EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE

 Auto Detailing
Boston, MA

Our detailing services may cost a little more than other local shops due to many factors. The biggest factor being that we spend an average of 12 to 25 hours on a paint correction type detail. It is not uncommon for us to spend an excess of 50 hours in extreme cases, but most vehicles fall into the 12 to 25 hour timeframe. If you factor in the time it takes to perform a detail, the cost of quality tools & materials, having the proper insurance and the experience to back it up, we feel our pricing is extremely fair. In this particular business, you truly get what you pay for.

Every vehicle is unique in its own way and every client has different expectations, so pricing can vary quite a bit. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive or level of service you’re interested in, we will do whatever it takes to meet both your requirements and budget without compromising quality. Every car that we service is a rolling advertisement of our company, so be confident that we will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure your vehicle looks better than you ever could have imagined.

BASIC DETAIL - $350

(for average size vehicles upcharge for larger vehicles)

*This is classified as an “enhancement” detail that includes a basic polishing treatment (will not remove paint defects)

 

  • Hand wash
  • Extensive cleaning of all wheels, tires & wheel wells
  • Clean engine compartment
  • Claybar treatment (removes bonded contaminants from paint surface)
  • Degrease exterior to remove previous waxes/sealants
  • Paintwork lightly polished to remove haze and restore gloss and clarity (no paint correction)
  • Apply paint sealant (6 months durability)
  • Dress tires
  • Clean windows
INTERIOR DETAIL - $175

Vacuum complete interior & trunk, shampoo all carpets and upholstery, wipe down all interior surfaces including cupholders & vents, apply UV protectant to interior surfaces (non-greasy, matte finish), apply leather conditioner, clean floor mats and clean windows.

add leather coating and textile treatment to Complete Interior Detail – $100 upcharge

Auto detailing services Boston
STAGE 1 PAINT CORRECTION TREATMENT - $495

for average size vehicles in good to average condition (upcharge for larger vehicles)

  • Hand wash
  • Extensive cleaning of all wheels, tires & wheel wells
  • Clean engine compartment
  • Claybar treatment (removes bonded contaminants from paint surface)
  • Degrease exterior to remove previous waxes/sealants
  • Single stage polishing treatment (removes moderate swirls/scratches)
  • Apply paint sealant (8 – 10 months durability)
  • Dress tires
  • Clean windows
STAGE 2 PAINT CORRECTION TREATMENT - $795

and up (upcharge for larger vehicles)

This includes everything included in the stage one treatment, plus an additional compounding step which removes more serious swirls/scratches. This stage is recommended for vehicles that are older or have significant scratches and/or moderate swirl marks.

STAGE 3 PAINT CORRECTION TREATMENT

Call for pricing (Must see vehicle for precise estimate)

Recommended for vehicles that are in rough condition or for those looking for the very best.

UPGRADE TO A CERAMIC COATING for additional protection and easy maintenance with no need to wax! (several years of durability)

What is ‘Paint Correction’?

Paint correction is a term that is now commonly used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, mostly through the elimination of surface imperfections, that dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection. These imperfections include things like swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, hologramming & buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches (or RIDS).

The term paint correction should only really be used if these imperfections are properly removed and are not just merely covered up or hidden with filler based products. The actual corrective process itself comprises of a small amount of clear coat or paint being removed from the surface with the use of abrasive polishes, which are applied and worked in with appropriate polishing machines, in order to level out the surface.

It’s all in the details

Before any paint correction is undertaken, a thorough wash and decontamination of the vehicle is performed. Paintwork is properly washed and cleaned to remove any loose dirt and debris, then after the wash process, it is clayed with an automotive clay bar, which safely removes any bonded surface contaminants such as tar spots and industrial fallout.

It is important these contaminants are removed before the paint correction process because if they were to become dislodged and caught up in the pad of a polishing machine, they could easily inflict damage onto the surface very quickly. It also helps to leave the surface very smooth, which in turn, allows the polishing machine to move freely over the surface, reducing the possibility of hopping or sticking occurring. Claying the paintwork helps you to properly observe the progress of the correction process because you can see the true condition of the surface as you are working.

The polishing is usually a multistage process as a range of different grades of polish are used, ranging from heavier cutting compounds, which remove the surface material, to finer products which then remove any marks that the heavier products may have inflicted and generally refine the finish. During the paint correction process it is common for a paint depth gauge to be used.

This measures the thickness of the paint on the metal panel and is used before, during and after the process to monitor how much material is being removed and ensure an excess is not removed which could leave the paint too thin or even cause irreversible damage such as a strike through the paint. Specialist halogen or LED lamps which replicate the effect of direct sunlight on the surface are also used during the process to check the condition of the paintwork and see how successfully the surface scratches and imperfections are being removed.

Some scratches or imperfections may actually be too deep or severe to safely remove without risking removing to much surface paint or clear coat and so are minimized and reduced as best as possible using techniques with the machine polisher and polish products that round off the edges of the scratches and make them far less apparent in direct light.

A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections.

After correction, the panels are wiped down with an isopropyl alcohol which removes any oils that may have been left over from the polish and reveals the true finish, including any areas that may have been missed or require a little more work. Once complete, fully corrected paintwork will shine brilliantly and produce stunning reflections because there are now no longer any scratches and imperfections to scatter and reflect the light rays off in different directions.

Paint correction is a very labor intensive process and is usually the most time consuming part of the car detailing process. In conclusion, paint correction is the process of removing surface scratches and imperfections from a vehicles paintwork, which involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polish products. A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes will be visible to the naked eye.

Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with products that are designed to mask and fill surface imperfections such as an all in one polish for example. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more.