Buffing is a generic word, often confused with paint correction. The difference being, the goal of paint correction is to restore the finish by actually removing scratches and swirls instead of filling them in with silicone and waxes.
When a car is improperly “buffed” or polished with said fillers, the apparent restoration of the finish becomes diminished after a few washes, making this technique a temporary solution to a permanent problem.
Furthermore, unlike buffing, not just anyone can execute paint correction. Like any instrument, the tools and techniques must be mastered over a long period of time to properly restore the finish which entails leveling the paint evenly by a number of microns invisible to the naked eye.
Metropolitan Detail spends as much time training their technicians as they do perusing the most top of the line products from around the world. These two elements, combined with an extraordinary amount of time and care put into each vehicle with said products, amounts to a final result unmatched by any other auto salon in the U.S.
Technically, the rates at which Metropolitan Detail and other detail facilities charge an hour are comparable, but what this means is that the lower price tag found elsewhere actually translates to less time concentrated on your vehicle. If a company only charges a couple hundred dollars to detail a car, there is no way they can physically cover every square inch of the automobile. In a business that literally focuses on the details, this is unacceptable and certainly not up to the Metropolitan Detail standard.
Combine these factors with a loyal and meticulous staff and what you are left with is Metropolitan Detail being your only option for a true precision detail. And as they say, you get what you pay for.
When you use a clay bar, what you are really doing is decontaminating the paint. This is necessary because as you drive your vehicle, your finish is subject to tar, grime, and other contaminants in the air that will plague your pristine paint job. If these are not properly removed before applying wax or clear bra, these services will not adhere properly to the paint and will end up costing you more in the long run. Because these imperfections cannot be removed by any sort of wash, your car will never technically be clean until it receives a clay bar, despite your laborious effort.
Carnauba wax is an organic material harvested from the fan-leaved palm in Brazil of the same name. Carnauba wax is renowned for it’s organic warm glow, reminiscent of a delicious hard candy shell. While this wax is indeed durable, it is no match compared to synthetic polymers, which may have a slightly more sterile look, but can provide years of protection, some even permanently.
No. Think of it this way: a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, so if you put a product that will deteriorate over time as a base coat, then the longer lasting sealant will not bind to the paint properly if it is applied second. You can however wax on top of paint sealant to receive the warmer glow of carnauba wax since paint sealant delivers a more sterile look to your finish. Don’t expect any extra protection from wax on top of sealant however.
Just because your car is newly manufactured doesn’t mean it is in pristine condition when you buy it. A lot of time passes between the moment your future vehicle leaves the factory and it’s keys are put in your hand. If it is shipped via boat from out of the states, it can sit at the port for an extended period of time, subjected to salt water vapor and other contaminates during travel. Keep in mind, these cars are sent on their merry way with no protection, so if it travels via freight train there is nothing to stop rail dust from infiltrating every nook and cranny.
Your car passes between the hands of numerous people before it reaches you, none who share the same emotional attachment to your vehicle. Also, even with modern robotic technology, imperfections in the paint are inevitable. If dust lands on the metal during the painting process, inexperienced technicians will do their best to buff it out, making the problem worse by leaving behind swirls and scratches.
Not to be confused with wash scratches (which usually go in one direction due to improper wash technique and dirty water or wash mitts), swirls get their characteristics by inexperienced detailers using improper products, technique, and use of a machine polisher which has a rotating head at 600 to 3,500 revolutions per minute.
Car dealers are great at selling cars and servicing them, but let’s just say detailing is not their forte. When a car has traveled 15,000 miles to get here, it is likely to have gotten improperly handled at some point. And as mentioned earlier, often at the factory paint imperfections are polished out incorrectly, leaving behind swirls, or dealerships improperly wash a car in preparation for sales, not realizing the damage they are committing.
There are two types of car wash machines: The first are “hands free” or “touch less” machines which give the illusion of giving your car a scratch free wash due to the absence of any material contact with your vehicle. However, to achieve this effect, these machines spray harsh chemicals on your vehicle which is then pressure washed off at a high velocity. So, while your automobile may not receive any scratches in theory, these chemicals actually strip wax and damage rubber moldings.
The other, more conventional car wash machines, are highly abrasive which cause scratches due to rapidly rotating bristles, shammies or other type of wash materials, which, unlike a custom hand wash from Metropolitan Detail, are not carefully chosen and tailored to suit your vehicles make, model and finish by a human being who can actually feel the contour of your vehicle. In addition, Metropolitan Detail cycles through their mitts and cloths constantly to ensure your vehicle always receives a fresh, scratch free treatment.
3M and VentureShield clear bra (owned by 3M) only have a 5 year warranty against peeling, cracking, and bubbling. VentureShield’s warranty does not even cover yellowing which is common among clear bra film. Xpel Ultimate’s 10 year warranty not only covers yellowing, but the film itself is self-healing. So, if your car receives common scratches, all you need to do is let your vehicle sit out in the sun and the damage will be undone. Further, the clarity of Xpel is far better than 3M which suffers from an unfortunate “orange peel” effect.
Another benefit of Xpel over 3M is the jumbo size rolls the film comes on which allows for full hood coverage. Whereas other detail shops are obligated to partially cover the hood of your vehicle with part 3M and part VentureShield, resulting in all the misgivings previous mentioned. Xpel allows for a full covered seamless clear bra integration for your vehicle leaving it invisible, protected, and ready for the road.
In short, yes. If you have a low mileage car, and want to protect it further, a clear bra can be installed with no problem. However, if there are a lot of rock chips present, we would recommend you to get your front end repainted at Queen City Auto Rebuild before any clear bra installation.
Definitely. And if you purchase XPEL through us, we’ll wax your film for free, for LIFE. Because even though your paint job is protected by a synthetic clear bra, it will still be susceptible to damaging natural acids found in common driving, especially with 3M or VentureShield film. Things like bird droppings, insects, and tree sap can eat through the clear bra, and without wax can be a pain in the neck to clean. By layering your clear bra with a sacrificial barrier of wax, you remove potential scratch inducing methods of removal such as pressure washing or improper polishing. Your best peace of mind will come with an Xpel self-healing clear bra and a nice coating of carnauba wax.
Absolutely not. A snow job is more than just a good show. The snow foam is sprayed on, covering the entire vehicle in a dirty and grime reducing bubble bath of fury. The vehicle sits for a good 5 minutes as gravity takes over, slowly reducing the contaminates to the ground before being sprayed off from which henceforth a normal hand wash takes place. What this does is remove any potential scratch inducing particles from your vehicle’s finish before said contaminates are spread all around the surface of your finish via wash mitt.
Paintless Dent Repair can be executed in a way that it looks like nothing was ever there, because one is simply pushing or pulling out the actual metal of your vehicle whilst preserving your original paint. Common body shop work, while impressive nowadays, still adds a foreign item to your finish, giving the illusion of healing but the subconscious burden of knowing truly all you have done is swept the dirt under the rug. Also, aftermarket paint can greatly reduce the value of your car. If a potential buyer learns of aftermarket paint, they assume the worse. And most notably, PDR is actually cheaper than body work.