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LUSTR Pre-Detail Assessment

Our pre-detail assessment is yet another tool that we use to provide custom tailored services for each client and vehicle.  This assessment is done in order to determine the client’s concerns and give us a good idea of the overall condition of the vehicle.  While we can usually give a general estimate over the phone or through email, we recommend the client bring in the vehicle to be polished so we can inspect it in person.  This is almost a must for any multi-stage paint correction work.

During this assessment, we will go over any problem areas with the client, use our LED spotlights to check for swirl marks and other defects and measure the paint thickness.  When a multi-stage paint correction is in question, we usually also perform a few polishing test spots to see exactly what results can be expected.  When doing these test spots, we basically perform a full detail on a part of the vehicle, usually hood or trunk.  After a rinseless wash on the area, we will decontaminate it with a clay bar, measure the paint and finally do the polishing to show a good before and after comparison.  We can then better decide on a service based on our recommendation as well as any budget and expectations for enhancing the look of the vehicle.

The pre-detail assessment is a free service and normally takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on how much test polishing is done, if any.  We also like this assessment because we get to meet a new client in person and discuss important topics such as: reason for contacting us/major issues, how the car is driven normally, will it be maintained by the owner or not, etc.  Of course, many times if the time allows, these assessments can turn into 1-2 hour car talk, which we don’t mind at all!

Call or email us anytime with questions or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle’s assessment.

Respectfully yours,

Ivan Rajic, Owner and Operator

Here’s a question that comes up quite a bit both from friends and clients alike.  Most body shops, whether they perform quality paint work or not, leave clients with only a general and vague idea of what can and should be done in terms of detailing just after a paint job.  With the large mix of terminology in the detail industry, the phrase “don’t wax your car for a month” usually gets more questions, such as “Don’t wax with a certain wax or any?  Can I polish the car and not wax? A month as in 30 days, or 4 weeks, or…?”  Regardless, most people don’t know exactly what can be done after a paint job, which can many times even be detrimental to the finish if treated improperly, so here’s a quick guide on exactly What Can I Do After My Car Has Been Repainted?

In the first PPF article, Do I really need Paint Protection Film (PPF) aka Clear Bra?, we touched on some characteristics of paint protection film and whether or not it was necessary for your specific vehicle.  In this article, it’s assumed we’re going through with the PPF installation, so we’ll discuss items such as type of film, application and choosing an installer.  These can all be daunting tasks because as with any industry, there are many available options of varied price levels, both in terms of film manufacturers and installers.  The goal here is to describe some quality film types and explain what to look for when choosing a quality film installer.

Hopefully some of the items listed in the article will help those just starting the process.  For the full article, please click over to Which Paint Protection Film (PPF) is Right For Me?