Washing Tinted Car Windows: A 101 Guide

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Tinted windows especially add to the glam of a street performance car. However, the tint also requires regular maintenance. Otherwise, bubbles will start to form. Washing tinted car windows requires a very specific process compared to washing regular windows.

Washing Tinted Car Windows the Right Way

The two main materials you need are a microfiber cloth and ammonia-free soap mixed in water. We suggest that you wash the windows last when washing your car, and avoid washing the edges of the window. Water and soap can seep between the glass and tint, leading to the dreaded bubbles. If bubbles do form, force the air out of the bubble by pushing the air out using a credit card or similar object.

Wipe in a vertical direction across the entire window and again horizontally. Do the same when you’re wiping the window dry with a dry microfiber cloth. If streaks remain, repeat the process. You may also have to repeat the process once or twice for grimy areas.

Keep in mind that these tips apply to the side of the window that the tint is applied on. This is usually the interior side. This portion of the cleaning can be done as part of an interior vehicle detailing.

Washing Tinted Windows by Hand Is Best

We recommend a car wash by hand rather than an automated car wash if you have tinted windows. The washer in an automated car wash may include low-quality abrasive soap or wipers with an abrasive surface. Even if the tint is in the interior, abrasive material just isn’t good for any part of the vehicle.

We Clean Vehicles with Tinted Windows

Tinted windows require special care to prevent streaks and bubbles. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a washing and restoration. Washing tinted car windows is an intricate process that we perform with the utmost care.

Residential Car Washing and Detailing

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

How to Remove a Car Dealership Decal

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Car dealerships place all sorts of decal ads on their vehicles. The dealer doesn’t always remove the decal when you make a purchase, leaving you to do the job. Without the right technique, trying to remove the car dealership decal can be a pain. We’ll show you the right way to remove a dealership decal.


Wash the decal and the surrounding area. This doesn’t require any fancy techniques or cleaning solutions. A simple mix of water and soap will do; this step doesn’t require an entire wash and wax. This process eliminates particulates that can damage the paint as you remove the decal and adhesive.

Decal Removal

You will need a heat source to soften the adhesive behind the decal. A sunny day may suffice; otherwise, just aim a hair dryer at the sticker. 

Next, slowly peel away the decal. If the adhesive is still too sticky, use a tool, such as a spatula, credit card, or even a string of floss. If the sticker still isn’t coming off, then consider using an adhesive remover.

Keep in mind that some decals may be more difficult to remove. Those consisting of a single large shape, such as that of a bumper sticker, should be no problem. However, others, like those in shape of numbers, may be trickier.

Removing the Adhesive

Once you remove the decal, you still need to remove the adhesive residue. Leaving the glue in place attracts dirt or debris. Plus, the residue is often visible up close, making it an eyesore. Again, we recommend using some sort of adhesive remover. Just follow the instructions on the label.

We Remove Car Dealership Decals

Our vehicle restoration includes removal of old decals and adhesives. We can do this as part of a vehicle detailing. We especially recommend bringing your car to Henry’s Auto Detail after you purchase a pre-owned car. We can remove car dealership decals and make the exterior appear brand new.

Automotive Exterior Decal Removal

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

Is Nano Coating the Real Deal?

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You may have heard of a new car polish known as nano coating. Supposedly, this coating is so durable that a single application lasts for the life of the car. What’s the deal with nano coating and does it deliver as promised? Let’s find out.

What Is Nano Coating?

Nanoman brand car polish, or “nano” coating for short, utilizes very thin polymeric chemical substances that are highly resistant to corrosion and other chemical reactions. When you apply the liquid, it forms an adhesive bond with the car paint. The coating claims to be durable so that it will not erode when you wash the car or when it rains. In short, nano coating forms a barrier designed to protect the car metal from oxidization. 

Is Nano Coating Legit?

As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. We believe this partially applies here. Some nano coating makers claim once you apply the coating, you’ll never have to wash and wax again. This is pure bunk. No polish lasts forever. If this were true, we and other vehicle detailing services would have gone out of business long ago.

