Ah, here we are again. Part Five of our Series – you can find part 4 here. You asked Google, we answered. Over the last few months, we’ve been doing a series on Frequently Asked Questions that the public type into Google’s search bar, all relating to Car Detailing. This list is top secret, national business. Not really. It was pretty easy for our IT geek to find for us the answers, or rather the questions, that we needed.

Which brings us neatly to Part 5. We’ll answer some more of your car detailing questions, giving you the answers to questions that have kept you awake at night. Okay, you might not be that passionate, but the good news is that we are.

Let’s do this. Away we go.

What is the difference between polishing and waxing a car?

What a good question! There is often a lot of confusion about the difference between polishing and waxing a car, and quite often, people end up thinking that they are both the same thing. So let us break it down for you.

Polishing – car polish is typically used to create a smooth and shiny surface on your car. The biggest reason to use polish is to get rid of imperfections and built up layers on your vehicle’s clear coat of paint. It can help to get rid of things like grease and rust that you’ll have a great deal of trouble dealing with in just an average wash. It can help to deal with things like little scratches and swirls.

Waxing – car wax is designed to give your car a protective barrier that can help shield it from all sorts of nasties, like UV rays from the harsh Aussie sun, moisture, dust and other contaminates that can cause damage. It acts like a glove, protecting your car from the elements. It’s also responsible for that shiny, pretty finish we all love so much.

We actually wrote a whole article about the differences between polishing and waxing, which you can check out here.

What is the difference between a car wash and car detailing?

Car detailing is much more, well, detailed than a car wash. A car wash is simply like your car taking a bath. A car detail is more akin to a day at a spa.

Car Wash – In a traditional car wash, the exterior will be wet, washed, rinsed and (hopefully) dried. This washes off dirt, grime and brake dust that your car can gather over the weeks it has been since its last wash.

Car Detail – A car detail can be exterior, interior, or both. It is a much more intensive process that gets rid of harmful contaminates that a simple wash doesn’t. An interior detail involves intensely cleaning out the inside of your car, removing build-ups that have accumulated over time. An exterior detail often involves cleaning and restoring the exterior of a car, as well as a deep dive into the tyres, chrome, wheels, windows and other components of the exterior.

Is it OK to wash your car in the rain?

From a simple health and safety perspective, we don’t recommend it. It’s easier to slip and fall, resulting in getting hurt, or catch a cold.

From a car focused perspective, we don’t recommend it either. At the end of a wash, it’s ideal to dry your car and ensure you’re getting all that water off so that it doesn’t cause marks. When you wash your car when it’s raining, there’s obviously no way for you to dry it, and it can make it considerably harder to ensure that you’ve washed off all the cleaning products properly. You can end up with an unsightly finish.

How many coats of wax should I put on my car?

One is just fine, but adding more coats could help to add layers of extra protection. If you want to add another coat of wax to your car, it’s important to ensure that you allow the wax enough time to cure, which can take between 1-24 hours. This will help you to get a proper finish and to apply the wax appropriately, giving you the best protection possible.

How long will wax last on a car?

Depending on the type of wax, you can expect it to last anywhere from a number of weeks to a couple of months. It entirely depends on your car, where you live, and the type of wax. We recommend waxing your car every two to three months to keep it protected.

Its purpose is to provide a level of protection to your paint, like a glove on a surgeon’s hand. It can shield your car from the elements, like weather, dirt and other contaminants that would seek to crawl under that layer and eat away at your paint.

Does waxing a car protect the paint?

Yes, it can. Waxing isn’t a superhero product that is an unbeatable line of defence, but it is definitely an excellent safeguard that can really help to prolong the life of your paint. Keeping your car’s wax defence systems engaged can help reduce extra costs of paint repair due to preventable damage. Issues like severe oxidation can be avoided if it’s appropriately waxed.

How do you get grease off car paint?

Polishing your car with a good quality polish that’s right for your vehicle can help to get grease off your paint. A build-up of grease on your car can be extremely damaging to the paint. It can be very corrosive, causing damage that can be expensive to repair. Polish and a good, clean cloth, combined with some good old fashioned elbow grease can help to get rid of those nasty grease stains that are a blight to your car’s surface.

Why you should tint your windows

Apart from the fact that tinted windows instantly make you look mysterious and cool, tinting your windows can have great benefits both for you and your car.

Hot, hot, hot – tinting your windows can help to reduce the interior temperature of your car, which is a pretty nice feeling. Ever gotten into your car after a few hours out and about, and feeling like you’re sitting in an oven? Window tinting can cool the interior by a number of degrees.

Your Health – Tinted windows can help to protect you from harmful and damaging UV Rays that sneak through your window. A lot of people think that being behind glass is the only protection they need from the sun’s hot rays, but in actuality, those pesky UV Rays can go straight through the glass and cause damage to your skin.

Interior Protection – Those harmful UV Rays that can burn your skin as you drive can also cause damage to the interior of your car. It can heat up the leather on your seats and cause them to crack and split, as well as fade fabric seats. It can also be damaging to the dashboard and cause decay of the steering wheel. Tinting your windows can be an excellent way to safeguard against those problems and potentially extend the life of your vehicle and increase resale value.

Safety First – the safety benefits of tinted windows are two-fold. Firstly, it can help with your vision while you drive, by cutting down on glare and difficulty in seeing that can come from the intensity of the sun.

Secondly, having tinted windows can help if you’re ever in an accident. The windshield is laminated to ensure that it doesn’t just shatter and fly into your face if you’re in an accident, but the side windows aren’t. A high-quality tint job can actually help to hold the glass together in the event of an accident, which can help to protect the passengers.

Privacy Reasons – Lastly, having tinted windows can ensure your car remains a little more private than if the windows were not tinted. This can be helpful if you’re leaving belongings inside the car that you don’t want any nosy people to be able to see as they pass by. It’s just an added peace of mind that can give you a little more confidence.


As the end of Part Five of our Car Detailing Frequently Asked Questions draws near, we would like to thank you for reading! If you have any further questions, or want some more detailed information about the questions we’ve answered in this article, you can feel free to reach out to us and get in touch. We love to talk about all things vehicular, so don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.

Our professional team consists of car enthusiasts with an eye for detail and a passion for perfection, so don’t wait to get in touch with us. We’ll make sure your car is getting exactly what it needs. With countless packages to suit every vehicle and every budget, we’re the team to rely on when it comes to car detailing on the Sunshine Coast.