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Multi-Stage Paint Correction/ 1992 Black Mercedes

We were recently asked if we could correct the black paint on this 1992 Mercedes without swirling the paint. The entire surface had severe etching in the clear coat, most notably on the horizontal panels such as the hood and the trunk lid where the etching was much deeper. We knew that this would be a very time consuming challenge because there would be a large amount of wet sanding involved which always requires additional steps in the buffing process as well in addition to having black paint. Black paint is usually on of our specialties, but this was going to be a serious test. After thoroughly hand washing the car, we clayed and prepped the paint. This is how the hood looked after washing and claying. The etches are clearly visible on the paint.We then measured the thickness of the paint to make sure that we would be able to wet sand without sanding through the clear coat and did a test run on a demo spot to determine the level of sanding that we felt was appropriate based on our f...


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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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How to Prevent and Eliminate "Swirls"

Author: Administrator | Date: 12/27/2011 | Category: Exterior Maintenance | Comments: 0
Tags: AUTO CAR CHATTANOOGA CLAYBAR COMPOUND DETAILING EXOTIC PAINT POLISH SWIRLS TENNESSEE WAX

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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