Services

Below is a guide and list of services that will show the various stages of the detail and will also give those new to detailing an idea of the time and effort that goes into detailing a car to a high standard.

The Wash Stage

Wheel Brush

Firstly, the wheels are cleaned using a non acidic wheel cleaner and various brushes. The tyres are also degreased to remove old tyre dressing and any oils:

The door and boot shuts/hinges and arches are then cleaned using a degreaser and pressure washed off. The car is then foamed using an all purpose cleaner and left to dwell.

The reason behind this is to loosen the dirt on the paintwork and any loose dirt, such as dust will get caught up in the foam and safely removed as the foam runs off the car and is later pressure washed to remove the rest of the foam.

Foam

As the foam is dwelling on the car, the badges and grills are cleaned using a soft bristled brush: The aim is to get the car as clean as possible before washing it by hand. This way losse dirt is not being dragged around the car as you wash it and only a light traffic film remains. The car is then washed using a lambs wool mitts and two buckets. One for clean soapy water and the other dirty water. Essentially, you wash a panel with the clean soapy water and then rinse the mitt in the bucket for dirty water and then back into the clean bucket. This ensures the dirt from the car goes into one bucket and you dont end up using dirty water to wash with. Once this is done, the car is pressure washed again and while the car is still wet, it is clayed.

This process, called "claying" removes the bonded contaminants such as tree sap etc that leaves the paintwork feeling rough. As the clay bar is moved back and forth over the car, it removes the contaminants and transfers them to the clay bar, leaving a smooth as glass feel to the paint.

Once the car has been clayed, it is then sprayed with a tar remover, which will desolve any tar that is stuck to the paint. It is then pressure washed again and then dried using very soft towels, not a chamois or water blade. When anything comes into contact with the paintwork, there is a chance of leaving marks or swirls, so to help prevent this, only the softest mitts, drying towels and cloths are used.

The Wax / Protection Stage

Clay

Once the car is dry, a paintwork cleanser/pre wax cleaner fluid is applied and buffed off. This ensures the paintwork as clean as it can be and acts as a base for the wax. The wax is then applied to the whole car and buffed off once the wax has cured. The wheels also recieve the same treatment, but are waxed with a dedicated wheel wax. Once this is done, the glass is cleaned, tyres dressed, exhaust and brightwork polished and Rubber seals conditioned, leaving a lovely looking car that will be protected for months and will be much easier to wash in the future. This is due to the dirt not being able to adhere to the paint as easy and water will just run off the car.

Paint Correction

Performed before the wax / protection stage

Paint correction is the process of removing swirl marks and scratches in the paint through machine polishing. This process often makes the biggest improvement to the look of a car and can take many hours to complete.

There are 2 options.

An enhancement detail, which involves a single stage machine polish, which is designed to add depth to the paintwork and remove minor swirl marks. In many cases, especially on darker cars, it is almost like removing a hazy film from over the car, so the true colour can be seen.

For those that want the best and all defects removed, there is the full correction detail.

The full correction detail can take up to 3 days to complete and involves many stages of machine polishing to achive the perfect finish. The paint is measured throughout the detail to ensure there is enough clearcoat on the car and to minimise the risk of burning through the paint. As safety is the most important factor, some deeper scratches may not fully be removed if there is not enough clearcoat on the car. However, they will be greatly reduced.