From the mud-stained tire rubber to the bird-stained roof?and all the worn interiors between?Long Beach Auto Detail's technicians turn their attentive eyes and unforgiving soaps on car dirt. A hand wash kicks off every cleaning frenzy, after which technicians use clay bars to pull contaminants off the paint, lock the glossy shine into the finish with sealant, and put the finishing touches on tires, chrome, and hood ornaments that promise not to bite. Knowing that dirt does not discriminate against its victims, the techs turn the same zealous eye toward revamping motorcycles, trailers, and boats. In addition to detailing, they also lay sleek tints over auto windows and pry out exterior dents with a paintless process that preserves the integrity of the ride's original finish.
Puddles Car Wash's owner has loved cars since childhood and continues to care for them as an adult by establishing an oasis where vehicles can rest and get grime washed away. The shop opens for washes and detailing services every day, catering to cars so well that corporate clients—among them ADT, Hooters, and Disney—have sent their vehicles speeding in its direction. While four-wheelers wallow in soapsuds and carnauba wax, their owners can visit the business lounge to relax in massage chairs, watch TV, surf the Internet, nibble on snacks, and stock up on auto accessories, such as air fresheners and inflatable backseat drivers.
While the techs at Coast Carwash are experts at washing dirty autos, their expertise doesn't end there. They've got everything they need to make sure grungy cars leave looking as good as the day they drove off the dealership lot. Waxes by Meguiar's and Nanoskin help seal in the car's restored shine and repel incoming filth, while Meguiar's leather treatments keep seats and other interior surfaces soft, supple, and crack-free. While they're inside, techs can also freshen the upholstery and carpets, shine all gauges, switches, buttons, and vents, and remove any foul odors left behind by forgotten take-out containers or hitchhiking trout salesmen. Tears in upholstery or isolated scratches on the car's finish are swiftly brought to rights, and the crew can also handle full headlight restorations or repair cracked windshields to ensure each auto drives away safely.
For 30 years, Downey Hand Car Wash has employed a team of prequalified chamois slingers and auto technicians that restore motorized carriages to their showroom heydays and keep moving parts in working order. During oil changes, technicians swap out corroded oil and filters for fresh batches of lube and debris bouncers. Inspections then scrutinize over 15 points for proper function, such as belts, tires, transmissions, and hydraulic car seats. Detailing services vanquish grime from vehicles’ nethermost nooks and polish paint with a sheen-inducing finishing wax. A recycled-water system and pH-balanced products protect the environment by conserving H2O reserves and preventing harmful soapy chemicals from leaching into the soil. An outdoor waiting area sports a flat-screen TV, or patrons can enjoy the indoor oasis, which is equipped with complimentary coffee, free WiFi, and a gift shop filled with goodies to reward vehicles for good behavior during bath time.
For more than 20 years, the detail technicians at Keith Thompson Professional Detailing have tidied up motorcycles, cars, trucks, and RVs during interior and exterior detailing services. They pamper paint jobs with hand washes, hand waxes, and clay bars, and revamp interior leather surfaces with products from Lexol. Known for readying show cars for events, these technicians also tint windows and provide an overspray-removal service that cleans up excess tar, paint, asphalt, and cement dust from construction worker's roadside piñatas.
Brea Car Wash and Detail Center glams up autos from tire to antennae tip—the only choice owners need to make is how to get it done. For everyday grime, the car wash will suffice—cars are lathered in water, soap, and waxes that give the car a bumper-to-bumper shine. The detailing center takes care of more advanced forms of filth; auto-artisans buff the finish and apply Meguiar’s waxes before foam cleaning the interior and degreasing the vinyl, leather, and dashboard pancake griddle. Taking pains to keep the mechanics as smooth as the cosmetics, Brea Car Wash also offers oil changes complete with inspections and fluid refills.