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Debunking Common Auto Detailing Myths

December 8, 2022

When it comes to auto detailing, there are many myths and misconceptions about the best practices for maintaining a car’s exterior. From what type of soap to use to when you should wash your car, here are some common auto detailing myths debunked so you can keep your car looking its best. 


Myth #1: You can safely use dishwashing detergent on your car:  While dishwashing detergents will work in a pinch, they’re not designed to be used on cars and can actually strip away wax and damage paint. To safely clean your car, be sure to use a pH-neutral car wash soap specifically designed for automotive care. This will help protect the paint while gently cleaning off dirt and grime. 


Myth #2: Wax can correct paint imperfections: This is partially true - cleaner waxes contain abrasives that may remove minor imperfections, such as light swirls and water spots. But most store-bought waxes contain glazes that simply hide the imperfections rather than correcting them. If you want to genuinely correct paint imperfections, you may need professional detailing services with compounds and polishes that provide more powerful results than store-bought products.  


Myth #3: You only need to wash your car when it looks dirty: On the contrary - waiting until dirt is visible on your car creates the opportunity for damage during the wash process because dirt particles act like sandpaper against paint when scrubbed with a sponge or cloth mitt. Regular washing helps prevent dirt from becoming embedded in the paint's surface, creating scratches that can be hard to remove without professional help. 


Taking proper care of a vehicle’s exterior is essential for keeping it looking its best for years to come - but doing so requires accurate information about what works (and what doesn’t). We hope this article has helped debunk some of the common myths surrounding auto detailing so that you, as a car owner, can make informed decisions about maintaining your car's exterior in top condition!


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