We offer specialty services which include headlight restoration, engine bay detail, glass polish and coating, wheel off detail and coating, and interior leather treatment detail. These services can be added to a packaged detail for your convenience. We do not offer these services by themselves.
What is the difference between carnauba waxes, synthetic polymer paint sealants and ceramic glass coatings?
Carnauba wax is produced by the Brazilian tree of life. This wax is preferred by car collectors and concours enthusiasts because of its rich, warm glow. It transforms the paint into a deep, liquid pool that shimmers under changing light conditions.
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 paintwork 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 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”.
Ceramic Glass Coatings were developed using Nanotechnology. These advanced coatings are technically man made ceramic and glass nanoparticles. 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 ceramic coating like CQuartz which contains Silicon Dioxide or Si02 (Quartz) for minor swirl resistance and gloss enhancement. Tio2 (Titanium) contains ingredients to enhance depth, self cleaning 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 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, paint sealants and ceramic coatings are meant for protection only. In order for these products to be effective your paintwork must be decontaminated and corrected first.
Remember only when your paintwork is polished will it achieve a true shine. Carnauba waxes, paint sealants and ceramic coatings will then enhance that shine and protect your corrected paintwork.
Contrary to some belief, winter is a very important time to have your vehicle detailed. We all know it’s nice to enjoy your shiny paint, wheels, and glass when the sun is out without contaminants on their surfaces. Some of these contaminants include but are not limited to mud, road tar, grit, grim, salt, acid rain and industrial fallout. When these surfaces are protected with carnauba wax, paint sealant or a ceramic coating most of the contaminants are repelled away from these surfaces. Any contaminants that are not repelled away are actually sticking to said protective products, not the paint surface therefore can be removed much easier than if your vehicle is not protected.
A vehicle without a fresh coat of carnauba wax, paint sealant or a ceramic coating 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’s paintwork is in bad shape. Your 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 we recommend having your paintwork compounded, polished and protected with carnauba wax or paint sealant at least once a year with regular maintenance. For your information our ceramic coating offering CQuartz can last for two years with regular maintenance
There are three primary factors that affect how difficult it will be to remove defects in your vehicle’s paintwork.
Paint workability – The hardness or softness of the paint. The only way to know if your paint is hard or soft or how workable is to try a test spot on your vehicle’s paintwork. Some may also know from experience. For example, a professional auto detailing facility or one who is an expert in paint correction.
Hard paint can be very difficult to polish and very time consuming. It can take up to 8 hours to a few days to correct hard paint depending on the size and condition of your vehicle. This includes prepping, decontamination, masking, paint correction and applying wax or sealant. Any reputable auto detailing facility should offer several stages of polishing. Be prepared to pay extra if your paint is hard and has many imperfections (scratches and swirl marks) as it can take up to a few hours just to polish your vehicle one time.
Soft paint typically is a bit easier to polish but can still require extra stages of polishing time depending on the severity of the imperfections. Hard or soft once your paint has been corrected it must be washed and maintained properly in order to minimize scratching and swirling the clear coat.
One who has personally polished thousands of vehicles would know from experience that manufacturers like Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes typically have hard paint and Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus (most Japanese manufactures) have soft paints. Porsche tends to be sort of in the middle of the two categories. As for American manufacturers they’re all across the board from hard to soft and can vary from factory to factory even when dealing with the same vehicle.
Paint Correction is a professional term for polishing, compounding, or buffing. (Buffing is a generic term often confused with paint correction). Compounding and polishing are techniques that are used in the process of paint correction along with special rotary and forced driven orbital machines, cutting and polishing pads. This process covers all areas above and beyond general degradation. This includes removal of all imperfections including deep scratches, swirl marks, oxidation, hologramming, etching, paint overspray, and most surface damage. Many of these issues can be resolved using advanced paint correction techniques. This process slowly removes microscopic layers of clear coat to once again make the surface smooth and mirror like.
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.
We are independent and as such choose our products based on rigorous testing and comparison. We use a mixture of the leading products in the Industry, each to suit their individual purpose, we also have developed our own unique blends of products and techniques to ensure a finish like no other.
No, it will not affect the manufacturers warranty of your cars paintwork, in fact correct care is an important part of maintaining your vehicles finish throughout the warranty period and beyond.
Once detailed a lot depends on the maintenance of the vehicle, if maintained correctly the results can last months or years, depending on the use of the car. Some clients have their cars detailed once a year and some have us carry out regular maintenance treatments in between to ensure the longevity of the finish.
Depending on the level of enhancement you wish to achieve the timescale will usually range from 1 to 5 days, however some special projects and intricate cars can take longer.
Prices are higher due to the extra work and attention required for these vehicles. A precise estimate will be provided upon inspection of your car the day of your appointment.