How to Remove Car Decals

remove car decalsDecal stickers are an easy way to personalize your vehicle. You can add inscriptions or graphics of just about anything. However, you may eventually decide to remove the decals when you grow tired of them or plan to sell the vehicle. We’ll show you how to remove car decals; the process involves more than just peeling the sticker off.

How to Remove Car Decals: A Step-By-Step Process

1. Clean the Area

The first step is to clean the surface around the decal. You don’t need anything fancy here; just use good ol’ soapy water and a sponge. Dry the area using a microfiber cloth. Continue Reading →

Clean Your Headlights with Toothpaste: Real or Myth?

clean headlights with toothpasteYou’ll find all sorts of DIY car washing tips on the Internet. Some of these ideas are legitimate and others are an absolute waste of time. Clean headlights with toothpaste” is one idea that is circulating around the Web. Is it real or is it a bunk idea?

Headlight Cleaning with Toothpaste: The Facts

Supposedly, toothpaste can restore foggy headlights. Read our June post to learn how headlight coverings become foggy. Some people have suggested that toothpaste removes oxidation the same way it removes food debris from teeth enamel. Continue Reading →

Rear Auto Glass Replacement at a Glance

rear auto glass replacementMost topics and discussions about auto glass pertain to the front windshield. Hardly anyone in the industry discusses rear auto glass replacement. We find this odd because the rear glass is just as important as the front windshield. It’s also composed of different materials.

Why Repair or Replace the Rear Window?

We have seen countless vehicles over the years with a completely shattered rear window. In some of these instances, the owner simply ignores the gaping hole or tapes a large piece of cardboard over it. This leaves blind spots as well as making the car vulnerable to theft. If the window is still intact but cracked, this can pose a danger because it can completely give way, even under light impact. Continue Reading →

The “How To” of Convertible Soft Top Cleaning

convertible soft top cleaningNow that summer is over, convertible owners may want to place the soft top back over their car. The top can become dirty even when it’s folded down. Convertible soft top cleaning requires a different process than cleaning the rest of the car exterior.

Convertible Soft Top Cleaning Instructions

Soft tops, also known as ragtops, can deteriorate over time, causing cracks and peeling throughout the fabric. Fortunately, you can prevent this by cleaning the top the correctly. Continue Reading →

How to Maintain a Clean Car Interior?

Clean Car InteriorDo you regularly sanitize the bathroom? If so, why wouldn’t you do the same to maintain a clean car interior? Car cabins become dirty really fast; yet many car owners don’t bother to thoroughly clean the interior. We’ll explain how to keep a car cabin clean and why this is important for driver and passenger health.

Car Cabins Are Filthy

Most vehicle owners regularly wash their car’s exterior but don’t bother with an auto detail for the interior. This is a mistake with a health consequence.

Here is a rather disturbing health fact: an average car seat contains 100 strains of bacteria per square centimeter, according to a University of Birmingham study. That is roughly twice as much as a toilet set. Continue Reading →

Summer Car Detailing Is a Must

Summer Car DetailingSummer temperatures put certain car parts at risk of overheating. The sun also affects the aesthetic aspects of the car, both the interior and exterior. We’ll explain why summer car detailing is a must as the sun shines brightly on Bellingham.

Summer Car Detailing Tips

Wax the vehicle after a car wash to protect the surface from damaging UV rays. Sunlight causes the paint to oxidize, which causes the color to fade. Faded coloring is especially noticeable in red vehicles. In addition, you can more easily remove debris, dirt, and grime from vehicle surfaces with a wax coating.

We also apply a special type of wax to the exterior windows. Rainfall still occurs in the summer, and the wax allows the raindrops to easily glide off the auto glass.

The interior requires extensive car detailing as well. We use cleaners fortified with UV inhibitors to protect the upholstery and dashboard from fading. Continue Reading →

Why Are Your Headlights Foggy?

foggy headlightsDo your headlights appear cloudy? This not only affects the car’s appearance but also substantially reduces the light’s brightness. This can be a safety hazard during nighttime driving. So, what are the causes of foggy headlights and what can you do to restore them?

What Causes Foggy Headlights?

