When one of our loyal clients purchased a new Stingray that he would drive regularly and would be exposed to the elements that Atlanta gives us, his first call was to Detailed Designs Auto Spa so that he could get it protected. He wanted a quality wax, clear bra and a way to ease his longterm maintenance. After speaking for a while about his options and how they would or would not work for his lifestyle with the car, he decided to go with Swissvax Crystal Rock, paint protection film clear bra, Modesta BC-06 for the wheels and calipers and a vinyl carbon fiber stinger stripe.
After a few days with the car, we gave him the call that it was ready for him. The owner was incredibly happy with how the Stingray came out. Here are some photographs we took of the project and the end result.
Before removing factory sticker from the calipers.
After detailing the calipers and coating with Modesta BC-06
With the hood’s carbon fiber vinyl wrap completed, it’s time to install the clear bra and trim out around the vinyl film.
Swissvax Crystal Rock, paint protection film clear bra, Modesta BC-06 and carbon fiber vinyl stinger stripe installed.
Detailed Designs Auto Spa is proud to be the only professional detail shop in the Atlanta area offering Swissvax detailing services, Crystal Rock or Modesta coatings.
Atlanta’s favorite professional car detailing shop, Detailed Designs Auto Spa’s wheel-off detail and coating service gives Atlanta’s automotive owners unprecedented protection and ease of maintenance for years, not months. Modesta BC-06 is the perfect fit for garage queens and daily drivers alike.
Stain-resistance and ease of cleaning thanks to the hardness of the coating film are the most prominent characteristics of the BC-06 glass coating. This thin silica film made from perhydropolysilazane protects the car body and wheels from dust in raindrops that may penetrate soft paints or other painted surfaces and can be removed only with great effort. Thanks to the BC-06 protection cleaning is less intense.
Modesta BC-06 undergoes a chemical reaction when it comes in contact with a painted surface, creating a hard glass coating. It has a tightly packed molecular structure that creates a solid, long-lasting surface. BC-06 is heatproof up to 1,300 °C – enough to protect wheels from burning-hot brake dust.
Modesta BC-06 lasts 3 – 10 years.
Detailed Designs Auto Spa is proud to be Atlanta’s only Modesta authorized installer.
There is a surprising amount of owners who come to us looking to restore a low mileage car that has hammered paint and then wanting a quality longterm solution for protecting and easing maintenance after the restoration. Our paint correction service is designed to permanently repair existing surface defects such as swirl marks, acid rain etching, bird dropping and bug marks and oxidation. But how does an owner maintain the corrected surface moving forward? Paint protection film, known as clear bra, and paint coating systems like CQuartz Finest provide that added protection along with previously unavailable ease of maintenance.
Our paint correction and restoration services will take your paint to a level that no dealership or other corner detail shops can reach. Between our extensive experience with paint correction, desire to produce the highest quality work without cut corners, the experience we offer owners of fine automobiles and exclusive services, Detailed Designs Auto Spa is the most qualified to restore and protect your automobile’s finish.
This 27,000 mile Porsche Panamera is another example of the quality we produce. It came in with extensive damage to the clear coat and left with amazing paint after experiencing our Gold package paint correction service. After restoring the paint, all panels except for the hatch(per the owner’s request) were wrapped with paint protection film (clear bra) and then coated with CQuartz Finest.
We invested over 55 hours into restoring just the paint with our Gold package. Now, it’s not common that paint correction takes this long to accomplish. The damage on this Panamera just so happened to be intense enough that we had to pour more than the usual amount of time into it.
The following shots of the project consist of befores, some half done shots(along with some pictures showing how we get our 50/50 shots) and some afters.
Roof(a lot of real estate that is not the easiest to get to!)
A pillars, rear fender and hatch
Beginning the Paint Protection Film installation with the hood.
When we were finished with the clear bra installation, we applied 2 coatings of CQuartz Finest to all exterior painted and surfaces with clear bra installed. Since completing the project, the owner has returned to discuss maintenance and he is completely blown away with the ease of maintenance that CQuartz Finest gives him. We now have quite a few Atlanta Porsches rolling around with CQuartz Finest. Cquartz Finest certainly gives the depth, gloss and ease of maintenance that many are looking for.
The time between finishing the project, which took weeks, and the client showing up to pick up the Panamera was only a few hours of an afternoon. We didn’t have ideal lighting for the most amazing photographs. But we do feel that even with less than ideal photography conditions you can get an idea of how amazing this Porsche came out.
