Car detailing is the restoration and protection of a vehicle’s paintwork. It can take many hours to detail a car, and the result of this meticulous work is guaranteed to have your car gleaming, above and beyond even showroom condition.

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Toy Storage is delighted to offer clients a fully comprehensive car detailing service whilst their car is in storage.

We have partnered with Chris at Basingstoke Car Detailing who is a true professional and is highly skilled and knowledgeable in all specialist car detailing techniques.

Using specialist tools, tried and tested cleaning products and leading brand paintwork protection products, Chris will focus on both restoration and lasting protection.

We offer various car detailing services and will create a bespoke package to suit the condition of the vehicle and the needs of the client.

Services range from starter wash packages to multi-faceted and extensive detailing options. For more comprehensive detailing requirements, Chris will initially conduct an interior and exterior inspection of your vehicle that will highlight any problems with your car’s paintwork. He can then provide a customised quotation for work that will be required to achieve the desired results.

Car Detailing Services at Toy Storage

  • Full valet with paint seal and shine
  • New car ceramic paintwork protection
  • Paintwork enhancement
  • Paintwork restoration
  • Production detail
  • Concours preparation detail
  • Leather restoration and refurbishment
  • Maintenance and contract valeting

So how do we achieve a world class finish?

  1. Detailing Evaluation – carefully evaluate and observe the car for any defects which may need extra work during the detailing process.
  2. Full De-Contamination Wash – wheels are washed first before moving onto the body. The de-contamination snowfoam wash degreases the paintwork. We use the 2-bucket method and a lambswool mitt.
  3. Wash & Dry – car is jetwashed to remove any residue left from the de-contamination wash and is then towel dried. Following this, the car is dried using an airblower to Full paintwork evaluation - paint depth meter readings are taken to measure the thickness of the paint in various places. The paint needs to be 120-150 microns thick, but if there are areas which are thinner then extra care is needed when polishing as this will remove 2-3 microns during the process. If the paint in thinner than 120 microns it indicates that the car has been machine or hand polished in the past and some lacquer or solid paint will have been removed during the process. If the paint thickness is more than 150 microns, then this indicates the car has been resprayed.
  4. Machine Polish – this is the longest part of the car detailing process and is the most skilful aspect of the detailers work. Panels vary and some take longer than others, and we need to prepare each panel by taping all the edges of the paintwork to avoid catching them on the machine. During this stage we use various compounds and pad combinations dependent upon the shape of the panel and the paint depth to ensure we get the best cutting effect so it removes all imperfections, scratches and swirl marks.
  5. Clean Down – this removes all the dust created from the machine polish process. Compound edges are cleaned and checked.
  6. Final Stage Polish – this is the final finish where the paintwork is refined to create a stunning high gloss finish, removing light holograms and making the paint pop!
  7. Paintwork Protection – currently the paint is bare so we put sealants and waxes on the paintwork or a ceramic glass coating which enhances the finish even more. Sealants and waxes are better for vintage cars and the ceramic glass coating looks fantastic on modern sports cars. This coating is more expensive but is harder wearing.
  8. Wheels, Windows & Trim – the wheels, windows and trims are cleaned and dressed. We use special products for chrome trims.
  9. Interior Valet – once the exterior detail is complete we start work on the interior which undergoes a full leather clean, carpets are hoovered, cleaned and dressed with spray protection. The dashboard, dials, gauges, binnacle and air vents are all meticulously cleaned with brushes and interior mirrors, windows and door shuts are polished.

For further information on the car detailing service offered at Toy Storage, please contact Matt on 07590 426246 or visit our website for further details.


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