Headlights become foggy over time as a result of weather exposure. Most headlight lenses are made from acrylic, which oxidizes when exposed to UV rays. Newer cars have a coating over the lenses to prevent oxidization, but the coating eventually wears off.

Flying debris in the form of road salt, dirt, and gravel smacks against the headlights. This contributes to the coating’s wearing out. Debris also causes scratches and pits that contribute to the faded and clouded appearance.

Headlights these days are also made with a watertight seal. The seal can eventually break, leaving an opening that causes condensation to form inside the lenses. The water scatters the light beam, diminishing its brightness.

How to Prevent It

Prevent as much sun exposure as you can. This means parking in the garage or in the shade. If neither option is possible, then park with the headlights facing away from the sun. You should also wash the headlights with every car wash. Polish afterwards using a non-abrasive polishing solution.

How to Treat It

Some people wash with baking soda or toothpaste to un-fog the headlights. This removes the oxidation but does not prevent future clouding. A professional cleaning is necessary to permanently restore the headlights.

We’ll Make Your Headlights Look Like Brand New

Bring your car to Bellingham Detail Auto Glass to give it a touchup. Our auto detail covers a full cleaning inside and out. Foggy headlights are not only an eyesore but also pose a potential safety hazard for nighttime motorists.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Full Headlight Restoration and Cleaning

Expert auto detail, auto glass and car wash in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Fairview, Deming, Lynden, Lummi Island, Sudden Valley, Laurel & Everson

How and When to Apply Car Clay

car clayMany car owners are familiar with polishing and waxing a car. However, not many know how to apply car clay, or have even heard of the concept. We’ll explain how car clay works and when and how to apply it.

What Is Car Clay?

Car clay resembles standard sculpting clay. You apply it to a vehicle to remove surface contaminants after washing a car. This creates a smooth surface, resulting in a better finish when polishing the car.

Claying a car is similar to buffing, but is generally considered a safer option because it’s less abrasive. The clay is also safe for use on auto glass and headlights.

When to Apply Car Clay

Apply clay after washing the car but before applying wax. It’s not necessary to apply clay every time you decide to polish. A clay session every six months will usually suffice. We recommend more frequent sessions, however, for those that use their vehicle for off-roading. You might also use it during the winter when the car surface comes into contact with road salt. Continue Reading →

Washing a Classic Car

washing a classic carWashing a classic car isn’t a whole lot different than washing any other vehicle. You want to take a few precautions, however, to ensure you don’t leave behind any scratches, watermarks, or those dreaded swirl marks. This is especially the case if you will enter your vehicle in a car show soon.

Classic Cars Require Additional Precautions

Dirt and grime accumulation can leave marks that degrade the paint and cause the car’s value to drop drastically. We recommend a weekly cleaning if you regularly drive the car. Also clean it right after using a professional auto carrier to transport it. Of course, some collectors just let their classic set of wheels sit in the garage. In this instance, frequent car washes aren’t necessary.

We recommend engaging a professional team to wash your classic car. Homeowners are often not privy of the many hidden factors that can damage a car. The H20 coming out of your hose, for example, may be full of deposits. This can lead to watermarks if you don’t immediately wipe away the water.

Speaking of wiping, are you using a plain towel or even an old t-shirt? These have rougher surfaces and can leave markings. Instead, use a cotton chenille washing mitt or a sheepskin cloth. This is especially important when cleaning the windows and headlights. Continue Reading →

Handwashing A Car Vs. an Automatic Wash: Which Is Better?

Handwashing a CarHandwashing a car vs using an automatic car wash both have their respective pros and cons. Obviously, we’re a bit biased in favor of the former, since we employ live people to perform the cleaning. We don’t believe in automated machines. It just makes the job feel industrialized and impersonal. Nevertheless, we’ll break down the pros and cons of each.

Handwashing and Automated Car Washes at a Glance

The biggest benefit of an automated car wash is the speedy process, often completing the job in no more than five minutes. This makes it the go-to choice if you’re strapped for time.

Beyond the time factor, we recommend car washes by hand in almost every other instance. Most automatic car washes use a touchless system. This means there are no brushes that make contact with the car. This reduces the possibility of scratches and swirl marks, but it may also result in completely missing some obscure spots. Continue Reading →