Obviously, Porsche owners in Atlanta appreciate the care, skill and experience that Detailed Designs Auto Spa provides! We have a constant stream of Porsches visiting us for extensive restoration as well as new car protection services. This Porsche owner decided to have his brand new Porsche Macan brought straight to our shop once it was delivered from Chicago for a professional exterior and interior auto detail, Opti-Guard leather coating system, clear bra installation and expert Opti-Coat Pro installation.
From this project, we hope you can get a good sense of why it’s important to be in touch with how your vehicle could be transported as well as how dirty a new car can really be. Just because “it’s new”, doesn’t mean it’s like-new. But after taking delivery, consulting with Detailed Designs Auto Spa can mean you end up with a Porsche that is better than new, well protected with paint protection film and easier to maintain with an expertly installed Opti-Coat Pro installation.
Once the car was delivered to our shop it was clear that it truly required extensive auto detailing for the exterior and interior.
After detailing the door seal using our safe methods
As a new car, it’s unimaginable that the steering wheel is this filthy.
A half and half shot of before and after safely detailing the steering wheel.
The interior door card was not spared from the filth.
Another half and half, before/after shot.
Interior detailing was required for the fabric surfaces as much as any area.
Once the interior was completely detailed, the leather was coated with Opti-Guard. The exterior received a thorough wash, decontamination, polishing and then clear bra installation and Opti-Coat Pro installation.
The Porsche Macan came out amazingly. After a proper detailing, decon, clear bra installation and Opti-Coat Pro installation, this Porsche owner will enjoy added protection along with ease of maintenance. Another example of our longterm solutions for Atlanta’s most demanding automobile owners.
One of our most recent auto details was for a client who purchased a lower mileage Porsche 997 turbo cabriolet. His Porsche had extensive swirl marks, some gnarly rock chips and a roof that required a thorough cleaning and protection application.
We were able to get exactly what the owner was looking for with our silver package. Beyond restoring the paint to a better than new condition, the owner was wanting better protection and easier maintenance. By allowing us to install clear bra to the full hood, full front fenders, front bumper and side mirrors he was provided with the protection from road debris and rock chips that he needed. With CQuartz Finest, he then had the ease of maintenance along with an additional layer of protection.
As you can see, we were able to correct the superficial surface issues and get the extraordinary results that we aim for on every project. Atlanta Porsche owners can look to Detailed Designs Auto Spa as their source for auto detailing, paint restoration and correction, paint protection film (clear bra) installations, CQuartz Finest and new car protection options.
We at Detailed Designs Auto Spa were proud to have another Tesla Model S visit us for a paint protection film (known as clear bra) installation and Modesta BC-04 application recently. While a lot of our Tesla Model S clients visit us from the Atlanta area, this one joined us from Athens, GA. -which made it the second Tesla Model S to come to us from Athens, GA.
The owner of this Tesla Model S was originally looking for Modesta BC-04 and considered layering Modesta BC-05 on top of it. Coupled with extensive clear bra coverage on the front end, this Tesla MS would be better protected from rock chips and easier to maintain with the long term in mind. After multiple conversations, the owner started to lean towards even more extensive clear bra coverage. She was wanting full coverage on the hood, front fenders, front bumper, rear bumper, all 4 doors, rear fenders as well as the side view mirrors. Basically, the only areas not covered by clear bra was the roof and rear hatch. At this point I suggested her husband and her save some money by only having Modesta BC-04 installed. While BC-05 on top of BC-04 would look amazing. Having such extensive clear bra coverage as well as keeping value per dollar spent reasonable meant that I didn’t see quite as much value layering multiple coatings over such extensive clear bra coverage. We discussed the subject and she agreed.
The big question would be the absolute condition of the paint when it arrived. A number of weeks ago, Tesla implemented the use of a waiver for new Tesla Model S owners who wish for their service center/delivery center detailer to not touch the cars. After working with Tesla on a mutual client’s repair, I was confidant that this waiver was in place for a reason that was structured around protecting their new Tesla owners. The waiver, in short, stated that if the new owner chose to forego allowing the Tesla authorized detailers to work on the car, the owner is releasing Tesla from liability associated with the cosmetics of the car. No doubt there was a catalyst for this. But the shame is that it’s not impossible for authorized detailers to make mistakes and cause new damage that would drive up the cost for owners who wanted perfect paint prior to having a coating applied. After a long discussion with the owner and exploring her options, we both felt it was in her best interest to allow their detail shop to do what they are paid to do and then we will address whatever comes. This way if there was any damage, she could have the assurance that she wouldn’t be up the river without a paddle.
