FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Paint Correction Questions Go To Top

Why does my brand new vehicle have swirls in the clearcoat already even though i just bought it?

Well, most dealers don’t take a great deal of time or pride in maintaining vehicles on the lot. Most are just washed with with dirty equipment dragging the dirt back and fourth on the paint like a fine sand paper. Also a lot of times when your car is delivered it’s being prepped with dirty equipment, by in most cases an untrained detailer or young kids making minimum wage.

My local carwash offers detailing at much lower prices of most professional detailer services. Why and what is the difference?

A lot of people ask that question! First of all the term ‘Detailing’ has been widely misused in the industry. A detail is just taking care of all the details that an average person would not do when maintaining their own automobile. A true detail consists of meticulous cleaning; professional swirl free polishing and protection of surfaces. They do in an hour or so what usually takes me 3-4 hours. Many car washes simply cover dirt with shiny greasy solvent-based dressings. This not only traps the dirt inside but the solvents in many of these dressings actually damage the surfaces. Also, many inexperienced workers will run a hi-speed buffer over your paint causing damage and ugly swirls on your paint or waxing over deep embedded dirt. They also usually use the same dirty sponges, towels, and polishing pads that they have used all day sometimes all week.

Why should I get my car detailed if I am going to be selling it?

The trade in and private sale prices you would get on a freshly detailed car are worth thousands of dollars in some cases. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! Showing a clean, well detailed vehicle to a potential buyer will speak volumes about you, and show that the car was taken care of and not cosmetically neglected.

How often should I get my car detailed?

Between acid rain in the summer and salt in the winter, we recommend that you detail your car every six months to maintain your car’s finish with regular washes in between. In doing so, it will keep your car’s surfaces and finishes healthy and protected, and will actually lengthen the life of your car.  We also offer the next generation in surface protection technology with Nano-Ceramic Glass Coatings that last years and have characteristics waxes and sealant don’t.  These coatings are the future so get your vehicle protected!  We use Ceramic Pro 9H,CQuartz Finest, Armor Fusion, Modesta, and Opti-Coat Pro.

Are you a certified coating installer?

Yes! At LI Detailers we take our work seriously which is why we were chosen to be New York’s Certified Shop for Ceramic Pro Long Island, CQuartz Finest Long Island, Modesta Long Island, Opti-Coat Pro Long Island, and Armor Fusion Long Island!

What is the proper way to wash my vehicle?

If you enjoy maintaining your vehicles we recommend using the two bucket method with grit guard inserts and a high quality microfiber or wool wash mitt. Ask us for tips or training on how to safely and properly wash a vehicle or feel free to call 631.828.9166 any time for answers or support.

Does my car get shinier?

Yes, Long Island Detailers will polish your vehicle using specific combinations of pads and polishes to create an unbeatable luster & showroom shine. After your paint is polished to perfection, we will wipe down the paint to remove any residues and apply the protective coating of your choice! Which ever coating you choose will improve the gloss even beyond the amazing level they achieve through polishing! If properly cared for this gloss will last a minimum of two years as we offer 2 Year, 5 Year, and LIFETIME WARRANTIES.

Do Protective Coatings prevent swirls?

Yes! As long as all of the methods to safely wash your vehicle are followed, one of the many coatings we offer WILL prevent light swirls that can normally be associated with washing and wiping down the paint. No paint coating can prevent swirls 100% if the wrong techniques are used. The most important thing you can do is use high quality microfiber towels and mitts and in conjunction with a protective coating, it will almost completely eliminate swirls.

Will a Protective Coating prevent rock chips?

No! No coating can prevent rock chips however it will protect the paint from road rash caused by tiny sand fragments at high speed. For rock chips ask us about application of a clear bra or paint protection film after polishing and before application of any coating.

Can Protective Coatings be applied over my clear bra?

Yes! In fact it will even help protect it from yellowing, fine swirls, and dirt.

What is "Paint Correction"?

LI Detailers provides superior paint correction services in the Long Island, NY area. Paint correction is a term that is universally used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, through the elimination of surface imperfections, which dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp reflection. These imperfections include swirl marks, surface marring & fine scratches as well as bird dropping & acid rain etching, holograms, buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches.

