Frequenty Asked Questions
Why should I wash my vehicle?
Washing your vehicle will protect your investment; keep your pride in ownership of the vehicle, and act as preventative maintenance, which prolongs the life and performance of your vehicle.
Why should I use a formulated car wash detergent and not dish soap to wash my car?
Household detergents, even mild dish-washing soaps, are designed to work in hot water and cut through grease. Household detergents can strip away wax, leaving your paint unprotected. Bellagio Car Wash uses formulated car wash detergents that gently clean, rinse thoroughly, and leave no spots.
What is the difference between tire foams and tire gels?
Tire foams such as Formula 2001 Tire Foam Shine is a tire cleaner that is easy to apply. It also contains Sun-Stop, an advanced ingredient to guard against UV rays. A tire gel such as Formula 2001 contains 20% more silicone than the sprays, which produces a deep, wet shine that outlasts traditional foam and spray products. Formula 2001 Tire Gel will not spin off tires and lasts through weeks of weather and washing.
Why is waxing/polishing your vehicle important?
Waxes and polishes serve three primary purposes:
- Cleaning a car's finish
- Improving the shine
- Protecting the car from environmental damage
Most waxes and polishes contain very mild abrasives, chemical cleaning agents, and lubricants. The cleaning agents remove surface oxidation and leave a high gloss, while the clear film acts as a protective barrier for the car's surface.
My automobile has a clear coat finish, does it still require waxing?
Absolutely Yes!! Clear coat finishes need to be waxed, not only for protective qualities and added shine, but also for the mar resistant benefits. The biggest problem with clear coat finishes today is mar (scratch or scuff) resistance. These new finishes resist weathering better than ever, however, abrasive soil, sand, dirt, road debris, and other sources of abrasion can leave a clear top coat looking very dull in a short time. Waxing leaves a smooth film which helps prevent these minor abrasions from occurring.
How can I remove water spots from glass and paint surfaces?
Most common water spots are caused by mineral deposits. Vinegar and water does a great job at neutralizing these marks. Bellagio also recommends the use of the Clay Magic Clay Bar for a safe and thorough method in removing water spots. It is also very important to wash off water spots as soon as possible. If the vehicle is left in the sun for prolonged periods of time (3 days or more), there is a good chance that the water spots will actually etch into the clear-coat. This makes it very difficult, sometimes impossible, to remove the water spots if they have been on the paint for long periods of time.
What is the difference between a wax and a polish?
The terms wax and polish are used interchangeably today. Most waxes and polishes contain some mild cleaning agents (safe for clear coat finishes), which remove old wax, minor scratches and everyday oxidation. However, if your vehicle requires stronger cleaner, we recommend using a polishing compound (contains stronger cleaning agents) prior to waxing. As always recommended, test a small inconspicuous area and always follow instructions.
How often should I wax my car?
If you wash your vehicle every week, a wax should be applied at least five times a year to protect the paint coat. Waxing every 30-days is sufficient for vehicles exposed to the highest level of environmental elements (like UV Rays and acid rain).
Does car wax remove the top layer of paint or does car wax add a layer to the paint?
NO, Applying a wax product to your vehicle's finish will not remove paint from your vehicle. Wax contains mild cleaning agents to remove waxy buildup and add a protective layer to your finish.
Is there a difference between liquid and paste wax?
No, there is no difference. These two options exists because some people prefer liquid wax due to the ease of applications, where others feel paste wax gives them better results.
Why do I experience paint dust or my car's color coming off onto the cloth when waxing my car?
The paint that you see on the cloth is dead paint caused by oxidation. It is necessary to remove this oxidized paint in order to maintain shine and protection.
What is over-spray?
Over-spray occurs when paint is being sprayed in the same area as your car. The paint is carried by the wind and lands on your car. Normally, this is something you can see right away, usually speckles of color on your car that will not rub oft. Sometimes, you may not notice until you try to wash your car, or try to use your wipers and you notice something stuck to the glass like little sand speckles. One common misconception is that since most exterior house paint is washable latex, it will wash right off your car. While this may be true when cleaning your hands and brushes at the end of the job, this is not true for removing it from your car's finish. The longer the over spray stays on the car, the harder it gets and the more damage can be done. On today's clear-coated cars the overspray can actually sink into the finish as it dries on. There is a chemical reaction that occurs, as the paint gets harder. This can cause the surface to have small indentations where the paint was. The Sooner we can this off the surface, the less damage to the finish. Our method of over-spray removal is the most complete and least detrimental to your car's finish. We physically remove the over-spray, rather than just flatten it by trying to buff it off the paint.
What causes loss of beading?
Normally loss of beading on a car is temporarily suppressed by anionic surfactants such as liquid soaps or hard water, which leaves heavy spots if the finish is not quickly towel dried. Also, if the car had not been regularly waxed, sometimes the first coat does not properly bond.
Can your wax/polish products be used on a fiberglass surface?
Fiberglass is coated with a gel coat, which reinforces the material. This resin is similar to paint and is susceptible to oxidation, scratches, stains, and normal environmental etching. We recommend applying a car wax regularly to maintain gel coat cleanliness, shine, and protection.
Why should I detail my car?
Possibly one of the least understood, and most valuable services you can have done to your vehicle is a detail. You have a serious investment in your vehicle, and keeping it looking like new protects that investment. New and used car dealers have known for years the value of cleaning up a vehicle before showing it to a prospective customer. The better it looks, the more likely it is to sell. You see a great looking car and assume it has been maintained well. On average, the resale value will increase by $1000.00 to $1500.00! This is a great return for a small price, not bad considering the cost of our service. By now, you have probably found out that the many claims regarding "Permanent Glaze" and "Lasts Forever No Wax Shield" are simply NOT TRUE. If you are serious about keeping your car beautiful, increasing the longevity, and commanding the HIGHEST POSSIBLE RESALE VALUE, then professional detailing is the way to go!