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This amazing skilled service allows you to have up to 8 dings (dings are very small dents usually the size of a walnut) removed from up to 3 different panels (panels includes doors, fenders & quarter panels but not the hood roof and trunk these surfaces may require additional charges).read more
Is your vehicle looking rough around the edges? Do you want your vehicle to look its best without spending a fortune at a body shop? Are the bumps and bruises taking away from your vehicle’s appearance? Having the option of mobile professional paint touch-up is a great convenience for all vehicle owners. If your vehicle has a bumper scuff, scratch, chip or any other minor paint damage, the mobile paint touch-up experts can fix it quickly and easily. How do you tell if you need mobile professional paint touch-up? If your car is looking a bit weathered, perhaps it’s a few years old and the occasional bumps and bruises are beginning to add up; a mobile professional paint touch-up service can help to rewind those years to make your car look its best. Perhaps the value of your vehicle versus the value of auto body work just doesn’t make sense for a costly repair. A Professional hand-painted, touch-up service may be the solution you are looking for. Many people try to do it themselves with touch-up paint from the dealership; however, there is preparation and finish work that is needed to accomplish perfect results. Specialized touch-up brushes, paint matching, and color sanding and polishing techniques are needed as well. Touch-up is for vehicles that have minor nicks, scratches, and chips where the paint is missing, where the paint has been nicked off, rubbed off, chipped off, or scrapped off. These areas include the edges of the doors and around door handles, bumpers and side panels, door fenders and quarter panels. This type of damage occurs from doors being opened into other car doors and walls and slight brushes with other objects like trash cans, bicycles, etc. Bumpers often get slightly damaged from brushes with other cars, walls, poles, etc. Why is a professional paint touch-up a good choice? Without proper preparation, paint touch-up just won’t look right and it just won’t last. When it comes to the techniques used to touch up your vehicle’s original paint job, it is important to keep in mind that Detail USA follows a process so that the job is done properly and professionally. The process that Detail USA uses is as follows: Obtain your vehicle’s paint Test the paint to ensure that it matches and test it on a part that is not on your vehicle Choose the best painting conditions Prepare your vehicle Color sand & polish damaged areas Put on the base coat of your vehicle’s paint Put on a clear coat over the base coat Apply wax (the purpose of this is to make the paint shine) Detail USA comes into our mobile body shop and customizes the paint color to match. The damaged areas are prepared for the touch-up paint by color sanding and polishing as well as cleaning the surface. Specialized brushes and techniques are used to apply the paint. After the paint dries, we apply a quick-drying clear coat paint for a glossy shine. The service takes approximately 1 hour and is done at your location. The service costs from $150 to $350 depending on the extent of the damage. Conclusion If you love your vehicle and want to keep it looking like new for a very long time, it is well worth spending the money on a mobile professional paint touch-up service. When you see the results of our work,...read more
Are you worried about bird droppings staining your vehicle’s paint finish? Are you tired of your vehicle getting dusty after a wash? Do you have problems keeping your vehicle scratch free? Are you tired of waxing your car? In that case, you may want to have a nano ceramic seal applied to your vehicle. The results will be amazing! What is nano technology? Nano technology, which is used in the detailing industry, uses a really old trick. In fact, it goes back all the way to the 9th Century. It is basically the same technique that pottery makers use to glaze their products. The glaze is made from copper, silver salts, and oxides. The result is a shiny, glittery effect, which is not only beautiful but very practical and long-lasting as well. The same technique is used in detailing vehicles. A nano ceramic sealant may be the answer that you have been looking for. Want a guarantee 7 years of paint protection? About Matrix Micro-Coatings Nano Ceramic Sealant Matrix Micro-Coatings manufactures unique and innovative ceramic-like polymer coatings for car owners and car enthusiasts. Starting with breakthrough polymer chemistry, it uses advanced nanoparticle technology to provide maximum enhancement and protection of automotive finishes. The Matrix Micro-Coatings answer involves a novel, innovative approach to solving this