Car Wash vs. Auto Detailing

 Basically, a carwash removes dirt and grime from your vehicle exterior. 

A detail helps protect your vehicle and minimizes long-term wear and tear. 

Detailing attributes: Increased vehicle re-sale value, retains new car look, maximizes long-term protection, minimizes long-term wear and tear.

Details can include washing, decontamination, waxing, polishing, and applying a variety of coatings to the exterior. Some details include headlight restoration, emblem de-badge , stickers and pinstripes removed; interior shampooing of carpets, steam cleaning and deep cleaning of the engine compartment.

Prices can vary from detail to detail. Things to consider when paying for a detail include: Professional knowledge and expertise on the subject at hand. Safety and products that are specifically designed for a particular application. Low PH or eco-friendly products have long-term protection that can save you money in the end. Dashboards, leather or vinyl seats can crack over time from heat and wear and tear. Regular detailing can prolong the life of a vehicle's interior and exterior. 

Please, don't be afraid of the cost of a detail. Most people see the cost of a detail and automatically decide to wash the car themselves or take the vehicle to a drive-in car wash. The main issue to remember and consider is that a detail is far more extensive and not the same as a basic car wash. 

When you visit a local car wash, basic services are offered: outside/inside vacuum, and a machine-ran car wash. Some local car washes offer less where you vacuum the inside yourself. Drying is by hand, machine vacuums, or air blowers. A car detail is much more comprehensive. Each inside window is cleaned. The vehicle interior is meticulously cleaned--regardless of type... cracks and crevices are blown and vacuumed. Cleaning with heat kills germs and bacteria and fights odors. 

Money well spent

Another important thing to consider is the average time spent on a detail.  Customers will appreciate the amount of time spent on their vehicle. A professional detailer's job is to do what the customer doesn't feel like doing or have no time to do. Most don't know or understand the value and time that goes into a detail. 

The average detail can take several hours if done alone. Times can range from 4 to 6 hours, or even 10 or more. Some details take days depending on the level you choose. Multiple efficient detailers can shorten time. Many auto detailers are semi-mobile where they use the customers' water and supplies. At DMD, we are fully insured and equipped to offer the best service possible. We come ready to handle the most advanced details at your home or office. We have it all...Water, electricity, knowledge, products and most of all, honesty and integrity. 

Our goal at DMD is to keep up with the latest professional products for the job. We purchase tools and equipment to have on hand that enable us to work safely and efficiently in all situations. The greatest feeling is when we finish a detail and the customer says... "this is so nice and convenient."

Wax vs Polishing

The two most regularly asked questions I receive are; “What is the best car polish to use to protect my car” and “What is the best car wax to use to polish my car”.

These two questions demonstrate the big misconception in the general market place as to what can be achieved.

What's the difference between the two?


     A wax in its natural form comes in many guises from vegetable waxes i.e carnauba to animal waxes i.e. bees wax.The most popular for use in the automotive industry is carnauba wax. What makes this type of wax ideal is:

1. Virtually insoluble in water, so won’t immediately disappear after each wash or rain shower a melting point of 82-86 °C so will withstand the high daylight summer temperatures without melting off your car.

2. Carnauba is one of the hardest waxes to be found in its natural form it produces a durable and very glossy finish when combined with other waxes/ingredients that can be more easily applied to paintwork.

3. Giving your paintwork its shine, your wax will effectively be “smoothing” out the surface of the paint by “filling” in many of the imperfections in the paintwork. It is recommended to wax every 3 to 4 months.


     A polish is a product that uses an abrasive action to remove very fine layers of the top coat protection to flatten out the surface to ensure and equal reflection of the light and thus a highly polished look. Such products come in varying degrees of abrasiveness from medium to ultra fine.

     Modern polish will be made of what is known as diminishing abrasives which break down into further smaller particles as they are worked on the paint thus getting finer and finer the more they are “polished” into the paint. (Showroom finish)

     Advanced compounds today are designed to cut through heavy paint imperfections and defects permanently from scratch-resistant and ceramic clear coat without filling in or covering up. After this multi-step process to achieve the highest shine possible, a good sealant is required to close the pores. With proper care and maintenance your vehicle shine will last for years to come.