5 ways to keep your car interior clean

The average driver spends 32 hrs stuck in traffic, and like many of us we like to eat, drink and use our car like an office, not to mention kids they always manage to leave crumbs and create a mini disaster. DDYC recommends the following steps and items to keep in your vehicle to avoid permanent damage.

1.-Seats

Issue: Leather seats: They are easier to clean but if you spill liquids on it and let it sit it will permanently be damaged, in some cases a leather cleaner is needed. The dye in jeans will transfer and if not taken care of will stay permanent.

Fix: Clean Microfiber towels to absorb the liquid, meguiars leather wipes can clean almost anything and condition your leather.

2.-Carpets

Issue: the carpet and mats in our cars take the most damage ,(light colored carpets are the hardest to keep up with but not impossible) mud and debris we step on is transferred to it as well as items we drop.

Fix: Vacuuming often as well as shake your feet before entering your vehicle can help but next time you get your car detail ask for the carpet to be shampooed and scotchguard this can also be applied to car seats and headliners.

3.-Cupholders and center console

Issue: we all have had a coffee, soda or juice spilled in our cars, well this can cause permanent damage to carpets and vinyl surfaces.

Fix: add a few paper towels to the rim and bottom of cup holder, not only it makes a tighter grip it will absorb the “Sweat” from hot or cold cups. Plus if you have a spill towels will be readily available. We also recommend to have extra microfiber towels and a upholstery cleaner such as this one

4.-Windows

Issue: Whether is windshield fog, kids fingerprints, smears, bird poop etc.. dirty windows can impair your driving.

Fix: Have a small spray bottle with distilled water, 3 drops of baby shampoo and one drop of alcohol and a few microfiber towels. spray and clean windows and enjoy a clear vision

5.-Door Panels, dash board and misc panels

Issue: Heat can warp and distort your panels causing hundreds of dollars to fix.

Fix: applying uv coatings to panels will help you can use products like this one we also recommend tinting your vehicle and adding a sun shade to your windshield

 

This items will definitively assure your vehicle looks like new, for questions or regards contact us at:

 

Pablo Acosta owner and operator of Dont Divorce your Car (DDYC) / Ph 760-651-2802 / email us at pablo@dontdivorceyourcar.com / our website http://www.dontdivorceyourcar.com / we are on facebook twitter instagram and google plus

 

Can bird poop damage my car?

Bird droppings have a ph of 3.5 to 4.5 which it is quite acidic and begins to work through your clear coat as soon as it lands, and with many variables like sun exposure, age of car, type of clear coat and many others it could cause irreparable damage.

Now it is inevitable to not get droppings on your car, but avoiding permanent damage is easy and all it takes are a few items added to your car.

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Before we give you the recipe please know that professional detailers like the ones at DDYC   always recommend to use products that have a good reputation and you can find reviews online, some of the products we use are only available to professionals but there are other brands with similar results. The best consumer friendly is chemical guys they are really friendly, offer classes and back their products just a wholesome company that we support

Lets first talk about layers of a car to fully understand what can happen

The firs layer is of course the metal,then a layer of primer is applied, then paint (which could be from 3 to 12 layers depending manufacturer) then its the clear coat which gives you gloss and protection from the paint from fading.

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Now to the products that you should have:

Once you see the bird poop, spray a good amount of the soapy solution and wipe in circles, spray more solution if needed, do not drag towel use circular motions. Once its all removed apply a bit of detailer’s spray and wipe lightly with a new microfiber towel.

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Water-less detail?

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Water less detail is the innovation in auto detail that allows a professional detailer to clean and decontaminate your vehicles exterior using small amounts of water and leaving behind beautiful results.

Would it scratch my paint? No, but with intention you can scratch and damage paint doing almost anything.Using this product with out proper training can cause damage.

Is it safe for any vehicle? Yes, we have cleaned several makes and models and they all reacted beautifully to it.

How does it work? The product formula  by encapsulation dirt and grime and separates it from the vehicles surface, suspending it in a unique blend of hyper-surfactants, natural wax, and slick lubricating agents at this stage it can be safely and easily wiped away with a soft microfiber towel.

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How about black cars? We all know that black paint on cars has been thee death to many detailers, this product is completely safe to all colors

Advantages? Using loads of water is not only a waste it takes a toll to our environment, with most detailers carrying min 90 gallons of water 70% of it ends up on sewers, driveways and roads causing debris to wash away into our oceans.

DDYC  has been using waterless system for over 4 years. Imagine how many gallons of water we have saved. Book your car with us at www.dontdivorceyourcar.com and experience the best in auto detailing

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Pablo Acosta / Dont Divorce Your Car / Ph 7606512802 / http://www.dontdivorceyourcar.com

Are drive through car wash safe?

Would it damage my paint?, Do they really do what they advertise?

These are common questions we always get at DDYC , and to be honest we always recommend not to take them.

Yes, they will cause damage to your clear coat, the etch it and it can only be removed by polishing with compounds and special products and it some cases irreversible damage.

