Frequently Asked Questions

Why is detailing necessary?


Your car, boat. motorcycle, or RV accumulates numerous contaminants that can harm the finish. Pollutants, mud, salt, dirt, sand, bugs, tar, rain, sun, etc. are extremely harmful to the gel coat or paint. Detailing promotes longevity to the paint and helps retain the value of the vehicle. Professional detailing is not just a luxury – it is an investment that has become a necessity to maintain your vehicle!




Why not just take your car to the car wash?


Automatic car washes remove loose contaminants, dirt, and grime but are unsafe for your car’s paint. They use harsh chemicals that strip the wax and protection from your car, and the brushes can damage your car’s paint by causing scratches called “car wash marks” or swirls, scuff marks, surface abrasion damages. Long-term washing at a commercial car wash damages the paint every time you bring it to the car wash!




How often should I have my car detailed?


We recommend having your car detailed every 4 months to maximize protection, every car, Boat, RV have different needs. It is critical to have your vehicle detailed every six-months.

Every new car needs to be protected. Now don’t be a fool and purchase the $120 special or that incredible-wax from your local car wash – most are a complete sham (basically a spray on sealant that coats the car for a month or two).

Additionally, contrary to popular belief, the factory does not put a protective layer of wax on the car for you. The car you receive is basically naked with clear coat protecting the paint and nothing to protect the clear coat itself. This leaves your finish highly susceptible to environmental contaminants that cause imperfections.

All you have to do to combat this is give your car a once-over with a quality paint sealant. You’ll be protected for upwards of 6 months (depending on the product) from dust, debris, fallout, and UVs. If your budget allows, have an assessment done on your car, boat, RV, or motorcycle for our premium ceramic coatings which last longer than traditional wax and sealant.




How often should I wash my car?


Washing your car monthly is the minimum recommended frequency. We recommend washing weekly or bi-weekly. We are more than happy to offer hand washing and monthly maintenance programs to make it easier for you to keep up with your car’s proper care.




What is a “clay bar” or the “clay process”?


Clay barring is a process used to remove paint contaminants on the paint such as bugs, tar, road grime, fallout, tree sap, some paint over-spray, and other contaminants that washing cannot remove. The clay process cleans the paint surface to remove the contaminants that grip the paint.




Does your car need the clay bar process before a detail?


YES! Claying is one of the most important steps in cleaning the paint, and cleans the paint better than a wash alone.

Important note: ‘CLAYBAR’ is not designed to remove oxidation as some discount detailers would have you believe. Dead, oxidized paint should always be removed thoroughly with a compound, then the paint is polished, waxed, and sealed. A simple ‘clay & wax’ can ONLY be done if your vehicle’s paint is in very good condition to begin with.




What is Oxidation Removal?


UV radiation is universal, unrelenting, and can never be eliminated. Not only does it burn human skin, it burns the exterior “skin” of motor vehicles, aircraft, boats, and trailers. This process is called “oxidation”. Every surface is fair game. Paint, plastic, rubber, and vinyl, just to name a few.

Paint turns dull, then chalky. Rubber seals and bumpers turn white, dry out, and become hard as a rock. Vinyl trim will also turn white and eventually crack. Hard plastic (air dams, side mirrors, trim) react similarly to paint.




What is the difference between polishing and waxing?


Polishing your car brings out the depth, gloss and shine for that “wet look” that most car enthusiasts crave. However, polishing adds no protection to your vehicle and in fact usually strips off any previous coat of wax or sealant on the paint. For this reason, it is essential that the car is waxed or synthetically sealed after polishing to “lock in” the polish and protect your car, yielding long-lasting protection and shine.




Why do I need a wax or sealant on my car?


Waxes and sealants are the only way to protect your vehicle’s finish. Rain, acid rain, snow, sunlight, bugs, tar, road grime, pollen, and bird droppings can all eat your paint. Keeping your car well-protected will reduce the chances of these elements harming your car while providing a glossy finish and shine. Having your car waxed or sealed is no less important than changing your oil.




My car is brand new. Do I really need it detailed?


Absolutely! New cars have usually been sitting on the lot or have been in transit for months before you drive away with them. New car dealerships rarely carry out full details on new vehicles, so there are a plethora of contaminants in your car’s paint. Having your new car detailed will start you off on the right foot and ensure there is a proper layer of wax or sealant on the paint. Ask about our new vehicle protection package or ceramic coating finishes!




My car is leased. Should I have it detailed?


The better your car’s appearance and condition, the better trade value you will get on your car, and the less they will charge you for reconditioning the car.




What type of products do you use on boats and RVs?


Boats and RVs are a gel coat surface which is much harder than clear coat found on autos. For that reason, the products we use on boats and RVs are specially formulated for gel coat. We do not use automotive products on your boat or RV. Several brands we do use are, 3M, Meguiars, Swiss Vax, and Ceramic Coatings.




What brand product do you use?


We use only professional products on your car, boat or RV. We Do Not use the same cheap store bought products you can go down to Walmart and buy yourself. Over the last nearly 20 years I have personally tested just about everything.

A few of the more common brands we use but not limited to are, Rupes, Pinnacle, Meguairs, Swiss Vax, Collinite, and Menzerna.




What if it rains on my appointment day?