Another egregious claim is that the coating protects against rock chips. The coating is too thin to protect against pelting pebbles. You can, however, minimize chips by applying nano coating over a thicker clear bra polyurethane film.

We should also note that nano has a 9H rating. This means it’s resistant against lead, such as from a pencil. Contrary to popular belief, the 9H rating is not the same as a 9H on the Mineral Hardness Scale. If it were, the coating would be nearly as strong as diamond, which is certainly not the case.

We Protect Your Vehicle Surface

We restore your car using time-proven washing techniques. Henry’s Auto Detail doesn’t rely on gimmicky fads. While you may certainly use nano coating, it’s not a permanent fix-all solution. 

Wash and Wax Done to Professional Standards

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and all of South Snohomish & North King Counties

The Right Way to Clean Automobile Glass

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Cleaning the windshield seems like a straightforward job. However, the process is more intricate than most people realize. The method most car owners utilize can scratch the surface. In this article we explain the ideal way to clean automobile glass.

Use the Right Cleaning Materials

We are very selective about the materials we use when detailing a vehicle. This is because common materials, such as paper towels and Windex, can be abrasive.

Instead, use a microfiber cloth, which has an electrostatic charge that helps pick up surface particles. A plain towel just spreads the particulates around your windshield. If you don’t have access to a microfiber cloth, then using newspaper is an acceptable alternative. Contrary to belief, the ink will not leech into the glass. Both microfiber cloth and newspaper leave less lint, smudging, and streaks on your windshield.

We also don’t recommend typical household window sprays. These contain ammonia, which can dehydrate the surface, causing cracks and discoloration. A mineral spirit is a good natural cleaner.

The Proper Cleaning Technique

For the best automobile glass finish, refrain from cleaning the windshield under high temperatures. Heat accelerates evaporation, which leaves behind a residue. When wiping, use a straight up and down motion rather than a circular motion. We know many people do the latter because of the wax-on-wax-off idea from the Karate Kid. However, we believe up and down more effectively removes particles.

The aforementioned technique and materials apply for both the interior and exterior glass. This also goes for the side and rearview mirrors. These are the processes we follow as part of our wash and wax package.

We Restore and Clean Automobile Glass

Our restoration includes all glass components. Schedule an appointment with Henry’s Auto Detail. We clean the windows inside and out. This way, you have full visibility of the road. Cleaning automobile glass requires the right procedure to ensure that the windows incur no damage.

Automobile Windshield Restoration

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

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Happy 2019! With the New Year come new opportunities and resolves. For most people, resolutions involve self-improvement, such as losing weight and boosting their income. However, we also recommend you make New Year’s resolutions for your car.

1. Improve Car Operating Condition

Getting into better physical shape is a common resolution. Why not do the same for your vehicle? In 2019, make the commitment to take better care of your automobile. This means accomplishing basic maintenance, such as monthly oil inspections and tire pressure checks. 

Beyond the DIY care, you should also take your vehicle to a service station for regular servicing. A lot of this is routine maintenance, but you’ll be surprised at the number of car owners who neglect this.

2. Improve Car Aesthetics

While not essential for function, consider improving outer appearances with a thorough detailing. This includes a full wash and wax for the exterior and a restoration of the cabin. We especially recommend improving aesthetics if you’re planning to sell the car or if it’s a lease. The same goes if you own a classic car, especially if you use it for automobile shows.

3. Improve Fuel Efficiency

When you improve fuel efficiency, you save at the pump and help the environment. If you plan to buy a new car this year, consider a hybrid or all-electric model. Washington has tax incentive programs in place for hybrid/electric car owners. These vehicles are also exempt from emissions testing. In addition, more insurance companies are offering discounts and reward programs for hybrid owners.

We Help Fulfill New Year’s Car Resolutions

Routine maintenance should be first priority. Once you take care of that, bring the car to Henry’s Auto Detail for a much-needed facelift. A New Year’s resolution for your car shows that you care about your investment.

