The Polish Shop's techs cleanse cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans from the inside out with detailing services that adhere to a strict 25-point checklist. After transferring interiors' loose items and change into a protective bag, staffers spend three–four hours buffing light scratches, shampooing fabrics, degunking gas caps, and peeling away tar deposits. After freeing windows of built-up film and polishing mirrors to a reflective sheen, techs conclude with a final inspection, making sure that surfaces shine, insides sparkles, and bumper stickers feature correct punctuation.
The neon sign flashing OPEN outside of Ultimate Shine Auto Wash never shuts off. All day, every day, the full-service car wash welcomes cars into its arms for one of three washes. But it never actually touches them—lasers guide the 360-degree cleaning machine, adjusting its soapy almost-hug to conform to the shape of cars, trucks, and SUVs alike. Self-serve wash stations put the control in the hands of drivers, allowing them to spruce up vehicles with a foaming brush and discipline misbehaving hood ornaments with a high-pressure water wand.
Most Popular Service: Window Tint
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: We use our own custom line of films.
XTG Custom Motor Sports's owner and operator began tinting windows in 1994, and in that time, he's seen every reason imaginable for getting it done. Some customers have standard reasons such as a desire for privacy, but others have special needs, such as eye problems, a vulnerability to migraines, or family members who need additional UV protection. Since he deals in his own custom line of films, XTG's owner has a solution for each of those situations. He also deals in additional after-market parts such as sound systems, wheels and tires, and custom graphic details that help owners identify their vehicle by labeling it "Your Vehicle."
There's something about a spotless vehicle glistening in the sunshine that inspires a sense of pride. Perhaps it's a badge of success or perhaps it's the promise of freedom, but either way, Magic Touch Detailing's technicians understand. They've kept cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and boats shining for more than a decade, hand washing fiberglass contours and dressing tires so that even their habitually dull rubber glows with a high-gloss shine. Before handing the keys back to expectant owners, they reinvigorate each ride with a three-step paint reconditioning and a generous coat of carnauba wax. When clients sink back into the driver's seat, they reap the benefits of steam-cleaned carpets, spotless glass, and dustless vinyl and leather. To expand beyond their in-shop work, Magic Touch's mobile personnel also tinker with vehicles in clients' driveways or at the bottom of the pits where the cars were accidentally "parked."
Dan Kennedy’s secondhand car is far from shabby—before the Rolls-Royce convertible was his, it belonged to Dean Martin. To ensure his ride was meticulously taken care of, Kennedy started his own luxury garage and concierge service, Imperial Auto Castle. The climate-controlled garage, which car owners can view 24 hours a day via wireless surveillance cameras, houses vehicles when they aren’t in use. Technicians can detail and repair the parked cars or even sell them and replace them with a newer model, such as a hybrid—half car, half horse.
Wheely Clean Car Wash's family of facilities keeps Cleveland-area rides looking their best. Engineered by trained attendants, each wash uses environmentally friendly products, and begins with a hand steam that preps outer surfaces for a cleaning and releases any stubborn paint wrinkles. Vehicles then freely roll through the sudsy process, which includes free vacuuming in Parma or the option for detailing services in Northfield. Wheely Clean also operates as a discrimination-free business, meaning owners never pay more when a full-size SUV, van, or giraffe's limo needs a scrub.