This California T is equipped with the Handling Speciale Package which gives you a stiffer suspension, sportier exhaust tone, transmission timing tweaks and a few appearance styling cues that you can't find on the standard California T. Adorned in Tour de France Blue, our customer wanted to keep his new Ferrari looking at it's best for many years to come. We performed several detailing services we offer such as our New Car Prep, CQuartz Finest Reserve ceramic paint coating, CQuartz Professional wheel coating and Opti-Guard leather coating. Continue reading below to check out the entire process!Each vehicle is initially washed and clayed before the polishing process begins. After it has been properly prepped, we tape off all trim pieces to avoid polishing residue to be left over. Most of the time we will clean the full interior as well but we waited on this California because it is receiving an interior coating. The coating calls for a deeper cleaning before the coating is applied so we will hold off on that for now.We have a [...]
AMG is the top of the line when it comes to Mercedes-Benz. Almost every AMG is more expensive and the highest performing variant in each Mercedes-Benz class. With a vehicle like this C63S, our customer wanted to take the utmost care and use the best products available to keep his Benz protected. With all of that being said, we applied CQuartz Professional ceramic coating to all exterior painted surfaces, coated the wheels (faces, barrels and brake calipers), coated the leather interior / dash, performed a 1-step paint correction and provided him with his own set of washing supplies to maintain the ceramic coating! Continue reading below to see more of the process and after images of the final outcome.An initial wash is performed before we start on the paint correction. We also used CarPro IronX Snow Soap on the vehicle to open up the paints pores. This helps release any contaminants that may be in the paints surface and help us remove them during the correction process.Brake dust is always a paint to remove when cleaning your wheels. Especially when you have a nice set of wheels like these, Vossen LC105-T's! Some people are concerned about the matte finish [...]
There aren't many cars out on the streets these days that sound like a Mustang! Our customer wanted to take his 5.2L Shelby GT350 to the next level by adding a Borla ATAK Exhaust System!Take a peek at what the factory exhaust looks like. The OEM exhaust outlets will still be used with the new Borla ATAK exhaust system.Shelby GT350's come with a valved exhaust system from the factory. The little black box attached to the top of the factory muffler is the valve actuator. It is held on by a couple of screws. We simply took the actuator off of the old muffler and placed them on the new Borla mufflers to retain the functionality of the valves. Even though the muffler outside appearance seems to be the same, its what is on the inside that counts. The Borla muffler features a "straight through" design which allows more air flow. Increased air flow results in a minor horsepower/torque bump!
After the exhaust was installed, the customer wanted to have his Grabber Blue GT350 all cleaned up for the weekend. We took her out back and hos [...]
CQuartz Finest Reserve is one of the newest ceramic paint coatings on the market! Reserve is an extremely complex hybrid blend of SIO2 infused epoxy nano particles which create a long lasting (3-5 year) high gloss finish. Not only does this coating look "freshly waxed" for many years, it is extremely resistant to water spots, acids, solvents, ice, oils, dirt, UV, and all types of environmental attacks!
Ceramic Coating Features:
- High Gloss
- Super durable coat
- Very low water spotting
- Fast flashing / Fast curing
- 3~13pH resistant
- High density / Anti abrasion
- High hydrophobic –110° , low sliding angle – 10°
- Apply to any surface except windscreen.
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The entire vehicle had XPEL Ultimate clear bra installed prior to visiting our facility for the coating. We performed a minor polish on all surfaces that would be receiving the coating to remove surface contaminants. This ensures us that the coating will adhere properly.
After the polishing was completed, we used a product called CarPro Eras [...]
The demand for the GT3RS continues to grow as individuals are having to wait, several months to a couple of years, to get their hands on one of Porsche's most sought after machines. Our customer took delivery of his Ultraviolet Purple GT3RS and immediately brought it to us to protect his investment. He wanted to get the entire vehicle protected with XPEL Ultimate self healing paint protection film. We covered every inch of the vehicle with XPEL! Continue reading to see the process and final outcome of this beautiful example of automotive machinery.
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Every vehicle gets an initial wash to remove any surface debris so we can properly identify and address any imperfections on the paints surface. Most people think that their new vehicle will arrive to them in near perfect condition. It's not very often we see a vehicle arrive to our facility from the dealer in near perfect condition. That's where we step in!
After the initial wash, we can see the imperfections on the paint surface. Minor swirls and scratches are scattered across the entire vehicle. Since this GT3RS is getting full body XPEL coverage, we needed to fully polish th [...]