IMG_2413IMG_9166

The term paint correction should only be referenced if these imperfections areproperly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface by utilizing various abrasive polishes.  These polishes are applied and worked across the paintwork with appropriate polishing machines and pads to ensure complete leveling of the surface.

Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and multi-stage decontamination process of the vehicle is performed. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, then the paintwork is cleansed to remove embedded iron and industrial fallout followed by the final clay stage which safely removes any final bonded surface contaminants.  It is important these contaminants are removed prior to the paint correction process because if they were to become dislodged and caught up in the polishing pad they could easily inflict damage to the surface.

Polishing is usually a multi-stage process with multiple grades of cutting compounds and different levels of finishing polishes.  The process begins with a cutting compound (if required) followed by a varying range of fine polishes that remove any and all imperfections.  During the paint correction process it is important for a paint depth gauge to be used.

This measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the correction to monitor how much material is being removed.  Without proper management there is the potential for the paint to become too thin or even cause irreversible damage. Specialty halogen and/or LED lights replicate the effects of direct sunlight on the surface to identify imperfections as well as to visually monitor the condition of the paintwork to see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking damage to the paint or clear coat and so are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light.  Wet sanding is also another avenue to rectify or improve these scratches but comes at a significant cost and time requirement.

After correction, the panels are wiped down with a specialty solution which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish and reveals the true finish, including any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete, fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches or imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Consequently, it commands a high premium should only be attempted by a highly trained professional.

In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully corrected vehicle, when viewed in direct sunlight, the surface will show true reflections, no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes.

Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with glaze products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.

 

Detailing Questions Go To Top

Why would I want to get my engine bay detailed?

For a show quality car its a must, but even a daily driver vehicle its important for a couple of reasons. Keeping engine parts clean of dirt and road salt will help them last longer especially keeping hoses and plastic parts from cracking. Also its a proven fact that keeping your engine bay clean as well as your whole car detailed that when its taken in for service the tech will actually do a better job. If the tech see’s that your car is well maintained he will take his time and do a better job and many cases even go beyond what he usually would do. Also its just much easier to work on a clean car rather than an oily grease covered engine.

Are you a certified coating installer?

Yes! At LI Detailers we take our work seriously which is why we were chosen to be New York’s Certified Shop for Ceramic Pro Long Island, CQuartz Finest Long Island, Modesta Long Island, Opti-Coat Pro Long Island, and Armor Fusion Long Island!

How long should I wait before washing my newly coated car with soap?

You should wait a minimum of 7 days before washing with soap or using cleaners however bugs or bird bombs can be removed asap as directed below.

What is the best possible way I can care for my perfected and enhanced vehicle now protected with a ceramic coating?

Follow these steps below:

  1. Have your vehicle properly washed when it becomes dirty.
  2. Avoid sprinklers.
  3. Remove bird bombs when you see them with a detail spray and a premium microfiber towel.
  4. Consider Iron X treatments if you live in an area with heavy iron fallout.
  5. Apply Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload occasionally to maintain show car conditions

Why does my brand new vehicle have swirls in the clearcoat already even though i just bought it?

Well, most dealers don’t take a great deal of time or pride in maintaining vehicles on the lot. Most are just washed with with dirty equipment dragging the dirt back and fourth on the paint like a fine sand paper. Also a lot of times when your car is delivered it’s being prepped with dirty equipment, by in most cases an untrained detailer or young kids making minimum wage.

My local carwash offers detailing at much lower prices of most professional detailer services. Why and what is the difference?

A lot of people ask that question! First of all the term ‘Detailing’ has been widely misused in the industry. A detail is just taking care of all the details that an average person would not do when maintaining their own automobile. A true detail consists of meticulous cleaning; professional swirl free polishing and protection of surfaces. They do in an hour or so what usually takes me 3-4 hours. Many car washes simply cover dirt with shiny greasy solvent-based dressings. This not only traps the dirt inside but the solvents in many of these dressings actually damage the surfaces. Also, many inexperienced workers will run a hi-speed buffer over your paint causing damage and ugly swirls on your paint or waxing over deep embedded dirt. They also usually use the same dirty sponges, towels, and polishing pads that they have used all day sometimes all week.

