Just because your vehicle is new doesn’t necessarily mean the paint finish is flawless. Often times when a vehicle leaves the factory there are many paint imperfections that are missed by quality control personnel. Some of these imperfections are dirt specks, run lines, wet sanding marks, pig tails from a D/A sander, and hologramming from improper polishing techniques.
If the vehicle is shipped from out-of-state or travels by train, it can be subject to many contaminants along the way with no protection. Then when it arrives at the car dealership, many times the vehicle is washed improperly by inexperienced lot attendants causing scratches and swirl marks. Ideally before you take delivery, ask them not to wash your vehicle.
Here is how our New Car Detailing service works. Just schedule an appointment for an exterior wash. First we will gently wash your vehicle, then we will put it under our lights and start our quality control inspection.
If we find any paint imperfections we will give you an onsite estimate for our paint correction service. If not, then we will finish the detail and you will be all set.
We also offer new car protection services at a fraction of what the dealers charge and the protection products we offer are much higher quality compared to the products used by the dealer. Often times, dealerships will offer a “lifetime paint sealant” and say if you purchase this you will never have to wax your car again. This idea of a paint sealant or coating that will protect your vehicles paintwork forever is a great one and we wish it were true, but unfortunately there is no such product on the market.
However, there are some paint sealants and coatings available that will last well over one year with regular maintenance. We import our paint sealants and coatings from the U.K. and most are German made. These are the finest paint protection products made. We also offer sealant for your wheels, leather and fabric guard and rain repellant windshield coatings.
We can, however, remove most of the stains inside and polish out most of the oxidation on the exterior; but, unfortunately your vehicle will never look as nice as if it had received detailing and maintenance in the past. This means you’ll probably get much less than you’re asking for. If the clear coat is damaged or peeling off then the vehicle would have to be repainted. A high quality paint job can cost several thousand dollars as opposed to a few hundred a year to properly maintain your vehicle’s factory finish.
Not only does having your vehicle detailed hold its value throughout its lifetime, but it also provides a more enjoyable driving experience. A clean vehicle can portray self confidence and a high level of professionalism. It is one of the most important maintenance services for your vehicle.
A vehicle without a fresh coat of paint sealant or wax is exposed to the brutality of the elements. Exposure to adverse conditions can doom your precious paint to oxidation, scratches, swirl marks and corrosion.
By the time summer rolls around your vehicle is in bad shape. The detailer will have to spend more time cleaning and polishing your vehicle. Its definitely more cost effective to maintain your exterior throughout the year plus you get the luxury of always having a clean car. In order to maintain your vehicle’s finish properly you must have it polished and protected at least twice a year with regular maintenance.
It’s also very important to keep the interior of your vehicle clean all year. The contaminants from the road can easily get inside and stain your carpets, seats and upholstery. The interior of your vehicle can also create health issues. Over time food particles, mold, mildew, skin oil, and pet hair will turn into bacteria and grow inside your vehicle causing you and your family to get sick. We have had some mini vans in our shop that actually contained the bacteria level of an entire daycare center. Just like your vehicle’s exterior. It’s all about cleaning, protection and maintenance.
Clear Coats still require the same care as the old single state paints. Just because the topcoat of paint has no pigment in it doesn’t make it impervious to environmental conditions. Topcoats of clear paint still oxidize, and the softer paints used today also allow contaminants to easily embed in the surface. These softer paints require modern formulations and technology to protect them against damage.
In short, the need for proper care and maintenance of clear coat paints is just as important as years ago. Actually, because of their softer, fragile nature, they really should be maintained BETTER than the older single stage paints.
When the Clear Coat Finish becomes dull, it requires special attention. Our detailing technicians apply high quality fine surface polish and wax to remove the elements that dull the Finish. When detailing is completed, the Clear Coat Finish has been cleaned and properly restored.