The best part of owning a vehicle is making it your own! Our customer wanted to add a personal touch to his Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS by powder coating his wheel gloss black with a red (color matched) pinstripe around the wheel face. Along with the wheels, we had the fender vents blacked out to add some more contrast. We had to get rid of the fishbowl! We went with Suntek's line of carbon ceramic film to keep the cabin cool during those hot summer days and it also helps protect the leather interior! Last but not least, we added a custom exhaust system to really make her rumble!
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Recently we had this 5th Gen Competition Blue Dodge Viper GT in our facility to receive a New Car Prep, XPEL Ultimate Full Front End Protection and CQuartz Professional Ceramic Paint Coating. Keep in mind, this is a brand new Dodge Viper that was sold by Sean @ Palmer Dodge. We have seen many Vipers come straight from the manufacturer in horrendous condition. A perfect example is the Nardo Grey ACR Viper we recently performed the same services on. This particular one isn't the worst one we have seen but the color helps hide some of the imperfections. After we complete our initial wash, we bring the vehicles into our detail bay to address the condition of the paint.
This Viper had a few imperfections which included; light scratches, holograms and swirls. Our New Car Prep (1-step polish) would suffice! After the car has been fully polished, we then move to our paint protection booth where the XPEL clear bra is installed.
We applied the CQuartz Professional ceramic coating to all painted exterior surfaces and the parts of the car that had XPEL installed. Enjoy the process an [...]
We see many Porsche's come through our facility on a weekly basis. It takes something very unique to catch our attention in the world of Porsche. This Sport Classic Grey, 911R did just that! Boasting a whopping 500hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox, what is there not to like about this Porsche?
This vehicle has been fully protected with paint protection film. I'm sure you're wondering by now what we are doing with this gorgeous piece of automotive machinery here at Shine. We are applying CarPro's newest ceramic paint coating, CQuartz Finest Reserve. This new coating has a longer life expectancy (3-5 years) and a higher gloss finish than its predecessor.
Since this vehicle has paint protection film already applied to the entire vehicle, we completed a preliminary wash to get rid of any dirt/debris from driving. Applying the ceramic coating to the clear bra will greatly enhance the glossiness and make the 911R easier to maintain for years to come.
The next step in the process is a light polish to get rid of any decontaminates that might be on the paint protection film surface. Once the film has been lightly polished we can proceed with the coating process. CarPro's pro [...]
Have you ever seen a Nardo Grey Dodge Viper ACR? Well look no further! We recently had one visit our facility to get Xpel Ultimate clear bra and Cquartz Finest's newest ceramic paint coating, Reserve, applied to this one of kind ACR. Upon initial inspection outside, the brand new Viper seemed like it would just need our New Car Prep before we began the Xpel and Cquartz Reserve coating process. We were really surprised at what we discovered as soon as we brought it inside.
After the initial cleaning process, we brought the Viper inside for further inspection. We discovered that the paint was in very poor condition straight from the plant! This vehicle hasn't been touched by anyone aside from the Viper plant in Michigan and our staff for the initial cleaning process. Let's keep in mind, this is a BRAND NEW (one of one), custom color Viper ordered by the owner. We are simply astonished at the condition of this vehicle when it arrived to us...
As you can see in the images below, there are several areas across the entire vehicle that need some attention from our detail staff. The painted hood stripe was prob [...]
One of our most recent customers, has been building this Pontiac GTO for several years now. It has been in and out of multiple shops getting a full rotisserie restoration. Since he has devoted a huge chunk of time and money, into this GTO, he wanted the final piece of the puzzle to be a paint correction and Cquartz ceramic coating to keep the car looking freshly waxed for many years to come. We also recommended getting his new vinyl top coated to give it that rich black look!
In order for us to properly gauge what compounds, pads and polishes we need to use to correct the paint, we needed to do a few test spots. We thought a 1-step polish would be sufficient enough but we found a 1.5 step polish was the better option. After the polishing was all completed we moved on to the ceramic coating process!
Our customer wanted to keep his freshly built GTO looking "car show" ready at all times! We applied a OptiGuard's Leather and Vinyl coating to the top and Cquartz Finest ceramic paint coating to all painted exterior surfaces. Not only will the vehicle have a "just waxed" look for several years to come but it will also be very easy to maintain throughout the coatings lifespan. The differences between the non-coated top and coated [...