Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
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.
Bottles of Meguiar's, Rain-X, Black Magic, and Nu Finish line the work bays at Car Pretty, where experienced detailers revamp rides with detailing and hand-wash services. Despite their impressive product arsenal, their supplies come second to their technique; using clay bars, detailers meticulously remove tiny scratches and imperfections from paint, taking care to evict all bird stains and hood-ornament birds' nests. They also take advantage of specially designed Tornador equipment that dislodges embedded dirt from all interior surfaces. While the detailers unleash their cleansing fury on sullied surfaces, guests can lounge in the shop's waiting room.
Grand Prix Car Wash transforms the dirtiest of sedans, SUVs, and convertibles into pristine and well-waxed chariots. Their speedy automated soft-cloth wash banishes the lingering traces of rain, road dirt, or rock salt, and can be complemented with à la carte detailing services such as Scotchgarding or clay-bar treatment. Many of Grand Prix's car-wash packages also carry 24-hour or five-day guarantees, allowing drivers to return for an exterior car wash and hand-dry if they should get caught in a storm or city-wide food fight after their visit.
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.