There are a few drive thru car wash:

1.-Touch less ( uses harsh chemicals and most of the grime will remain, the waxes used are diluted)

2.-Hand wash(usually its called the conveyor belt, there is no care for your car and they just move you along whether is done right or not. Typically all damage is caused by dropped towels)

3.-Bristle wash ( these are the most common ones they are really cheap and available at most gas station, these bristles are not regularly cleaned and replaced so swirl marks are always free here!!)

When it comes to your vehicle spend a few extra dollars by hiring a professional that has been certified in the art of detailing

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For more info contact

/Pablo Acosta / Owner/ DDYC / (760)651-2802 / http://www.dontdivorceyourcar.com /

Should I wash my car before or after the rain

We all have done it, we detail our cars and next thing you know it pours!!, its like pur money was washed away (intended pun). Well it is not a waste believe it or not, in the next few paragraphs we will explain why

As rain falls, it collects pollutants and contaminants from the air, and this is called Acid Rain. Look at the photo to the left, this is the effect of dried rain on a car. The Acid Rain has etched its way into the paint and caused defects. The only way to remove the etching is to polish and buff it out with a dual action polisher and professional grade buffing pads. Even after a short rainfall, rainwater and pollutants collect on your vehicle. The rain water eventually evaporates, leaving a thin layer of pollutants that can damage your car’s finish. The longer you leave the pollutants and contamination on your vehicle’s finish, the more damage it will inflict on your cars paint finish.

This is the effect of dried rain on a car.,The Acid Rain has etched its way into the paint and caused defects. The only way to remove the etching is to polish and buff it out with a dual action polisher and professional grade buffing pads. Even after a short rainfall, rainwater and pollutants collect on your vehicle. The rain water eventually evaporates, leaving a thin layer of pollutants that can damage your car’s finish.  Ignoring this damage can cause expensive damage and even to have to repaint your vehicle. 

Now not just rain can caused this, recycled water and potable water have minerals that cause the same damage, always get your car wash with reputable detailera that use clean non mineralized water.

The best solution to prevent this is to add sealants to your car which should always be applied by a certified installer. There are many products out there that can protect from 1yr to 5yrs, DDYC Is an authorized installer of ceramic coatings and we recommended this product for any car.

For more information visit http://www.dontdivorceyourcar.com

Pablo Acosta / dontdivorceyourcar.com / facebook.com/ddycautodetail



No streaks on glass

Streaks on glass are quite annoying. We will provide a 3 step window cleaning process that guarantees no streaks.


We all had or tried cleaning our windows and after countless tries we leave behind streaks how annoying. Before instructions we will give ypu the recipe for the best window cleaner and its safe for tint

1.-new spray bottle (cannot be used due to contamination)

2.- Baby shampoo (yellow jhonson and jonhsons is best)

3.-Rubbing Alcohol

4.-Distilled water (has no minerals)

5.- debug sponge (amazon.com $2)

Fill the spray bottle with distilled water and leave enough space to drop the other items in, add 3 squirts of baby shampoo, one of alcohol close the spray. Ottle with the trigger and shake a bit. Now its ready

To cleand and dry the windows there are multitude of options but at DDYC  we love and live by microfiber towels (if you have a costco available I recommend to pick up a pack of their yellow ones they are awesome and past a long time) 

So you know one towel will not clean all windows usually for a small car you will need upto 5 towels.

Now the cleaning part starts, spray a good amount of solution on the window using the debug sponge scrub on circular motions to clean the entire window,spray more solution with a towel wipe all residue, with another clean and dry towel finish the glass again in circular motions voila you are done, now just repeat all windows and you are done. Just remember to replace towels as they get soaked and dirty.

To wash towels, drop them on your washer slow cycle warm water NO DETERGENT or SOAP. Doing this will cause your towels to leave streaks as the soap gets in between fibers and ruins them. Let them air dry and they will be ready to be used again

This process can be applied to any glass

Pablo Acosta / Dontdivorceyourcar.com / (760)6512802

Keeping your wheels (rims) away from rust

As a #prodetailer, I always recommend to clean the exterior of the rim, but how about the inner well. Brake dust and high temperatures can take a deep toll on them an pit in areas where simple repairs can cost hundreds of dollars or they may need to be replaced.download

There are several products that can help, the most common one is wheel wax which is not expensive and can add life to your wheels, except that it needs to be applied often but its an easy task.

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The way this waxes and sealants are applied is the same concept that applies when you wax your vehicle, apply let it dry and use a clean micro fiber towel to remove haze.Sealants are applied once every year and make it easier to clean your wheels.

The investment is great specially when just repairing one wheel can cost upwards of $150 waxes and sealants cost $10-$50 and have up to 15 applications depending on size of rim.

Don’t divorce your car, your trusted sourced for all your auto detailing needs

Pablo Acosta / Dontdivorceyourcar.com / (760)651-2802