Car Detailing in Sri Lanka /

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For those looking at options for car detailing in Sri Lanka, did you know that you can do a very good DIY job? Unless you drive a significant amount, a thorough detailing job every six to eight-month should be enough. The first time you do a DIY interior cleanup of your vehicle will be long, especially if you haven’t cleaned it for a while. However, if you continue to detail your car at regular intervals, you can easily maintain the look of your vehicle for years.

First, let’s take a look at some of the materials and products you’ll need for detailing your vehicle:

  • Wiping and polishing materials

For serious detailing work, you’ll need a wide variety of towels and rags, from terry cloth towels for scrubbing to lint-free, fine cloth rags for cleaning and polishing. For a glossy shine on surfaces without the scratches, a microfibre cloth will do the trick. Remember, to make sure that the cloths are free of any residual chemicals before you start.

  • Brushes and applicators

You’ll need different sized brushes for cleaning dust from the air vents and other hard-to-reach spots. Depending on the cleaner you’re using, you may need a stiff-bristled brush, rag or sponge. See the instructions on the label of the cleaning product you’re using to make sure you have the proper applicator because it can make all the difference.

Now, let’s take a look at how to detail your vehicle effectively:

Windows and Mirrors

A good glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth can do wonders when cleaning glass surfaces. However, make sure that you’re cleaning glass and not plastic. For instance, gauge covers on the front console are usually made of plastic and for this, you can use an all-purpose cleaner.

Be extra cautious when cleaning tinted windows. Some tinting is a part of the window itself while others actually have a tinted sheet applied to the inside of the window. These can easily be damaged by cleaning products, especially those that contain ammonia.

When cleaning your vehicle windows and mirrors, always spray the cleaner on the cloth to reduce streaking as opposed to the glass itself. Doing so will also help avoid getting the cleaning product on other parts of the vehicle that may get damaged by the chemicals. Lastly, roll down the windows partly to get to that line of grime along the top quarter-inch. Many people completely forget to clean this but if you’re detailing like a pro, you cannot overlook any detail so give it a good wipe too.

If you’re dealing with streaks, it can get frustrating to figure out if the streak are on the interior or exterior surface of the glass. For this, make sure you wipe exterior glass surfaces horizontally while wiping interior glass surfaces vertically. This way you can always know which side the streak is actually on.

Front Panel

The front panel is the area that gets noticed the most. Unfortunately, with all the switches, knobs, vents and other nooks and crannies, it can be very difficult to clean and dust, but not if you have the right tools.

The Dashboard

Whether your dashboard is made of vinyl, leather or some other kind of material, it can be one of the toughest parts of a vehicle’s interior to clean. The angle of the windshield in some vehicles can create hard-to-reach parts on the dashboard and these areas tend to be the dustiest parts of the interior.

Start by vacuuming all the dust properly before you apply a cleaning product, making sure you reach as far as you can during the vacuuming process. After that’s done, you may want to apply an interior dressing appropriate for the material to keep it from fading or cracking from exposure to sunlight.

The Console

The countless buttons and controls in your vehicle can be maddening to clean because dust can get into every crack and crevice. But there is a simple trick to fix this dilemma. To clean the tightest spots and crevices, just wrap a cloth around the tip of a flat-head screwdriver. Make sure to use the thinnest cloth possible so as not to make the head of the screwdriver too bulky to do the job. If you’re worried that a metal screwdriver can damage the console, simply use a plastic knife wrapped in a cloth of cotton swabs instead.

Air Vents

Air vent grills may not be very difficult to clean but they can very tiresome due to its many parts. Using the correct tools can make the job faster. Use a soft, long bristle brush and a can of compressed air to clean dirty air vents in no time.

Use the brush to wipe as much dust off the vent grill as possible. To give it that new look, just fire a few jets of air from a compressed air can on the grill and the job’s done.

Door Panels

In many vehicles, door panels are made of a single material or a combination of materials that are the same as the upholstery, the seats, dashboard or other parts of the vehicle interior. Whatever techniques and products were used on those areas can also be used on door panels.

Remember that many door panels have cup holders or open compartments and these can be some of the dirtiest areas inside your vehicle. Before cleaning with a chemical product, make sure to remove everything large enough by hand and vacuum the rest thoroughly.

Odours

Lingering odours inside a vehicle, particularly those caused by pets and cigarette smoke, can be tough to get rid of. Before you purchase any odour eliminating product, make sure that there is nothing that is causing the bad smell to be stuck or hidden in any place, nook or cranny, because even the best product cannot permanently get rid of bad odours if the source still remains.

