August and September have proved challenging weather-wise, from dealing with temperatures in the high 20s to windy and rainy conditions more latterly. Fortunately, the majority of our customers are understanding when the weather is too inclement for our pop-up canopy, and are happy to reschedule. Autumn has arrived early this year.
Continuing the theme from our last post, one red SUV this time! This period has seen us busy providing our high quality valeting services to customers with a broad spectrum of vehicles with a mix of premium, everyday and the extremely rare.
Not every vehicle valeted is featured here, so if you had your car cleaned, valeted or protected by us and it does not appear please do not be offended! It could simply be we did not obtain usable photographs!
This Peugeot J7 van started its life as a horse box but has recently undergone conversion to a mobile cocktail bar. It had stood for some time in a workshop and was covered in iron dust that had embedded into the paintwork and oxidised (rusted).
Following extensive contamination removal, the entire exterior (including roof) was waxed and sealed giving protection that should last well in to winter.
If you have a classic vehicle, something larger than usual such as a caravan or motorhome, contact us for a quote to have it cleaned.
Convertible Soft Top Transformation
As is often the case, this Beetle roof had been neglected for a number of years. Algae, lichen and general dirt had accumulated and literally left their mark on the fabric.
We undertook a deep clean that required 4 passes with the cleaning chemicals and brushes (by hand) to reach a level with which we were satisfied. Once almost dry, we recoloured the fabric to restore much of the original look and feel. Obviously, we can do little to improve where there is wear or creases in the fabric.
Once completely dry, the roof was finished with a reproofer that restores the original waterproof barrier. We recommend that following such extensive treatment, on an annual basis, the roof is cleaned and reproofed which is a quicker, simpler and less costly service than the one we carried out here.
Electrified Interior Valet!
Whilst perhaps not exceptional in terms of an interior, Teslas are still quite rare and this one was not in a good condition when we arrived.
Our customer had recently purchased the car and wanted it returned to the condition that such a premium-priced car should be. We therefore carried out a comprehensive valet to our Platinum level, which included full cleaning of the carpets and mats, as well as cleaning and conditioning of the leather upholstery.
We were happy with the results as was the customer. Tesla is considered a premium marque but some of the materials, especially in the luggage area, can be low grade, and we recommend that some form of boot-liner is used to prevent the area looking like a shag pile carpet due to repetitive cleaning!
Amazing Mazda CX5
This Mazda CX5 was recently purchased by a long-standing customer of ours. Its condition was mediocre; paintwork was contaminated and severely scratched in places, and the leather required a little care.
Following a comprehensive multi-stage wash, the paint was clay-barred to remove contamination leaving a silky-smooth finish. Where required, the paint was polished using the electric rotary polisher to remove as many imperfections as possible in a single stage. The depth of shine was further enhanced with a durable wax topped off with a sealant.
The interior underwent a thorough clean including the leather, which was conditioned to give a more supple finish.
Much More than a Car Wash...
The Porsche Cayenne here was being used to transport the bridesmaids for our customer’s wedding the following day. We carried out a combined exterior and interior Gold valet which left the car with appropriate sparkle.
This 2007 Range Rover Vogue received our Platinum exterior valet. After years of poor washing techniques as well as some less than perfect repairs, the paint required much attention with the electric rotary polisher. The results were good but not the perfection for which we strive to attain due to underlying issues.
We carried out a combined Gold interior and exterior valet on the white X3. It also required extensive decontamination of the wheels and lower bodywork; white cars, in particular, show brake dust as tiny orange specks that are embedded in the paint.
A few more
The Peugeot 5008 had been used by our customer for a holiday to the west country. Sand and general “child remains” abounded on the interior! The car received a comprehensive valet both inside and out. If your car is still looking jaded from the summer holidays, contact us so that we can transform it for you.
The Jaguar XKR is a regular of ours, and always looks stunning after its monthly clean and protect.
This lovely Alfa Giulietta had not received a thorough clean since it was purchased in 2013. It underwent a Gold interior and exterior valet as well as paintwork decontamination. The customer has vowed to come back to us on a more regular basis.
Wet and dry
No, we are not talking about sanding, but the weather mentioned at the top of this article. For the past few weeks it has been mixed, but when it is wet and not too windy, we can pop up our canopy and continue to work on your car.
We always try to adhere to any arrangements we have made with you regarding your car. The services booked may determine whether we can work in damp conditions, for example, we generally try to avoid convertible soft-top work in the rain as we need to get the roof completely dry before reproofing it. Sometimes, when we feel we would be unable to deliver the best possible results for you, we will contact you with as much notice as possible to discuss alternative arrangements and reschedule.
This lovely little AudiTT received a Gold interior and exterior valet under the protection of our canopy. And the rained stopped just as we finished allowing the customer to see her car exactly as it was when new!