The day the car arrived, the owner and her husband drove it straight to our shop. We inspected the car as quickly as we could given their tight schedule to get back on the road.
After washing the car we got to give her the good news that we did not see anything that typical prep work would not address. This meant they were able to keep $1.2k+ in their pocket. This was money they were willing to spend should the paint merit it. We at Detailed Designs Auto Spa love being able to save clients money. This is one of the reasons people bring their cars to us. We have a reputation for not up selling or looking for excuses for clients to spend their money.
The end game was us performing the following services:
Clear Bra Paint Protection Film Installation on:
Full hood, full front fenders, front bumper, side mirrors, all 4 doors, rear fenders and full rear bumper. (with a specific request to wrap all possible edges)
And then all prep work for a coating application and installation of Modesta BC-04 as well as Opti-Glass Pro for all exterior glass surfaces. (the inside of all of the door shuts and hatch were coated as well)
Please enjoy some of the photographs that we took through the project.
Installation of paint protection film with wrap coverage on the doors.
Removal of some frunk(front trunk) trim to allow wrapping of paint protection film.
Application of Modesta BC-04.
How clean we wrap.
Did we mention that we did a custom rear bumper installation? Complete coverage edge to edge.
Complete exterior shots with clear bra as well as Modesta BC-04 installed.
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Why is there need to ask this question? In short, there is a ton of information available on Opti-Coat, but not all of it is completely easy to understand and some of it is an outright exaggeration. I like to think that most people are not malicious at heart and the exaggerations are more misguided than intent to harm. But whatever the product being discussed, car owners should be able to make their decisions for car protection based on the best information available. It helps new owners discover the products that work best for them, gives them a great value and nurtures positive long term growth for our industry of quality detailing services, paint coating systems and paint protection film -or as many call it, clear bra. After all, an informed customer is the best kind.
What is Opti-Coat?
Opti-Coat is an aftermarket hard ceramic clear coating that provides scratch and chemical resistance beyond what your original clear coat offers. Opti-Coat can be installed over factory paint finishes, hard exterior plastics and glass.
Opti-Coat is unlike waxes or sealants. Where most waxes will last 1-2 months and many sealants only last 6-12 months, Opti-Coat will last years.
Not to be confused with Opti-Coat 2.0, Opti-Coat (Pro) is only sold and installed by professional detailers. Opti-Coat (Pro) is a more concentrated formula that sets up harder and is more chemically resistant than Opti-Coat 2.0.
What are the claims?
Many professionals and automotive enthusiast alike think a lot of Opti-Coat. But we see a lot of misinformation from both groups. We hear words of Opti-Coat requiring no more attention than washing, that it is impervious to scratches and damage and finally that it’s a great fit for everyone and every car. What is true and what is just hype? We will take some time discussing these subjects and hopefully by the end, you will be in a better position to know if Opti-Coat is a good fit for you and your car.
Is it scratch resistant? Yes. It resists scratches far better than your clear coat does, in my experience. That doesn’t mean that it is impervious to scratches. The coating itself should be seen more as a sacrificial layer than a shield that can not be penetrated. Because the coating is substantially thicker than waxes or sealants, harmful elements that the paint is otherwise exposed to has a much thicker added layer to penetrate before reaching your paint. This means that hard water spots, acid rain, superficial scratches and other contaminates are much less likely to reach your paint. Because Opti-Coat can be removed and reapplied, the body now has a wear and tear layer. When the coating becomes worn from being bombarded by these elements, simply removing and reinstalling the coating is a real possibility while maintaining the paint’s integrity.
Is it really a lifetime coating?
Realistically can it be a lifetime coating for you and your car’s life together? For a lot of people, yes. These days, most people keep their cars a few years and then trade them in for newer and nicer cars. The question becomes more an issue of how well will you maintain the coating once it’s applied. If you abuse the coating with harsh washes and neglect the surface by allowing hard water to dry on the surface, you will absolutely damage the finish and it can look as bad as your paint would otherwise look. Don’t forget that the coating is not invincible, it is a sacrificial layer. If you abuse the finish and it looks terrible, what good has the coating really done? Does it make you feel better to know there is a coating in place but it looks and feels terrible? If so, I urge you to reflect on if this or any coating is a good option for you. The real value in coatings is rewarding proper care with added protection..