If you’re certain that the odour is coming from the carpet or upholstery, use the odour eliminating product of your choice generously to get rid of the unpleasant smell. If you regularly travel with pets or smoke, odours are bound to return. Improve the smell in your vehicle by hanging a car deodorizer from the rearview mirror.

You can also use this trick: find an old plastic food storage container and make sure that it fits easily beneath your vehicle seat. Cut one-quarter inch slots into the lid and fill the container with ordinary lumps of charcoal. Secure the lid and slide the container under the car seat, making sure it’s hidden from view. The charcoal will help absorb bad smells and freshen the interior of your vehicle without the need for car deodorizers which can only mask nasty odours.

If you’re looking for a professional option for car detailing in Sri Lanka, NanoTuff is the ideal option for you. Our comprehensive and affordable detailing services coupled with one of the best jobs of nano ceramic coatings in Sri Lanka will ensure that your vehicle will look brand new both inside and out for years to come.


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When it comes to professional car detailing in Sri Lanka, it can cost you quite a bit but doing it yourself is surprisingly easy on the wallet and easy for you too, with most of the tools and materials needed easily available in most homes.

If you have a decent vacuum cleaner and a variety of cleaning products, you already have the essentials needed for a good clean for your vehicle’s interior. Add in a mix of towels, rags, brushes, and sponges and you’re good to go. Here are two things that are essential to get you started:

1- A vacuum cleaner – A vacuum cleaner with an extension hose and hand-held attachments will be perfect. The attachments can easily be used to clean carpets and tight and hard-to-reach nooks. A steam cleaning machine can be useful too.

2- Chemical cleaning products – It’s likely that you already have the necessary products on hand to clean surfaces like plastic, carpeting, and vinyl. Note down the different surfaces of your vehicle and assemble products that are ideal for cleaning each surface of your vehicle.

Bear in mind that when using cleaning products on your vehicle’s interior you have to make sure that they are safe for a vehicle’s surface. If you’re doubtful, test on an inconspicuous area. If a blemish or a stain does show up, it will be hidden from view.

Now, let’s take a look at how to clean your vehicle’s interior like a pro:

Carpets and Floor Mats

This is a good place to start, seeing as carpets and floor mats tend to be the dirtiest part of a vehicle’s interior. However, if the cleanup of seats and the dashboard will create a bigger mess, make sure to clean the carpets at last so you will not have to redo it again.

Before you start, make sure to remove any coins, food wrappers, papers and other such junk that have accumulated. Slide the seats backward and forwards to make sure you haven’t missed any debris.

Remove the floor mats and vigorously shake them to get rid of dirt. Some floor mats have deep grooves to trap water and dirt can get caked between these indentations. If a good shake doesn’t get rid of all the dirt and grime, try loosening it with a stiff brush. Clean between the indentations with your vacuum cleaner’s bare hose nozzle.

Once the floor mats are free of dirt and grime, wash them with a strong jet of water from a garden hose and allow them to air-dry completely. If you have used a detergent to wash the floor mats, make sure to wash the cleaning product off thoroughly so that the mats are not slippery and unsafe during driving.

Once the carpets and floor mats are cleaned of dirt, the carpet needs to be vacuumed completely. Use the brush attachment and the other nozzles of different shapes and sizes to clean crevices and areas around the seats too.

The best way to wash any type of carpet is to use a steam cleaning machine, particularly hand-held models. If not, the variety of commercial carpet cleaning products will still work with the foam variety being the best option. With most products, you will need to spray it on and then brush it with a medium-stiff brush with extra effort for stain and problem areas. Make sure that you don’t get the carpet too wet as this can promote the growth of mildew and mold. If the carpet does become saturated, use a clean, absorbent towel to blot it dry. Stains that are difficult to remove may need an industrial-strength or specialized cleaning product. For chewing gum matted into the carpet, rub it with ice cubes for several minutes. When the gum turns brittle, gently pry it off the carpet.

Vehicle seats

There are three main types of materials used for vehicle seats and that is leather, vinyl, and cloth upholstery. Each material requires different cleaning methods. Before applying any cleaning compound, you will need to first give the seats and the area around and between them a thorough vacuuming to get as much dirt off as possible.

Leather seats

Leather seats can be luxurious but they have one big drawback: keeping leather clean and looking like new can be difficult. With time, dirt and grime get embedded into the leather surface, making lighter coloured leather look dingy. The good news is that a good leather cleaning product can take care of it easily.

