wax. Synthetic wax is easier to work with and provides a paint sealant. Sealants are polymers that, when bonded to a car’s paint, create a shell. These sealants also help protect a vehicle from UV damage— year-round. UV radiation is an issue car owners face during every season, no matter what the temperature is outside. This sealant can make all the difference in the preservation of a car, especially if the car spends a lot of time outside. This is because wax acts as a type of sunscreen for a vehicle’s paint (again, whether it’s hot or cold outside).

When a car sits in the sun (even when temperatures are cooler), car interiors suffer. Small damage can include fading upholstery or dashboards. Major damage can include cracking speakers or peeling fabric from a vehicle’s paneling. Minor exterior damage includes fading paint and stains from things falling on the car. Major damage can extend all the way into the engine and air conditioning unit.

The best way keep a vehicle safe from UV damage is to take it to get detailing service, including a wax, on a regular basis. Mr. Clean Car Wash’s wax and a full interior detail can help keep a car safe from minor wear and tear caused by the basic natural phenomenon we call the sun. Waxing will not only protect your car’s paint from UV radiation, it will also prevent dirt and grit stains from ruining your car.

Finally, waxing helps keep a car looking great. The shine that car owners crave for their vehicles can be achieved with the help of a detail service. Take a look at our full list of services and start protecting your vehicle from the sun on the inside and out.