Here is a case study of an Enhancement recently undertaken on a BMW 635d. On my morning of arrival the customer informed me that it had gone without any proper polishing for a long time, and had made frequent visits to the roadside car wash; oh dear!
The first thing to do on any service is to talk to the customer (they can reveal many clues about the vehicle, and of course their expectations) and follow to inspect the car's condition. You can see by the below pictures that the vehicle lacked gloss, in fact it almost looked Charcoal in colour rather than Black. A quick look at the paint under my Scangrip Sunmatch 2 inspection light revealed all manner of wash marring, scratches and blurring.
Before contemplating polishing, a thorough decontamination must first occur. This will include the usual pre-wash, cleaning of wheels, little brushes in doorshuts, snow foam, two bucket wash method, iron and tar removal, and clay barring amoungst others!
Now almost ready to machine polish, a final paintwork inspection is done before taking paintwork depth measurements to indentify if a) there are any thin areas to be cautious of and b) indentify any resprayed areas which are generally thicker than the rest of the paint. Handy tip: the word "polish" comes from the Latin word "polire" which means "to make smooth".
A single stage machine polish is carried out with machines suitable for the various contours and curves of the vehicle. Isopropanol is used to wipe away any residues to reveal the true extent of the polishing work. The aim is to make use of precious time in one day to remove defects to a 70% correction rate, and bring out a deep gloss. To achieve as close to a 90-100% correction rate it requires days, not hours, of various grade polishing processes and it is imperative to be carried out indoors. The Enhancement is the perfect "detail on your driveway" for those on a budget and can't be without the car for more than one day.
You can see by the pictures that a dramatic difference is made, and once standing back to look at the car it is clear to see a marked improvement over the beginning picture. The paintwork is then protected with a Ceramic based detailing spray sealant to give around 3 months protection, with all other areas of the exterior addressed appropriately. An interior clean is completed to finish the job. We now have one car that is the best part of a decade old, looking shinier than most 3 year old cars on the road!
Having spoken to fellow Professional Valeters & Detailers in the local area as of late, we are seeing an influx of calls for "end of lease" valeting to cars due to go back to dealership on very short notice, of which we are finding hard to fit in. Potential customers are being batted back and forth between ourselves in the hopes that one of us has a cancellation slot in one or two days time.
Considering that spring is upon us and we will be hitting peak demand for our time, most good valeters or detailers will have diary lead times of at least 3 or 4 weeks in advance. I would like to point out the only solution is to plan ahead. If you have a lease car that you know is heading back next month, it's best to book in now rather than face the frustration of not being able to find someone last minute.
This also applies to weddings, car shows and so forth - get yourself the peace of mind that you are in someone's schedule sooner rather than later! If you choose to book with myself, all prices can be found at www.detailedbyandrew.com/services
Why your car needs regular upkeep to maintain it's condition.
If I were to show you two gardens side by side, one with luscious green grass and the other withered away with brown grass, which one would you water and treat?
After some contemplation, you might decide that the brown grass needs to be watered. Your reasoning is that it may be to bring it back to life again.
However, what happens if you fail to water the healthy garden? It will no doubt wither away like the brown grass.
Put simply, both would need the correct treatment. And the same is relevant to a cars physical condition and appearance. When you go to a valeter or a detailer to bring your car back to A1 condition, intensive work will be undertaken to get it looking so. Then, it will need interim re-visits to keep it looking that way - otherwise it will end up looking like the withered garden further down the line.
Whatever your car's condition may be, be sure to get in touch to see what can be done for you.