Most leather cleaning products need to be sprayed or applied onto the seat and worked into the material by rubbing with a towel. If you’re using a towel, make sure to flip it often so that the cleaner side is constantly being used. Once that is done, dry the seats with a clean microfibre cloth. Then, allow the leather to dry thoroughly for a few hours. Then you can apply a leather conditioner to keep the material supple.

Vinyl seats

Compared to leather, vinyl is much easier to take are of cleanup is quick and straightforward and many products that you might already have will work on vinyl. Even some brands of glass cleaner will do a good job.

Make sure to go through the labels of the products you plan on using to identify one that is compatible with vinyl. Then, spray the vinyl seats with the cleaner and wipe it with a rag, making sure not to get the cleaner on any interior material. Then using a second rag, wipe down the seats completely and your vinyl seats should be ready to use in an hour or so.

Cloth seats

If you have cloth seats, ask yourself if there are any tough stains you have to take care of and if the seats need a general cleaning or if you also have to get rid of bad odors. These factors will determine the type of product or the method of cleaning to use.

A multi-purpose upholstery cleaner will work very well but if you have tough stains on the cloth seats, you may need a specialized stain remover. Depending on the products you use, you may also have to use a household odor elimination spray.

When dealing with cloth seats that are difficult to clean, be very careful. The more liquid cleaning products you use, the damper the seats will become. As a result, the fabric will soak up more moisture and will not dry easily, leaving your vehicle smelling musty.

To minimize the risk of harsh chemicals and the risk of wet car seats, just sprinkle some baking soda on the seats. After several hours, just vacuum the baking soda and your vehicle’s interior should smell nice and fresh. The longer you let the baking soda sit, the more odor it will absorb.

If you’re looking to save the hassle of cleaning your vehicle’s interior by looking for a professional option for car detailing in Sri Lanka, NanoTuff is the right option for you. Our services are efficient, satisfactory and, more importantly, will not break your bank.


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Nano ceramic coating in Sri Lanka is certainly super strong when it cures but it does need some routine maintenance and care.  Listed below are some reasons why it’s important to get routine maintenance service to help extend the lifespan and enhance the brilliance of your car’s exterior in addition to some easy steps you can follow to maintain your ceramic car coating:

  • Make sure to wash your car every two weeks

Whether you drive your car daily or keep it in the garage more often, it’s recommended that you wash your car every other week. Doing so will help in avoiding excessive build-up of contaminants. Even if you use a car cover for the vehicle, dust collects on that too and it can penetrate underneath in microscopic levels.

  • Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight

Direct sunlight generates heat, which is not good at all for these professional coatings. To make sure that you get the best results for all your hard work, wash your vehicle in shade like inside the garage or even outdoors but never under direct sunlight.

It’s also a good idea to wash your vehicle in the early morning or early evening when the sun is at its lowest potency. This will also help avoid water spots, which is always an advantage.

  • Use the two-bucket method of washing your car

The two-bucket washing method is proven to help avoid swirl marks and give the best possible wash results. For those you are in the dark about this method, it’s basically using one bucket for soaking your wash mitt and the other bucket is used to clean the wash mitt after you wash each section of your car.

The bucket with water for rinsing is filled with clean water and has grit guards and used to simply rinse off dirt and debris from the wash mitt after each individual application.

Remember, when you wash your vehicle with the two-bucket method, always wash from the top bottom and rinse each section as you finish.

  • Make sure to use an automotive-specific car soap or shampoo

It’s always better to use a quality car wash or shampoo because these automotive specific-products do not have any harsh abrasives, vehicle agents or other such contaminants. You don’t need to go with products that have added wax or polish; just good quality car soaps and shampoos will work fine.

  • Make sure to use separate wash buckets for mitts for your car wheels

Tires and wheels collect brake dust, which is basically microscopic bits of metal shavings. It only makes sense to not to use the same mitts you use to wash your car wheels because it’s certain to have tiny pieces of metal and if you use the same mitts to wash your car’s surface, it’s going to ruin your ceramic coated paint surface.

The importance of proper ceramic coating care

Ceramic coatings for vehicles are car care or paint coating products that are designed to clear out the imperfections on the surface of a car’s paint from a microscopic level. When ceramic coatings cure, they maintain a 9H hardness, which makes it stronger than the best clear coat.

