Q. How long will a paint correction detail last?
A. Our polishing compounds DO NOT contain any fillers, silicon or waxes. The imperfections on your paintwork are PERMANENTLY removed, NOT temporarily covered (like dealership glazes). In theory, your paintwork should remain as good for as long as you maintain it. It is very important that you use the correct wash procedure in order to minimise the return of swirl marks and cob web scratches. If you have it washed by your local roadside hand car wash, or continue to use an automatic drive thru wash, then the hours we put in correcting your paintwork will be undone in a matter or minutes. Our SAFE WASH is ideal for maintaining detailed paintwork.
Q.How long does it take to carry out a detail on my car?
A. Depending on the size and condition of the car, an Enhancement Detail can be carried out between 2-3 days. Most Enhancements are completed in 2 days. A Full Paint Correction Detail can be completed in between 3-4 days, again depending on size and condition
Q. Does machine polishing remove paint?
A. Typically around 3-5 microns of the lacquer (clear coat) is removed during the machine polishing process (1 micron = 1000th inch). To put this into perspective, the total thickness of a normal car is between 80 - 130 microns. Depending on the car, we have had readings as much as 240 microns. So basically we are removing very little, the bare minimum in fact. We will not remove paint where it is not required to be removed.
Q. Why does it take so long to detail a car when I know someone who will machine polish it in a few hours for £50?
A. There are plenty of so called 'detailers' who claim they will machine polish your car in just a few hours for very little money compared to us. The reality is that these machine polishes will contain very little, if not, ZERO, actual paint correction. Going over the whole blind with a machine buffer isn't difficult. But ask them to remove light to medium defects such as swirl marks, marring and random deep scratches under concentrated halogen lighting, then they will most likely be unable to achieve this. Some will use a combinations of strong compounds and pads to achieve some success, but go over the remaining defects with a show glaze. A glaze will temporarily hide paintwork imperfections, and only once the glaze has worn off in a couple of months, will you wonder what exactly you spent your money on.
Q. Why should I avoid road side hand car washes?
A. Roadside hand car washes will use strong chemicals that will not only remove dirt and grime, but will also strip any protection that may be on the car. This will leave your paintwork exposed. Other than this, they will use a regular sponge on your car (more than likey they will use the same sponge on every car they wash). Sponges trap dirt on their surface, and if wiped acorss your cars paintwork, they are basically scratching your car with every wipe.
Q. I have a brand new car, do I need to have the paintwork corrected?
A. In some cases, the dealerships will offer to wash before you take delivery. We would strongly advise against this. They use incorrect wash technique's which will do damage to your paint work, in which case it may need to be corrected or enhanced.
Q. My car already has a guarantee'd dealership sealant
A. Many dealerships will offer to add a protection sealant to your cars paintwork which offer, for example, a 3 year guarantee. In many cases, the sealant in question is nothing but a basic protection system such a Scotch Guard or DiamondBrite, which has a durability of around 3 months. The sealant we use have been proven to outlast and outperform dealerships sealants, as well as leaving a glossy shine.
Q. Can you come to my house or place of work to carry out the detail?
A. We have carried out Correction details in the past, but working conditions, indoor space and lighting are imperative. You may have a double garage, but if you only have a single bulb then it just makes our job more difficult. We have a fully equipped, secure workshop with the sufficient lighting and is temperature controlled for optimum working conditions which we believe will achieve the best results.
Q. Does the detail need to be done indoors or can it be done outdoors?
A. As we have such unreliable and wet weather in Scotland, we cannot take a risk by carrying out a detail outdoors - even in the summer months. If it starts to rain mid-detail then this would be problematic. Hence, detail work must be done indoors.
Q. Why don't I get my car resprayed instead?
As detailing is relatively new in this country, many will think the only way to remove swirl marks and paint defects is a respray. A good quality respray can cost thousands of pounds. Yes, you may know someone who can respray your whole car for the same cost as a professional detail, but you will get what you pay for. A bad respray can cost you more in the long term, as you will need to pay to have the work re-done properly when it begins to peel or bubble after just a few months.
The reality is, that if your car does not have any rust, and the scratches are light to medium (you cannot feel them if you run your fingernail across the scratch) then the best solution is to have the paint corrected by machine polishing. The major plus point of this is that you will retain your original manufacturer's paintwork, which is the best paintwork to have,a and it will be in better than showroom condition.