From Our Editors
On paper, Kevin Toms might be mistaken for Picasso. His knowledge about paint is extensive, and he can spot a subpar etching in seconds. Instead of using this expertise to paint and sculpt, Kevin makes automobiles gleam through his business, Raptor Mobile Auto Detailing. Most days, doors and hoods serve as canvases for his buffing skills. Armed with rotary and random-orbit polishers, he erases scratches by removing an ultrathin layer of the vehicle's clear coat. To make the exterior as smooth and shiny as Orion after a hot-lather shave, he chooses polish and wax that's tailored to the needs of its paint type and colour.
Scratch repair isn't Kevin's only specialty. A human cleaning machine, he travels to homes and offices to detail cars, trucks, trailers, and emergency vehicles. There, he washes car shells by hand and deep-cleans interiors using vacuums, hot steam, and conditioners formulated especially for leather. To ready vehicles for sale or display, he can also polish chrome rims and aluminum checker plates.