The Exterior Detail service consists of our detailer’s wash and chemical decontamination followed by mechanical decontamination and Last but not least a wax or a sealant is applied to the paintwork, and glass; rubber and plastics are also dressed.
What’s your detailer’s wash?
A detailer’s wash is a deep clean to all parts of the exterior of the vehicle including alloy wheel face and barrels, tyre wall, wheel arches, fuel cap, exhaust tip, rubber seals, front grill and all other nooks and crannies followed by a waterless wash to all paintwork and glass.
What’s a waterless wash and why do you use it?
A waterless wash is a solution used to clean the surface of the paintwork and glass without the need of water to rinse it off the vehicle. Waterless washes are far more effective to clean the paintwork and the glass and have more lubrication than traditional car shampoo which means less marring and swirling on the paintwork if used properly; also it’s a lot less mess on your driveway and more eco-friendly.
What’s a chemical decontamination?
Because the paintwork of your vehicle is porous like your skin, brake dust and industrial fallout can land on the paintwork and because they are sharp microscopic metal particles they embed themselves into those pores and after a short while they start to rust and when they do rust they expand where they become more difficult to remove and over time they cause “rust bubbling”. Those metal particles will never come off with your regular hand wash or jet wash and that’s why we use a ferrous metal remover to dissolve those particles from the paintwork; this process is called chemical decontamination.
What is mechanical decontamination?
Ferrous metals remover will not remove other bonded contaminants on the paintwork like tree sap, tar, insect droppings and even some of the larger metal particles; that’s why we use a clay bar to physically remove those contaminants because that’s the only known way to remove them.
Why do you wax or seal after decontamination?
Constant exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages paintwork, rubber and plastics and that’s why we need waxes and sealants. Beside, when the paintwork is fully decontaminated waxes and sealants bond better and last longer.
Can’t you just wash and wax?
Washing only will not remove those bonded contaminants and applying a wax on top of them will not do the paintwork any good because while applying the wax you’ll inevitably rub those contaminants in the paintwork which means more marring and swirling. Also, you’ll not get the full durability of the applied wax or sealant.
What if my vehicle is coated previously with a sealant or a ceramic coat?
If your vehicle has been coated please let us know and we will be able to customise the service according to your vehicle’s needs.
I have faded black or grey plastic trims or bumpers can you restore those?
Yes! Normally we dress plastic and rubber when we do an exterior detail service and that’s enough to restore some darkness and get them back to how they should look like for few weeks. Unfortunately dressings don’t last long and eventually those trims will go back to fading after few washes. However, there is a semi-permanent solution to this issue and it lasts for years just ask us for a quote.
My vehicle's headlights turning yellow, even if i clean them they are still the same?!
Your vehicle's headlights are clear coated. Over time UV rays destroys the clear coat and it oxidise. we can restore them back to look like new by removing the oxidation and applying protection so they can handle few more years of UV abuse.