Monthly Archives: March 2014

2 cheap & quick tips for dog hair removal, brought to you by the hairiest car we’ve ever detailed.

I seriously think they shot a dog in here.

Never in my life had I seen as much dog hair in a car as I did in the Audi A6 wagon we had just brought inside our detail bay. Massive clumps of hair were on the roof liner, stuck to the backs of the seats, even stuffed in the creases of the leather seats. This was going to be a massive dog hair removal job for sure.

Mind = BLOWN!

We had a couple dog hair removal tricks up our sleeve though to help us out that day. Two super easy and cheap tricks that got rid of massive amounts of hair while not damaging anything in the process.

Like us I’m sure you’ve tried the old “hand wrapped in masking tape” trick or broke out a lint roller. But many clumps of tape and lint roller paper later there were still clumps of hair stuck in your carpets.

So if you’re faced with a hairy monster of a mess in your car, here are two simple tricks we use at the auto salon:

1. This tip is a good general interior detailing tip that should be done no matter what. Take the tip of your vacuum cleaner (the part you touch your car with) and sand the edges down. By rounding out the rough edges with a coarse sand paper and then working your way to a smoother finish with a fine sand paper you will be less likely to scratch your car’s fine leather, door panels, and dash while vacuuming.

2. Head up to your bathroom and steal a fine-grained pumice stone. Use the stone to gently brush the hair off of the cars surfaces and into the waiting tip of the vacuum. By way of black magic the pumice stone lifts all of the hair making it so much easier to remove.

Now give these two dog hair removal tips a whirl this weekend and let me know how it goes!

Selling your car? 3 easy detailing tips to pocket 5% more money!

We all know that the spring time is the best time to sell your car. And if you didn’t know that, you do now, BONUS!

I’m going to share with you three super-easy detailing tips I used to get AT LEAST 5% more for my car than the next guy’s.

You see, in a previous life I sold used cars (hold the jokes!), and let me tell you, it is a very tough business. My days were filled with customers coming in one after another beating me down on price to get the best deal. And no matter what I said, no matter how great our reputation, it was hard to differentiate myself from the other dealers.

And then one day, instead of trying to make MYSELF different from all of the other dealers, I spent about fifteen minutes making my car look different. And by different, I mean BETTER! It didn’t take much effort to make my car look 100x better than everyone else’s cars, and in turn I started selling more cars AND making more money on each car.

Now I know you’re only selling one car, not an entire lot! But I also know that you want to get as much money as possible for your car and not have to keep reducing your price week after week on Craigslist.

Here is what you do:

Step 1: How to get DEEP, WET PAINT without waxing.

Use a spray glaze for a quick and easy shine on paint, glass, chrome, or polished aluminum. All you need to do is put a little bit of product on a foam applicator pad and wipe it on as if you were waxing the car. Leave it on for a few moments and then buff away the residue using a soft microfiber towel. You’ll not only fill in some minor imperfections in your paint, you’ll also be left with a deep, wet look in minutes!

Step 2: Make it POP! Under the hood.

Every car buyer, and I mean EVERY car buyer, looks under the hood of a car they are checking out. Nine times out of ten they have no idea what they are looking at, but they will notice clean, deep black trim. To quickly brighten up the black plastic and rubber underneath the hood, use a non-greasy fast drying trim spray by simply shaking the can and spraying all of the area’s you want to POP!

Step 3: Get your Tires dressed for success.

I’m sure there is a vast psychological study behind it, but all I know is people love the richness of properly dressed tires. Again, you’ll want to use a non-greasy (preferably water-based) fast drying tire dressing and simply wipe the product around the outside edge of the tire. Get some excess on the wheel? No problem, wipe that up with a quick hit of detail spray and a towel and you’ll be good to go.

Use these three detailing tips before the next person comes to kick the tires and more than likely, they’ll be leaving you with money in your pocket!