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BMW M3 Ceramic Coating

Author: Administrator | Date: 01/18/2018 | Category: Detailing Journal | Comments: 0

We were recently contacted by an individual who had recently purchased a new car and wanted to protect the exterior. After explaining that the vehicle has black paint, the goal was to apply something that would add depth and gloss to the paint, provide the long lasting protection, and make regular maintenance washes easier and safer. After explaining the different options, we agreed on a ceramic coating. Ceramic Coatings are not a wax or a sealant. They are a unique protectant in that they leave behind a high silica-content barrier to protect paint from hazardous elements by not allowing contaminants to stick to the surface. Ceramic Coatings are hydrophobic, repelling water just like a wax or sealant, but unlike a wax or sealant Ceramic Coatings deliver 2-3 years of protection in addition to delivering insane amounts gloss that gives paint that "wet look." The results can speak for themselves.   ...

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Paint Protection Plan

This is a brand new 2013 BMW 335is. It is an amazing car and the best way to keep it looking brand new and amazing is by simply protecting it. The dealership generously offered to protect the paint for the small fee of $1600. Our client passed on their offer and instead went with our protection plan that covers the paint, leather, rubber, vinyl, and upholstery backed by a 5 year transferrable warranty for a fraction of the dealerships price. What are the differences between our plan and the dealerships plan? First, the preparation of the vehicle for this protective treatment makes the difference. Despite the fact that the vehicle has less than 100 miles on it, we do a full detail. Why? We want to be sure that the vehicle is 100% free of any dirt or debris. This means thoroughly cleaning the leather, rubber, and vinyl. Shampooing the carpets and mats. Washing, claying, and machine polishing the paint. This allows the protectants to properly do their job. Would you apply lotion to your...

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Exotic Detailing

Detailing "Exotic" cars can present an entire new level of challenges. More often than not, these vehicles are designed and built very differently than a daily driver. We recently worked on this Ferrari Spyder. Although this vehicle is rarely driven and usually stays under a car cover, it still needed some attention. The paint was in overall good shape. It had some light to moderate marring and desperately needed to be clayed to remove surface contaminants that had built up over the years. The interior was also in pretty good shape as well. The leather on the dash and seats were not cracked or discolored, but it had been a while since they had been conditioned. The carpet was black and did not have any visible stains, but after cleaning a sample area, there was some light soiling. The wheels had some brake dust that had built up and the pipes had a thick layer of exhaust residue that stood out. The engine compartment was dusty and required some protection from the intense heat from op...

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Black 2001 Jaguar XJR (after)

After washing and claying the entire vehicle to exfoliate the paint to prevent further damage, we polished the paint with a three stage paint correcting polish and a D/A polsher (D/A is a "Dual-Action" polisher as opposed to a "high speed" or "rotary" buffer).The polish completely eliminated the small scratches rather than temporarily hiding them like a wax or swirl remover would. We want true results rather than temporary results. This took several hours to complete, but once the surface was smooth and blemish free, we applied two coats of a durable paint sealant that forms an invisible sheild over the surface. Once the sealant had time to bond to the paints, surface, we appilied to two coats of a premium paste wax for additional protection as well as delivering a look that is unparalleled. The marring was gone and we were left with a deep shine. We wanted to make the flakes in  the paint stand out to add stronger depth and clarity. The trunk lid was retored to its original brill...

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How to Prevent and Eliminate "Swirls"

Author: Administrator | Date: 12/27/2011 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 0

If you ever collected baseball cards and found a rare hologram of your favorite player, you were probably pretty excited about it. I know that I always was. However, I do not feel that same excitement when the paint on my favorite car looks like a hologram. These holograms or swirls can appear as a result from improper washing techniques as well as improper use of a rotary or high speed buffer. Improper washing will slowly form swirls because contaminants on the paint will be moved around during the washing process and will make small scratches that become more apparent over time. Improper use of a rotary tool could include using an over aggressive compound and/or buffing pad and not taking the necessary steps afterwards to eliminate the swirls caused during the process.   Prevention: Using claybar is the best way to prevent contanimants from building up on your vehicles' paint. Claying and waxing your paint in a few times a year will greatly reduce the negative side affect...

