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      12-18-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Professional Detailer - Recommendations?

Hi folks,

It's not that I am lazy (honest!), but a new baby (in addition to the car) is occupying most of my time.

Looking to have the car detailed, it needs it ;-) , and wondered if anyone has a recommendation for the Surrey/Sussex/Kent area?

Thanks in advance!
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      12-18-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hi folks,

It's not that I am lazy (honest!), but a new baby (in addition to the car) is occupying most of my time.

Looking to have the car detailed, it needs it ;-) , and wondered if anyone has a recommendation for the Surrey/Sussex/Kent area?

Thanks in advance!
Have a look at detailing world so some local guys in your area, many in your area
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      12-18-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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+1 For posting on Detailing World forum. You'll have your hand snapped off! The good ones post pix of their results or can email you pix of what they do. And your car will look brilliant!
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      12-18-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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Ooh Surrey Sussex and Kent area? Another South East bod?
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      12-18-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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I am looking in to this very subject at the moment so would be interested in your conclusions. Taking delivery of an F31 MSport in January. At the moment I am intending to use All that Gleams, based in Guildford. I read a lot about them and saw their work on the detailing world forum. I am based in south west Surrey.
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      12-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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I cannot recommend this guy enough: http://www.hampshirevehicledetailing.co.uk/ Paul is based in Sussex and can travel to you if required. A few years ago I got an old Jag XK120 DHC done with him for a serious overhaul after a poor respray job. It was a present to my step dad (the detail, not the car) and all I said was that I wanted to 'borrow' the car for a few days. When I returned it, he was reduced to tears at the difference. An insanely good finish and a lovely bloke to boot!!
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      12-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #7
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Been thinking of a detail myself, and as a present for her indoors. ATG looks interesting and Guildford isn't that far from me.... but then D3 looks good too. Decisions decisions...
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      12-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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Any thoughts on which products are best suited for the f30/31s? I have so far been looking at Opti-coat, Swissvax and Auto Finese Tough Coat. Still very much in the learning process about the merits of each one. I know that I don't want to do this too often, could get very costly so need something that lasts.
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      12-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #9
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I had Gtechnic C1 and C1.5 applied to mine. I also requested the glass and leather package. When i collected the car, the surface was like looking into a mirror.

I had it done in October, and a couple of months later, when there is rainwater on the car, it sits there in 'globules'. When driving, i can see the rainwater 'run up' the windscreen! Very impressed with is so far.

Have a look at the Gtechnic website and there are some videos on youtube showing how well water repels off the surface.

There is most likely an agent in your area.
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Here is a detailed spec of the detail I had carried out a couple of weeks ago. You would have to see the results in person to believe them

PREP WORK

WHEELS CLEANED WITH BLUEBERRY SAFE WHEEL CLEANER FOLLOWED BY IRON X
AND TARDIS CONTAMINATION REMOVERS

CAR SNOW FOAMED AND LEFT TO SOAK (STRONG TRAFFIC FILM REMOVER 4/1 MIX
AND MEGUIARS HYPERWASH). ALL PANEL GAPS CLEANED AND DEGREASED WITH
CITRUS DEGREASER AND SMALL BRUSHES.

THIS INC. DOOR SHUTS, BONNET, BOOT AND ENGINE BAY DEGREASED. WHEEL
ARCHES DEGREASED.

CAR WASHED WITH TWO BUCKET METHOD, SOFT LAMBS MITTS ALL AROUND BOTTOM
AREAS OF VEHICLE. REST OF CAR WASHED WITH OPTIMUM NO RINSE.

THE VEHICLE WAS THEN DECONTAMINATED WITH AUTOSMARTS TARDIS (TAR
REMOVAL) AND CLAYED TO REMOVE OTHER BONDED CONTAMINENTS FROM PAINTWORK
AND GLASS.


POLISHING

ONE STAGE MACHINE POLISH WITH PAINT CLEANER TO REMOVE MINOR
DEFECTS/ENHANCE AND PREPARE PAINTWORK.


FINISHING

EXTERIOR

ALL GLASS COATED WITH GTECHNIQ G5 AND WOLFS GLASS GUARD.

WHEELS COATED WITH GTECHNIQ C5 WHEEL ARMOUR.

RUBBER/PLASTIC TRIM AREAS COATED WITH WOLFS TRIM DETAILER.

PAINTWORK COATED WITH MULTIPLE LAYERS OF ZAINO SHOWCAR SEALANT,
COLLINITE WAX AND WOLFS BODY WRAP.


INTERIOR

INTERIOR CLEANED AND VACUUMED. TRIM/DASH/CONSOLE COATED WITH GTECHNIQ MATT DASH.

FABRIC FLOOR MATS PROTECTED WITH GTECHNIQ FABRIC GUARD.

GTECHNIQ LEATHER GUARD ON ALL SEATS.


SUMMARY OF COATINGS:
BONNET 2 COATS OF ZAINO - ZFX CURED BETWEEN COATS
FRONT BUMPER 1 COAT OF ZAINO - ZFX CURED
ROOF 1 COAT ZAINO - ZFX CURED THEN 1 COAT ULTRA DURABLE COLLINITE WAX
REAR TAILGATE AND BUMPER - 1 COAT ZAINO - ZFX CURED THEN 1 COAT COLLINITE WAX
VERY TOP OF SIDES, REAR POST, ROOF RAILS - WOLFS BODY WRAP SEALANT
REST OF SIDES DOWN TO BOTTOM INC. SEALS - 2 COATS OF ZAINO - ZFX CURED
LAST THIRD DOOR AND SEALS AND WHEEL ARCHES COATED WITH 1 COAT
COLLINITE WAX OVERLAPPING ZAINO
WHEELS COATED WITH GTECHNIQ C5 WHEEL ARMOUR
FRONT GLASS MACHINED WITH SSR2 AND MICROFIBRE PAD WITH ORBITAL.THEN
PANEL WIPE - (NO TFR MIX)
SIDE WINDOWS CLEANED WITH AUTOGLYM GLASS CLEANER/SPRAY AND THEN PANEL WIPE
GLASS COATED WITH G5 GTECHNIQ FRONT SCREEN, SIDE AND REAR WINDOWS
WOLFS GLASS GUARD
PLASTIC TRIM CLEANED WITH STRONG TFR MIX AND COATED WITH WOLFS TRIM COAT
LIGHT LENSES COATED WITH ZAINO Z2 AS REST OF CAR


DETAIL CARRIED OUT ON SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2012
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      12-19-2012, 07:36 PM   #11
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If you don't mind; how much did that set you back?

Seems a few of us could do Guildford... Perhaps we should see if ATG are interested in doing us a discount for a few vehicles; get the trade in for them etc
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      12-20-2012, 05:36 AM   #12
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Folks,

Thanks for all the feedback/discussion so far. I too would be interested in a group discount option ;-)

Thanks
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      12-20-2012, 06:51 AM   #13
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If you don't mind; how much did that set you back?

Seems a few of us could do Guildford... Perhaps we should see if ATG are interested in doing us a discount for a few vehicles; get the trade in for them etc
I paid 180.00 all in. Extremely resonable, he was working on the car from 8:30am - 10:30pm
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I am up in Scotland, so not local, but I also found someone on the Gtechniq website. He came to my dealer and worked on my car for 12 hours (over 2 days) before I took delivery. The water still beads off all surfaces, except tonight as everything has frozen solid! I paid extra for this person to take the wraps off the car and do a full 'new car' preparation: he was the first to touch the exterior (after the PDI) before applying the treatments. This came to roughly the same price as the coatings BMW wanted to apply. Money well spent IMO.
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