How often should I have my car detailed?
Short answer - every 3 to 9 months.
Long answer - There are several factors that determine the durability of wax.
The color of your car. Darker cars collect more heat in the daytime. In the evening when that heat radiates off of the paint it causes the wax to evaporate. In the sun of summer afternoons, black car paints can reach temperatures of 180 degrees!
How often you wash your car. Frequent washing causes the wax to wear off quicker, so cars that are washed more often need to be detailed more often.
Whether or not your car is garage kept. Cars that are garage kept are not exposed to the elements and can go longer between details.
Do you offer paint sealants?
No. Paint sealants are worthless. Any product like a wax or sealant that is applied to the paint on a car, is so thin, that any good, strong detergent can remove it. The thickness of paint sealants is measured in angstroms. One angstrom equals one ten-billionth of a meter. Angstroms are used in natural sciences to express the size of atoms and molecules.
The best way to keep your car looking good, is to have it regularly and professionally detailed!
What kind of wax do you use?
For over 30 years we have used Meguiar's Mirror Glaze.
My car has a bad odor problem, can you fix this?
See our page "Odor Removal".
Do you perform any carpet dying or repairs to leather, vinyl or cloth?
What about stains on Leather seats?
Again, it depends on the type of stain. Ink is permanent!
Can you come to my office?
Yes, we require access to electrical and water sources, plenty of room to work, and MOST IMPORTANT, permission from building management or owners.
You use my water and electricity? Does that cost me a lot?
No. We use less than 1 Kilowatt hour of electricity and approximately 100 gallons of water. The cost to the customer is minimal.
Will my car look brand new?
No, but we'll strive to get it as close as possible. We take the time to do the job right, the first time!
This is a generalized list of our detailing service. There is actually much more involved, so that we can deliver a Top-Quality Service to our customers!
- Vacuum interior, cargo area and trunk
- Shampoo carpets and floor mats
- Shampoo cloth upholstery
- Clean and condition all interior leather and vinyl
- Clean and condition dashboard and instrument panel
- Polish all interior chrome and plastic
- Clean engine compartment
- Pressure wash door, trunk/tailgate jambs
- Clean tires, wheels, and wheel wells
- Hand wash exterior
- Remove tar and tree sap
- Clay paint
- Clean windows inside & out
- Polish exterior chrome
- Dress exterior vinyl and rubber
"The Complete Detail"
"Top to Bottom - In and Out - Bumper to Bumper"
Serving all areas of Jefferson, Orleans, Saint Bernard and Saint Tammany
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! You can purchase a certificate for the full price (as shown at the top of this page), along with any additional services you wish. They are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Certificate holders must schedule their appointment at least 1 week in advance. Vehicles cannot be older than 10 years!
Do you offer partial services, such as interior detailing or washes?
No. Our only package is "The Complete Detail".
What is "Seat belt Cleaning" and why is it not included in your Complete Detail?
Seat belts cannot be cleaned effectively with traditional hand or hot water extraction techniques, due of the very tight weave of the fabric. They must be soaked with a specialized cleaner, then pressure washed outside of the vehicle. This optional service is performed at the customers special request, and usually only on light colored material.
Optional services include:
Carpet/fabric protection AND
specialized cleaning for
heavily soiled seat belts
I have a lot of bug damage on the front of my car, can you fix this?
No. Most bug damage is permanent. Bug's body fluids are highly acidic. When they impact the automobile's paint, the force of the impact drives the fluids into the paint. When allowed to remain on the paint for some time, the fluids create permanent damage. This issue is made worse by the fact that most cars come with plastic bumper covers. The paint on these plastic panels has elastomeric properties that allows the paint to flex without cracking. This "flexibility" makes the paint much more susceptible to damage from bugs.
Can you fix scratches on my paint?
While there are a few instances where light scratches can be buffed or polished out, most cannot. All modern cars (with very few exceptions), use a multistage paint system. It consists of a primer, a base or color coat, and a final top clear coat. The top clear coat is about 2-3 thousandths of an inch thick, which means many scratches cannot be compounded out without the risk of exposing the base color coat.
How long does the detailing service take?
Cars: 3-4 hours.
Regular trucks and small SUVs: 4-5 hours.
(F150, Rav-4, Highlander, Explorer)
Extra cab trucks and full size SUVs: 5-7 hours.
(F350 Quad Cab, Tahoe, Suburban, Expedition)
Keep in mind, the time to complete the job will vary, depending on the condition of the vehicle.
Quality takes time!!!!!!!
Frequently Asked Questions:
My leather seats are cracking, what can you do about them?
Nothing. Leather begins deteriorating the moment it is removed from the animal. As such, most car leather manufactures recommend that you should have your leather seats cleaned and conditioned every 7 to 14 days. Most car owners do not do this, and it leads to the leather drying out, getting brittle and cracking. The first sign of neglect is usually found on the drivers seat bottom, and appears as "dirt lines" or wrinkles. This is the beginning stage of leather failure. With proper and frequent care, leather failure can be significantly delayed.
What kinds of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, and all major credit cards. (Credit cards are charged a 3% processing fee.) We also offer Paypal Credit - no interest for 6 months! Payment is due upon completion of services.
Your prices seem high, Why so?
I use the best products and techniques available, and take the time to do the job right. That, combined with doorstep service and over 30 years of experience results in superior quality service.
Remember: you get what you pay for!
Additional charges may be incurred for heavily soiled or neglected vehicles, and excessive pet
Can you get all of the stains out of my carpet?
It depends on the type of stain and how long it has been there. Some stains are impossible to remove completely:
coffee/cola stains can be lightened
anything red: wine, candy, daiquiris
ground in dirt
bleach/acid type stains
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No part of this website may be used without the express written permission of the owner.
Do you detail boats, motor homes, motorcycles or other specialty vehicles?
No. Additionally, we do not work on any vehicles that are over 10 years of age.
Is there a wait to get an appointment?
Usually. All work is performed by the owner. There are no other employees. As such, the wait to get an appointment can vary from one day, to over a week. If you request a Saturday appointment, that can mean several weeks of wait time.
My car is brand new. When can/should I detail it?
A new car can be waxed the day you take it home. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to wait ANY length of time before waxing. All modern new car paints are baked in either a heat or ultra-violet oven, which cures the paint immediately. Most new car deliveries to customers are weeks after manufacture. Inside the driver's door jamb of all new cars is a sticker that indicates the month and year the car was assembled. In many cases your new car was finished months ago. Most detail professionals recommend that you start detailing your car at 6 months of age.
(See "How often should I have my car detailed?)
Trucks & Small SUV: $275
Quad Cab Trucks: $325
Full Size SUV's: $375
Fabric Protection: $25
Seat Belt Cleaning: $25
3rd Row Seats: $25