Full Detailing vs. Maintenance: A Crucial Difference

(Note: Right Now, Capitol Shine Is Offering 10% Off A Full Detail (details below))

One of the questions we are often asked is “What goes into detailing my vehicle?” or “How is detailing different from washing a car?” Essentially, detailing goes beyond a regular quick car wash and is the process of performing a thorough cleaning and finishing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail.

A quicker car wash service, such as our Quick Shine or Hand Wash package, serves to maintain a vehicle AFTER it has received what Capitol Shine refers to as a “Full Detail.” Most of the time, if a vehicle has never received a really detailed cleaning inside and out, a quicker wash will not help as much as it should.

Detailing also requires a certain skillset. All of our detailers are trained to the highest caliber on how to take care of a vehicle. Proper procedures along with the right formulas mean your vehicle receives only the best treatment. The goal is to have your car, truck, van or SUV looking as great as it did when you first bought it. This is why we do everything by a hand wash instead of using an automatic car wash.

On that point, we have seen countless vehicles roll through our locations with damaged paint as a result of the brushes from an automatic car wash. A quick rant: First off, the brushes used to scrub your vehicle are not cleaned. If the car that went in before you just got back from a sandy beach vacation, or has salt left from an icy road, there will be some sand or salt left in the brushes that can scratch your paint. In addition, many times the workers at the end usually use the same towel as the car before to dry your car by hand which can leave a residue. Automatic car washes focus on efficiency over quality – meaning, how fast can they get your car out so that the next one can get through (rant over).

Where Capitol Shine Comes In

Many times we are able to fix those scratches before they get worse through a process called Paint Correction. In addition, we have a variety of detailing and maintenance packages to suit your individual needs. Does your vehicle have an odor such as cigarette smoke or mold? Try our interior shampoo and Ventilation Decontamination to restore your vehicle back to its former glory. Worried about fading from the sun and UV rays? Bring your vehicle in for a hand wash and wax sealant. Our Wax Sealant will help prevent the weather from damaging your paint along with adding a glossy shine. If your vehicle has recently had a Full Detail, you may just be searching for some upkeep. Try our Quick Shine package where we detail your vehicle inside and out before your lunch break ends.

Bottom line: Maintenance washing (such as our Quick Shine, Wash + Vacuum or Hand Wash) is designed to help maintain the cleanliness of a vehicle AFTER it has received a Full Detail, or a thorough cleaning and finishing both inside and out.

Get Started: Right Now, Capitol Shine Is Offering 10% Off A Full Detail (through 11/30/18) which includes:

  • Paint-Safe Hand Wash and Dry
  • Wipe Trunk and Door Jambs
  • Clean Wheel and Dress Tires
  • Clean Windows and Mirrors Inside and Out
  • Wipe Dashboard and Console
  • Vacuum Inside and Trunk
  • Apply Air Freshener
  • Clean and Dress Leather, Vinyl and Rubber
  • Shampoo Seats, Mats, Carpets and Door Panels
  • Spot Clean Interior Roof
  • Fine Clean Dash and All Components
  • Bug and Tar Removal
  • Clay Bar Surface Treatment
  • Dress Outside Plastics and Rubber
  • Sealant Coating on the Exterior (wax is dead!)
  • Light Hand Buff

Prices are based on vehicle size. Find your price, then take 10% off by mentioning promo code “TAKE10OFF” when scheduling HERE.

capitol shine full detail Nov 2017

*10% off full detail offer ends 11/30/18*

Click here to visit our scheduling page and book your appointment today! Enter “TAKE10OFF” in the notes to receive 10% off a full detail by 11/30/18. Please also be sure to schedule at least 24 hours in advance to ensure time and date.

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