For those who are not familiar with what 9H is, here’s the lowdown:

Contrary to popular belief, 9H on a protective paint voting does not refer to the Mohs hardness scale, which is a scientific rating of the hardness of minerals. The hardness of ceramic coatings is actually factored from the pencil scale, which is a variant of the OG Mohs scale. This scale’s highest rating is 9H and it’s equal to about a 6H rating on the Mohs mineral scale of hardness.

A good quality ceramic coating will completely cure to reach that 9H level within a few days, which is why it’s recommended to keep the vehicle indoors for a few days after application. Although the ceramic coating is an amazingly durable and strong paint protection product, it can wear out before its time due to a number of reasons.

If you think about it, ceramic coatings are like a clear coat on steroids and like the traditional paint clear coat, over-exposure to environmental conditions like UV rays and other aspects like dirt and debris, tree sap, road grime, bird droppings and bug guts can slowly deteriorate the ceramic coating’s microscopic layer.

While it will take some time to show noticeable deterioration, constant exposure to the elements without routine maintenance can prematurely wear out the ceramic coating, increase water spots and reduce its ability to self-clean.

What happens when ceramic car coatings lack proper maintenance?

The truth is that even the best ceramic car coatings are not bullet-proof and free from any sort of maintenance. Like with everything else, over time you’ll start to notice a few warning signs that the lack of maintenance is starting to take its toll. Here are some of the signs of ceramic car coating deterioration due to the lack of routine maintenance:

  • Loss of shine

One of the best things about ceramic car coatings is the brilliant shine it offers. However if you neglect maintaining it, the protective layer will eventually thin out, which will gradually decrease the shine and luster of ceramic coatings.

  • Reduced hydrophobic effect

If there’s one thing that car owners love, it’s that fact that water, mud, dirt and other such contaminants just literally slide off a surface that has been treated with ceramic coating. But if the vehicle is left unwashed or with too much exposure to harmful UV rays frequently, it will increase the surface energy and lessen the coating’s hydrophobic properties.

What is surface energy?

In simple terms, surface energy is how liquids react when in contact with a surface. Ceramic coatings help to reduce the surface energy on a clear coat paint surface of a car, which is why water, mud, and dirt slides off without sticking to the surface. But if the protective coating is covered with dirt and debris, the surface energy is heightened, which causes more dirt and debris to stick to the surface.

Eventually, all good things must come to an end and this is what will happen if you ignore maintaining your ceramic car coating. While it’s highly marketed as a product that reduces the need to wash your vehicle as often, it doesn’t mean that you never have to wash your vehicle again.

By failing to routinely maintain the coating, it’ll only cause debris to accumulate, causing the ceramic coating to wear off and eventually damage the paint surface of your car.

Don’t forget that it’s not recommended to take your ceramic coated vehicle to an automatic car wash. However, if that is your only option, make sure it’s a touchless wash and make sure to take the time to dry the vehicle with several microfiber towels afterward.

A ceramic car coating is really a smart investment for protecting your vehicle’s surface in the long run. By following some simple maintenance steps, you can significantly enhance the effectiveness and longevity of this incredible product.


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With nano ceramic coating in Sri Lanka being all the rage now, the question arises – what exactly is ceramic car coating and is it really worth the hype? While there are a number of ways to spice up your vehicle exterior that include self-cleaning methods and paint correction, there are many who are looking at ceramic car coating as a viable option.

Ceramic coating is certainly all over the internet these days with so many videos across social media demonstrating mud being thrown over a car hood and it sheeting off immediately leaving hardly any dirt marks.

In this post, let’s take a look at some of the realities of ceramic coating or nano coating in Sri Lanka for your car, if it fulfills what it claims to do and if ceramic car coating is the right choice for you.

Introduction to ceramic coating

Every car owner wants their car to look as amazing as it did the day it was bought from the dealers lot. But despite your best efforts in maintaining your car’s exterior, scratches, stains and chips are inevitable and the paint will begin to dull and fade from the effects of the sun.

Your car’s surface is constantly under attack from dust, mud, water spots, dirty rain water, grime and unwanted brake dust. And cleaning your car is no breeze either, with the job often being boring, monotonous and time-consuming. Automatic car washes, on the other hand, often scratch and mar the paint while the chemicals that are used are no better for the surface.

While wax adds a good level of shine and gloss to the surface of a car as well as a small amount of protection, wax only lasts for a few months and it certainly doesn’t act as a quality glass coating product.

