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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 and tested on our own 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 and paint correction services will restore your vehicle’s appearance. 

How is paint damage inflicted on my vehicle?

When pollutants like dirt, bugs, bird droppings, brake dust, road film, mineral deposits, anti-icing agents 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 contact wash" These services can result in circular scratches and visible grooves in the vehicle's clear coat, Automatic and touchless washes use high pH alkaline pre-soaks to help strip road film and dirt, The downside... These types of washes rapidly degrade conventional waxes/sealants and offer a very short lived  spray wax and spot free

rinsing agents often mineral oil based, Leaving behind a subpar surface that is prone to attracting dirt road salt and pollutants.

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 10 months followed by paint sealants up to 12 months, Optimum Paint-Guard our entry level 3 year warrantied coating. And our best permanent protection Opti-Coat Pro / Pro+ featuring  silicon carbide that is chemically fused into your paint, providing our best level of protection, With full chemical resistance from PH0 - PH14. Providing a harder surface for increased protection from wash induced marring "swirls" etching from bird droppings, bug splatter, oxidation and road salt. Making vehicle surfaces easier to wash "stays cleaner longer" while reducing overall maintenance. Properly maintained this level of protection offers the ultimate paint care solution, Warranties from 5 to 7 years CARFAX registered.

How long will it take to detail my car?

Depending on the level of detail you choose most maintenance details
are same day service, by appointment only,
Paint correction and protective ceramic coatings can take multiple days.

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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