If you keep your automobiles many years, it is possible for coatings to last a very long time if properly maintained. Proper maintenance starts with a quality car wash and drying routine. You can view our tutorial for a proper car wash routine here.
Does Opti-Coat Pro offer anything in the way of looks?
In my experience, Opti-Coat Pro (as well as Opti-Coat 2.0) does not add anything to the looks of the paint. It neither takes anything away from the look. Basically, the paint will look virtually identical before and after the coating. Proper paint correction would be necessary if you are looking to improve your paint’s look.
Once every 6 six months, it’s not a bad idea to use a product like Carpro Reload after a car wash. Using Reload is like giving the coating another added wear and tear layer. Does adding all these layers sound silly? It’s not really silly. Using Reload can take as little as 10 minutes. So for 10 minutes every 6 months you can rest assured that you are doing all you can to take care of your car’s aesthetics.
Even without ideal care, Opti-Coat Pro is very resilient. Here’s an example of a vehicle that was not ideally cared for yet after a year, it responded to water in a positive way.
Beyond using Carpro’s Reload, if you start getting a buildup of contaminants on the surface, you can treat it with Carpro’s IronX. This is a chemical decontamination process that does not have to take very long either. Worse case scenario, you may have to use mechanical abrasion(clay/autoscrub/polish) to repair the surface and there’s the chance that the coating would need to be reapplied.
The point is not that Opti-Coat is not worth the effort or money to have it installed. The point is that you should do your own research into how Opti-Coat would benefit you before you have it installed. I can personally attest to how well Opti-Coat Pro as well as other coatings perform even under a worst case scenario. I applied it to my shop truck and absolutely abused it for a year. At the end of the year, only the coated portions were easily corrected. The non-coated surfaces were trashed and took substantially more effort to restore. The coatings truly provided a sacrificial layer.
With a balanced view, thorough research and knowledge of proper maintenance, you can make an informed decision as to whether Opti-Coat Pro is a good long term solution for you and your car. If you’re located in or near Atlanta, GA. you can reach out to the Authorized Opti-Coat Pro installers at Detailed Designs Auto Spa. We have been installing Opti-Coat since 2010 and have been authorized Opti-Coat Pro installers since its release.
Many people are familiar with carnauba wax and more recently polymer sealants
as a means of protecting their vehicle. These products offer some protection
from UV and the environment but they are not in the same league with CQuartz
Finest. Unlike waxes and sealants, CQuartz adds a measurable 2~3µm
thickness of condensed SiO2 nano particles with a proprietary bonding agent
to create the Finest Ceramic Quartz coating. Unlike the durability of wax and
sealants which is measured in months CQuartz durability is measured in years!
CQUARTZ FINEST is an evolution in nanotech ceramic paint coatings. In the
development of Finest, high strength, condensed nano particles with superior
cross linking abilities were designed utilizing a new proprietary nano material to
create an extremely tough 3D structure providing a durable, super high gloss
coating which protects paint and other automotive surfaces from UVA and UVB
rays, dirt, brake dust, iron contaminants, bugs, bird droppings, tar, and all sorts of
environmental contaminants for two years.
What does that mean to you?
Cquartz Finest has developed a reputation among professionals as the richest,
deepest, highest gloss coating available. It is important to note that proper depth
and gloss is achieved with proper correction and polishing by an experience
detailer with a passion for what they do. However after they have invested
countless hours in their craft, it is only fitting to both protect their work long term
and add that extra rich depth of the Finest coating available.
Dust and dirt resistance:
Anybody that has just waxed their car will tell you – within a couple hours they
can see the dust building up on it and after a drive that dust is still there. It
doesn’t blow off and it does accumulate on the carnauba wax layer. Polymer
sealants are a little better and stay cleaner than waxes however they too allow
dirt and dust to stick to them. Compared to wax, dust and dirt retention is
lowered up to 90% with Cquartz Finest. Of course some will gather and collect
over time but you will enjoy the beauty of your vehicle between washes when
protected by Finest where as with other products the paint will look dirty faster.