Waxes leave microscopic layers of fine wax particles providing deep shine and protection. With regular maintenance and care, the deep shine can last between 3 to 12 months depending upon the quality of the wax and car storage. We use only the highest quality wax in the industry today.
How long a wax lasts depends on a variety of factors such as the environment and how the surface is prepared. Our detailing experts are trained to meet your needs and requests.
If you can feel bumps in the paint after washing and drying or waxing, chances are you’ll need to have it clayed first. In most cases, the wash ‘n wax program you see at the car wash facilities do not include claying. Our full detail package include claying services
Even more than yesterday’s paints, today’s clear coat finishes look faded whenever the surface becomes contaminated by airborne pollution, acid rain, industrial fallout, and countless other factors. If the contamination isn’t removed frequently, it reduces the reflective quality of the finish until it looks dull and lifeless. If the contamination is left on the car for some time, it can begin to etch into the thin clear coat paint layer and expose the base coat to direct UV rays and even greater damage. Once the clear coat protection is gone, the car usually requires costly repainting.
**The overspray is recent, we can safely remove the contaminants and restore the structural integrity of the finish. In some cases, the overspray may have already penetrated into the clear coat. At which point, repainting may be necessary.
Buffing is a generic term often confused with paint correction or polishing. When we as professionals hear the term buffing, to us it means just a quick shine by hand or any average machine with usually an abrasive wool pad, high grit compound, fill in glaze, silicone or wax. Not a good combination. This highly unskilled approach to try and improve a vehicle’s finish is usually performed in a home garage or low quality establishment and the results are always worse than before they began.
Unlike buffing, not just anyone can execute paint correction. This technique is a labor intensive process and must be performed by a master technician that has several years of experience. There are also certain products that must be used to achieve paint correction. These high quality polishing products are developed using Nanotechnology and contain super micro abrasives. They are carefully selected and imported from around the world. Each of these fine products are used for different levels of paint correction and the technician must be familiar with how to use each product individually. The art of safe, modern and proper polishing techniques is what separates the true professional detailer from all the rest and is a skill set that is mastered by very few.
A carnauba based wax will protect your vehicle from UV rays, heat, moisture, oxidation and environmental contamination. An application of carnauba wax usually lasts from 6 to 8 weeks. If your paint is corrected first expect even more durability.
Synthetic paint sealants are kind of the anti-carnauba. They are more durable, easy to apply and there is nothing natural about them. Synthetic paint sealants are made of polymers, which are composed of tens of thousands of synthetic particles that are linked together. When a synthetic polymer sealant bonds to your vehicle’s paint, it forms a rigid shell. They are glossy and slick, but do not have the warmth and depth of a carnauba wax. Synthetic polymer paint sealants will last from 4 to 6 months. However, a growing number of enthusiasts simply refuse to choose. Instead, they coat their vehicles with a layer of synthetic polymer sealant for long lasting protection and then top it off with a layer of carnauba for a dazzling shine, commonly referred to as “stacking”.
Silica based paint sealants or coatings were developed using Nanotechnology. These advanced coatings are technically man made ceramic and glass nano-particles. They do not just adhere to the vehicles surface, but rather become a part of the surface themselves. These coatings also enhance the appearance of automotive paint on a timescale of years rather than months. The process involves using a wet sol-gel to lay down a self organizing microfilm of Silica and other nano-scale components that chemically bond to painted surfaces on a molecular level. This invisible glass-like coating not only provides excellent protection against all environmental contaminants, but also partially mimics the self-cleaning properties of the Lotus plant leaves in nature (the Lotus Effect). This will make washing and drying your vehicle much easier. Your wash mitt will glide across your paint surface like never before and drying is near effort-less due to the Hydrophobic properties of these coatings.
Please note that both carnauba waxes and paint sealants are meant for protection only. In order for these products to be effective your paintwork must be corrected first. Remember only when your paintwork is polished will it achieve a true shine. Carnauba waxes and paint sealants will then enhance that shine and protect your corrected paintwork.