Prestige Car & Auto Detailer.
What is detailing?
- Detailing involves paint rectification / correction process in order to get the paint looking its best i.e. free from swirl marks, scratches and other blemishes ruining the appearance.
- These are removed through the use of a machine polisher, usually a fixed rotary polisher but sometimes a Dual Action polisher is used on delicate paint or for the refining stage.
- This is combined with a selection of abrasive polishes and pads designed to remove defects, polish the surface and leave a flawless hologram and swirl-free finish.
- Car detailing is about cleaning every surface possible on the car, including the removal of certain parts such as wheels, in order to get access to otherwise unreachable areas such as suspension, arch liners and brake components, certain metalwork and access to cleaning the wheels inner rim if required.
- Car detailing goes beyond a set routine such as: snowfoaming, washing, clay bar, polishing and waxing.
Why use Paint Sealants ?
- Cleaning your car protects the paintwork and helps make it look shiny and new, so why go to all that effort to let the elements wreak havoc on it? Paint Sealants simply do just that- they seal the paint from the harsh environment. Where wax is a natural substance, sealants are synthetic waxes that are formulated for long lasting and protective qualities. They contain polymers or acrylic compounds that are tough to beat and give exceptional gloss.
- The interiors of vehicles are often subject to as much abuse as the exterior surfaces, yet are often neglected when it comes to detailing:
- Bacteria are brought in by pets and all manner of other biological nasties are deposited by way of sweating, coughing, sneezing, vomiting or worse. In addition to the dirt and bacteria deposited by the occupants, the interiors of cars are subject to degradation by exposure to the more harmful rays of the sun, and the effects of regular variations in temperature and moisture content.
- Over time, porous surfaces such as vinyl and rubber tend to dry out, becoming increasingly brittle and in danger of cracking and splitting.
The UV rays from the sun further degrade plastic and vinyl surfaces, resulting in fading and further surface damage.
- Large variations in moisture content, particularly during the winter months, can encourage the formation of mould and mildew, which can give rise to unpleasant musty odours.
- Badly stained fabrics and/or carpets, obvious mould or mildew, unpleasant musty odours and strong tobacco smoke odours - I can remedy these problems using specialist chemicals and professional cleaning equipment.
- I strongly recommend that you detail the interior of your car on a monthly basis and clean and protect any leather present on a quarterly basis.
Detailing clay - What? Where? Why? When?
What is Detailing Clay?
Detailing Clay is a type of synthetic or man-made clay with a special type of abrasive in it.
What Does Detailing Clay Do?
Clay has the ability to remove contaminants that are bonded to your vehicle's paint that will not come off when your vehicle is simply washed or wiped clean. In simple terms, it works to abrade off anything sticking to the paint above the surface level. It then glides over the surface of the paint but it does sand or abrade the paint itself.
Any smooth surface , including glossy paint, glass, hard plastic, chrome, stainless steel, and gel coat.
Why Use Detailing Clay?
By removing any contimants from the paint, your choice of wax, coating or sealant can more easily bond or adhere, thus it can last and protect longer.
When Do Professional Car Detailers Use Detailing Clay?
Professional car detailers use detailing clay anytime they discover a rough or textured feel to your vehicle's paint. How of often you need to have car clayed will depend upon the environment where your car is parked. Normally your vehicle will require claying after washing and drying and prior any other paint-related procedure undetaken by a professional car detailer.
What is Carnuaba Wax?
What is Carnauba?
Carnauba is a vegetable wax (fat) obtained from the leaves of the Carnauba Palm. Carnauba has an affinity to water, the ability to retain oil and has excellent gloss properties making it applicable in a vast variety of industries.
Where does it come from?
Carnauba Wax is exuded by the leaves of the Brazilian "Tree of Life" (Copernica Cerifera) to conserve the moisture within the tree and leaves. This 'Carnauba Palm' grows in the northern and northeastern parts of Brazil along the river banks, valleys, and lagoons where the soil is dark and fertile.
Carnauba is the world's hardest, purest, most transparent and also most expensive natural wax.
It is harvested for the upper side of leaves of the "Copernicia prunifera", a fan palm native to Northern Brazil, and is graded according to colour and clarity. The highest quality is classified as rare grade one carnauba.
Why use Carnuaba Wax on car paint ?
The level of shine increases with the percentage of carnauba used in the wax formulation.
While conventional car waxes have a carnuaba content of between 3-5%, Iwan as a Professional Car Detailer will use formulations containing between 30-70% by volume.
Unlike ordinary "polish" which simply polishes a paint surface shiny while the lower layers of paint get dryer and "starve", Iwan as a Professional Car Detailer will use carnauba formulations, enriched with passion fruit, orange, avocado and vanilla oils, restore the deep shine to the paintwork, resulting in an intense unique "wet look". valuable oils of the original paint finish.
These essential oils, such as cinnamon, avocado and vanilla, used as carriers for the wax, give these products their wonderful aromas and create a swirl-free gloss. In fact it is this exclusive formula which creates a glow that goes beyond normal perceptions of "shiny"
What is the difference between waxing and sealing ?
Since the late 1980s, car manufactures have switched to the three layer paint system with a primer, base and a clear coat.
The clear coat was added as a barrier to protect the base which contains the actual paint color. Being the layer that is exposed to external forces, the clear coat is easily susceptible to all sorts of damages so protecting it with additional barriers has become a must.
This is achieved with the help of a “wax” or a “sealant”.
Although waxing and sealing may seem like very different processes, they are both aimed at protecting the clear coat and giving it that much coveted shine, depth and gloss.
Hence you only need to use either a wax or a sealant. However, the products themselves are very different so the end results are different as well.
Carnauba wax vs sealant
Carnauba wax is a natural substance that occurs on the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree. Polymer sealants are synthetic products as opposed to natural wax.
Carnauba wax is highly functional when it comes to protecting the paint from contaminants and give a great natural shine to the paint.
But it will only last maximum for two months. Polymer sealants can last longer than six months because they chemically bond with the paint.
However, the shine they give the paint is no match for the gloss and depth produced by wax. Despite these differences, both product types are very effective when it comes to protecting the paint.