At Victory Lane Full Service Car Wash, an automatic conveyor system works together with good old-fashioned elbow grease. After mild detergents and fresh water rinse away dirt in the wash tunnel, the staff treats cars to the soft caress of a towel dry and an interior vacuum. The list of services ventures beyond the realm of basic washes to include three levels of detailing and à la carte options such as a triple-foam wax, rim cleaning, tire dressing, and headrest massage.
Whether they’ve just taken a bath in the soft cloth wash tunnel or flung open their doors for a full detail, cars leaving Arlington Car Wash and Detail hit the street with a sparkling clean look. The facility’s tiered car wash packages run the gamut from full service washes to the works double wash, which applies a suite of products such as Rain-X surface protection and Simoniz triple conditioners and tire dressing. Detailers comb through vehicles that need extra attention, coaxing shiny colors from the finish with polish and wax as well as shampooing the seats and carpets until they’re clean enough to build a chemistry lab on top of. Motorists may truck through the wash seven days a week, and can swing by on their birthday and be the beneficiaries of a free platinum wash.
Area car dealerships have tapped Reality Motors Inc’s detailers for their extensive cleaning packages and laser-like focus on even the toughest scratches and stains. Using 3M and Meguiar's products, staff buff away body blemishes, shampoo upholstery, and sweep the ashes from the fire pit inside the engine. Reality Motors Inc’s own pre-owned car lots testify to the detailers’ hard work, as foreign and domestic vehicles flaunt features such as glossy finishes, reflective chrome, and low mileage to prospective buyers.
It all began with a 1998 BMW 328i. As lifelong car enthusiast Ivan Rajic learned how to care for his prized vehicle, he discovered that proper auto maintenance involves much more than a simple wash and wax. His research and experimentation with detailing products and techniques led him to found LUSTR Auto Detail in 2007. He emphasizes quality over quantity, spending up to a full day perfecting each vehicle from the inside out. Whether he is preparing a Ferrari for an auto show with concours-level services or treating a well-traveled minivan to a basic exterior detail, Rajic approaches each vehicle with care and respect. He employs only pH-balanced shampoos, nonacidic wheel cleaners, and soft-sheepskin wash mitts to leave cars clean enough to host high tea during rush hour.
For the past 20 years, Madison Auto Detail’s technicians have freed cars from workaday grime and highway-born detritus with restorative detail services performed seven days a week. Crews spruce up vehicles inside and out with a spectrum of detailing packages, from an express service to a diligent total-vehicle overhaul. They unearth and evict stagnant smells burrowed in the vents and upholstery and hand wax and buff exteriors, leaving the surface smooth, shiny, and as reflective as a meditation circle conducted on a mirror. Madison Auto Detail also vends à la carte services, such as scotch guarding, paintless dent removal, and engine detailing.
Before they break out the waxes, clay bars, and buffers, the technicians at Rocky's Custom Detailing kick off every exterior detail with a hand wash. This in order to erase the surface dirt clinging to grills, wheel wells, and other spots that machines can't reach. After that, they embark on a thorough tour of the car's interior and exterior; depending on which package the client chooses, they'll perform tasks such as steam cleaning the upholstery, and buffing scratches from the car's finish. The detailers also offer a few finishing touches such as chrome polishing, which can help make the car look as clean and new as it did when its transmission gears still had their baby teeth.