This was a fun detail that took about 20 hours. The car getting prepped to go to Euro District, a car show in Indiana for German car enthusiasts, so I made sure to give it the works! This involved a very extensive polishing process (that alone took around 8-10 hours) before applying the opti-coat ceramic coating. I then topped it with a carnauba wax to enhance the gloss and give the paint a deep, wet look. Needless to say, the customer was very pleased and this S4 was turning heads all weekend at The Euro District!
This Kia got the works! It was a lot of fun to see the transformation and bring out the best shine possible! The car was going to receive the Opti-Coat ceramic coating which basically acts as a second clear coat. This mains the paint has to be PERFECT b/c you are sealing it in for years. Besides the usual clay bar involved in most of my details, the signature detail gets a treatment with IronX to remove any iron deposits in the paint. This showed up really well since the car is white: Look at the pictures to see the purple streaks (product turns purple when it picks up iron) all over the car!
A signature detail involves polishing with dedicated compounds or polishes to remove imperfections from the paint. This is quite time consuming and I probably spent at least 4 hours just on this step. You can see why a larger truck or SUV can take a couple days for this kind of a detail! After all of the polishing was complete, the surface was stripped of any oils left with a diluted alcohol solution to prepare the surface to bond with the coating. I applied the coating to all painted surfaces as well as the wheels. Very happy with the results and the car is sealed for at least a couple years now!
If you are interested in having a coating like this on your car please let me know and I'd be happy to schedule you in. It is especially great going into winter if you want the ultimate protection. I do need at least a couple weeks notice as the product is a one-time use only so I order it only when needed.
The detailing garage is finally complete and I am very excited about having lots of cars come through this summer. I already have some fun cars scheduled including a new Camaro next week, a Hummer, Jaguar, and Mercedes to name a few. I will be doing lots of blog posts as the cars roll in!
This year has some major upgrades compared to last year. Obviously my facility is much improved, and as of today this now includes a dedicated soft water line for the hose! Only soft water will touch your car. I am also able to offer steam cleaning and professional paint coatings using Opti-Coat 2.0! This is an outstanding product that will provide a layer of protection over your paint for up to 2 years! Please see my Signature Detail page for more information.
Put on the winter wheels and tires and gave my car a wash and wax. It has been polished before and pretty well maintained so a simple wash and wax can bring back to life all of the previous work as along as you maintain your car's finish!
No one likes hazy and oxidized headlights. It can actually impair your light output, making it more dangerous to drive at night. A quick polish and plastic restorer brought these lenses back to life. They needed to be wet sanded for perfection but I was on a time constraint...and it was very cold out... :)
Along with my own GTI, this Sportwagen will receive full paint correction next spring. For now, we wanted to make sure it was protected for winter with a high quality sealant. I went ahead and washed, claybar, and finished up with a synthetic sealant applied by machine. This is a 2013 and the engine bay is almost identical to mine so I new how to clean it up easily. Check out the before and after shots!
Another Cranberry Red SUV in for the deluxe detail. You can really see a good example of what a one-step polish does to remove minor imperfections in the first picture.