This is where ceramic or nano coating come in to the picture. Initially designed for the oil and space industry, the 9th ceramic technology has now expanded rapidly to the automotive industry too, thanks to how effective it really is.

What is ceramic coating for cars?

The easiest way to understand ceramic coatings is to think of it as a second layer of skin or protection over your car’s clear coat. Ceramic coatings utilize nanotechnology, which are essentially tiny particles that form a very fine layer that is completely invisible to the eye. Because these particles are so tiny, when they are applied to a surface, they seal all the pores, making the surface water-repellent and resistant to chemicals, scratches, extreme heat and UV rays. A layer of ceramic coating is also completely transparent.

The difference between an uncoated surface vs a nano ceramic coated surface

The nano ceramic coating forms a semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s surface, creating a protective layer that will not wash away under cleaning or break down over a short period of time. In fact, ceramic coatings usually lasts for years.

They repel water and all kinds of dirt and grime, making cleaning much easier. Additionally, their hardness helps to prevent swirl marks and marring from washing as well.

What are the available options?

Although ceramic coatings are going mainstreams only in recent times, ceramic car coatings have been in the detailing industry for several years now.

However, because of their prohibitive costs through detailers, the coatings have only been accessible or cost-effective for enthusiasts and owners of high-end vehicles.

In recent times, there are two options for having your car’s surface ceramic coated:

  • Professional applications

These are ceramic coatings that are applied by trained and certified professionals and offers super hydrophobic properties. Because of the experience, equipment and labour involved, the costs are relatively high. The nano ceramic process usually takes anywhere from about one to five days depending on the condition of your vehicle’s surface, the size of your vehicle and the packages you select.

  • DIY consumer kits

Recently, an exciting range of consumer level ceramic car coatings have been introduced to the marketplace and it has opened up nano ceramic coatings to drivers who are less concerned about their cars being of showroom quality and more about the ease of cleaning and protection against the elements.

These DIY consumer kits are specially formulated so that they are less sensitive than the professional-grade ceramic coatings and they are designed to be applied with little or no experience. The quality and durability of these DIY products can vary a lot but when compared to the costs of professional apalcions, this option is much more accessible and feasible to the average driver.

What ceramic car coating can actually do

There’s a good reason why ceramic car coatings are so popular. A lot of the benefits it offers are simply unheard of in the automotive industry. Here are some of its advantages:

  • It is hydrophobic (water-repellent)

This is perhaps the biggest advantage of nano ceramic coatings. This basically means that water will instantly be repelled when it comes in contact with a surface treated with ceramic coating. A car surface with ceramic coating will cause water to bead up and roll off the surface along with dirt, grime and mud as these elements have also been unable to bond with your car’s surface paint. Ceramic coating’s hydrophobic properties are often the first demonstration people give.

  • It repels dirt, mud and grime effectively

Ceramic coating does a more effective job of protecting the surface of a vehicle than an ordinary paint job. Rain and water bead on the surface instead of accumulating on it, snow and ice doesn’t stick to the surface and mud and dirt just slides off.

  • It protects the surface from oxidization, rust and UV damage

Typically, the more vehicles are exposed to the sun, the more the paint will start to fade and look dull. This is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays that causes the paint to oxidize. Ceramic coating acts as that extra layer that helps to dramatically reduce the process of oxidization.

  • It offers improved durability

As already mentioned, ceramic coating does a more effective job of protecting the surface of your car than ordinary paint. Nano ceramic coating in Sri Lanka bond with the molecular structure of a car’s paint and cannot be dislodged by vibrations and external forces, making it last for years and not just months.

What ceramic car coatings cannot do

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about ceramic coatings. Some may be logical but even the best nano ceramic coating in Sri Lanka cannot make a car bulletproof. And it is certainly not a magical, all-encompassing product that will protect your car against all the potential hazards a vehicle’s surface is exposed to. And the truth is that not every vehicle will benefit from it.

Ceramic coatings cannot stop rock chips, they do not prevent water spots and they can not fully replace proper care and maintenance. They do not prevent dents and they definitely do not last forever.

Just because your vehicle has been treated to ceramic coating, it doesn’t mean that you no longer need to wash off the dirt and dust and remove bird droppings from the surface. You still have to but the only difference is that maintaining the surface of your vehicle will require a lot less time and effort.

Here are some of the most common myths associated with ceramic coatings:

  • Ceramic car coatings are scratch-proof

A lot of retailers and suppliers exaggerate the scratch resistance of ceramic coatings, going so far as to say that it is resistant to rock chips and scratches which is certainly not true.

