With a new car, you would expect the car to be presented with the upmost care boasting flawless paintwork with no marks, scratches or swirls. However, this generally isn’t the case. Storage conditions, transportation and poor PDI preparation at the dealership can cause an array of paint defects, marks and scratches before you even receive the vehicle! Light swirls, scratches, bird lime etching, wet sanding marks and polishing holograms are just a few to name.
Dealers are likely to offer their in-house ‘protection packages’ with ‘5 years protection’ and ‘no more washing required’. In reality, these packages are poor value for money (brands such as Supaguard, Lifeshine, Diamondbrite and Gard X). These products are generally applied incorrectly and over poorly prepped paint from the in-house valet department that are on tight timescales with minimal training on how to properly prepare and protect your new vehicle.
- Vehicle pre-washed using non acidic citrus based cleaner to remove heavy dirt and other road grime
- Wheels cleaned using non-acidic cleaner and hog hair brushes to alleviate dirt from the spokes and barrel of the wheel
- The vehicle is washed using a PH neutral shampoo using a twin guard bucket system to prevent any dirt being transferred onto the car from the lambswool wash mitt.
- Wheel arches, petrol cap, door shuts and lower areas of the vehicle are flushed and cleaned (where accessible)
- The vehicle is hand dried using deep pile microfibre towels to safely dry the vehicle
- Trim, wheels and wing mirrors are blown dry using filtered air, eliminating water traps and streaks.
- Road tar, glue and other deposits removed safely using chemicals
- Remaining bonded contaminants are removed using a clay bar to leave a smooth, bare finish
- Delicate areas and trim taped up to protect from machine polishing
- A single stage correction process is carried out to remove light swirling, surface defects, enhance gloss and prepare paint for protection. (A two stage correction process may need to be carried out dependant on condition of vehicle – will be looked at upon inspection)
- Paintwork evaluated for any deeper paintwork defects (e.g. sanding marks, random deep swirls) where a localised correction will take place.
- All light clusters are treated and protected
- Exhausts, grilles and badges are treated and protected (where applicable)
Protection – cleansing and sealant/wax:
- The paintwork is treated to a non abrasive pre-wax oil to help with the adhesion of the wax.
- The paintwork is then treated to a Swissvax specific high grade carnauba wax, ensuring a durable layer of protection. We’ll talk you through our range of waxes upon inspection of the vehicle.
- Carpets are vacuumed
- Interior trim and surfaces are removed of any grime, dirt and bacteria using interior specific cleaners that are safe on all surfaces.
- Interior windows cleaned using a high alcohol content specific glass cleaner
- Tyres are dressed
- Exterior trim and other plastics (where applicable) are dressed
- Exterior windows cleaned using a high alcohol content specific glass cleaner