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Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Detailing in Calgary

How are the products and services at TLC Auto Detail Ltd different from others?

At TLC Auto Detail Ltd in Calgary, we only use top grade products that perform! We take great pride in providing the latest products, which have been thoroughly vetted on our long term test vehicles to provide you with the best results possible.


What is detailing ?


Our detailing or “enhancement” services bring together today’s most advanced products and technique’s
Through our dedication in rectifying and removing paint defects such as swirl marks, holograms and scratches we are able to restore old paint or enhance the original finish to far beyond the manufacturers
and dealerships capabilities.



Can brand new cars straight from the dealer have paint damage?


Unfortunately we also receive new cars with paint defects caused by shipping and the dealer. During the PDI "pre-delivery inspection,” the rushed removal of the factory applied protective wrapping, poor wash methods and incorrect removal of fallout pollutants like rail dust, acid rain, bird droppings, bug enzymes, tree sap , tar, mineral deposits and over spray can cause paint imperfections such as swirl marks holograms and micro marring. Our detailing will not only restore your vehicle’s appearance but will exceed your aesthetic expectations.



How is paint damage inflicted on my vehicle?


When pollutants like dirt, bugs, bird droppings, brake dust, road film, mineral deposits collect and are not properly removed from your vehicle the cleaning process can rub and grind these particles into the surface of the car, truck or SUV’s body, inflicting damage.

Wash mitts, brushes and drying towels that have been previously used to wash other vehicles prior to yours can collect dirt and grit, causing defects known as swirl marks. Improper washing can also cause component damage when acidic products designed for purposes other than vehicle cleaning are used. Use of these harmful products can cause your brake callipers, wheel nuts, exhaust tips and brake discs to rust.
Your vehicle’s paint is at risk at automated car washes that offer a "mechanical brush wash" These services can result in circular scratches and visible grooves in the vehicle's clear coat, Touchless washes use high pH alkaline pre-soaks to help strip dirt but also diminish waxes, paint sealants, and offer a short lived diluted cover up spray wax, leaving behind a subpar surface making things difficult to keep clean.



What is the difference between your detailing levels? 


Our packages range from express maintenance, semi annual cleaning, yearly enhancement details, 
paint correction, waxing services, ceramic protection treatments and much more.



How long will my wax, sealant or ceramic coating last?


A well kept waxed finish expect 3 months followed by paint sealants up to 6 months, Gloss Coat our entry level ceramic coating at 2 years, and our best protection Opti-Coat SiC "silicon carbide" based ceramic coating fully guaranteed and chemically fused into your clear coat, providing far greater chemical resistance and protection from wash induced marring swirls, protection from bird droppings, bug enzymes, oxidation and road salt, and can only be removed by sanding abrasion or machine compound polishing, Providing superior surface protection and a vehicle that is easier to wash stays cleaner longer retains its gloss reduces maintenance "no more waxing" and improves resale value, properly maintained this level of protection offers a permanent paint care solution.



How long will it take to detail my car?


Depending on the level of detail you choose most maintenance details
are same day service, appointments are recommended.
Paint correction and protective coatings and wheel off detailing can take multiple days.



Pick up and delivery 


Fully insured courteous professional local pick up and delivery

available on Opti-Coat ceramic coating packages,
fee applies. 



Our dedicated team are always willing to answer your questions. Didn’t see your question answered on this page? Give us a call and let us know how we may help you.

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