Car Detailing by GCV

What Is Car Detailing?

In the UK car detailing is perceived as valeting of the topmost quality, something with which GCV is familiar. It can be difficult to compare one valeting company’s services with those of another. And whilst we offer a range of valets for all but the lowest of budgets, with our detailing service we take both surface preparation and final protection to the next level.

GCV’s service is one of completeness. For example, every valet includes wheel arches being cleaned, wheels cleaned right through, and door openings and edges cleaned and dried, along with others too numerous to list. However, even we admit that with more time it is possible to achieve better results. The significance of our detailing service is that we can provide all of our usual high levels of service but in even greater detail.

Our full detailing service combines the best of our knowledge and skills (amassed over many years) with the best possible products to turn your vehicle into something extra special. This bespoke service can take between 1 and 2 days depending on the condition of the vehicle and services required.

Jaguar carbon ceramic brakes
Jaguar carbon ceramic brakes

Which surfaces can be detailed?

The range of detailing services we provide allows us to deal with almost exterior surfaces of your car. Specifically, these are:

  • Paintwork
  • Alloy wheels
  • Glass, including front windscreen
  • Lights

The detail of the detail

Paintwork

Paintwork will initially undergo a multi-stage wash and dry. If necessary, contaminants such as tar, industrial fallout, brake dust and rail dust will be removed with tar removal and iron removal solutions. If necessary, it will then be clay barred to remove any residual surface contamination.

The paint will then be inspected to indentify micro-marring or micro-scratches. If required, this will be polished out by either Dual Action or Rotary polisher. Once the paint is as perfect as we can make it, it will be wiped down with isopropyl alcohol to ensure it is ready for the application of the final protective layer.

Alloy wheels

Alloy wheels will first be cleaned with a non-acidic cleaner and thoroughly rinsed. If necessary, tar removal and iron removal solutions will be used to ensure the surfaces are completely clean. Again, if necessary, the faces and all areas accessible from the face will be clay barred to remove contamination. The final stage before application of a sealant is to thorough wipe with isopropyl alcohol.

Glass

Glass will be washed and dried. If necessary it will be clay barred to remove contamination. If adversely affected by industrial fallout or brake or rail dust the surface will additionally be treated with an iron removal solution. Finally it will be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol before the final protective layer is applied.

Lights

Headlights and taillights will be treated in a similar manner to the paintwork; washed, and treated for rail dust, brake dust, tar and any other surface contaminants. Headlights can also be polished if necessary using the required elements of Cloudy Headlight Restoration service.

Exterior detail options

LEVEL 1
£200 - £240 depending on size of car
Bodywork multi-stage wash
Wheels & arches cleaned
Door & boot openings cleaned
Brake & rail dust contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Tar & tree sap contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Watermark deposit contamination removed
Clay bar to remove any residual surface contamination
Paintwork polished with fine polish applied with Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove very fine swirl marks or marring
Exterior brightwork hand polished
All surfaces cleaned with isopropyl alcohol
Wheels sealed with wax, sealant or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Exterior glass polished & sealed
Final protective layer applied to paintwork: wax, Diamondbrite (extra cost option) or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Tyres dressed
Exterior rubber & plastic trim revitalised
Book your Level 1 exterior detail
LEVEL 2
£250 - £300 depending on size of car
Bodywork multi-stage wash
Wheels & arches cleaned
Door & boot openings cleaned
Brake & rail dust contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Tar & tree sap contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Watermark deposit contamination removed
Clay bar to remove any residual surface contamination
Paintwork polished with medium polish applied with Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove scratches, swirl marks, marring & holograms
Paintwork polished with fine polish applied with Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove very fine swirl marks or marring
Exterior brightwork hand polished
All surfaces cleaned with isopropyl alcohol
Wheels sealed with wax, sealant or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Exterior glass polished & sealed
Final protective layer applied to paintwork: wax, Diamondbrite (extra cost option) or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Tyres dressed
Exterior rubber & plastic trim revitalised
Book your Level 2 exterior detail
LEVEL 3
£320 - £380 depending on size of car
Bodywork multi-stage wash
Wheels & arches cleaned
Door & boot openings cleaned
Brake & rail dust contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Tar & tree sap contamination removed from paintwork, glass & wheels
Watermark deposit contamination removed
Clay bar to remove any residual surface contamination
Paintwork compounded using Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove severe scratches, swirl marks & marring
Paintwork polished with medium polish applied with Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove scratches, swirl marks, marring & holograms
Paintwork polished with fine polish applied with Dual Action or Rotary polisher to remove very fine swirl marks or marring
Exterior brightwork hand polished
All surfaces cleaned with isopropyl alcohol
Wheels sealed with wax, sealant or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Exterior glass polished & sealed
Final protective layer applied to paintwork: wax, Diamondbrite (extra cost option) or Silex Professional Coating (extra cost option)
Tyres dressed
Exterior rubber & plastic trim revitalised
Book your Level 3 exterior detail

Other services

Please select the links below for more detailed explanation of some of our other services.