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The Hidden Perks Of Having Your Car Detailed

The Hidden Perks Of Having Your Car Detailed

Owning a car comes with its fair share of responsibilities. It’s not unlike having a house in the sense that you need to take utmost care of your car if you want it to remain in excellent condition. It needs to be tuned up regularly. It needs to be cleaned regularly. And it needs to be detailed regularly. Some of you might wonder what the difference is between cleaning a car and detailing a car. The truth is, they’re not different at all when you consider immediate results. But over time, when the trim, rubber, plastic, and the paint of your vehicles begin to reflect damages associated with age and mileage, auto detailing is the key to making your prized four-wheeled steeds look good as new.

The obvious benefit of auto detailing is that every corner of your car is cleaned. While that’s true, there’s more to it than just washing the body and vacuuming the interior. Much more. Auto detailing requires a lot of skill, handwork, and a specific understanding of what a specific car needs at a specific point in its life. That’s why there are pro Toronto auto detailers such as ourselves whose jobs are grounded on understanding the nuances on how to bring the sparkle back to a dirty exterior or how to make an interior look good as new. Auto detailing involves a meticulous process of cleaning and restoration with the objective of restoring a car to look as close to brand new as possible. 

For instance, look at this Porsche 930 from 1984 that we detailed a while back. These are the before photos:

It still looks good but if you’ll look more carefully, it just doesn’t have that same lustre as a fresh-out-of-a-showroom car has. Now look at the “after” photos: 

With paint correction and a long-lasting glass coating, auto detailing brings back that brand new look that exacting car owners crave. 

Simple car washes can clean a car, but not to the extent of what auto detailing is capable of for the simple reason that the latter tackles hard-to-reach areas. It’s no secret that when you have your car detailed, you’re immediately given a laundry list of items that needs to be done to your car. It can range from something as big as dent repairs or something like odor elimination. There’s no discrimination when it comes to auto detailing because every cosmetic item that needs to be worked on in your car will be worked on until they look shiny, shimmering, and splendid.

And those stains? Car washing doesn’t make them go away; they stay there as a reminder that no amount of washes can accomplish what a simple auto detailing does. Your car will only look and smell as close as they’ve ever been to being showroom-quality if you have it detailed.

And yes, if you do somehow find yourself compelled for whatever reason to sell your car, it’s incumbent upon you to have your car detailed to ensure that its resale value remains high. Second-hand car buyers are less likely to buy a car that smells like the inside of an unwashed sock than a car that smells like a meadow on a nice spring day. Just the same, nobody’s going to buy a car with as many dents and pimples as a teenage boy exploding into puberty. If you want your car to sell quickly on the second-hand market at a price of your liking, have it detailed. Seeing your car back in tip-top condition, the buyer will appreciate the fact that you took great care of your car when it was in your possession.

Exclusive New Car Preparation - Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. Porsche Singer 911 (964 Series)

Exclusive New Car Preparation - Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. Porsche Singer 911 (964 Series)

Restored. Reimagined. Reborn. 

Detailing review of the Singer Porsche 911 964.

I have been detailing vehicles just shy of 10 years and have worked on many vehicles ranging from winter beaters, daily drivers, weekend cars, classic cars and high-end exotic vehicles. I appreciate the efforts made by the manufactures as I have seen about 65 years of progress in the mechanics, technology and design for cars.

I have written a number of detailing write-ups before but this article is probably the one I enjoy the most writing. 

Back in June 2015, I have been contacted by a prospective client at the time who have researched the history of my company, myself and was really impressed in what the person has seen so far and thought to reach out to me. 

After speaking with the owner of the vehicle, I agreed to perform a new vehicle preparation as the owner recently took delivery and only had 160km on the odometer. 

The vehicle that I was tasked to perform the new vehicle preparation package was a 1991 Porsche 911 964 Reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design; dubbed as "The Toronto Car". This is the first Porsche Singer in Canada.

Now, you might be wondering why this vehicle is so special. 

Singer Vehicle Designs specializes in taking a Porsche 964 chassis and completely redesign the vehicle cosmetically and mechanically. It takes approximately 4,000 combined man hours to hand build everything for a cool USD $500,000.

Everything is important in the vehicle. This is the only car where I have seen how much detail there is done with their work in re-engineering the vehicle. 

Moving forward, I arrived at the client's site and behold there's the car. This being the owner's most cherished vehicle in his growing collection, so much was expected from this detail to do it justice, and I'm confident of performing my own brand of detailing magic to get this right. 

Time was rather a constraint because I cared more on getting the work done rather than spending too much time taking pictures and so there are not many pictures available.