Protection from rail, brake dust, and environmental contaminants:
In the air around us and on the highways, all sorts of contaminants attack your
paint. Ferrous metal particles coming off the brakes of other vehicles can lodge
into your paint and allow moisture to penetrate around them. Over time the
oxidation process from moisture and sun break down around these iron particles
and eat microscopic holes into your paint. Cquartz puts an end to this with a thick
barrier that does not allow these contaminants to reach the paint surface and are
removed much more easily.
Protection from bugs:
They come in all shapes and sizes. Many are highly acidic and can wreak havok
on your paint! They impact the front of your vehicle at high speed and as their
body’s explode the acidic contents spills out onto your paint. Within minutes it
can eat through a layer of traditional wax before it dry’s and bonds hard to the
surface in the heat of the sun. If the bug is highly acidic it will begin the process
of etching into your clearcoat in a matter of hours. Each time it is exposed to
moisture more acids are released and eventually you have permanent damage to
With 2~3µm of CQuartz Finest between the bugs and your paint they can no
longer cause permanent damage to your paint. To start with the coating is
resistant to acids and its rare any mark will be left on the coating with reasonable
washing schedules. In the rare case a bug does leave something behind you
can be rest assured your paint is still safe beneath the coating.
Protection from bird droppings:
The most dangerous enemy your paint will likely see in its life are bird droppings.
They can vary in level of toxicity but it is well known by professionals that a
bird dropping can dissolve wax on contact, eat deep into paint, and leave an
etching within minutes. With CQuartz Finest you have a barrier which resists
bird droppings and allows you time to discover and remove them so they cannot
cause permanent damage to your paint.
As we touched on previously: dust, dirt, and contaminants do not bond to your
CQuartz Finest barrier in the way they do to paint with only a coat of wax or
sealant applied. Any dirt or dust that does attach to the coating is MUCH more
easily removed upon the next wash without having to scrub or clay the vehicle.
CQuartz Finest offers dirt and water shedding abilities beyond that of any other
product available. With the extreme lotus affect provided by CQuartz Finest, dirt
slides right off during a wash.
One of the most important feautures in keeping your vehicle clean is the ability
of the protective layer to release water. Finest features a low sliding angle which
allows water drops to release easily causing an extreme lotus affect.
Waxes and sealants obviously offer no scratch resistance. When you wash, dry,
or touch your paint at any time you have the potential to scratch the surface. The
scratches we are talking about here are very fine and referred to as “swirls” but
as they build up the level of gloss you see as reflections and depth to your paint
withers. These swirls refract light away from your eyes which is the cause of a
dulled appearance to your paint.
CQuartz Finest has been proven to resist these fine swirls when properly
maintained and cared for. It should be noted that no coating is swirl proof and
it is important to use only high quality wash mitts and drying towels or a blower.
The level of hardness provided by a coating is affected by the hardness of the
paint beneath however Finest does create a harder surface than the paint it is
protecting (up to 2H beyond original surface hardness (mohs scale).
We highly recommend allowing your Authorized Finest Installer to either maintain
your vehicle or train you in proper wash techniques and provide access for
purchase of the incredibly soft and plush CarPro Merino Wool Wash Mitt.
Unlike other coatings, Finest cannot be purchased on the open market and
is installed by only CarPro Authorized Finest Installers who have honed their
skills so they may polish your paint to the highest level before protecting it with
CQuartz Finest is the most exclusive coating available worldwide.
CarPro Finest Installers make up a global network of professionals who proudly
offer a warranty on our flagship coating. This warranty states that Finest will not
bubble, yellow, peel, oxidize, or lose any more than 20% loss of gloss over 2
• Water contact angle: 100~110°
• Sliding angle: 15~25°
• Thickness: 2~3µm
• Heat resistance: Beyond 575° F
• Increase hardness: up to 2H (mohs scale) beyond original surface
• Recommended working temperatures: 50F to 100F
• Stays Clean and glossy much longer even compared to other coatings
• Harder, thicker, and glossier than anything else on the market
• Scratch resistance on paint surface
• Low sliding angle ensure less droplets left on surface, causing an extreme
• Resistance to break dust and iron contaminants from reaching your paints
• Resistance to tar, dust, dirt, and other environmental contaminants
• 2 Year Limited Warranty
Questions and Answers:
1.- How long until my car can get wet?
24 hours after your vehicle was coated it can be exposed to water. If wet before
that time water should be gently removed from vehicle before it dries on the
2.- How long should I wait before washing my car with soap?
You should wait 7 days before washing with soap.
