The main essence of detailing is to clean the vehicle in detail. Cars being constructed of paint, metal, leather, cloths and plastics an understanding of these materials is essential.
For instance leather swells with water weakening the fiber leading to gradual deterioration, water should not be used in cleaning leather! The cut and polish seems to be the remedy for all external paint problems.
Its like using a sledge hammer to crack every nut regardless of whether its a peanut or a coconut.
There are many other processes that are often better in the long term interest of the vehicle. Our philosophy is that less is more. The least amount of rigour, heavy duty, strong chemicals, cut and polishing the better for the long term out come of your vehicle.
Longevity and looks are the reason we detail. Cars are rarely looked after well enough to prevent them from deteriorating. Most commercial car washes are abrasive and corrosive to your paint work. People generally want their cars cleaned quickly and thoroughly.
Its easier for the commercial car wash operator to use a stronger detergent and give you what you want, rather than explaining that your paint is being slowly etched and after half a dozen washes the crevices will be large enough to support a good vegetable garden.
Detailing is required to correct the ravages of nature, commercial car washes and general use.
Usually when cars are bought or sold. We don’t mind our own dirt but we’re disgusted by everyone else’s!
Since were selling the car we don’t mind what’s done to it as long as it looks good, and we don’t care if the shine fades in a weeks time as long as were out of it.
So if you have a choice buy the car with warts and all, have it detailed yourself, let the detailers know that you’ve just bought the car and you hope to be the proud owner of it for many years to come.
Obviously someone who knows their trade. When you ask for a price for a detail, if that question is answered without you being asked the basic details of the job (asking at least six questions) you know you are getting a one size fits all.
That’s fine if your only concern is short term price.
Remember we said that detailing is an end result (show room condition), as a detailer we know the finishing point but where are we starting.
A fair dinkum detailer needs to know the starting point and hence will ask you for information!
Paint Rejuvenation is the process of removing everything that’s not meant to be on your painted surface.
This includes all types of dirt, dead paint and some scratches. This may include some or all of the processes listed below.
As we have said detailing is about an end result not about particular processes. What your car needs depends on what on its ailments.
General use of the vehicle leads to dirt, stains, odours and scarf marks to accumulate internally. Internal detailing is the removal of these “unpleasants” without damages to the vehicle.
General cleaning methods such as vacuuming, wiping and window cleaning remove the solid dirt. Stains however require the use of specific, solvents, detergents in combination with shampooing or steam cleaning. The later is the preferred method as it is more effective and it also sterilizes and removes odours.
Extra charges: All prices listed are indicative only. Blue Planet reserves the right to change prices without notice or explanation at any time.
Disclaimer: Notwithstanding negligence we accept no responsibility for any breakdowns that may occur while the vehicle is in our care.
It’s your duty of care to ensure that the vehicle presented to us is safe to be worked on and is mechanically sound and able to withstand the treatment requested.
Blue Planet does not guarantee the end result of any work performed as this is governed by many factors beyond our control. All warranties made are done so by the chemical supplier.
A guide to what your car needs after summer
The summer is over, and it’s time to look at any damage to your car and take action. It was fortunate that the summer was mild and the damage to our vehicles was less than other years.
During summer, our cars are bombarded with radiation from the sun, dry dusty air, salt from the ocean and high temperatures that cook the insides of our cars. South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Southbank get all these damaging factors in abundance.
A weekly hand car wash is necessary to have your vehicle looking it’s best in ten years time. So the damage may be limited, if not don’t worry bring it in and we’ll discuss what needs to be done.
In most case we want to remove all salt from the body of the car. Even if you live 5 kilometres from the beach, your car will need to be desalted before the wet season. We know that salt in itself is not corrosive to your paintwork, but add some moisture (and its coming) and damage will occur. So it’s best to take care of your car now.
An option is a hot spa hand wash that focuses on all the nooks and crannies where salt crystallises and hangs around, boot jambs, door jambs sun roof cradles and so on. The car is then resealed with our favourite polish /wax carnauba wax, long lasting great shine and protection. Ready for its onslaught with winter.