Ceramic coatings does prevent small scratches and the protective layer it forms will help against minor incidents that would otherwise mar the surface of your car. However, it is not thick or flexible enough to absorb the impact of a rock hitting the paint surface at highway speed or to resist against someone purposely trying to scratch the car.

  • Ceramic car coatings don’t require maintenance

This is one of the most common misconceptions. A ceramic coating will cut down heavily on the amount of washing and maintenance but it will not completely eliminate the need for it.

The fact is that you’re going to drive your car and the road is a dirty place, so the surface is going to gradually get dirtier with a ceramic coating.

What you get with ceramic coating is that cleaning will require less effort and less frequency and maintenance is going to be easier overall. Additionally, it also eliminates the need to wax every few weeks, helping you save a lot of money as well.

  • Ceramic coatings are permanent

While this is true in some sense, ceramic coatings are actually semi-permanent as it bonds with the car’s surface and creates a hard and shiny protective layer. This means that you don’t need to reapply every other month to maintain that glossy surface.

So how long does ceramic car coating last? With a good product and the proper application, it would last for at least two or three years but it’s definitely not permanent.

  • Ceramic coatings are easy to apply

This is partly true with the new DIY consumer kits becoming available to customers which makes the application process relatively easy.

That said, the process of applying it is not necessarily simple. Before a nano coating in Sri Lanka is applied, the surface of the vehicle needs to be free of blemishes, which applies to even brand new vehicles. It really depends on the condition of the vehicle’s surface. As the ceramic coating will semi-permanently add a layer of the vehicle’s paint, it’s important to do any paint restoration before applying the coating. It’s recommended to wash the vehicle, as well as clay, buff and keep it pristine while applying the coating.

  • Ceramic coatings provide more gloss than waxes and sealants

The truth is that nano coatings for cars don’t provide the gloss alone; the prep work done underneath the coating is vital as well. If your vehicle has a very faded layer of paint and you apply a ceramic coating on top, the surface will still look faded, with only a little bit of shine.

So, is it worth getting a ceramic coating your vehicle?

The answer is yes, absolutely. The marginal investment, especially from a DIY point of view, makes getting a ceramic car coating well worth it. The upfront costs will pay for itself in savings in a few months. A professional nano coating application is also worth considering if you have a high end or show vehicle.

The important thing is not to expect magical results from ceramic coatings like a bulletproof force field of protection around your vehicle. What ceramic coatings will do is keep your car looking like its been recently waxed for years to come, makes dirt fall off more easily and protect your surface paint better than any wax or sealant.


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Car owners would do anything to protect their car – and this involves protecting the car paint and nano coating in Colombo as well, be it against bird droppings or scratches or car wash. Here are some expert tips to take good care of your car paint and make your car really shine!

1. Know what’s damaging to the car paint

Bird droppings or any animal excrement for that matter are very corrosive and the longer it remains on the car, the greater damage it can do. What’s also damaging to the car paint is the sticky film that covers the cars which are parked under lime trees during the Spring season. This is a phenomenon that is known as honeydew. When this film appears on the car, it can burn itself into the paint in sunlight. This is also the sort of damage that is irreversible unless repaired professionally so bird droppings and honeydew must be washed off as soon as possible.

2. Don’t be neglectful of paint

Car lovers will wash their cars at least weekly and failing to provide regular car care is a huge mistake many owners make. If you take good care of the car paint, it will be more resistant to external influences and you won’t have to spend extra money on expensive repairs.

3. Give a proper car wash

Certain car washes have cloths while others have brushes and both ways are fine. However, do the clothes or brushes have sand on it which makes it act like a sandpaper and damage the paint surface? This is why you need to pay close attention to the car wash itself and having a closer look at the brushes is a good way of discarding it should it contain brittle or torn nylon threads where dirt can gather. Furthermore, a good car wash should be followed up with a wax and this helps seal the top coat of the car paint, thereby protecting it from external influences.

4. Wash by hand

If you would rather prefer to wash your car yourself then kudos to you! In fact, washing the car by hand is the kindest way of treating the car and it’s important to use mild cleaning agents that have a low pH value. Also use soft cloths, clean sponges and brushes when washing the car. When using the pressure washer, due to the intense water pressure, the paint can get damaged and if you notice that the water jet is painful to your hand, then you would know it’s harmful to the car too.