problem while giving you lifetime enjoyment of your vehicle’s appearance. The Matrix Micro-Coatings solution consists of a family of non-silicone-based resins that use the latest advances in nanoparticle technology to form protective, glossy layers of ceramic-like matrices on vehicle finishes, including; paint (clear coat) and glass. Why Use Nano Ceramic Sealant? Matrix Micro-Coatings products impart the ultimate, most durable showroom shine and protection against paint; fading, soiling, scratching, marring and loss of gloss. A ceramic polymer backbone cross-link with specially modified nanoparticles within a three-dimensional matrix on the surface to provide the ultimate in durability and gloss. A second element in each coating product works to lower surface energy while imparting anti-static properties, thereby creating oil, water, and dust (atmospheric debris) repellency. A third component adds elasticity to the hardness of the micro-coating that functions to prevent scratches from permanently marring the paint, e.g., surface swirl marks, by allowing the affected area to re-form on exposure to heat from the sun. (This “self-healing” property is maximized in our Pro’s Choice coatings, particularly PermaGloss). Element 4 is a special polymer that levels the protective surface and assists in the “self-healing” process while contributing to the highest degree of chemical resistance. And the 5th key element, another unique polymer, is a UV absorber, which also re-emits UV as heat and light of longer wave lengths. When to apply When it comes to applying, the surface must be in as new condition as possible. The sealant is a gloss enhancer and will magnify the finish. Nano ceramic sealant needs to be applied to a clean, scratch-free surface. A vehicle fresh off the factory floor or after proper paint correction is ready for application How to apply The top coat needs to be applied to a silicone-free finish. It must be applied to a cool surface and in a well ventilated area. Nano Ceramic Sealant is applied with a microfiber applicator using a pattern-like motion. After the product sits for flashing time, it is removed with microfiber towels. Conclusion Choosing to have your vehicle...read more
Many of us have had the following experience: quickly putting the car in reverse, forgetting to check the blind spot, and realizing too late that the bumper smacked into the barricade. If you have scrapes, dents, scratches and gouges on your bumper, your vehicle’s curb appeal and value are lessened. The majority of body shops will not confine their repair work only to the damaged area. The result is more cost to you as well as a lot more time until your vehicle is returned to you. Plastic bumpers don’t always need to be replaced if they are damaged. As an alternative, they can be saved with innovative auto reconditioning techniques. By reconditioning the bumper rather than replacing it, you can save precious natural resources along with your valuable time and money. Reconditioning uses significantly fewer resources than making and shipping a new bumper, and it is also better for the environment. Using experienced paint technicians and top-quality materials, mobile bumper repair can be done in five steps: The damaged area is stripped The area is repaired and reshaped The area that needs painting is prepped and primed Paint color is applied and blended with existing paint The area is then color sanded and polished for a high gloss finish Detail USA’s amazing mobile bumper service restores your damaged bumper and makes it new for up to half the price of what professional body shops charge. Our mobile paint color matching system will ensure a perfect color match. It takes approximately three hours to complete the process, which involves repairing the damage, painting, applying clear coat, and color sanding to perfection. You can drive your vehicle once we leave! That means that you are never without a vehicle, you save half the cost and get the Detail USA guarantee of quality, reliability and professionalism. Send us some pictures of your damage for a free estimate! To request an appointment, please fill out the Request an Appointment form. See what our customers have to say about their experience with our incredible bumper repair: Ken came out today and fixed the rear bumper on my Nissan Versa. Outstanding quality and service. Perfect color match. Total convenience of a mobile service. Job completed in less than 4 hours. Complete perfection. What more can I say. Paul GoldbergVictor did a great touch up and Repaint job. We live in a condo with terrible parking, and victor was patient enough to drive around the neighborhood until we found a good spot for him to work. I left him wih the car and just waited in a coffee shop and it was ready in a couple hours. Would use detail USA agaIn Jeremy What a great discovery! Detail USA repaired my bumper in my driveway in 3 hours with exquisite results. I never had to leave the office for an estimate or the repair so it all happened painlessly and seamlessly. I would recommend this company highly. Prompt, great pricing and completely professional results. Jannis Swerman Sherman Oaks, CaliforniaKen and his crew are the BEST! They are incredibly detail-oriented and go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction! They fixed and painted the lower side panel on my new IS350 and made it look brand new! Convenience (fixed my car at work) & competitive pricing!!! Would recommend to anyone! A++ Dean...read more