What is “Detailing”?

Simply stated, auto detailing is the practice of making a car look its best – without relying on extreme measures such as dismantling or repairing. Auto detailing is an essential element toward maintaining your car’s beauty, performance and value. To achieve these goals, detailing needs to become as important as changing your oil or replacing your spark plugs.

How often should I get my car detailed?

Between acid rain in the summer and salt in the winter, we recommend that you detail your car every six months to maintain your car’s finish with regular washes in between. In doing so, it will keep your car’s surfaces and finishes healthy and protected, and will actually lengthen the life of your car.  We also offer the next generation in surface protection technology with Nano-Ceramic Glass Coatings that last years and have characteristics waxes and sealant don’t.  These coatings are the future so get your vehicle protected!  We use Ceramic Pro 9H,CQuartz Finest, Armor Fusion, Modesta, and Opti-Coat Pro.

Why should I get my car detailed if I am going to be selling it?

The trade in and private sale prices you would get on a freshly detailed car are worth thousands of dollars in some cases. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! Showing a clean, well detailed vehicle to a potential buyer will speak volumes about you, and show that the car was taken care of and not cosmetically neglected.

What is the proper way to wash my vehicle?

If you enjoy maintaining your vehicles we recommend using the two bucket method with grit guard inserts and a high quality microfiber or wool wash mitt. Ask us for tips or training on how to safely and properly wash a vehicle or feel free to call 631.828.9166 any time for answers or support.

Should I use a drive through car wash?

Not if you care about your perfect finish! Drive through car washes have sharp, hard, dirty bristles that can severely swirl your paint.

Can Protective Coatings be applied over my clear bra?

Yes! In fact it will even help protect it from yellowing, fine swirls, and dirt.

Will a Protective Coating prevent rock chips?

No! No coating can prevent rock chips however it will protect the paint from road rash caused by tiny sand fragments at high speed. For rock chips ask us about application of a clear bra or paint protection film after polishing and before application of any coating.

Do Protective Coatings prevent swirls?

Yes! As long as all of the methods to safely wash your vehicle are followed, one of the many coatings we offer WILL prevent light swirls that can normally be associated with washing and wiping down the paint. No paint coating can prevent swirls 100% if the wrong techniques are used. The most important thing you can do is use high quality microfiber towels and mitts and in conjunction with a protective coating, it will almost completely eliminate swirls.

Does my car get shinier?

Yes, Long Island Detailers will polish your vehicle using specific combinations of pads and polishes to create an unbeatable luster & showroom shine. After your paint is polished to perfection, we will wipe down the paint to remove any residues and apply the protective coating of your choice! Which ever coating you choose will improve the gloss even beyond the amazing level they achieve through polishing! If properly cared for this gloss will last a minimum of two years as we offer 2 Year, 5 Year, and LIFETIME WARRANTIES.

Are there any tricks to applying Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload?

It’s quite simple once you know what to do, however you should allow your us to show you the best method of application after your vehicle is freshly coated.

I enjoy “waxing” my car. Is there something else I can apply to a coating that is not an inferior product?

Yes, we highly recommend Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload.  Either or these products will add slickness and gloss to your paint and can be utilized to maintain peak showroom shine and slickness.

Should I let the dealership wash it?

Never allow a car dealership to wash your vehicle.  They do not understand how to, nor do they have the time or equipment to do so without introducing swirls into your perfect finish.

Can I clay my coated car?

No, you should not clay your vehicle.  Now that it is coated, regular washing will remove contaminants easily and bonded contaminants will become rare.  In the case that bonded contaminants do collect, CarPro Iron X will easily dissolve them without hurting your coating. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Can wax be applied over a coating?

es and No – Yes wax can be applied over your coated vehicle however this practice is not only pointless but also temporarily changes the behavior of dust, dirt, and water sheeting on the surface.  Ceramic Pro, CQuartz Finest, Modesta, Opti-Coat Pro and Armor Fusion are far superior to wax and will stay cleaner if traditional waxes and sealants are left off of it.

What is "Paint Correction"?

LI Detailers provides superior paint correction services in the Long Island, NY area. Paint correction is a term that is universally used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, through the elimination of surface imperfections, which dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp reflection. These imperfections include swirl marks, surface marring & fine scratches as well as bird dropping & acid rain etching, holograms, buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches.

IMG_2413IMG_9166

The term paint correction should only be referenced if these imperfections areproperly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface by utilizing various abrasive polishes.  These polishes are applied and worked across the paintwork with appropriate polishing machines and pads to ensure complete leveling of the surface.

Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and multi-stage decontamination process of the vehicle is performed. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, then the paintwork is cleansed to remove embedded iron and industrial fallout followed by the final clay stage which safely removes any final bonded surface contaminants.  It is important these contaminants are removed prior to the paint correction process because if they were to become dislodged and caught up in the polishing pad they could easily inflict damage to the surface.

Polishing is usually a multi-stage process with multiple grades of cutting compounds and different levels of finishing polishes.  The process begins with a cutting compound (if required) followed by a varying range of fine polishes that remove any and all imperfections.  During the paint correction process it is important for a paint depth gauge to be used.

This measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the correction to monitor how much material is being removed.  Without proper management there is the potential for the paint to become too thin or even cause irreversible damage. Specialty halogen and/or LED lights replicate the effects of direct sunlight on the surface to identify imperfections as well as to visually monitor the condition of the paintwork to see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking damage to the paint or clear coat and so are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light.  Wet sanding is also another avenue to rectify or improve these scratches but comes at a significant cost and time requirement.

After correction, the panels are wiped down with a specialty solution which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish and reveals the true finish, including any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete, fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches or imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. Consequently, it commands a high premium should only be attempted by a highly trained professional.

In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishing products. A fully corrected vehicle, when viewed in direct sunlight, the surface will show true reflections, no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes.

Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with glaze products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.

 

Coating Questions Go To Top

Will the sun have any effect on my vehicle after it is released to me?

Driving or parking in the sun has only positive effects on your coating helping it to fully cure even faster from the heat.

How long should I wait before washing my newly coated car with soap?

You should wait a minimum of 7 days before washing with soap or using cleaners however bugs or bird bombs can be removed asap as directed below.

What is the best possible way I can care for my perfected and enhanced vehicle now protected with a ceramic coating?

Follow these steps below:

  1. Have your vehicle properly washed when it becomes dirty.
  2. Avoid sprinklers.
  3. Remove bird bombs when you see them with a detail spray and a premium microfiber towel.
  4. Consider Iron X treatments if you live in an area with heavy iron fallout.
  5. Apply Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload occasionally to maintain show car conditions

Water repellency has faded some over time. Is something wrong?

Over time contaminants can build and affect the coating. The good news is a simple treatment of Iron X will dissolve the contaminants and a spray on/wipe off Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload treatment will revitalize and return the upper hydrophobic layer to its former glory.

How long until my car can get wet after being coated?

12-24 hours after your vehicle was coated it can be exposed to water.  If wet before that time water should be blown off or safely wiped off before it dries on the surface.  No water should touch your vehicle period for at least 2 hours in optimal temperatures.

What is the difference between the coatings?

The short answer is just about everything. There are many differences between Ceramic Pro, CQuartz Finest, Modesta, Opti-Coat Pro & Armor Fusion.  While they’re all glass coatings, certain coatings offer greater protection and warranties that provide greater gloss, dust and dirt resistance, swirl and scratch resistance, a slick to the touch feel, more resistance to water spots and the environment!

How often should I get my car detailed?

Between acid rain in the summer and salt in the winter, we recommend that you detail your car every six months to maintain your car’s finish with regular washes in between. In doing so, it will keep your car’s surfaces and finishes healthy and protected, and will actually lengthen the life of your car.  We also offer the next generation in surface protection technology with Nano-Ceramic Glass Coatings that last years and have characteristics waxes and sealant don’t.  These coatings are the future so get your vehicle protected!  We use Ceramic Pro 9H,CQuartz Finest, Armor Fusion, Modesta, and Opti-Coat Pro.

