PDR FAQs

Home / PDR FAQs

General Business Questions – Auto Detailing

Q: Can you give me a few reasons I would want to learn auto detailing from The Ding King’s Auto Detail School?

A: There are many reasons, but in the spirit of keeping it simple and getting to the point, I’ll list three:

  1. STATE CERTIFIED TRAINING: We provide you a state licensed auto detailing training program and offer you certification upon graduation. Our curriculum has been tested and proven for over a decade to properly prepare you to hit the ground running. The education you’ll receive from The Ding King Training Institute (DKTI) is simply the best.
  2. OUTSTANDING TRAINING FACILITIES: Each of our campuses provides an excellent educational environment in which to learn car detailing. We invest in quality chemicals and equipment, as well as provide quality, real-world training to ensure you a well rounded education. Our graduates’ success has made DKTI the nation’s number one Auto Detail School in the nation.
  3. PRACTICAL HANDS-ON TRAINING: You’ll learn all auto detailing techniques through hands-on demonstrations and classroom discussions led by experienced auto detailing instructors. You’ll experience will be “real world” so you may apply you newly learned skills on all types of detailing, ranging from the paint correction to the proper way to clean and detail the interior of a car. Our on-the-job teaching approach helps you to learn the skills you will need to be “two steps” ahead of the competition.

Q: Am I required to purchase my detail equipment and supplies from The Ding King?

A: After completion of your detail training course, you may elect to purchase your chemicals and supplies from whomever you like. Your instructor will assess your needs and business objectives and will be pleased to recommend a list of exactly what you might need. We’ll even provide you with a list of vendors to choose from.

Q: Is auto detailing a hard trade to learn?

A: No, not with the proper training and desire to be the best. It takes hard work and the right attitude. We’ll do everything we can to teach you all the fine nuances so you have the confidence to succeed.

Q: How long does it take to complete an interior/exterior detail?

A: It depends upon the condition of the car, but a good approximation would be about 3-5 hours. Time will fluctuate upon the condition of the vehicle you’re working on.

Q: What is the average price charged for performing a complete detail?

A: Prices vary across the country, but a good average is $150-200 for a retail client and $65-$125 for a wholesale detail for a high volume used car dealer.

Technical Questions about Auto Detailing

Q: How does paint oxidation occur?

A: Oxidation occurs when the painted surface of a vehicle is neglected. Neglecting of the paint can occur several ways:

  • When the paint becomes permeable by not waxing or protecting it frequently.
  • When vehicles are washed with dish soap which contains detergents.
  • When a car’s finish is left unprotected and inclement weather takes its toll.

Q: Once I’ve removed oxidation, is there a way of preventing it from reoccurring?

Answers:

  • Never wash vehicles with dish soap and be sure to use soap made specifically for car washing.
  • Provide your customers with a complete exterior paint polish twice a year.
  • Schedule your customers on a maintenance program where you add a protective coating of wax every 3 months. This wax will act a barrier, thus preventing oxidation.

Q: When, why and how would I perform a surface evaluation?

A: Surface evaluations should be done after you’ve washed and dried your customer’s car. The purpose of a surface evaluation is so you know the precise condition of the painted surface and prepare to take the necessary steps to correct any paint flaws you may detect. The first step in conducting a surface evaluation is wash and dry the vehicle, then evaluate the condition of the paint paying particular attention to the brightness and brilliance of the color, while searching for swirl marks, surface scratches, fading, oxidation, overspray and other paint blemishes.

Q: What is the best method for removing water spots?

A: First try to remove them as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage. Next, use the clay bar, followed by proper use of a paint polish and carnauba wax or paint sealant.

Q: What are the most common causes of swirl marks I see in dark colored cars?

A: Swirl marks are small micro scratches in the paints surface that become more visible in the direct sunlight. The most common causes are caused by:

  • Washing the vehicle from the bottom up, thus dragging the dirt from the wheel well onto the middle panels of the vehicles which causes small scratches.
  • Washing vehicles in automatic car washes where nylon bristle brushes spin and scratch the vehicles paint.
  • The use of dirty or rough wash and drying towels can cause scratches. Try using micro fiber towels, soft diapers or a chamois to help prevent paint swirls.

Q: How do I remove swirl marks?

A: The best way to remove swirl marks is by having a trained auto detail professional use a high speed polisher to polish the paint, then wax and nourish the paint back to “showroom condition”.

Q: What causes rubber trim and moldings to turn white?

A: The most common causes are wax and polish residue.

Q: What are the distinctions between polishes and waxes?

A: Polishes will eliminate small Clear coat blemishes while waxes protect the polished surface and enhance gloss.

Q: What does VOC compliant represent?

A: VOC regulations apply to chemical products that are used in the state of California. VOC stands for – Volatile Organic Compounds and are not healthy to breath and contribute to the formation of the ozone. All detail chemicals sold by The Ding King Auto Detail School are VOC compliant.

Q: What does MSDS stand for?

A: M.S.D.S. stands for – Material Safety Data Sheets and they list all pertinent safety information for the product such as hazardous ingredients, fires and explosive data and first aid suggestions.