Edmonton Auto Detailing - FAQ

How long does detailing take?


That all depends on the package/service chosen! Our packages range from 1 hour to several days. Please visit our Services page or contact us for more information.




What kind of paint protection film do you use?


We use STEK and Premium Shield. Both of these products are top of the line, non-yellowing, ceramic infused films (yes, they will bead water like ceramic coating!). Both films carry a great warranty and are easy to maintain - no need for waxes or expensive top-up products! STEK and Premium Shield also have specialty films available - including matte, colored, patterned, and color shifting!




What is ceramic coating, and how does it work?


Ceramic Coating is the latest and greatest in Nano Technology! It is an invisible protection for your vehicles' surfaces - including paint, lights, wheels, glass, leather, fabric, and more! Coatings form a bond with the surface they are applied to, the easiest way to visualize it is like velcro. The "hooks" (ceramic) grab onto the loops (micro craters in your vehicles' paint) and form a bond that can only be broken by consistent extreme chemical exposure (pH of 2 or lower, or 12 or higher) or abrasion (polishing, scrubbing, scratching). Ceramic Coatings make the surface they are applied to easier to clean and maintain, provide an incredible, smooth, lasting glossy finish, and the most fun part, hydrophobic! Watch as water and liquids simply run straight off the surface. Ceramic Coatings come in a variety of options. Pinup's Detailing is a certified installer of several lines of coating, each with their own advantages and features. Options range from 1 to 7 year warranty! Contact us to find out more about which is best for you.




How much does detailing cost?


Detailing, like many specialty services, unfortunately does not have a set "menu" of pricing. Each vehicle has an individual set of needs, and behaves differently with each detailing process. No 2 vehicles are the same, and neither are their condition or how they are used. Thankfully, our packages are thorough and adapt to you and your concerns. Our packages range from basic maintenance packages in the range of $100, up to concourse and show level/custom protection packages that can exceed several thousand dollars! We have performed our work on everything from work trucks to family vans, summer cruisers to award winning show vehicles, and everything in between. Contact us to find out more about our packages and find your perfect fit!




How often should I have my vehicle detailed?


Thankfully, there is no "set times" for when you should have a detail completed. Some may have their vehicle detailed bi-weekly to monthly (realtors, rideshare providers, show vehicles) where their vehicles' appearance is a crucial part of their occupation, and others may only have their vehicle detailed every few years or longer! We recommend what works for you, every time.




How do I know when my vehicle needs to be detailed?


This is a tricky question - as mentioned in our other FAQ's, this is entirely up to you and depends 100% on your individual vehicle and how it is used. We do, however have some recommendations!
Interior: Spills, stains, and salt can damage your vehicles' surfaces over time. Salt compacts and can bleach the carpets in your vehicle, resulting in irreperable damage. Ensuring you have this removed at the end of the winter season is crucial in ensuring it is removed safely and completely to prevent this. Stains and spills can also bleach carpets and upholstery, so it is best to have them taken care of as soon as possible! The more information we have on these concerns, the more likely it is that they can be remedied. Fresh spills and stains that we know the source of are far easier to remove than something that has had time to sit and eat away at the fibers. The same applies for leather!
Exterior: Salt, calcium chloride, acid rain, brake dust, tar, and other environmental contaminants can take a big toll on your vehicles' condition and appearance. In some cases, we have seen vehicles less than 2 years old suffering from rust/corrosion due to neglect! White and silver vehicles suffer greatly with the visibility of fallout and tar (small orange/brown/black specks on the paint, most commonly in the "splash zones" behind the wheels and on the rear (hatch/tailgate/trunk areas). Although every color of vehicle is affected, they are just more apparent on light colors. Your paint may also feel "gritty" almost like sandpaper when it is time for a detail/decontamination. Swirl marks and scratches are also a removable defect, however there are best practices to prevent adding more, which we can go over at the time of your service!