42 N. Fairview Ave. Goleta, CA 93117            Phone: 805.967.6530

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Just the FAQs

Q : How often should I wash my car?
A To put it frankly, whenever it gets dirty.  The longer the dirt is allowed to sit on a car, the more it is able to penetrate the wax or sealer and starts eating the paint.  Dirt also acts as an abrasive when objects brush against your car, increasing the chance for scratches. A good rule of thumb is to wash your car once every 1-2 weeks.

Q : How often should I wax my car?
A : An express wax lasts 3-4 weeks, a quality Carnauba Wax lasts about a month, and a quality paint sealer will last 4-6 months or more (depending on contitions.)  Dark or red colored cars or those used for commuting should be waxed more often.

Q : What if it rains right after I get my car washed?
A : If at any time you encounter rain, birds or are dissatisfied with your wash quality, return to the wash within 48 hours of the original wash and we will cheerfully rewash your car for you. This is NOT valid with our express lane washes.

Q : Do I need an appointment for detail services?
A : No, we welcome walk-in's, but an appointment will allow us to give your car priority when performing detail services.

Q : What's the best way to protect my car's finish?
A : A modern polymer paint sealant is the best way to protect your car's finish.  For years, Carnauba wax was the gold standard for paint protection, and Carnauba wax does give a deep shine to your vehicle.  However, Carnauba wax only lasts for about two months.  A polymer paint seland provides an interlocking layer of proctection for your car's finish.  A paint sealant makes your car look great, and will last six months or more.  If you have a show car you might want to consider a paint sealant for protection, with a layer of Carnauba wax to bring out a deeper shine.

Q : I've heard of "Clay Bar" treament.  What is that?
A : The clay bar is the latest advancement in car technology.  If your paint has been unprotected, dirt and pollutants get stick in the the pores of your paint.  A bar of synthetic clay is wiped over the surface of your car with a lubricant.  The clay extracts all of the dirt and leaves the pores of your paint clean and ready for paint sealant or wax.  After a car us washed it's amazing to see the amount of dirt a clay bar will pull out of the car's finish.  Ask a Fairview Car Wash detail technician for a demonstration on your car.

Q : Will the brushes in the wash damage my paint?
A : At Fairview Car Wash, we don't use brushes; we use a light weight, closed cell foam that is gentle on your car's finish.  In fact, the manufacturer washed a car 50 times in a row with this soft foam and the paint is was polished rather than scratched.

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