How is car detailing different from a car wash?
The word "detailing" when it applies to cars is very often misused and misunderstood.  You often hear "waxing, polishing, sealing, washing, paint correction" all interchangeably used, and that is not accurate and it cause s not only misrepresentation of services (intentional or not) but inability to really compare PRICING.  Getting an accurate quote is crucial.  A great analogy I use is the hamburger and steak.  We all (most) love beef.  Can we say that a 2.99 hamburger is the same as a 75 dollar steak dinner?  No way it is even comparable, even though they are both beef!
Washing your car must be done with high quality soap, a lot of suds, a 2 or 3 bucket system, and brushes must be avoided when at all possible.  Detailing paint involves not only washing, but claybar (to remove stubborn embedded contamination, fall out, tar, road debris, etc that over time collects on a vehicle's exterior surfaces), and finally: Polishing.  Polishing can be done by hand or machine.  Polishers can be valuable tools in the right hands, and with the right experience.  Improper polishing can lead to paint burns, edging, micro-marring or holograms.  Conversely, however, the proper use of high quality polishes (diminishing abrasives) can permanently fix, dull and remove swirls, scratches and other paint imperfections.
The final step of every vehicle detail should be protection.  Paint protection comes in the form of waxes, sealants or ceramic coatings.   Most of the work of a professional detail will involve all the aforementioned steps.  The very last step (and about 10 to 15% of the detail time) will be spend on laying down the paint protection.
Waxes (such as pure carnuba) have extreme reflection and protect from UV rays however the longevity is between 2 to 3 months.  Sealants (synthetically formulated) can add protection up to 1 year.  Ceramic coatings (nano paint coatings, glass coatings, etc) are a combination of silicon oxide and hard bonded materials that "cure" on the paint allowing a sacrificial layer to be formed over your car's paint.  The typical hardness of a paint clearcoat is 2H (hardness scale), by comparison a high quality 2 year ceramic coating is approximately 9H and thus can be scratch resistant (not scratch proof, just resist scratching better than unprotected clear coat).  See below for further information on ceramic coatings.  As  always feel free to drop us a line, text, or call if you have any questions whatsoever!  We are here for you!