New Year Car Maintenance 

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Woodway and south Snohomish County

Car Detailing for Christmas? Why Detailing Makes the Perfect Gift

car detailing, detailing giftDo you have the ideal gift in mind for every person on your Christmas list? Every December, customers often bring a loved one’s car to our shop for a full wash and wax or a restoration. We explain why car detailing as Christmas gift is a growing trend.

Why Car Detailing Makes the Ideal Holiday Gift

You probably know how challenging it can be to find the right gift for some people. These are the non-materialistic folks. You can always settle for a gift card, but that’s kind of lame, passé even.

Detailing the recipient’s car is not exactly a conventional gift. This is one reason why we recommend it. And, if you want to surprise someone, this is the way to do it.

The Ideal Gift for Spouses

Buying a gift for your spouse is perhaps the most challenging of all. How do you find a gift your significant other will find useful and sentimental? This is especially a nice gift for someone who commutes often or owns a luxury car. Continue Reading →

How to Remove Melted Candy Stains from Car Upholstery

melted candy stainsWe hope everyone had a happy Halloween. Your kids now have an entire pail of sugary goodies. With the candy also comes the probability of melted candy stains on the car’s upholstery. We’ll show you how to remove stains from common hard candy, such as Tootsie Pops and Jolly Ranchers.

Step-by-step Process for Candy Stain Removal

The following steps apply for most car fabrics. This includes the fabric trim around the door. The steps are also applicable for home upholstery.

  1. Moisten the candy stain with cold water. This dissolves the sugar and loosens its hold on the upholstery.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop up solid pieces of candy. Do this slowly; if the candy won’t separate from the fabric, then stop and proceed no further. A professional vehicle detailing is in order.
  3. Wet the area with a fabric stain remover. Use a cloth and lightly dab the stain.
  4. Apply white vinegar over the stain using a fresh cloth.
  5. Wipe the stain with a moist lint-free cloth. Dry the area with a separate cloth.

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Cloth Vs Leather Car Seats: Which Is Best?

cloth vs leather car seats, leather car seats, cloth car seatsWhen you buy a new vehicle, the conflict of cloth vs leather car seats enters your life. Is one better than the other? Does one require more upkeep? We examine the pros and cons of each, so you can make an informed decision during your next dealership visit.

Why Choose Leather?

You can’t deny that leather exudes an eloquent and high-class vibe. This is certainly the car seat of choice for luxury car buyers. Simply put, leather is an indication of wealth and high status.

Leather is also easier to clean and restore because the surface is less porous than cloth.

One drawback of leather is that the surface absorbs heat. Your legs and bum are especially going to feel it on a hot summer commute. If you happen to have black leather, then the heat absorption is even worse.

Leather may also not be the best option if you travel with kids and pets in tow. Tykes and canines can leave a mess and damage the material you paid a premium price for. Continue Reading →

Does Your Vehicle Need a Car Dressing?

car dressing, car conditionerMany people give us a confused look when we recommend car dressing as part of a vehicle detail. What is an interior and exterior car dressing and what’s the purpose of it?

What Is a Car Dressing?

A car dressing is more or less the same as a conditioner. You apply it after washing to bring out the sparkle and other hallmarks of a professional detail job. Conditioners exist for various parts of the car, including the exterior metal, tires, and interior upholstery.

You can also find car dressings in automotive stores. They come in various formulas; some also come in all-in-one formulas, much the same as those all-in-one wash-and-wax liquids. Continue Reading →

Boost Windshield Strength with an Auto Glass Ceramic Coating

glass ceramic coating, windshield coatingMost car owners don’t think twice about applying wax to their car’s surface. This is car care 101 for protecting the paint. What about the windshield? This part of the vehicle can benefit from a coating of its own. We suggest an auto glass ceramic coating.

What Is Glass Ceramic Coating?

Glass ceramic coating is a clear coating made from nano-ceramic. After application and curing, the substance becomes a tough yet flexible solid shield. Glass ceramic coating also exists for the paint, though this post focuses on the coating for the windshield. In recent years, auto glass ceramic coating has become a standard in vehicle detailing. Continue Reading →