Everyone knows that cleaning windows, mirrors, and glass is very difficult. Streaks, hazing, smudges, and missed spots are some of the most common problems. These common problems are caused by towels, products, and surface temperatures. Most towels leave marks and do not clean adequately and leave a residue. The secret to perfect windows, mirrors, glass is the type of towel and motions used. With years of cleaning car windows I have found the old fashioned clean cloth diaper combined with only clean water works best. The problem with using newspaper or paper towels to clean your vehicle is that they rip and are much too weak to do any serious cleaning. Terry cloth and microfiber towels do not provide flush or complete flat contact on the surface due to the thread type and pattern. Old-fashioned cloth diapers have the perfect grip for cleaning, absorbency to leave the surface the proper wetness and temperature and the perfect softness for dry buffing to remove streaks, haze and smudges. Using an overlapping pattern motion with firm pressure and rapid speed will leave windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces flawless. The motion, pressure, and speed, combined with the diaper equals flawless windows, mirrors, and glass. Firm pressure ensures a good clean, the motion ensures no missed spots, and speed ensures no streaks. The motion involves using a crosscheck type of pattern “outline and fill in.” This is done in one swift motion and repeated two times using the two sides of the diaper. The diapers, water, and motion used to produce flawlessly clean windows, mirrors, and glass is a process that took years of trial and error to perfect. Tips: Exactly how wet you get the diaper depends of the amount of heat that you generate. It needs to be wet enough so that it does not dry before the second pass. Use the stitching to remove stubborn spots. “100% dry” mean “100% dry.“ You will not get perfect results if the last pass is not 100% dry. The window surface should feel smooth and the towel should glide over the glass’ surface and not stick on the last pass. If cleaning all of the windows’ exterior and interior, start with the exterior but also develop a good order so you don’t miss any windows. “Outline and fill in in one direction and then the other direction.” Put the windows down and do the top edge. We also clean the mirrors, display windows, chrome handles, wood trimming, metal belt buckles, and headrest posts with this technique. To solve one of the most common cleaning problems, purchase our professional “How to” video, receive the “Six Steps to Flawless Windows, Mirrors, and Glass” as well as over 10 other tips. ...read more
Wheels are made from different metals and are coated with many different finishes. Most common are chrome plated, powder-coated, steel/alloy painted wheels. In order to remove the dirt and brake dust from every part of the wheel, it takes just the right brushes and products. There are three brushes needed and two types of liquid cleaning products used, depending on the type of wheel and the finish. The brushes include one for deep inside, one for the center hub portion, and one for the face. The products include Wheel/Tire Clean and a stronger, acid-based product called Wheel Brightener. The “rule of thumb” is if it is a factory wheel, it can be cleaned with Wheel Brightener. If not, or you are unsure, use Wheel/Tire Clean. To get to every part of the wheel, we clean four specific parts: the deep inside, center hub, face, and the spaces between the lug nuts. If you would like to learn exactly how to use the brushes and products, we have made a high-quality, detailed, HD “how to” video. Detail USA brush and supply kits are also available for purchase. Click on the basket to see our kit....read more
