With almost two decades of experience, Trevor has fashioned himself into one of America’s most sought-out premier auto detailers. In that time, he has been tasked with detailing some of the most opulent and over-the-top cars available to the American market, and in return he has created quite the name for himself. With an ever-growing clientele list that spreads from Florida to the farthest Eastern seaboard, Trevor never finds himself short on work, and clients will find that he usually has quite the wait list, since such an attention to detail requires both time and patience.
Using the latest tools and techniques also helps give Trevor the upper hand as he continues to offer his clients the most thorough and professional detailing services money can buy.
We reached out to Trevor in the hopes of seeing if he had any tips on how the rest of us might be able to do away with all of the road grime, salt, and scratches that winter leaves in its wake. Here are a few of his favorite quick tips so that the next time it is time to clean your car.
1. Why should I detail, and how often?
How often a car needs to be detailed is dependent primarily upon how often the vehicle is driven, the type of extreme driving conditions it sees (snow, hail, sandstorms, etc.), and if it spends long periods of time sitting in the sun.
2. How do I assess what my car needs?
6. Do I wax, seal, or coat my vehicle, and what is the difference between the three?
A coat is a much harder and more permanent of a product, and it protects way more than wax or sealant combined since it’s typically resin or quartz-based. This harder and thicker layer of protection will often last a year or two, unlike waxes and sealants, which need to be redone every month or so. The choice is ultimately up to the car’s owner at the end of the day as to which approach he or she prefers, and even though it costs quite a bit more, a fresh coat on a car is the best way to go Trevor says.
7. How do I maintain my vehicle’s finish between waxes, sealants, or coatings?
Taking action as soon as a problem is detected is also an important step, as many contaminants like sap and bird droppings will become difficult to remove once they harden, which proves that preventative maintenance can be just as important as the detailing process itself.
8. How do I get the most out of the detailing process?
Trevor has seen a lot of damaged cars that went from filthy to marred because an owner decided to clean the car without going through the necessary paces. But people can still get the most out of the detailing process by merely taking their time, looking over a car closely, and knowing that it often takes a few tries before a car’s imperfections can be corrected appropriately.
9. What are the benefits of properly caring for a vehicle’s finish?
10. What can I do myself and what should be left to the professional?
Regardless of what the issue may be, there are trained detailers out there who are more than willing to undertake this tedious task for a healthy chunk of change. Will they all have the experience, insight, and professionalism as Trevor? Probably not. So be sure to look up reviews and see if any close friends or family members can recommend someone nearby, because a well-maintained car is a direct reflection of the person driving it.