5. Car polishing

When you start noticing that your car is not as shiny as it once was, it does worry you a lot. And seeing tiny scratches only makes it worse. If this is the case, then it’s time for a polish. Car polish has micro-fine abrasives and they help in gently cleaning the paint surface without causing any damage to it. In addition to freshening the paint, it also protects it against the weather.

6. Do frequent touch-ups

Sometimes, the scratch marks on the car will be visible even after a polish. If so, you will need to have it touched up. Since paint repair often depends on specific circumstances, this should only be performed by a trained specialist staff. They may advice you and recommend paint pens and spray cans.

7. Matt paint

Matt paint requires a different level of care. For instance, you cannot polish the car because the abrasives in the polish would remove the matt paint’s characteristic rough surface. Wax sealants damage matt paint too, as does brushes of car washes that would have a smoothing effect on the matt paint. If your car has matt paint, you should wash it by hand or use a pressure washer with special cleaning and care products.


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In the present day, the options for vehicle coatings and waxes and virtually limitless. As far as the traditional options for sealants and waxes are concerned, these have been available for decades but more recently, we have seen new products known as ceramic or ‘nano coatings’ in Sri Lanka which have risen in popularity. This has paved the way for the car detailing in Sri Lanka to revolutionize the way in which our vehicles can be detailed and protected.

A ceramic coating such as the System X is a liquid polymer that is applied to the exterior of the vehicle by hand. This coating bonds chemically with the vehicle’s paint, thereby creating a protective layer on top of the vehicle’s already existing clear coat. An interesting point to note is that once the layers of the ceramic coating have been applied and a paint depth gauge is used to measure the thickness of the paint, the paint will measure out to be thicker than it was previously in the factory.

There are several benefits of nanocoatings, as follows:

– Nanocoatings lasts much longer than any wax. It’s also more resistant to scratch and marks ensuring that the finish of the paint will remain intact as it was on the day it was coated.

– This coating has a superior UV protection. This means that the paint will not oxidize even after it has been exposed to intense UV rays from the sun.

– It is more resistant to chemicals and bird droppings, hard degreasers, and tree sap will not cause the coating to deteriorate as it would on wax coatings.

– Due to its hydrophobic effects, cleaning the vehicle is a lot easier. Due to its extreme aversion to water, it makes it a lot easier to maintain and dry off the vehicle.

– Grime, dust and dirt will not stick on the paint as much, making it easier to maintain as well.

– A well-coated vehicle will have a very high intense shine and gloss for many more years to come.

Traditional waxes and sealants have their own fair share of benefits too. Nanocoatings require a well trained professional technician to do some intense preparations and paint corrections for the ceramic coatings to be utilized to its maximum potential. Improper installation can heavily alter the paint of the vehicle which in turn, will lead to many other problems in the long run.

The greatest benefit of a traditional wax is its ease of use and almost anyone can do it all by themselves. These products also offer versatility in terms of application methods, making it a cost-effective alternative. Since nano coatings require more complexity, it is more expensive than a traditional wax or sealant. However, since waxes are not known to be as long-lasting as nanocoatings, waxes need to be reapplied often. With nanocoatings, you can be assured that your vehicle is protected for years to come.

The bottom line is that the battle of nano coating vs wax will continue to go on. But as a vehicle owner, you have to consider some key factors such as the time you have to spend on your car, the maintenance that goes into it and how the car is going to be used. Considering this will allow you to decide which option you should go for. Usually, wax allows more flexibility with regards to the full detailing process on a more regular basis. This means that it serves the detailing enthusiast better. However, if you are simply looking to protect your vehicle paint from the harsh factors around it, then a highly durable ceramic coating will be a smarter choice to make.


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While keeping the interior of a car clean and dirt-free is advantageous to both the eyes and noses of its passengers, a clean car interior is also much better for their health, as bacteria tend to build and collect inside unclean vehicle interiors.

Automotive professionals know that cleaning an entire car thoroughly can take several hours because there are a number of steps involved in doing so. In fact, the interior of a car alone could take an auto detailing in Sri Lanka more than an hour to clean. Every vehicle’s interior is made from different materials – ranging from fabric to leather – and knowing the proper methods, and using the right equipment and products is very important to help maintain it in the long run.

Leather should be handled with care

Auto detailing experts in Sri Lanka always say that a car’s leather interior should always be treated with the same care one would give his or her own skin. While it’s common knowledge that leather must be conditioned on a regular basis to protect against aging and cracking, auto detailing professionals go the extra step by understanding that vacuuming and a complete cleansing must come first before introducing a conditioning product.