3.- Can I clay my car?
No, you should not clay your vehicle. Now that it is coated, regular washing will
remove contaminants easily and bonded contaminats will become rare. In the
case that bonded contaminants do collect, CarPro Iron X will easily dissolve them
without hurting your coating. Consult your Authorized Installer
4.- Can wax be applied over CQuartz Finest?
Yes and No – Yes wax can be applied over your coated vehicle however this
practice is not only pointless but also temporarily changes the behavior of dust,
dirt, and water sheeting on the surface. Finest is far superior to wax and will stay
cleaner if organic waxes and sealants are left off of it.
5.- I enjoy “waxing” my car. Is there something else I can apply to Finest that is
not an inferior product?
Yes, we highly recommend CarPro Reload. Reload is an inorganic quartz
sealant with SiO2 in a water based formula. Reload adds slickness and gloss to
your paint and can be utilized to maintain peak showroom shine and slickness.
6.- Are there any tricks to applying Reload?
Its simple, however you should allow your Finest Installer to show you the best
method of application.
Carpro’s CQuartz Finest is the culmination of many years of experience in
ceramic nanotechnology. Improvements in this field have significantly evolved
throughout the years resulting in more than one type of coating being available
today. But not all coatings are created equal. Some are created from inadequate
bonding agents, cheaper materials or by those with improper quality control
devices in place. While still others are indeed the same as each other and are
simply re-labeled like so many products on the market today.
Before we get into what sets CQuartz Finest apart let’s speak in broad terms
about a couple words used by many companies lately. People should be aware
these words on their own do not mean a product will last even as long as a
sealant from 10 years ago. In fact there are products out today from some
companies that last only a few months, add no measurable thickness, and call
themselves nanotech coatings.
The word nano is the new catch phrase in marketing these days but a little
research shows that while it sounds cool it often means very little (pun
intended). Another word, “coating” is being wielded by an exponentially growing
number of companies. First let’s try to define the word “nano” which refers to
Nanotechnology: A branch of technology dealing with the manufacture of objects
with a dimension of less than 100 nanometers and the manipulation of individual
molecules and atoms.
One nanometer is equal to one billionth of a meter therefore just 1 inch is equal
to an unimaginable 25,400,000 nanometers.
Now, this is truly remarkable technology but manipulating materials on this scale
doesn’t mean much on it’s own. It’s the materials themselves and in what way
they are manipulated that is important. Just as some designers and engineers
design a vehicle with quality material built to specific tolerances others design
vehicles with lower quality materials and looser specifications. However with a
vehicle it’s much clearer visually to see this difference in quality. With “coatings”
it’s the affects you receive from them that you will base your judgments on. More
on that in a bit.
Coating: A layer or film spread over a surface for protection or decoration.
By the definition of coating any type of lsp including even a quick detailer could
be called a coating but what we are all thinking of when we use this word for an
lsp is something that adds thickness measurable via a paint gauge and lasts for
years instead of months.
Many companies suggest that their coating has a specific hardness regardless of
the surface it is applied to, however this is not accurate information. CQuartz
Finest improves the hardness approximately 2H (mohs scale) beyond the
hardness of the original surface. If someone tells you their coating is 9H ask
them what scale they are testing it with and tell them to prove it. Glass itself is
around 6.5H on mohs scale therefore 9H is not attainable.
If you’re interested in having Cquartz Finest installed on your personal car, call the Atlanta car detailers at Detailed Designs Auto Spa at 678-859-1795. We are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We install more Cquartz Finest in Georgia than anyone else and are the most qualified to provide an amazing paint finish that is easy to maintain.
www.detaileddesignsautospa.com is Atlanta’s choice for paint protection film ( clear bra ), car detailing, paint correction and cQuartz Finest installation.
After being burned by the dealership and having another auto detailing shop in Atlanta attempt to repair his paint, the owner of this Lexus visited Detailed Designs Auto Spa in Atlanta from Alabama to permanently repair his paint and have his car detailed. He was distraught due to the nature of trying to find a quality solution for his car’s cosmetic issues.
It required our Gold Paint Correction Package and over 40 hours of labor. We were able to not just restore his paint, but have it looking better than when it was brand new. This is not just typical auto detailing, this is restorative detailing. No fillers, no glazes, no leaning on waxes to improve the paint. This is the condition of the paint when we are finished. After completing a paint restoration we train our clients on how to properly maintain the finish of the car so that the work completed is a longterm value.