Are you a certified coating installer?

Yes! At LI Detailers we take our work seriously which is why we were chosen to be New York’s Certified Shop for Ceramic Pro Long Island, CQuartz Finest Long Island, Modesta Long Island, Opti-Coat Pro Long Island, and Armor Fusion Long Island!

Protective Coatings sound amazing but where can I hear from others who already have them on their vehicle?

Please see the Gallery page located above.  We have shared some of our finest paint correction and protective coating installs in there. We can also have references upon request!

Can extreme temperatures affect a coating after it has cured?

No!, we only offer the best products in the industry and all of our coatings are extremely resistant to both very low and very high temperatures and weather conditions.

What is the proper way to wash my vehicle?

If you enjoy maintaining your vehicles we recommend using the two bucket method with grit guard inserts and a high quality microfiber or wool wash mitt. Ask us for tips or training on how to safely and properly wash a vehicle or feel free to call 631.828.9166 any time for answers or support.

Should I use a drive through car wash?

Not if you care about your perfect finish! Drive through car washes have sharp, hard, dirty bristles that can severely swirl your paint.

Can Protective Coatings be applied over my clear bra?

Yes! In fact it will even help protect it from yellowing, fine swirls, and dirt.

Will a Protective Coating prevent rock chips?

No! No coating can prevent rock chips however it will protect the paint from road rash caused by tiny sand fragments at high speed. For rock chips ask us about application of a clear bra or paint protection film after polishing and before application of any coating.

Do Protective Coatings prevent swirls?

Yes! As long as all of the methods to safely wash your vehicle are followed, one of the many coatings we offer WILL prevent light swirls that can normally be associated with washing and wiping down the paint. No paint coating can prevent swirls 100% if the wrong techniques are used. The most important thing you can do is use high quality microfiber towels and mitts and in conjunction with a protective coating, it will almost completely eliminate swirls.

Does my car get shinier?

Yes, Long Island Detailers will polish your vehicle using specific combinations of pads and polishes to create an unbeatable luster & showroom shine. After your paint is polished to perfection, we will wipe down the paint to remove any residues and apply the protective coating of your choice! Which ever coating you choose will improve the gloss even beyond the amazing level they achieve through polishing! If properly cared for this gloss will last a minimum of two years as we offer 2 Year, 5 Year, and LIFETIME WARRANTIES.

Are there any tricks to applying Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload?

It’s quite simple once you know what to do, however you should allow your us to show you the best method of application after your vehicle is freshly coated.

I enjoy “waxing” my car. Is there something else I can apply to a coating that is not an inferior product?

Yes, we highly recommend Ceramic Pro Sport or CarPro Reload.  Either or these products will add slickness and gloss to your paint and can be utilized to maintain peak showroom shine and slickness.

Should I let the dealership wash it?

Never allow a car dealership to wash your vehicle.  They do not understand how to, nor do they have the time or equipment to do so without introducing swirls into your perfect finish.

Can I clay my coated car?

No, you should not clay your vehicle.  Now that it is coated, regular washing will remove contaminants easily and bonded contaminants will become rare.  In the case that bonded contaminants do collect, CarPro Iron X will easily dissolve them without hurting your coating. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Can wax be applied over a coating?

es and No – Yes wax can be applied over your coated vehicle however this practice is not only pointless but also temporarily changes the behavior of dust, dirt, and water sheeting on the surface.  Ceramic Pro, CQuartz Finest, Modesta, Opti-Coat Pro and Armor Fusion are far superior to wax and will stay cleaner if traditional waxes and sealants are left off of it.

Will it help resist bird bombs and acid rain water etchings?

Yes! Ceramic Pro do an excellent job of resisting both and they usually wash off easily without leaving a trace. We do recommend avoiding sprinkler systems as some locations can contain an incredibly high mineral content. Bird bombs should be removed as soon as possible as shown in our care tips if spotted. While bird poo can actually eat through wax in seconds and etch clear coat in minutes, Ceramic Pro will stop it from reaching your paint. Most bird bombs will not even leave a mark on the finest after being washed off.