Detailing vs. “Just a Wash”

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 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.

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 do everything by hand wash instead of using an automatic car wash.

What’s Wrong with an Automatic Car Wash?

An automatic car wash can leave scratches and swirls in your paint.


Automatic Car Wash Scratches vs. Hand Wash

We have had countless vehicles roll through our many locations with damaged paint as a result of the brushes from an automatic car wash. 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.

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 maintaining packages to suit your individual needs. Does your vehicle have an odor such as cigarette smoke or mold? Try our interior shampoo 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. Wax 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 while still having you home in time for dinner.

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.

You paid a lot of money for your vehicle, let’s make sure it stays in the best shape possible. If you have never received a Full Detail (or maybe it’s just been a while, head over to our scheduling page or click the button below to make an appointment! Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to insure time and date.