I started off with the routine of cleaning the wheels followed by washing and decontaminating the vehicle as seen on "The Process" tab.

Prior to polishing the vehicle, various sections throughout the car had to be taped to prevent the polish going on the specific surfaces.

Once the taping is complete, it was time to inspect the vehicle's paint condition. Working space was rather tight and it was difficult to take pictures of the whole vehicle. 

After I assessed what was required to be done, it was time to start polishing the vehicle. As always, I take workplace safety extremely serious while I am detailing any vehicle. Personal Protective Equipment is worn at all times when working on any vehicle.

After a section of the vehicle is complete, I thoroughly wipe off the polish and inspect the area to ensure there are no imperfections on the paint surface.

Various shots of myself working on the vehicle...

Specifically to this car, I had to perform a two-stage polish. Once the polishing process is complete, the vehicle was ready for paint protection. Prior for the application of the paint coating, I sprayed the whole vehicle with Isopropyl Alcohol to remove any polishing oils that was left. 

Specific to the paint coating, I exclusively use 22PLE after trying out other brands. From my experience, the products offered by 22PLE has the best durability, gloss and ease of use.  As of August 2015, I am the only Canadian installer who is certified to install 22PLE coating on vehicles. 

For this vehicle, I applied the top-of-the-line ZX Mistico Elemento in which it is a pure, 99% silica coating in which you do not have to wax or polish your car for the next 5 years.

Paint Coating Overview and Benefits Explained

Once the coating is applied, the car cannot be driven for at least 12 hours to allow the silica to cure. The full curing time of the coating is 5 days. However, the vehicle can be washed and driven after 12 hours.

Here are the results of the whole detailing. Words and pictures can't describe how amazing the vehicle looks. The vehicle is absolutely STUNNING in person.

If you are reading this, you have made it in the end for the first chapter. In August 2015, I have revisited the vehicle for routine maintenance. I will have another write-up sometime. At the end of the day, no matter how tired I was working on the vehicle, it was all worth seeing the smile of my client when the person saw the car complete. I even had the opportunity to take a picture of myself with the car!

A vehicle never washed for 6 months. See the transformation just after a hand wash with ease.

A vehicle never washed for 6 months. See the transformation just after a hand wash with ease.

22PLE Glass Coating Review: Durability and Longevity UPDATE

Time and time again I stumble on many products and services in the detailing industry from the car wash soaps, polishes and compounds, and carnauba wax. I have received many solicitations through the phone and email in which I wasn’t convinced by the person to try out their product. That changed until I stumbled upon the company “22PLE”. While I have been familiar with paint coating in general and there has been other brands that are already available in Canada, I was not convinced in joining the “bandwagon”.

I wanted to be different; and 22PLE is the answer.

Many months ago, I wrote an article which I educate readers a way to never polish and wax their cars again for the next few years. The article has been very popular. If you have not read the article, I suggest that you read it:

After that article was published, I have received many inquiries of the product and asked the question “How long does it last?” and “How much protection does it provide to the vehicle?” At the time, 22PLE was not available to the public or been tested in Canadian conditions. I have had some clients who did receive the 22PLE treatment after they heard nothing but great things from other countries where it is readily available.

I decided to document its durability and longevity this 2014-2015 winter season on my work vehicle – the Kia Rio 5 as featured on the previous article above.


This work vehicle received the 22PLE treatment on July 2014. The work vehicle was used to haul supplies and equipment, and travel clients’ locations to detail their cars on the spot. The vehicle is always parked outdoors on a driveway, exposed to every element – including salt and brine during the winter. For the purpose of the durability and longevity testing of the coating, the vehicle was last washed and maintained before October 2014 prior to receiving a rustproofing treatment. The vehicle was NEVER WASHED since then. It also received a bird dropping on the hood of the vehicle but was never removed to test its acidity resistance.




POST-WASH - 15 to 20 minutes later


I washed this vehicle outdoors with cold water an ambient temperature of two degrees Celsius. These are not the ideal conditions you should wash a vehicle outdoors because the chemicals used to clean the vehicle generally loses its effectiveness. However, the purpose of this test in these conditions was to demonstrate the EASE OF MAINTENANCE of a vehicle coated with 22PLE.

To wash this vehicle, I used a microfiber wash mitt and citrus soap that is known to remove waxes and sealants at a strong concentration. Normally, the ratio used to clean a vehicle without removing a wax or sealant should be 2oz of soap per 4 gallons of water.

I used a strong concentrate of 4oz of car wash soap per gallon of water for the sake of the testing.

