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Winter driving brings picturesque snow-covered landscapes but also the harsh reality of road salt. While it helps to keep the roads safe, the salt residue left on your car can wreak havoc on its exterior. Here’s why you should be concerned and how ColorKraft Auto Refinishers comes to the rescue with specialized hand wash services and detailing.

The Perils of Road Salt

Road salt is a lifesaver for icy roads, but it’s a menace for your vehicle. Salt is highly corrosive and can accelerate rust formation on the metal components of your car, including the undercarriage, frame, and wheel wells. Left unchecked, this can lead to severe structural damage and compromise the integrity of your vehicle.

Road salt on a vehicle

The Effects of Road Salt on Paintwork

The paintwork of your car is particularly vulnerable. Salt can cause paint to chip and peel, exposing the metal beneath. This not only ruins the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle but also opens the door to further corrosion. Over time, the accumulated salt can lead to costly repairs and significantly reduce the resale value of your car. Here are the top reasons salt is bad for your vehicle:

  1. Corrosion of Metal Components: Road salt is highly corrosive, especially on metal parts of the car. It can lead to rusting of the undercarriage, frame, wheel wells, and other critical components, compromising the structural integrity of the vehicle.
  2. Paint Damage: Salt can cause the paint to chip and peel. This not only affects the aesthetics of the car but exposes the metal underneath, making it susceptible to further corrosion. Over time, this can lead to extensive and costly damage.
  3. Reduced Resale Value: The visible effects of salt damage, such as rust and paint issues, significantly decrease the resale value of the car. Prospective buyers may be deterred by the appearance of corrosion, impacting the overall market value.
  4. Brake and Suspension System Issues: Salt residue can accumulate on brake components and the suspension system, affecting their performance. Corroded brakes can lead to reduced braking efficiency, compromising safety on the road.
  5. Electrical System Malfunctions: Exposure to salt can result in electrical system malfunctions. Corroded wiring and connections may lead to issues with lights, sensors, and other electronic components, causing operational problems.
  6. Degradation of Plastic and Rubber Parts: Salt is not only harmful to metal surfaces but can also degrade plastic and rubber parts over time. This includes seals, hoses, and other essential components, leading to leaks and operational failures.

ColorKraft’s Solution

ColorKraft Auto Refinishers understands the detrimental effects of road salt on vehicles, especially during winter. That’s why we offer specialized hand wash services and detailing to ensure your car remains in pristine condition. Our team of skilled technicians uses industry-leading techniques to remove salt and road grime from every nook and cranny of your vehicle.

Hand Wash Excellence

Unlike automated car washes, our hand wash services allow for a meticulous cleaning process. We pay special attention to the undercarriage and other hard-to-reach areas where salt tends to accumulate. This thorough approach ensures that your vehicle is free from corrosive salt residues.

Premium Detailing

ColorKraft takes pride in its premium detailing services designed to protect and enhance your vehicle’s appearance. Our detailing experts go beyond mere cleaning, applying protective coatings to guard against future salt exposure. This proactive measure not only preserves your car’s finish but also extends its overall lifespan.

Preserve Your Investment

Your vehicle is a significant investment, and protecting it from the damaging effects of road salt is essential. Choosing ColorKraft for hand wash services and detailing is an investment in the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your car. Don’t let winter’s salt tarnish your ride; trust ColorKraft to keep it looking and performing at its best. Schedule your appointment today and give your car the care it deserves.

Hand Wash Packages & Pricing

Prices may vary depending on size of vehicle, such as SUV’s or Large Trucks. Undercarriage detailing is additional.