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Headlight Restoration

Author: Administrator | Date: 10/26/2011 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 2

Headlight Restoration: We are constantly being inundated with commercials for the newest trends in the car care industry. I have seen several commercials for headlight restoration kits that show a set of old faded headlights and in 30 seconds, they look brand new. You've seen the results in the commercial for yourself so why wouldn't it work? If watching somebody on television do it, isn't enough incentive to buy this product, order now and they will double your order for free! (just pay separate shipping and handling) After all, a new set of after-market headlights will cost upwards of $160+. If you read the reviews on these products from the people that ordered them, you can save yourself money, time, and headache. This is a very important safety issue as it directly affects your visibility when driving in addition to allowing other motorists to see you so what headlight restoration system actually works?   What causes headlights to yellow and fade over time...

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Vinyl Protectants

Author: Administrator | Date: 10/02/2011 | Category: Interior Maintenance | Comments: 0

What do use to protect the dashboard in your vehicle? Armor-All has become a household name in vinyl care. I have heard many stories over the years from people claiming that Armor-All ruined their vinyl, but I have also met several people that will not use anything but Armor-All therefore, I prefer to look at the facts and use the product that gives you the preferred results.    Armor-All:  Armor-All uses water based silicone emulsions, UV inhibitors, and gloss enhancers in their vinyl protectant formula. Vinyl manufacturers agree that no silicone oil vinyl treatments should be used on vinyl for several reasons. Silicone oils attack the top coat on vinyl, they contain no effective UV screening agents, they are build up products that inhibit heat which will accelerate drying and eventually cracking the vinyl, and they are greasy and oily attracting dust and soiling. The UV inhibitors used in their formula may help reduce the risks, but why take the chance?   Water-Based Vin...

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What is Carnauba?

Author: Administrator | Date: 08/09/2011 | Category: General | Comments: 2

What is "Carnauba"? We are asked this almost daily and since we pride ourselves in the details, here is the detailed answer.   Carnauba is a wax that is pruduced by a species of palm tree found in Brazil called Copernicia prunifera, or "carnauba palm". This tree secrets the wax to repel moisture from the palms to the ground where it can then be absorbed by the roots in addition to protecting the plant from damaging heat and humiduty. Humans have derived the wax from the leaves by harvesting them, drying out the leaves and collecting the yellowish brown wax as it flakes off the leaves. Using heat and solvents, the wax is refined and used in food, pharmaceutical pill coating, hardwood floor coating, as well as high end automotive waxes.   In its natural form, carnauba is extremely hard. In order to make the substance more workable, car wax manufacturors blend the wax with oils, petrolium distillates, or naptha solvent, which is a kind of paint thinner. The wax will retain i...

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Is your paint protected?

Author: Administrator | Date: 08/04/2011 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 2

We all know that snakes shed their skin, right? Your car will shed its clear coat and paint if it does not receive proper care. Here is a quick test to see if your car is protected. Spray some water on your car. Does the water bead up? If not then your clear coat is not protected and your paint could be in danger.    There are two ways to protect your vehicles paint and clear coat.   Carnauba Wax: The first option is carnauba wax. Carnauba wax is a natural protective agent produced from the leaves of a palm tree found in Brazil. Carnauba is great because it will enhance a cars paint surface with a rich, warm glow. In its natural environment, carnauba has a couple of different functions. It does repel water from the leaves so it can be absorbed by the roots of the plant as well as protecting the plant from heat and humidity. It serves the same purposes for paint with an added bonus of making the paint look like a deep reflective pool that shimmers under changing light...

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Unpleasant Odors

Author: Administrator | Date: 08/02/2011 | Category: Interior Maintenance | Comments: 0

What is the first thing that you notice when you get in someone else's car? Do you ever wonder what other people notice when they get into your car?   The first thing that I always notice is the smell. Odor is always amplified in the summer, especially when a car sits in the sun all day with the doors closed and the windows up. Every summer, I have clients that bring their cars in because there is some smell somewhere in their vehicle and they want it removed. Who wouldn't? The sources of most odors are usually pretty obvious so we will jump straight to the part on how to eliminate them. The first, and most cliche, way to get rid of an odor is to prevent it. Realistically though, there will probably be a time when you will eat in your car and a small part of your snack or meal will end up in between your seats and if unnoticed, it will stay there for a long time. Maybe you will take your dog to the park and if the dog doesn't get sick in the car, it will shed in the car....

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