With the cold climate conditions and less chemical effectiveness, the vehicle was extremely easy to wash and most dirt was washed off in one scrub. However certain sections especially the bottom skirts required a stronger agitation to remove grease that was accumulated in those 6 months. Overall, the vehicle took 15 to 20 minutes to wash and dry.

The picture and video below demonstrate that the glass coating is still on the vehicle, beaded and repelled the water just as good when it was applied 7 months ago from the time of this article.




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I personally interviewed select certified 22PLE professional detailers and partners around the world and asked them the following questions:

  1. "What can you say about your experience with the 22PLE Product?"
  2. "What made you decide to choose this product?"
  3. "Do you have any stories you can share regarding 22PLE?"

Detailer #1 - Mike Cardenas, SweetCars from Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Porsche 911 Turbo - 22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento Glass Coated by Mike Cardenas of

I had a client bring me his Porsche 911/996 Turbo in for paint correction and 22PLE. The vehicle was truly his everyday driver, as his Blizzak tires had given testament to this. I had corrected the vehicle a few years earlier, but it hadn’t been coated with anything other than a wax. This time around, things would be a bit different, as he had decided to finally get 22PLE as his final preparation for the winter season ahead. So in the late fall of 2013, I corrected and coated the vehicle with an early version of 22PLE ZX that we were testing. That version would eventually go through a bit more tweaking and would eventually become ZX Mistico Elemento. Incidentally the name I had suggested for the product after beta testing the final version on a Lamborghini Murcielago. I knew that this client would continue to use an automated car wash and thus the reason it was so swirled before being brought in. Although most of us detailers do not prescribe going through an automated car wash, 22PLE’s ZX was sure to give this Porsche a fighting chance if he was going to continue to do so.
This past winter, that vehicle was traded in at a local car dealership.  A few weeks prior to being traded in; I washed it and took a 50/50 picture of it. The vehicle still looked as if it had been just corrected and had 22PLE applied that day! The picture was not altered in anyway whatsoever. And when the dealership took the vehicle in on trade, they made no reservations about mentioning that it had been coated with 22PLE. I’m certain that its new owner is enjoying how easy it is for him to maintain a great looking 911. Of course, the old owner of the 911/996 has since then brought in his new vehicle to be coated in 22PLE ZX Mistico Elemento.
There’s no doubt that the picture of the Porsche reveals some pretty impressive results from having 22PLE applied. In my opinion as a professional detailer and long-term installer of 22PLE, I believe that those types of results are due mostly in part to the quality in which the product was made. By using the best materials available, 22PLE has made a durable coating that is an honest to goodness fabulous product. It always delivers a gloss that is truly impressive and gives that “wet-look” people wish for on a paint finish. My clients would agree with me, 22PLE is one of the best coatings in the market, hands down.

Mike Cardenas is the Master Detailer and Detail Manager for SweetCars in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a Nationally recognized detailer, Mike is recognized as one of the top 20 Detailers in North America by Dupont Registry Magazine. Mike is a writer for SweetCars as well as contributing writer for other online blogs and publications.

As a Griot's Garage certified trainer, Mike conducts workshops and clinics to train necessary detailing skills to both the public and professional detailers alike. He is also Meguiar's and SONAX trained on all aspects of detailing. Mike serves as a technical car care consultant for various car clubs and chapters. These clubs in include Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini among others.

He contributes his detailing experience with various detailing product companies, for new product testing and development of new products. While also writing product reviews for products that are currently on the market. Mike is committed to contribute to the constantly evolving world of detailing, provide insight both nationally and internationally on the subject, and continue to contribute to the car care industry.

Specialties: Exotic and Collector Car Detailing, Paint Correction Specialist, Restorative Detailing. Specializing in Ferrari and Lamborghini Restoration Detailing

Detailer #2 - Andrew Dourgarian, Autoluxe Motor Spa from Chester, NJ, USA

Ferrari 458 Italia - 22PLE VX PRO Glass Coated by Andrew Dourgarian of Autoluxe Motorspa

I have been doing paint corrections and high end detailing for some of the worlds finest cars for many years now. In that time, I have seen many products that claim tremendous benefits including; added protection, ease of maintenance and additional gloss, come and go. I have tried them all and tested them thoroughly. And in 7 years time, I have never experienced a product like 22PLE. The durability that this coating has to offer is leaps and bounds above any other product I have tested. It has battled two very tough New Jersey winters without being washed, allowing the salt, ice and snow to do as much damage as possible, and the coating has lasted brilliantly. The durability factor is just the base of this tremendous product. On top of this, the shine, depth and gloss that 22PLE adds to your vehicles paintwork is hands down the best I have seen. It looks as if you can reach your hand into the paint and touch your own reflection. Pictures do not do this product justice. If you are looking for the hands down best protection, appearance enhancer and the product that will assist in making your weekend washes a breeze, look no further than 22PLE. There is a reason it is the only glass coating I offer at Autoluxe Motor Spa. Why would you want anything other than the best?