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Today’s vehicles are not made the same as they were in the past as more plastic has replaced metal. Most of the trimming, bumpers, and moldings are made from a plastic material known as polyurethane. The down side is that it is easily damaged. The upside is that polyurethane can be repaired. Professional auto body repair service can be completed at your location! Combining experience with high-end products and materials so your vehicle can look new again without going to a body shop! The most common types of damage are scrapes, dents, creases, and punctures. The type of damage dictates the process used to repair the damage. To start, the vehicle should be properly prepped. This includes covering all areas of the vehicle that will not be repaired with specially designed plastics and papers. The first step is to repair the damaged area. This can involve reshaping by using just the right amount of heat; filling in low, high, or uneven areas with special fillers and putties; and/or using specially designed grinding tools and sanding papers to restore jagged edges. After the area has the factory shape restored, it is time to prep the area for paint. This involves automotive solvents, prepping agents, and flexible primers to make the paint color adhere. After the primer is meticulously sanded and prepped, it can be painted. Proper painting and blending takes many years of experience to master. Matching paint colors and blending new paint into existing paint is a true art form. Using a state-of-the-art paint matching system, the proper color and amount of paint is made and then air brushed on the repair area. Finally, a specially designed fast-drying clear coat is applied then color sanded, polished, and waxed for a factory finish. If you want to save money and not have any vehicle out of commission, show us your concerns and Request a Free Estimate. We, at Detail USA, are committed to keeping our customers’ vehicles looking new. We do this by providing the services to protect your investment. To request an appointment to give your vehicle’s finish the ultimate protection for the winter, go to our Request for Appointment page. For special deals and promotions, please visit...read more
These paint defects occur when untreated or unfiltered water containing impurities dries on the finish. The most common damaging impurity is calcium. We mostly see water stains and etching from sprinklers, leaking pipes in underground garages, and when vehicles are not dried after washing. There are ways to prevent and/or keep the damage to a minimum. Maintaining a coat of wax or sealant will help reduce the damage, and drying the vehicle with a soft towel or chamois after. The way to recognize that your vehicle has deep water spots or etching damage on the finish is if you see white ring shapes or streak marks. If washing, clay barring and waxing fail, a more aggressive approach is needed. Removal There are different approaches, depending on the amount of time, sun or heat exposure and calcium the water contains. The removal approach is always the least aggressive. There are some tricks of the trade. The first is the proper application of a specially designed product containing acids that soften or cut through the calcium deposits. Acid-based products are sold in powder or liquid form but must be used carefully and properly or they can cause damage to the finish as well as causing damage to the other exterior parts, trimming, windows and other moldings. If the stains are superficial or fresh, the acid bath alone can completely remove stains. If the stain or paint defect is deeper, they must be removed by polishing with compound. If polishing with compound does not remove the water stain, it is more than likely etched into the clear coat portion of the finish. This requires color sanding, followed by compound. After removing the stains or etching, the finish should be polished to restore luster and waxed/sealed to protect. If your finish is damaged by water spots, stains, or etching call us for a free estimate to bring your finish back to new! We, at Detail USA, are committed to keeping our customers’ vehicles looking new. We do this by providing the services to protect your investment. To request an appointment to give your vehicle’s finish the ultimate protection for the winter, go to our Request for Appointment page. For special deals and promotions, please visit...read more
Oxidized or damaged lenses can reduce night vision by as much as 70%! Diminished visibility can lead to accidents. Driving at night can be difficult in and of itself for many, especially for people who have vision impairment. Dull, faded, cloudy, or oxidized lenses make a vehicle look old and neglected; this is particularly bad for resale value. A headlight restoration service is often mistaken for a detailing service. However, the professional method of restoration requires auto body prep as well as professional painting products, equipment, and supplies. The result is a brilliant, long-lasting clarity. What Causes Lens Damage? When it comes to the exterior of a vehicle, the headlight plastic lens is one of the first parts to deteriorate. There are a few reasons for this. One is that not many detailers or vehicle owners apply any type of protectant, such as a wax or sealant, to protect them. The other reason is the heat created from