Over the course of time, leather is more susceptible to the effects of environmental damage that is caused by dirt, oil and the sun’s UV rays. Here are three key steps auto detailing professionals will follow when cleaning leather of vehicle interiors:

  1. To use a microfiber cloth, along with a commercial cleaning solution to carefully wipe down all of the vehicle’s seats.
  2. To use a soft-bristle brush and a trusty cleaning solution to brush the seats meticulously to make sure that all of the dirt, dust, and grime comes to the surface of the leather.
  3. To wipe the seats down with a dry, clean microfiber cloth. Once this is done, the cloth is usually full of the dirt and residue that has accumulated on the leather.

Once cleansed, the leather is then conditioned. Leather conditioners are used to keep the material soft and pliable, protecting it from signs of aging and cracking for years to come. Thereafter, a pH neutral conditioner is applied to the car’s seats using a fresh microfiber sponge. It’s then let it sit and absorb for an hour – usually in a dark environment. After the conditioner has soaked into the leather, auto body experts will buff the seats with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion.

Auto detailing experts don’t use lotion-based products on perforated leather as it can get stuck in the holes of the leather.

Cleaning and removing stains from fabric seats

Auto detailing professionals in Sri Lanka know that while cleaning leather seats can take a long time, cleaning fabric interiors can be a little more challenging as it requires more manual labour. This is chiefly because the fabric is more prone to visible stains than leather, and normally, such stains are hard to remove.

Of course, no matter the material of a vehicle’s interior, auto body experts will always vacuum before they begin cleansing the interior of the vehicle. If there are stains on the seats, they will use an upholstery cleaning agent to remove them.

After spraying a reliable cleaning product directly onto the stains, auto body pros will scrub them out intensely, wiping the product off with a soft cloth once the stains have been removed. Next, they will clean the rest of the fabric seats using the same product as well as a soft cloth. When all of the car’s fabric has been cleaned, the seats will be wiped down with a dry cloth and allowed to air dry.


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We all know that car detailing in Sri Lanka makes a car look great, both inside and out but are you tired of paying more than you can afford for car detailing? If you are looking for a DIY solution to make every part of your car look as good as it should, you are going to need more than just a drive-through wash. Here are five of the best DIY tips for an auto detailing job that will make your car really shine:

  1. Hand wash is the best wash

If you’re not already washing your car by hand, you’re definitely missing out on a bright and clean surface that regular washing simply cannot accomplish. When washing your car by hand, make sure to avoid water evaporating on your car as this can leave dirt. So make sure you dry the surface of the car thoroughly.

  1. Clean the car carpets the right way

The interior carpets of your car can get pretty dirty and disgusting, particularly if you’re like most people who go years without cleaning them. For a thorough carpet cleaning job and to do it right, you need compressed air and stiff bristled brushes. This combination helps you to loosen up the dirt and grit and then blast it out with the compressed air, leaving a fresh and nice looking interior with dirt-free carpets.

  1. Use wax to make your car shine

The paint your car had when you bought it for the first time isn’t going to stay as pristine as it looks without the help of a good wax coating. A trusty wax coating in Sri Lanka acts as a shield between the myriad of environmental elements and your car, keeping scratches and stains to a minimum while keeping the original paint surface of the car looking as great as it did on day one. Make sure that you wax your car once every few months as it does tend to wear off. If you make it a point to give your car a good wax coating periodically, you should be able to maintain the exterior look of your car impeccably for years to come.

  1. Use a reliable glass cleaner

Your car windows are an important part of your car’s exterior and you want to keep them looking nice, clean and shiny all the time. Make sure to use a cleaner that is specifically made to make your car’s glass look great. A microfiber cloth and some glass cleaner spray should do the trick, but be sure that you do this at the end of your cleaning session as glass windows tend to pick up dirt and grime from other parts of the detailing and cleaning process.

  1. Oscillating buffers to polish

Polishing your car is going to smooth out the paint, which is going to increase and improve the overall cleanliness and depth of your car’s exterior shine. Using an oscillating buffer is the best option if you want a great looking polish, especially if your car is still in the beginning stages of its auto detailing journey.

If you want your car to look its best but you don’t want the prices that go along with it, you need to learn how to do it by yourself. By following the DIY tips mentioned above, you can get started on car detailing in Sri Lanka easily and learn to make your car look better than it ever has before.


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