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Title: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on November 27, 2015, 07:33:32 PM
Hi

Picked up my circuit grey Abarth last month and already noticed some marks on the bonnet and boot possibly  from bird poo or tree's etc. After a wash I can see still them so I'm considering having the car professionally protected or even consider having some parts wrapped. Think it wouldn't have been a problem with metallic grey finishes but circuit grey is more a pastel colour and more prone to showing marks.

Any advise on professional detailing or wrapping companies in Kent?


Cheers !  :-\
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: anewton10 on November 27, 2015, 09:22:07 PM
Gtechniq do some very good sealers along with carbon collective these will help protect your paint from marring and swirls, the problem you will have is you need to get all the marks out of the paint before sealing as you are just sealing them in. Topaz detailing do some extreme paint protection so check them out also

I have circuit grey on my car and it's very very hard to keep perfect but without any doubt since I've used platinum paint(hard  sealer)and oracle from carbon collective the paint has stayed 👌🏻
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on November 28, 2015, 08:33:28 PM
I'm not aware of any sealants that will give true protection against bird lime. I have tried many professional treatments but they are all prone to potential damage. The new clear films that companies are using to protect are self healing using heat from hot water or the sun (haha yeah I know). That might be a better, idea. That said a good quality wax or sealant would give you enough time to identify and remove. That would be cheaper.

Thank you Ads. Think I'll go down the sealant route but I'll try and get a quote for some clear film just for the bonnet and bumper. Not sure how that would look with film on some panels and not on others though...
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on November 28, 2015, 08:36:55 PM
Gtechniq do some very good sealers along with carbon collective these will help protect your paint from marring and swirls, the problem you will have is you need to get all the marks out of the paint before sealing as you are just sealing them in. Topaz detailing do some extreme paint protection so check them out also

I have circuit grey on my car and it's very very hard to keep perfect but without any doubt since I've used platinum paint(hard  sealer)and oracle from carbon collective the paint has stayed 👌🏻

I'll take your advice and try a sealant but what would you use to remove any existing marks before sealing?

Cheers
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: Fish on November 29, 2015, 03:51:15 PM
Whereabouts in Kent are you?

Fish
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on November 29, 2015, 07:04:24 PM
I'm not aware of any sealants that will give true protection against bird lime. I have tried many professional treatments but they are all prone to potential damage. The new clear films that companies are using to protect are self healing using heat from hot water or the sun (haha yeah I know). That might be a better, idea. That said a good quality wax or sealant would give you enough time to identify and remove. That would be cheaper.

Thank you Ads. Think I'll go down the sealant route but I'll try and get a quote for some clear film just for the bonnet and bumper. Not sure how that would look with film on some panels and not on others though...

I wouldn't do both. Try getting the car prepped and sealed by Gtecniq. You can go to their site and pick what you want done. For a C1 Crystal Lacquer Finish with prep it will cost around 425 and you get a 5 year guarantee. I'm a big fan of their products so make the enquiry and give it some thought.

http://www.gtechniq.com/service/

Thank you Ads, I'll contact them and confirm the price. I also contacted a company called Devine Detail who were based in Kent but now in Surrey for a price. They use a few different products so I'll also see how they differ on price.

Cheers  ;)
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on November 29, 2015, 07:07:17 PM
Whereabouts in Kent are you?

Fish

Hi Fish, I'm down on the south coast of Kent just off J11 M20. Think I've only seen one Abarth around here  ;)

You from Kent?
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: Fish on November 29, 2015, 08:15:33 PM
Sort of, I'm just inside the M25. Give me a day or two to find the contact details of someone who could detail your car if you're still looking for someone to do it. If you're still thinking of the Gtechniq route I would recommend Ultimate Finish at the back of Brands Hatch.

Fish
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on November 29, 2015, 08:36:01 PM
I'm talking with Ultimate Finish about having the new Mini put through a new car detail and protect using Gtechniq at the moment

They seem to know their stuff and are really quite friendly!

I was hoping to use a guy based in Maidstone (Heavenly Detailing) but he doesn't have a website or publish his details anywhere.. Makes contacting him hard!
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on November 30, 2015, 11:19:36 AM
The guys at Ultimate Finish know their stuff Will.

Yeah I'm sure they do, they're very friendly too

I have got a quote, which is more than I was expecting, so will have to have a mighty good think about it :)
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: Fish on November 30, 2015, 11:22:04 AM
The quote depends on the products they are using. I'm tempted by the Serum Black coatings.

Fish
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on December 01, 2015, 11:29:42 PM
Sort of, I'm just inside the M25. Give me a day or two to find the contact details of someone who could detail your car if you're still looking for someone to do it. If you're still thinking of the Gtechniq route I would recommend Ultimate Finish at the back of Brands Hatch.

Fish

Thank you all of you. I'll get in touch with Ultimate Finish for a quote. Has anyone had there car done by them?
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on December 02, 2015, 12:46:12 PM
I have just booked Emma's new Mini in with Ultimate Finish for their New Car Protection package, we'll see how it goes!

Gtechniq Crystal Serum plus a layer of EXOv2 (CS Black)

Can't wait to see the results ;D
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on December 15, 2015, 11:06:56 PM
I have just booked Emma's new Mini in with Ultimate Finish for their New Car Protection package, we'll see how it goes!

Gtechniq Crystal Serum plus a layer of EXOv2 (CS Black)

Can't wait to see the results ;D

How did the new car protection go? Were you pleased with it?
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on December 15, 2015, 11:40:28 PM
How did the new car protection go? Were you pleased with it?

The car was delayed, we only collected it today.. It's going in tomorrow evening for a Friday AM collection- will post my findings then :)

I'm definitely not impressed with the cleaning ability of the dealer on pickup, I am very glad I didn't opt for the Williams F1 coating from them..  Looks good from a distance though ;D
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: HWK 114 on December 30, 2015, 09:07:48 AM
How did the new car protection go? Were you pleased with it?

The car was delayed, we only collected it today.. It's going in tomorrow evening for a Friday AM collection- will post my findings then :)

I'm definitely not impressed with the cleaning ability of the dealer on pickup, I am very glad I didn't opt for the Williams F1 coating from them..  Looks good from a distance though ;D

That looks great! I've booked my car in with a company in Surrey called Devine Detail. I've seen good feed back so I'll post my findings when my car is done in Feb  ;D
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on December 30, 2015, 09:29:48 AM
What are you having applied?

Gtechniq CS Black really does make the paint look deeper and darker.. Worth bearing in mind!
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: Fish on December 30, 2015, 01:56:11 PM
Will has the mini been done yet?

Fish
Title: Re: Detailer or wrapping in Kent?
Post by: will-w on December 30, 2015, 10:01:32 PM
Will has the mini been done yet?

Fish

Yes, sorry, I've been meaning to post but it keeps slipping my mind...  Baby is 3 weeks today, we're both in no-sleep mode still haha ;D

The CM has been in and had the full Gtechniq treatment, with the three-layer Crystal Syrum Black applied.

I had read that it affects the colour of the paint, but I hadn't realised by how much. The colour looks far deeper and a good shade or two darker. 

Beading is lovely but can't really rate the sealant yet as my back has gone again so I can't wash the car at the moment :(

Full pictures to be posted shortly :)