How to choose the proper company for your automotive detailing and paint protection film service needs

When researching for a company to perform detail work or other services on your vehicle, there are a number of factors that should play into your final decision. Many think that the lowest price should dictate what company to choose; but what if the other considerations you may not be aware of could lead you to a happier decision, even if it is a higher price? 

There’s a difference between the price of a service, and the cost. The price is what you pay for the service you’re purchasing up front, while the cost is what you end up spending long-term thereafter the purchase. For example, you find a company that will perform a “stage 3 paint correction and 2 year ceramic coating” for $1,500, and another company is saying the “same” package is $1,000. The first question many ask is. “why are you so expensive?” The question you should be asking is why the other company is so cheap? Often times the cheaper service is not the same quality or standard of the shop that is performing the service at a premium price; whether it be the paint correction is inferior, or the quality of the work as a whole is sub-par. 

Many times we see clients who come to us after a cheaper company did the car, only to point out the flaws in the work to the client. Things like stretch lines in paint protection film, or edges that are peeling within days of installation; paint correction that barely looks like any scratches were attempted to be removed, ceramic coating permanent smears, high spots, inferior coating product brand or the surfaces not even behaving as if they were never coated at all.

Furthermore, let’s say you’re in the market for a new pair of Nike shoes, or that new television; it makes sense to look for the cheapest price; as the product is produced by the same manufacturer and the quality is the same no matter from what retailer you end up buying it. Shopping a service-based business based strictly on price alone, however, is not ideal if you’re looking for a high quality result as there are a variety of different factors that should be weighed before pulling the trigger.


Visiting the businesses you’re thinking about using

This is a huge part of the decision-making process. While websites and online presences can give a small representation of a company, it is always best to make a consultation with a business to have them look your vehicle over with you. This not only aids the company to better quote the job by seeing your vehicle in person, but gives you a chance to meet the owner and get a look at the facility.


Shop Appearance

Is the business to which you’re inquiring have an environment suited for the type of services you’re looking for? Is it well-lit for detailing, ceramic coatings, window tint, vinyl wraps, and/or paint protection film services? Is it clean? Is the facility climate-controlled? It is crucial to have optimal working temperatures, as this has an effect on how window film, vinyl, and PPF apply. It is also a factor in how compounds and polishes break down during paint correction, and how ceramic coatings lay down during install. It also can affect employees and staff temperament if it is an uncomfortable temperature and environment. Cleanliness is also important to consider, especially if paint protection film or window tint is being applied as dirt & debris play a huge part in a clean installation. 

The Detail BOSS facility. Exceptionally Clean, Bright, and climate controlled. Fitted perfect for the fellow car enthusiast’s needs

The Detail BOSS facility. Exceptionally Clean, Bright, and climate controlled. Fitted perfect for the fellow car enthusiast’s needs

Credentials

Does the business or businesses in question have credentials? Is the staff trained and by who? Certifications? What type of vehicles were in the shop when you visited for a consultation? What type of resume does the business have that they can either show or explain to you that gains your trust?


The Owner(s) 

Have you met with the owner of the company? Does conversation seem scripted or are they being 100% honest with you and establish a sense of trust with you? Are they performing the work on the vehicle, or overseeing every step of their operation to ensure their technicians are performing at the highest standard?


Strictly price shopping a service based business is the last thing a consumer should do. The quality of work, the shop environment, staff qualification, and meeting with the owner(s) should play into your final decision of where your vehicle deserves to be pampered.


We hope this article has helped your decision-making process if you’re torn between who to use; whether you’re in our market here in Arizona, or anywhere else. 


Until next time, happy detailing!


  • Detail BOSS

What is “Paint Correction?”

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Paint correction is often times mistaken by many for repainting a vehicle. Many think that the term paint correction refers to fixing scrapes, stone chips, dents, dings, etc. 

While all those horrible mishaps can be fixed with other methods, they are not fixed by a machine polisher or “paint correction”.

Paint correction is the process of reducing, minimizing and/or eliminating imperfections in a vehicle’s clear coat. 

A vehicle has a few layers to the pretty shiny stuff you see: typically there’s a primer layer, a base coat or “color” layer, and the clear coat or top coat which makes the surface appear ultra shiny/glossy. Imperfections in clear coat can be caused by a plethora of things, such as a cat walking across the hood, someone keying a vehicle, wiping it down improperly, improper washing/care methods, bird poo droppings, acid rain, California dusters, tree sap , the list goes on! 

 

So how do you get rid of the scratches?

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Paint correction can involve a number of measures (literally) including measuring paint depth to ensure there is enough clear coat available to correct (otherwise you’ll burn through to the base coat or beyond!), as well as choosing the right machine, pads, compounds and polishes to correct the issue.  

Ask the abused Maserati above, he’ll show you what we did. See the scratches/swirls/spider webs/unholiness in the paint? Well here is after

 

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Another example below 

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For more behind the science of paint correction and what you’re actually seeing, head over to our paint correction page where we dive into the process. Click here

 

 

Happy Detailing All!

- Chris Parker  

Co-Owner Detail BOSS

Porsche Carrera GT in for paint correction and ceramic pro!

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This stunning 3800 mile Porsche Carrera GT is in for our stage 2 paint correction to remove minor surface imperfections and prepare the surface for application for our 7 year ceramic coating! The interior, glass and wheel faces are also being protected with Ceramic Pro  

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Scottsdale AZ: Ferrari 458 brought to a deep, mirror, show car finish after paint polish and ceramic paint protection coating

Now and then a vehicle arrives to us that completely blows our minds when its complete. This is what drives us in our pursuit of high quality and unmatched results. This Ferrari 458 came to us with heavy scratches, swirls, and imperfections from improper care. While not perfect, we achieved approximately 90% perfection with our Stage 2 paint correction. Not familiar with the process of paint correction? Visit our easy to understand guide by clicking or tapping here.

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This Italian stallion also received a full front paint protection film to protect against rock chips from highway and daily driving. We offer XPEL Ultimate as well as Suntek Ultra, both which carry a 10 year warranty against cracking and yellowing. I want paint protection film, take me there now!

Furthermore, the 458 Italia also received our 5 Year Warranted ceramic coating by Ceramic Pro. This offers a 2 layer system in which the first layer applied adds chemical and scratch resistance. The top layer provides a super slick, high-gloss, hydrophobic shield that adds UV protection, not to mention makes cleaning a breeze. Not only are these properties beneficial for ease of cleaning and low maintenance, but even sweeter, having a ceramic coating applied to your vehicle eliminates the need to ever wax it again!

Paint correction specialists and ceramic coatings are not all equal. It is dependent upon detailers' individual skill level, expertise, and attention to detail which determines the final outcome of the results, along with the products they choose to offer. We at Detail Boss are known for our expertise in paint correction and extensive experience with clear coat and installing ceramic coatings. We offer what we feel is the best not only in products we use, but tools, techniques and customer service to our clientele. With 14+ years of combined experience, training, continued educational programs, seminars, webinars, and events we attend, feel confident & comfortable that you are choosing an industry-leading brand.

For more information about what ceramic coatings are, click or tap here!

For more info on this car, and if you're interested in getting behind the wheel, contact our friends over at Skyline Dream Cars! Get in touch with them here.

 

Until next time, happy detailing!

 

- Detail BOSS