When you consider the reviews our clients leave for us online, the exclusive services we offer and satisfaction guarantee, you will see that we are the premier auto detailing and new car protection company in Atlanta.
We take pride in catering to the most particular car owners and enthusiasts.
This professional concours d’Elegance car detailing project came straight to Detailed Designs Auto Spa from the shop that performed the frame-off restoration in Indiana once it was completed. The owner was looking for a concours-type detail but still wanted to drive the car regularly….which is awesome.
Because the owner lived out of state but regularly visits his girlfriend in Atlanta, it was convenient for him to be present for the delivery.
The name of the gentleman that delivered that car is Johnny Carson. I’ve not seen a car hauler display as much care as Johnny did. If you are looking for a qualified car hauler and would like to reach him, his phone number is 770-598-4077.
After we washed and decontaminated the paint, we began our silver package paint correction.
Even though the paint was newly sprayed, there was a real haziness to it.
Polishing relieved the surface defects and haziness, bringing the surface to a beautiful shine.
Because we were limited on time for this project, we didn’t get all of the pictures that we really wanted to. There was a large amount of latex dust all over the new rubber seals. We cleaned all rubber seals and used Swissvax Seal Feed to condition. Some of the shots we did take were some of the loose ends that the restoration shop missed before it left. Rubber seals and grommets were were a common miss. Here’s one of the wiper assemblies that required some attention between the seal and the windshield. Ideally, we could fit a machine in this tight area. Obviously, we can’t but we were able to use a cotton swab to address some of the bonded debris and hard water spots.
Hard water spots in the clear coat that is very tight against a wiper assembly.
Spot was cleaned up while keeping the rubber seal and brightwork safe.
Rear plate area had a lot of leftover compound build up.
Compound build up removed.
Before and afters of more misses in tight areas. All rubber trim was conditioned with Swissvax Seal Feed.
Restored plastics and brightwork.
Another common sight was excessive glue on the new rubber seals. We addressed all of the excessive glue.
More vinyl and plastic surfaces being reconditioned.
Excessive glue was on just about every interior panel. We used Swissvax plastic cleaner and adhesive remover to remove the glue safely.
There was glue all over the interior fabrics. We don’t have a before, but imagine the previous excessive glue shots and imagine that same care given to the fabrics. This was after we removed the adhesive.
There were multiple areas where the upholstery person left loose vinyls/fabrics. We either glued down the areas or sewed them back into a pleasant position. Included in this series of shots is a before, after and stored shots of the floor mats.
Here is a shot that really brings to light how poorly dressed vinyls tend to be. I don’t know anyone who wants greasy vinyl or plastic surfaces. We thoroughly detailed and cleaned the interior vinyl surfaces to remove that greasy feel. Here is a halfway detailed surface. You can see how greasy the right half is as it’s not yet cleaned.
Decontaminating and detailing interior surfaces.
Feeding rubber bits with Swissvax.
Rear spare tire cover required a thorough cleaning and conditioning.
Leather cleaned and then treated with Swissvax Leather Milk.
Wheels removed, detailed inside and out, polished and treated with Swissvax Autobahn.
Working on those hard to reach areas.
After polishing and correcting the paint’s surface, we installed clear bra paint protection film so that the lower painted portions were protected. As mentioned, the owner wanted a car he could drive and enjoy. Clear bra gives the piece of mind that it’s as well protected from rock chips.
Tim working on detailing the engine bay.
The spare wheel well and wheel were treated as if they were on constant display. The tire had some writing on the tread and that won’t do. We cleaned it off.
Applying Swissvax Crystal Rock to the exposed painted surfaces. No area was left untouched.
After a thorough exterior detailing, interior detailing, engine bay detailing, multi-surface conditioning, clear bra installation and application of Swissvax Crystal Rock, she was ready to be enjoyed!
If you managed to make it this far, thank you! I hope our pictures have been enjoyable for you. It was a pleasure to work on such a beautiful car and bring it up to a higher standard while maintaining the integrity of the different surfaces and materials. Anyone can use a brush, microfiber towels and cleaning chemicals. Cleaning, protecting and conditioning with high regard for material integrity takes time, effort and heart. Those are some of the reasons people use Detailed Designs Auto Spa. We put our heart into each project and it shows through in the end. Automobile detailing on this level gives us a great sense of pride for what we do.