Express Hand Wash

Starts at $69

  • Full Exterior Wash
    • Exterior hand wash
    • Wheel well pressure wash
    • Wheel Faces Cleaned
    • Engine pressure wash
    • Door jambs wiped down
    • Exterior glass cleaning
    • Tire shine
  • Interior Clean Up
    • Full blowout
    • Thorough vacuum (under seats included)
    • Wipe down of interior panels and dash
    • Interior glass cleaning

PET HAIR REMOVAL IS NOT INCLUDED AND EXTRA

VIP Hand Wash

Starts at $99

  • Full Exterior Wash
    • Exterior hand wash
    • Wheel well pressure wash
    • Wheel faces cleaned
    • Engine pressure wash
    • Door jambs wiped down
    • Exterior glass cleaning
    • Tire shine
    • Spray wax sealant
  • Interior Clean Up
    • Full blowout
    • Thorough vacuum (under seats included)
    • Wipe down of interior panels and dash
    • Interior glass cleaning
    • Cup Holder and pocket cleaning
    • Mat Cleaning

PET HAIR REMOVAL IS NOT INCLUDED AND EXTRA

Ultimate Hand Wash

Starts at $139

  • Full Exterior Wash
    • Exterior hand wash
    • Wheels deep-cleaned
      • Wells hand scrubbed and washed
      • Iron and tar deposit removal
      • Wheel faces hand washed
    • Engine bay deep-cleaned
      • Engine pressure washed
      • Protectant applied
    • Door jambs wiped down
    • Exterior glass cleaning
    • Tire shine
    • Spray wax sealant
  • Interior Clean Up
    • Full blowout
    • Thorough vacuum (under seats included)
    • Wipe down of interior panels and dash
    • Interior glass cleaning
    • Cup Holder and pocket cleaning
    • Mat Cleaning
    • Interior Protectant Applied

PET HAIR REMOVAL IS NOT INCLUDED AND EXTRA

Auto Detailing Packages & Pricing

Prices may vary depending on size of vehicle, such as SUV’s or Large Trucks. Undercarriage detailing is additional.

The Commuter

Starts at $285 + Tax

  • Exterior Hand Wash & Dry
  • Wheel & Tire Cleaning
  • Wax Application
  • Interior & Trunk Vacuum
  • Glass Cleaning
  • Interior Panels Wiped Down
  • Light Seat Cleaning & Condition
  • Tire Shine (Optional)

The Standard Detail

Starts at $485

  • Exterior Hand Wash & Dry
  • Wheel & Tire Cleaning
  • 2 Stage Wax Application
  • Interior & Trunk Vacuum
  • Glass Cleaning
  • Interior Panels Wiped down
  • Leather Seat Cleaning & Conditioning
  • Tire Shine (Optional)

The Elite Detail

Starts at $875
Plan for a 30 Minutes in-person consultation (by appointment).

  • Exterior Hand Wash & Dry
  • Wheel & Tire Cleaning
  • 2 Stage Paint Rejuvenation: Light Compound, Finish Sealant
  • Interior & Trunk Vacuum
  • Glass Cleaning & Treatment
  • Interior Panels Wiped Down
  • Floor Mats Cleaned
  • Leather Seat Cleaning & Conditioning
  • Carpet, Upholstery Seats, & Trunk Shampoo
  • Exterior Plastic Dressing
  • Engine Detail
  • Tire Shine (Optional)

The Prestige Detail

Starts at $1,485
Plan for a 1 hour in-person consultation (by appointment).

  • Exterior Hand Wash & Dry
  • Wheel & Tire Cleaning
  • 3-Stage Paint Rejuvenation: Iron/Carbon Removal, Light Compound, Finish Sealant
  • Interior & Trunk Vacuum
  • Glass Cleaning and Treatment
  • Interior Panels Wiped Down
  • Floor Mats Cleaned
  • Leather Seat Cleaning & Conditioning
  • Carpet, Upholstery Seats, & Trunk Shampoo
  • Headliner Cleaning
  • Exterior Plastic Dressing
  • Engine Detail
  • Complete Undercarriage cleaning
  • Wheel Removal & Detailing
  • All Nooks and Crannies Cleaned
  • Tire Shine (Optional)

Why Choose ColorKraft Auto Refinishers?

DRP Partnerships

Our affiliations with Farm Bureau and Auto Owners streamline the insurance claim process.

Working with All Insurance Carriers

Regardless of your provider, we ensure consistent, high-quality service.

Local and Trusted

Serving Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, Spring Hill, and Franklin, we are your trusted local choice.

Transparent Communication

Wondering, “Is my car totaled?” We provide clear guidance and transparent communication. Have your car towed to us 24/7

Efficient Service

As a small shop, we prioritize swift yet meticulous repairs, ensuring your satisfaction.

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