“Compounding” is the use of abrasive compounds to grind the surface layers of severely damaged or dull paint.
Compounding is going one step further than polishing, since this process requires a more aggressive cleaner to revitalize old dull and worn out paint.
Professionally trained personnel should do it only. This process quickly and effectively levels the paint by smoothing the surface and removing dead oxidized paint. Compounding removes the upper most layer of oxidized material by actually stripping or cutting the first layer of paint. Compounding is a Type C Paint Condition process for used paint that has heavy scratches, spotting, 1200-2000 grit sandpaper marks and/or surface contaminants.
Compounding ALWAYS requires polishing or waxing afterwards to fill the leveled areas in the paint.
Our Auto smart platinum waxes are a great way to protect your vehicle against the elements. Platinum waxes offer stronger protection than sealants do which is what a new car would be supplied with.
Waxes typically last 3 to 8 weeks, where a sealant can last up to 6 months but deliver no real shine. Platinum waxes bead water better than sealants, which makes your vehicle easier to maintain. Platinum waxes are what you want to use when you want the absolute shiniest finish possible.
All you have to do is remember to get your car back to Crystal Valet each quarter to ensure your car stands out in the car park
This is the Holy Grail for waxing a car as it has all the properties of the Platinum wax as per “wax” above but also includes a sealant thus sealing your car from the elements and retain a “new car shine” for up to six months.
Having a sealant and a wax on your car not only protects your car from Rain, Snow, Grit but also Sun as it has UV protection built in.
The only down side to this wax is we here at Crystal Valet wont get to meet you as often!
There are two main types of convertible tops. The difference is due to the material used, either fabric or vinyl.
One type is the classic top constructed with cloth as the covering material. This material looks and feels like canvas, but is actually woven of fibers that are either synthetic, like acrylic, polyester, olefin, or a synthetic and cotton blend. These fabrics are actually breathable but are made water repellant by a chemical treatment process used during manufacturing. The original repellency breaks down with time and exposure to the elements.
The other type of convertible top is made of thick vinyl. Vinyl is a plastic product composed mostly of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and made flexible with the addition of plasticizers. The vinyl top may look like a canvas material, but upon close inspection, you can see that the "canvas" is simply an impression stamped into the vinyl when it is manufactured. It is normal for the plasticizers to gradually dry out over time, causing the material to crack and eventually split. With proper care, however, this process can be slowed significantly.
Some leather car seats wear like iron, others seem more like paper mache over foam. Regardless, most will show their age over time. Proper and regular maintenance of your leather interior will make it last a long time.
Leather needs to be kept moisturized or it will dry and crack. Unfortunately, most people simply don’t know this, until your leather interior is showing some serious wear. Thankfully, there is hope. Here at Crystal Valet Centres we provide a simply and relatively inexpensive replenish, moisturize and repair process which if done regularly can keep the interior of your car like new. Wait until you go to sell it that’s when you will really see the benefit.
Remember its regular cleaning not one “big valet” because if the leather degrades to much it can’t be revived.