Andrew is a highly motivated individual that has a strong desire and aptitude for all things Automotive. He enjoys working with people and chasing the sale. The art of the deal has always been incredibly interesting to him and he is constantly trying to improve his tactics and methods and greatly look forward to any new lessons to be learned.

Highly knowledgeable in the automotive industry, with a great affinity for anything related to cars and trucks, both foreign and domestic. He holds a great interest in automotive sales and marketing and is highly motivated to learn more and break in to that industry.

Andrew is currently the President at Autoluxe Motor Spa, a high end luxury and exotic detailing salon. Through his work ethic and extreme attention to detail, Autoluxe Motor Spa has become a major entity in the New Jersey detailing world, producing award winning finishes on some of the worlds finest cars.

Specialties: Hard working, highly motivated individual with a strong work ethic. He enjoys learning new methods and furthering his interest and education in the business and automotive world.

The used brand new car?

The used brand new car?


One easy way to never polish and wax your car again for a few years

One easy way to never polish and wax your car again for a few years

22PLE VX1 Signature Glass Coating Review in Canada

Carnauba Wax has been the go-to product for many automotive detailers to protect a car’s paint from the harsh environments. As the time progressed and technology advances, Synthetic Wax (Paint Sealants) are developed to replace or compliment with carnauba wax. Made from synthetic ingredients (man-made), opposed to natural products, paint sealants can provide protection up to six months while traditional waxes has about two months.

Almost ten years ago, paint coatings have appeared into the market. While it is still a relatively new product, we can say that it is certainly a game-changer in the market. For this review, I will be reviewing the 22PLE VX1 Signature Glass Coating Paint Protection. This is the first 22PLE Glass Coating in Canada. 

The 22PLE VX1 Signature Glass Coating is a high-silica content product that comes in a liquid form. Once it is exposed with oxygen, it starts to crystalize and creates a layer of glass to protect the car’s paint surface. The glass coating has the ability to protect a vehicle’s paint between 18 months to 2 years. However, many have reported that the glass coating have held up to 3 years.

The 22PLE VX1 Signature Glass Coating comes in a premium packaging in three different volumes. The glass coating can be purchased in 20ml, 30ml and 50ml bottles. The only other content that is included in the packaging is the dropper. Also, there are no manuals included. Glass coating application should be applied by a professional detailer.

In order to maximize the use of the glass coating, a paint correction is required to ensure that all swirls and scratches are removed from the clear coat of the paint. Also, it ensures that the paint is free of contaminants so that the glass coating has a smooth surface to adhere to. I will be using a Kia Rio to demonstrate the glass coating application.

A corrected paint surface. A paint correction removes any swirls and scratches on the paint and ensures proper bonding with the paint coating

When applying a single coat glass coating in the Kia Rio, I used approximately 25ml. A 50ml bottle is enough for two coats of glass coating on a subcompact to compact vehicle size. A foam pad is required to apply the glass coating. Once the foam pad is used to apply the glass coating, it has to be discarded since it will be unusable when the coating hardens.

Application of the product is very smooth as long you use little product when applying on a panel. A little goes a long way. Once the product has been applied on a section, you must wait three to five minutes depending on humidity and temperature before using a microfiber towel to remove it. Removing the product within the time frame specified was relatively easy.

22PLE VX1 Signature Glass Coating just applied. Wait for three to five minutes before using a microfiber towel to remove the product. 

Once the glass coating is applied to the whole vehicle, it cannot be driven in the next 12 hours for curing and it has to be stored in a garage away from the environment. After 12 hours has passed, the vehicle can be driven but cannot be washed until 5 days later since that’s how long it takes for the glass coating to completely crystalize.

22PLE VX1 Glass Coating applied. Full curing time is 5 days. 

22PLE VX1 Glass Coating applied. Full curing time is 5 days. 

After 5 days has passed, I have to say that this product has definitely raised the bar for vehicle shine and protection, after testing a few other products that are very similar such as ceramic paint coatings, I have to say that this product is the easiest to apply, maintain and has the best shine.

Two months have passed and here’s what the glass coating looks like in the Kia Rio.

I also applied the 22PLE Glass Coating on a Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The shine is nothing but spectacular.