Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the most frequently asked questions about our wash. If after reading this section you still have some doubt, do not hesitate to contact us.

Although the Bay Area is known for its temperate climate, encounters with bird droppings, insects, tree sap, road tar and other environmental contaminates are inevitable and can quickly cause permanent damage to your vehicle’s finish if not removed as soon as possible. Major automakers recommend washing your car weekly to maintain its appearance and increase longevity.

Absolutely! One of the common misconceptions is that a hand wash is the safest way to clean a vehicle. While there is nothing inherently wrong with washing a car by hand, the wash mitts used during the hand wash process tend to collect girt and grime which can cause swirl marks and even deep scratches on your vehicle. Shine-N-Seal Express Car Wash uses the latest brushless cleaning technology called Neoglide. This new material is extremely soft which allows it to safely and gently sweep away dirt and grime from your vehicle’s surface. Best of all, this new material doesn’t hold any dirt from the cars ahead of you, so there is no risk of swirling or scratching your paint!

Those pesky yellow spots that can cover your car, especially in the summer, are actually bee droppings. The most frustrating part about these spots is that they also contain bee wax, which is resistant to most car wash cleaning solutions. Although they seem to come right off with your fingernail, some cars can contains hundreds of these little spots, and there is no easy way to remove all of them at once. Our best advice is to have your car washed as soon as you notice these spots on your paint. The longer they have a chance to settle on your paint, the harder they are to remove, especially if they have been exposed to bright sunlight. If these are a constant problem where you park, we recommend joining our Unlimited Wash Club and washing your vehicle regularly.

No appointments are necessary at Shine-N-Seal!

If your vehicle happened to be an exceptional target for these nuisances, it might be necessary to wash it a second time. If this happens, just let any one of our team members know (if we don’t bring it to your attention first) and we will be happy to make those arrangements. Both bird droppings and insects contain chemicals which can permanently damage paint if not removed right away. There are cases where permanent etching is noticeable after a wash, and this is not correctable with a re-wash. Some severe cases may require a visit to an automotive paint specialist.

Water spots are calcium deposits left behind after your vehicle comes in contact with water from sprinklers or a garden hose. If these spots are not removed before the sun comes in contact with them, they will most likely not come off during the standard wash process. If left untreated for an extended period of time, they can actually cause permanent damage to the clear coat. If your vehicle is a common victim of sprinkler assaults, we recommend joining our Unlimited Wash Club and having it washed before the sun has a chance to come in direct contact with your paint.

Shine-N-Seal Car Wash accepts all major credit cards including Visa/MC, AMEX, Discover as well as Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments.

Shine-N-Seal offers the latest express wash technology while allowing everyone to remain comfortably in their vehicle during the entire exterior cleaning process which takes less than 5 minutes! For those who require interior cleaning, we offer the most powerful self service vacuums in the city allowing you to clean your vehicle to your satisfaction for a fraction of cost of a traditional full service car wash.

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Shine-N-Seal Express Car Wash

367 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94124