Summer can also damage vehicles duco with acid rain. Sulphur in the air is leached out by Melbourne’s famous misty rain. It sits on the cars surfaces, windows and body, and etches the glass or the paint work. Hopefully you haven’t fallen victim to this, as it’s quite difficult to correct. We’ll advise you as to the best cause of action if this has happen to your vehicle.
The interior is the same as the exterior if you are a beach go-er as the salt will get into materials and plastics that make up the inside of the vehicle. Steam cleaning will remove the salt plus all the dirt and grime that has built up over the summer. Apart from this most vehicles will need a thorough prolonged vacuuming to remove all sand, camping left overs, fishing bait, rubbish removal, gardening and so on. An interior detail that includes the steam cleaning will be recommended if you have any of these problems.
The big deal with the inside is radiation damage to plastics and de-moisturising of fibre and materials by high temperatures. Sun causes plastics to gobrittle and eventually crack. There are no good sun blocks for car plastics. The materials that we apply on our bodies permeate the plastic and stain it permanently. Do not touch your car’s interior while you have sun block on as its very difficult to get of. As a general rule do not apply moisturisers or creams of any type to the plastics inside your car.
So the only way to limit the damage by radiation is to block the radiation in the first place. Shade at all times particularly during very hot days. This also helps in protecting fibres and materials inside the car.
Shade is beneficial to the whole interior. Leather however is far more affected by increasing temperatures. High temperatures drive out moisture causing the leather to go stiff and brittle, again parking in shade helps enormously. The inside of the car is a glass house and temperatures rise quickly and extremely high when the cabin is sealed. Leaving the windows down a fraction allowing hot air to escape will dramatically keep temperatures down. Re moisturising is essential with all leather before summer and at the end of summer.
So to cap off, the exterior of your car will need a hot spa hand was and a good wax. And the interior will need lots of shade and a steam clean. All of these services and more are provided at Blue Planet. Our team are equipment with the knowledge and skills to give your car the best personal treatment.
Blue Planet at South Melbourne was built not only to be self sufficient in water resources, but also to have a small footprint on nature as a whole, with minimum cost to the planet.
The hand car wash and detailing bays were design to make maximum use of space, power and of course water.
The biggest efficiencies at blue planet hand carwash are to do with power consumption and its use. The trend presently and over the past 20 years is to employ labour saving machinery. For instance, most new car washes, particularly the big brands, all use blowers for drying your car. The economic rational for this is very strong, if you value CO2 output as having a zero cost. In other words, you give no consideration to the environment.
Hand drying a car costs approximately $1.66 per car, compared to 30 cents for mechanical drying. (Hand drying assumes 5 minutes at $20/hr. Mechanical 100KWatts for 5 minutes 36 cents /kwatt.)
From the employers point of view the short term personal economic argument is a no brainier.From a long term world perspective point of view, this type of approach is disastrous to us all, in particular future generations that will have to pay for the lack of restraint been shown by most of our industries today.
Total cost of your car wash is much more than just what comes out of your wallet.
Just like the best diet is natural unprocessed foods, so to is your car wash, natural elbow grease with the least amount of mechanical processing results in the lowest total cost.
Think about that when you visit your hand car wash next.
Come say hello at blue planet this summer to get your car looking its best, then show it off on our Melbourne sunny days!
Imagine your clean shining machine reflecting the sun rays on a bright summer day. That is the dream we work hard for. What else can we ask for in our Australian summers? When weather is quick to change and unpredictable, a moment of sun is not taken lightly. Make the most of these moments with your car at it’s best. At Blue Planet we toil endlessly to
make this dream a reality.
We offer restoration work on your paint, deodorisation to stop the deterioration of your cabin, and to make the ride enjoyable.
Not to mention, cut and polish, steam cleaning, and waxing. With passion and elbow grease, that’s how we are the best at what we do. We’ve been doing it longer than anyone else.
We do the best and only use the best, because it costs less in the long run. Come and try one of our many services: