What is the difference between Detailing & Valeting

Valeting and Detailing are closely linked together, "Car Valeting " the vehicle is washed, polished & waxed on the exterior, usually by hand. Car Detailing adds more steps in the preparation & wash processes with multi stage"Machine Polishing" which refines the paint work & removes as many swirl marks, scuffs and scratches from your car paint work as possible.

Polishing by hand will not remove these marks in most cases, many polishes have fillers in them which fill in these fine scratches giving the appearance they have been removed. As far as i am aware you either have your car resprayed which is very expensive to remove the swirl marks, scuffs and scratches or have your car machine polished which will be much more cost effective than a respray.

The Full Car Valet i offer usually takes between 5 to 7 hours or one day to complete. If your car needed my Full Paint Correction, the estimated time frame would take 3.5 to 5 days to complete due to the many different processes involved, for example taking the paint gauge readings to check the thickness of paint on the car bodywork, removing the wheels to gain access to clean your wheel arches and remove any old wheel balancing sticker residue. Taping up rubber and plastic areas and car badges so the compound does not damage those areas when machine polishing the vehicle.

A full car valet leaves your car in a showroom condition but it will not refine the paint work like machine polishing will. It will not go into the same Detail as having your car detailed.

Detailing for your pride and joy

Why get your car detailed, there are many different reasons for detailing your vehicle. It is cheaper getting the paintwork corrected than having a respray.

Our aim is to enhance, correct and protect your investment; all vehicles come with differing scenarios, such as scratches, swirl marks, paint overspray, tar, tree sap, fallout to name a few. Some vehicles may just require an enhancement with a final finish that protects your investment like a wax or sealant.

Others may need a full correction or protection against winter.

G & G offer Krypton 9 and Krypton 5 Ceramic Sealants which will give the paintwork up to 3 or 5 years protection dependant on choice.

Krypton 9  Krypton 5

These feature a high gloss, which is scratch resistant, chemical resistant, UV resistant, thermal resistant and Anti-Graffiti which is Super Hydrophobic and Anti-Graffiti effect combined mean the surface coated with Krypton 9 & Krypton 5 will stay cleaner for longer as dirt and grime will not stick to the surface and the super hydrophobic effect of the coating will cause water to bead up and roll of the surface.

Wax and ceramic sealants provide a protective barrier against contaminates and airborne particles like fallout (iron filings) that can eat into your paintwork and overtime create rust spots.

The holy grail that perfectionist want is the ultimate shine that repels water and contaminants and looks fantastic.

Ceramic Sealant Breakdown

 

Ceramic Coating Features

 

Full paint correction detail: (Timeframe 3 to 5 Days)

 

 

Inspect interior and exterior of Vehicle for any damage
Remove all alloy wheels and clean inside and face of alloy removing contaminants
Apply a ferrous metal remover to remove ferrous particles from alloy wheels
Clean and scrub wheel arches
Replace Wheels
Clean the Engine and bonnet
Clean sills, door shuts and boot area
Apply PH Neutral snow foam pre cleaner, then rinse
Wash vehicle using PH Neutral shampoo using the two bucket method
Rinse Vehicle then dry with deluxe drying towel
Remove Tar and spray ferrous metal remover to remove any embedded ferrous particles on the bodywork
Rinse Vehicle again then dry with deluxe drying towel
Clay Bar the vehicle, including glass

Take paint thickness reading to evaluate the paint thickness

First stage paint correction to remove swirls and scratches, then IPA wipe down
Machine Polish
Clean all exterior glass
Apply Sealant or Wax dependant on customer choice to bodywork/alloy wheels and windows
Dress all plastics and rubbers including wheel arches
Chrome cleaned and exhaust pipe
Tyres dressed
Vehicle Interior hoovered, headlining cleaned, shampoo carpets and seats, Leather seats cleaned
All door areas cleaned
Interior glass cleaned, plastics and rubbers dressed if required.

 

Enhancement Detail: (Timeframe 1 to 2 Days)

 

Inspect exterior of Vehicle for any damage
Alloy wheels cleaned
Clean wheel arches
Clean sills, door shuts and boot area
Apply PH Neutral snow foam pre cleaner, then rinse
Wash vehicle using PH Neutral shampoo using the two bucket method
Rinse Vehicle then dry with a drying towel
Remove Tar and spray ferrous metal remover to remove any embedded ferrous particles on the bodywork
Rinse Vehicle again then dry with a drying towel
Clay Bar the vehicle, including glass

Take paint thickness reading to evaluate the paint thickness

Machine Polish Enhancement
Apply Sealant or Wax dependant on customer choice to bodywork/alloy wheels and windows
Glass sealed
Chrome Polished
Wheel arches conditioned
Plastics conditioned
Tyres Dressed

 

The images below are of a Full Paint Correction i completed, you can clearly see the scratches and swirl marks that need removing to bring the vehicle back to a better than new condition. The bodywork was sealed to seal in the high gloss finish, all windows were sealed and alloy wheels sealed. The Ford ST had the brake callipers painted from Red to Blue which really makes them stand out. It took 5 days to complete the Full Correction.

Ford St

Ford Ready For Maching Polishing

Swirl Matks

Swirk Marks, Before and After

3 Stage Machine Polish Completed

Ford ST After Full Correction .

Brake Calipers Painted