Houston Auto Spa's technicians de-sully dirty vehicle frames by hand and microfiber, and then transform them into shining veneers with lustrous coats of dressing. Cleaners first blast through layers of filth with a meticulous hand wash and then caress them to a consistent dry with microfibers and a volumizing blow-dry. Next, they climb inside to tidy up debris-ridden seats with vacuums, wipe-down window glass, and cleanse doorjambs. Inner panels and surfaces spring forth from beneath dusty coats after technicians lightly wipe them down, and healthy doses of Wheel Brite and tire dressing touch-up road huggers and lure their inner shines to the surface. Like properly tying one's shoe, the wash takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the vehicle and its ability to sit still without squirming or wiggling its wiper blades.
BlueWave Express' car-wash system delicately transforms automobiles from dingy to dazzling through meticulous cleansings. During the Ultimate Wave road warriors get a soapy wash with a soft cloth, a spot-free rinse, and a moisture-zapping dry. A double-bond sealant with teflon protects paint for up to 30 days, and a tire dressing makes wheels more appealing to picky eaters. A coat of Simoniz triple polish leaves car exoskeletons shinier than a penny fresh from the Abe Lincoln face-shrinking factory. Guests can rid car interiors of dirt and dust free of charge with BlueWave Express’s powerful vacuums.
Bubbles Express Wash swiftly gussies up sullied buggies with the three-minute Supreme Combo Express wash. The fully automated process begins with a wash, rinse, and dry, before your buggy's formerly spotted pelt is refeathered with tri-color polish, clear-coat wax, and a fast-drying agent. Wheels receive a tread-tickling scrub and high-gloss shine, and the auto's underbelly is showered and bolstered with a rust- and gremlin-repelling shield. Lastly, Rain Protection Plus is lovingly lacquered onto your ride, bringing a gleam to newly cleaned carriages while silently protesting Mother Nature's refusal to comply with "say it don't spray it" ordinances.
Car after car slowly rolls past as automatic sprayers lather them up and rinse them down before a mist of Simoniz Hot Wax & Shine is applied. It’s from West Oaks Car Wash & Mobil1 Lube Express’ roomy waiting area that customers relax after having cars cleaned, which when performed regularly can maintain the luster of the car’s exterior. Applications of Simoniz products shield the car from UV rays and guard it from minor scratches, and rust inhibitors keep auto exteriors from decaying. Bolstering each car’s surface protection, the Rain-X Complete option also repels water during inclement weather or when parked inside backyard pools. Besides keeping cars cleaned inside and out, the team at West Oaks Car Wash & Mobil1 Lube Express also performs maintenance services such as oil changes and lubes.
The techs at Sparkles Carwash do more than just polish autos and vacuum interiors clean. They also aim to make your visit more convenient by performing oil changes, state inspections, and headlight restorations. However, it's the wash and detail services that really evidence their skills. During full-service washes, the crew uses products such as clear-coat conditioners and triple-foam wax to protect paint jobs and revive the shine. Detailing packages provide more intensive cleanings that have the staff shampooing carpets and blowing dust and debris out of the vehicle's nooks and crannies, including that cookie jar that some people insist on calling a glove box.
Vivë: Auto Finishing & Detailing is the official detailing studio for the Lamborghini Club of Houston and the Lone Star Porsche Club of America. Which is to say that these guys have extensive experience with high-end, exotic vehicles. Owner and founder Anson Lau traveled across Asia to learn from the leading makers in the automotive world, and he brought his knowledge back with him to Houston.
Lau and his team have worked on cars that have gone on to win Concours d'Elegance competitions, but you don't need to be competing for "Best in Show" to reap the benefits of their meticulous detailing treatments. At Vivë, they specialize in everything from hand washes to CQuartz ceramic coating. No matter which models they're working on, they do everything in their power to scrub cars until their engines purr.