Frequently Asked Questions
It’s common to have questions regarding detailing processes and expectations you should have when we are going to work on your car. It’s to your advantage to be as educated as possible!
When you run your car through the local $8 wash tunnel you are putting it at risk for a very harsh treatment. Massive swirling brushes contaminated with whoever’s mud-bogger was ahead of your car, harsh chemicals and treatments that have negative effects on the surface of your clear coat and the grand finale, someone at the other end with day-old, terry-cloth towels eager to scratch your clear coat. Your car is worth so much more than that!
Your Investment + Your Time.
Professional detailing is the most effective way of preserving the investment you’ve made in a vehicle (next to regular scheduled maintenance). It is a fact that clean cars are regarded with more prestige from onlookers, with higher trade-in value from dealerships and provoke service shops to take extra consideration when repairing your vehicle.
Our services provide you with a way to retain your vehicle’s value and will alleviate the burden of having to set aside time to clean your car and allows you to focus on work, family, and your personal life.
WHAT IS 'DETAILING'?
Detailing is a general term used to define a meticulous “face lift” process for your car’s paint, engine and interior/upholstery. Detailing will give your car a brand new look on the inside and outside, increase its value and add satisfaction to your commute. Paint correction will remove haze and swirl marks with machine polishing, making reflections brilliant and flawless. Interior detailing will remove stains, odors, dust and debris, as well as soften and rejuvenate leather surfaces to a supple/rich feeling. Engine Detailing removes years of road dust, grime + grease and protects the engine from future deterioration from sediment.
HOW LONG DOES DETAILING TAKE?
The duration of the job is based on the condition of the car and your expectations of the results. Detailing service might require anywhere from 4-40 hours to properly recondition the your vehicle to meet your expectations for daily use or award-winning, concours show-car finish.
WHAT IS A CLEAR BRA?
Xpel paint protection film, widely known as a ‘clear bra’ is the most effective resistance to bug impacts and rock chips. A clear bra is a transparent vinyl applied to the your vehicle’s front bumper, side mirrors and leading edge of the hood & fenders. The clear bra is custom cut to be nearly invisible in most lighting, contoured to your vehicle’s body lines and comes with unique ‘self healing’ properties so that when impacts, swirls or minor scratches occur, the material can be heated with hot water or even direct sunlight and the imperfection will vanish. Edge lines are hardly visible unless you are truly looking for them. Most often onlookers don’t notice the clear bra until you point it out to them. We do offer full fender/hood wraps if the line is a concern. If you’re on the fence about having an Xpel clear bra installed, this video will quickly help you come to realize how necessary paint protection film is.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WAX + POLISHING?
Our high quality Wax and Synthetic Sealants are products which offer protection to clearcoat from atmospheric contamination, IE: rain/snow, airborne debris, dust, bird droppings, pollen, etc. They DO NOT in any way reduce the effect of swirls or scratches in clearcoat. A high-quality sealant will last roughly 6 months, a high quality carnuba wax will last about 2 months. Opti Coating is a permanent protection which chemically binds to the paint of your car, click here for more information on Opti Coat. The series of photos below show the before and after effects of paint correction from Machine Polishing. Now look at the sun’s glare on your car: Do you notice the swirls or “spider webs” from improper washing or snow brushes? We can remove those swirls, making the paint brilliant and glossy, then top the paint with a protective sealant to prevent UV and other environmental damage.
WHAT IS A CLAY BAR?
Clay bars are a soft, malleable putty that decontaminate the paint. The clay glides over the paint surface removing embedded impurities like tree sap, brake dust, road paint and pollen that traditional hand washing techniques simply have no effect on. Once these impurities are removed, the car is properly prepped for polishing or waxing and will have a much smoother finish across the surface that you can actually FEEL! Look at the image below to see how much dirt the clay bar picks up in just a few short swipes. Not many local detailers take the time to perform this crucial step.
WHAT IS HEADLIGHT RESTORATION?
WHAT IS A NEGLECTED FEE?
A neglected fee is a $50 charge added to the original quote if the vehicle’s interior is in such condition as to require intense deep cleaning or an excessive amount of work to remove large quantities of: animal hair, blood or vomit, deeply penetrated mud, dirt, oil or food stains and reversing the effects of smoke damage. This charge may incur at our discretion and will be discussed prior to commencing any work. Most vehicles DO NOT incur this charge, it is reserved for extreme cases.