We can reschedule you immediately.




Will I get more money for my car when I sell or trade it in if I have it cleaned professionally?


Industry statistics reveal that you can get on average $500 to $1,000 more when you sell or trade your vehicle by having it cleaned by a professional detailer.




How much will it cost to have my vehicle cleaned professionally?


You can expect to spend from $300 and up depending on the condition of your vehicle and what you desire to have completed. We have packages to fit any budget and any type of vehicle.




What is a ceramic coating?


A Ceramic Coating is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

The technology has become the best car paint protection. It is a nano-coating basically provides a strong, protective surface to the car’s body that can block all manner of foreign matter and prevent them from causing damage to the car.

A ceramic paint coating goes much further and lasts longer than an ordinary paint job for protecting the surface of the vehicle. The new coating is fused to the surface of the automobile and is not dislodged by vibrations or external force thus the car stays cleaner.

Getting a car waxed is still the preferred method of getting a special coating for your car to protect its surface. The emergence of this technology several years ago has enabled many to seek out the ceramic coatings.

At Body Brilliant Detailing we can custom tailor a detailing package based on your budget for any Car, RV, Motorcycle, or Boat!




Why is steam cleaning necessary?


Today’s professional car detailing equipment, such as Body Brilliant Detailing’s top quality pressure washer steam/vapor systems have the features needed for cleaning tough external car surfaces.

Our technologically advanced car detailing equipment systems offer many benefits that we offer to our coveted clientele.

Cleaning an engine and or tires pose a different kind of challenge because they become coated with tough grease and mud. Trying to clean the engine or tires with cold water pressure washers is counterproductive because the cold cannot remove the dirt or grime back to like new levels. High heat is required, such as with a car steam cleaner, to cleanse these parts of the exterior.

Body Brilliant Detailing Car Steam Cleaner Technology affords our staff the ability to deliver great results!

Our car detailing equipment with high-temperature hot water and steam output can make removal of grease, oil, salt, and stubborn dirt marks a breeze. The high-temperature steam easily softens and dissolves grease and oil which makes their removal an effortless task. Our car steam cleaners also come in handy for frost and ice removal from car engines and other parts without causing any damage to these sensitive car parts.

Our car steam cleaners with low flow rates and moderate pressure levels are acknowledged by automobile experts as the best car detailing equipment on the market today. This is because they reduce cleaning times but not the cleaning power. They reserve enough water to be eco-friendly without scrimping on efficiency. These car detailing machines with the advanced low flow feature are ideally suited for locations where there are restrictions on water use, drainage issues, or problems of environmental runoff.

Reduced Drying Times with Body Brilliant’s Cleaning Machines Ensure Faster Cleaning!

Steam cleaners are popular for cleaning car exteriors because they feature high steam temperatures that easily lodge, loosen, and dissolve the toughest deposits with ease and without scrubbing or harming a vehicle surface. However, our steam detailing equipment is also ideal for upholstery and carpet cleaning within the various interiors.

Our proven steam clean techniques make for impressive results because drying times become drastically reduced. Our clients will be using their cars within two hours at the most—which makes them rather happy for not having to sit on a wet seat when the vehicle is delivered back to them.

We at Body Brilliant Detailing are proud to say that our steam cleaning equipment scores much higher than our competitors in various performance parameters. Our professional equipment and investment are designed to provide reliable and quality results in both interior and exterior cleaning of automobiles, boats, RV’s, and even motorcycles.

Everyone wants their cars to look new, clean, and attractive at all times. Yet, keeping a car clean and well maintained can be a tricky thing to do. This is why many people choose to get their cars professionally detailed, inside and out. Yet even for professionals ordinary car washing machines do not provide the efficient and quick cleaning results professional technicians’ desire. Therefore, a steam cleaner is necessary for when we professionally detail your vehicle.




Why are Specialized Car Detailing Tools and Equipment So Important?


The use of specialized car detailing tools and equipment is important to achieve superior cleaning results. The auto industry has made some serious advances over the years in the use of car detailing equipment. Very few detailing professionals have a preference for using top quality auto detailing equipment so they may provide their clients with finer cleaning results in the shortest amount of time.

The various machines and technology we utilize come with the industry leading features such as low flow rates and moderate pressure levels, which help clean the car’s exteriors in record time with top-notch performance and results. Furthermore, the low flow rates of vapor steam minimize drying times and therefore save time delivering the best result to you the customer!




What is a foam wash?


At Body Brilliant Detailing of Long Island, we have made the investment in all of our equipment to professionally detail your auto, boat, RV, and motorcycle.

We come to your home or office with our professionally built detail trailer with all the essential tools to expertly deliver premium detailing services!




Does the detailer I contact on the web belong to a professional detailing organization?


We at Body Brilliant Detailing believe in the industry standards, code of ethics, and professionalism while promoting the success and growth of the professional detailing community.

The association that Body Brilliant Detailing of Long Island belongs to is the International Detailing Association which dedicated to promoting the value of professional detailing services, the recognition of professional detailing as a trade, and empowering detailing industry professionals at each stage in their career.

Having a specific code of ethics is what we follow as outlined in the code ethics set forth by the International Detailing Association. Find your local detailer within your community today who adheres to these ethics and who are serious partners committed to detailing profession.