We provide a number of expert exterior auto detailing services right in your driveway including hand washes, buffing, polishing, and headlight restoration. These services are intended to restore clarity to your paint finish and provide long term protection.
What is paint correction?
Modern automotive finishes are water-based paints that are protected by a clear coat to prevent oxidation and fading. This clear coat layer is what gives your car its deep, rich color and is also where the perceived “shine” comes from BUT it is thinner than a post-it note. Throughout the lifetime of your vehicle your clearcoat will be subject to scratches, paint transfer, marring, and water spots from things like acid rain or hard water.
As you can see in the image above, many of these common issues are rooted in the top layer of your paints finish, the clearcoat. When light hits these defects it is scattered in all directions and much less gets back to your eyes. What does come back reveals a very uneven surface and very little gloss – this is where paint correction. Paint correction can be thought of as leveling out your clearcoat to restore its natural luster and send more light back into your eyes.
When a vehicle has a combination of these defects your detailer will need to take multiple steps to work through them – known as a multi-stage correction. The first stage in this correction can be thought of as a rough sanding – and in some cases sanding may be necessary – that will level out the peaks and valleys using abrasive compounds and dual action machine polishers. During this first stage the abrasives go to work removing a thin layer at the top of your clear coat to make a level surface, but this also introduces a large quantity of micro-scratches further diffusing the light reflected by the paint.
This is where a second (or third) stage comes in to further refine the finish. The polishing stage(s) uses very light abrasives to reduce the scratches, introduced in the compounding stage, and work the clearcoat back to a mirror finish. Depending on the level of finish required for the vehicle the more time and refining stages are necessary.
Once paint correction is complete, the next step is protection. Paint protection comes in a number of forms including traditional waxes, more modern polymer-based sealants, and top-of-the-line ceramic coatings which form a hard shell around your paint. Basic waxes and sealants should not be thought of as protecting your clearcoat from scratches. These products are used to increase the shine of your finish and form a barrier between your vehicle and the elements. The latest technology in paint protection with up to 9H hardness, ceramic coatings, however can be used to prevent scratching and swirling for at least a year before reapplication is needed.
Continue below to see the paint correction and protection services we currently offer!
Customers choose the Silver Detail for a daily driver with few scratches. The vehicle exterior is first treated with a traffic film wash to remove grease and oil from the road surface. This is followed by snow foam and a two bucket wash. Your wheels are further decontaminated using Iron-X to eliminate brake dust. Paint is clayed and high quality wax is machine applied to correct light scratches and protect the finish. Please allow 1.5-2 hours depending on size of the vehicle.
Starts at $99
Vehicles with minor scratches, swirls, or water spots are best suited to the Gold Detail. After the exterior surface is cleaned, the paint is clayed and prepared for a single-stage correction. Swirls and scratches are removed with a dual-action machine, foam or microfiber polishing pads, and high quality correction polish. Paint is then protected for up to 90 days with high quality Carnauba wax. Please allow 3-4 hours depending on the size of the vehicle.
Starts at $199
The Platinum Detail corrects most paint flaws. This goes beyond the Gold Detail with an abrasive compounding stage to correct heavy marring and scratches. Paint is then further refined and polished to a high shine to be protected with high quality Carnauba wax. Please allow 6-8 hours depending on size of the vehicle.
Starts at $399
Should you wish to add additional protection to your vehicle, we also provide the option of:
STS 3000 Polymer Sealant.
STS 3000 provides protection for up to 1 full year from treatment as well as excellent water sheeting to reduce introduction of water spots.
Starts at $60 per application
Premium Ceramic Coating*
Ceramic Coatings are the newest technology in exterior paint protection and provide an additional hard layer, stronger than your factory clear coat, to prevent scratches and swirls. These last up to 5 full years from application and can be topped with wax or sealant. Ceramic coatings require overnight curing protected from the elements.
Yellow, faded headlights are polished to a safer, like-new state and sealed to prevent further damage.
Starts at $75
Engine Bay Detail
Vehicle engine bay is fully detailed and dressed. Your car will run cooler in hot temperatures and performing routine maintenance will also be easier as a result.
Starts at $40