the light bulb. Finally, normal wear and tear from not being garaged and the headlights being exposed to the natural elements. All of these factors are what cause the plastic headlight lens to get damaged over time. Types of Damage The most common damage is oxidation, which is defined as any chemical reaction in which a material gives up electrons, as when the material combines with oxygen. Burning is an example of rapid oxidation; rusting is an example of slow oxidation. (See combustion and reduction.) This causes the plastic lens to appear cloudy, faded, or discolored. Pitting and scratching are other types of damage that can occur, usually from long-distance highway driving and driving behind other vehicles on dirty roads or being caught in a sand storm. How is it Restored? The glass-like finish is achieved by sanding imperfections, including pits, chips, and oxidation, out of the plastic lenses using special sandpapers. Next, a high-end, fast-drying, clear coat paint is applied to add clarity and to create a glass-like protective finish. This amazing mobile service takes approximately 2 hours to complete. All necessary material and tools to complete the job are brought to you. Your vehicle will be ready to drive once the restoration is finished. Headlight Restoration Special (2 Lenses) Use promotion code: HEADLIGHT14 to receive a 15% off, when restoring 2 lenses, if you schedule an appointment before Oct. 31st 2015. (Normally $125.00/lens, restore 2 lenses for $175.00, a saving of $75.00) ACTIVATE OFFER Expires on 31st Oct 2015 We, at Detail USA, are committed to keeping our customers’ vehicles looking new. We do this by providing the services to protect your investment. To request an appointment to give your vehicle’s finish the ultimate protection for the winter, go to our Request for Appointment page. For special deals and promotions, please visit our Specials...read more
Clay Bar Magic is used to remove contaminants that adhere to the surface of the paint. It is called “clay” because the texture and qualities resemble clay. Clay Bar Magic contain polymers which safety removes surface contaminants. There are many reasons you need to use the clay barring process before waxing and/or sealing your paint’s finish. First and most important, it will give your car the ultimate protection from the wax or sealant. In order for the wax or sealant to do its job, it needs to be applied to the paint and not on top of the contaminants. Secondly, it will allow you to see your paint’s original color. All the contaminants are a different color; over time, the contaminants or fallout (see our FAQ page regarding types of contaminants) change the shade and hide the pearl and metallic in the finish. Third, clay barring makes the finish feel silky and smooth to the touch, just like it was meant to be. Types of Clay There are many companies that manufacture clays. They come in various strengths, colors, and degrees of hardness. There are two different physical properties of differently manufactured clay bars. One has a real clay-like feeling and the other has a more rubbery feel to it. They both will work; however, the preferred, more expensive one is the Auto Magic brand clay bar with the real clay feel, not the one that feels like rubber. Auto Magic brand clay is the one that Detail USA uses. Clay Bar Process There are three important things to know about the clay barring process. First, you need to make sure the portion of the clay that has contact with the paint is clean. If anything gritty in nature gets between the rubbing surface of the clay and the surface of the paint it will cause deep scratches. Second, it is important to use the proper amount of liquid to lubricate the clay. Part of the process of claying a car is to use a lubricant, which is the clay’s medium. The lubricant will allow the clay to slide across the paint’s surface. There are many formulations out there from which to choose. If there is not enough lubricant, the clay will stick to the paint, possibly causing a stick mark stain in the paint. If too much lubricant is used, not all of the contaminants will be removed. Third, never rub the clay on rubber moldings or get it stuck in tight crevices to dry. The clay is pliable and can damage some types of exterior trimming and/or moldings by sticking. If pieces of clay are left in cracks and crevices to dry, it is sometimes impossible to remove them. Let us come to you. We will properly clay and protect your vehicle; bringing out its true color, shine, and that new car smooth feel. We, at Detail USA, are committed to keeping our customers’ vehicles looking new. We do this by providing the services to protect your investment. To request an appointment to give your vehicle’s finish the ultimate protection for the winter, go to our Request for Appointment page. For special deals and promotions, please visit our Specials...read more