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What is detailing?
There are many names that the work carried out comes under, mainly valeting in English terminology or Detailing, a more American term. It seems that the English understanding of the term Detailing is what many Americans wished it stood for, whereas it seems that in many cases the English understanding of a valet is more like the service many detailers provide in the US. Our aim is to enhance the paint so a more descriptive title such as “paintwork correction” carries more weight, as it describes the main type of work undertaken by Affection to Detail. How people view the work that is carried out or what they call it doesn’t matter; only that it is viewed as the highest level of service available.
Why bother?
The main reason for most people is to keep the vehicle looking its best for as long as possible. The protective coatings will ensure the vehicle is easier to clean and maintain over time as well. Also, by keeping the paintwork and overall condition of the car in excellent state, this will lead to a vehicle demanding a higher residual value. Some of the work is very intensive and takes considerable time. Not everyone has this time free after the working day, so by using a professional care system, this will allow time to be spent doing more important things.
Why use Affection to Detail?
The reputation of the company is based upon the satisfaction of its clients in regards to the level of service they receive and the results they see before them. Affection to Detail always strives for perfection, which is made easier due to the fact that the work is enjoyable. Many companies carry out paint correction work and anyone can say they provide this type of service. By solely concentrating on this type of work, it ensures that every client receives the same outstanding level of service as apposed to some companies that offer lower priced, less involved and lower standards of work to those that pay less. There is no point in paying out twice, ensure that it is done properly the first time round by using Affection to Detail.
Paintwork Consultation:
Where possible the aim is to meet all clients and inspect the vehicle to discuss what is and isn’t achievable before a date is agreed on. A test panel can be undertaken to gain a better estimate of the time required for the whole job if required although this may incur a small surcharge.
Time Estimates:
For protection details where next to none or minimal machine polishing is undertaken, estimates are normally more accurate. Where correction work is required, estimates can be less accurate depending on how various paints react to the process. Where parts of a vehicle have been resprayed, this can cause additional issues. Most cars will require a medium and fine polishing stage, with some vehicles with severe paint defect requiring a stronger compound stage.
How much can be removed?
In most cases of defect removal it is the initial state that the paintwork is in that will determine the final result. The other aspect is time spent. Normally, extra time yields extra results. Where the paintwork is in a particularly bad condition, extra time can be spent on a lesser degree of correction. Advice will be given as to the best route but the final decision comes down to the client.
What is required for the detail?
At present water and power are required. Due to the time spent on some details, having a generator continuosly running all the time, is not good for the enviroment. While it is running and not being used, inbetween processes that require power, it is wasting fuel for no reason, even at idle. There is also the noise aspect. Even silent generators emit noise and there is no desire to upset neighbours or our clients if they work from home. A hosepipe is not a necessity as work is carried out from buckets which the pressure washer can draw from, so any clean water supply will be fine.
What weather can you work in?
An ideal day would be dry and mild with plenty of cloud cover but days like this are few and far between. Many clients have an undercover area, be it a garage or even a workshop. As long as the car has plenty of space around it to work then it will be fine. Even if the area is small, it can be used to partially cover the vehicle if it’s showery weather.
How long does it last?
This all comes down to the after care, how it is washed and dried. All defects are removed permanently and no fillers are applied, unless the paint is so thin that it is too risky to remove the defects. Poor after care can cause new defects but advice is given on how best to prolong the finish and discounted maintenance programs are also available if you wish to have the car looked after on a regular basis.