There is plenty to see from the San Diego Zoo's Africa Safari tram: resting lions, horned antelopes, majestic giraffes. But Detail Systems' Anthony Madafferi pays this wildlife little heed. He concentrates more on the sloping terrain that sweeps dust and mud on the beautiful, brightly colored trams he regularly details with his self-contained mobile detailing unit.
The safari trams are just some of the vehicles
that Anthony and the techs at Detail Systems have revitalized over the past two decades; the list also includes the herds of Buicks that attend the Buick Invitational golf tournament. Their signature detailing service begins with a dousing in deionized water, which leaves the hand-washed exterior spot-free. Then, with a specially designed covalent chemical bond, Glassplexin paint sealant polishes a shiny luster on finishes, protecting them from oxidation and tailgating UV rays.
Chargers Hall of Famer Don Macek opened Mira Mesa Auto Spa in 1992 along with his teammate Dennis McKnight. Their goal: to create an automatic car wash that cleans cars in five minutes with Blue Coral products and a high-powered drying system. Their services range from express washes to meticulous detailing sessions, the latter of which finds techs waxing exteriors by hand, removing impurities with clay bars, and reorganizing out-of-place atoms.
Speed Car Wash tackles dirty bumpers and grimy undercarriages with a full-line of car-wash services. Treat road warriors to a deep clean with the Ultimate Full Service car wash package, which brandishes exteriors to treatments such as tire tidying, a triple foam polishing, an underbody rinse, and a 10-minute hand wax with up to 30 days of water-beading protection. Interiors luxuriate in a vacuuming, floor-mat shampoo, dust-bunny eradication, and inner dressings for elegant car proms. For carriages covered in only a few layers of gunk, choose the Gold Full Service Car Wash which shakes off spotty messes, slathers chassis in a polishing coat of shine, and soothes away lingering images of muddy cleats with a soft-towel hand-dry ($15.95).
If your shady parking spot rests beneath bird-filled trees, or someone scrawled carpetbagger into the inch of dirt on your car window, Absolute Perfection Auto Services can give your vehicle its original off-the-lot shine. With today's Groupon, you'll get a Wet n' Wax Express from Absolute Perfection for $49 (normally $79 for a car, $99 for an SUV).Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Bringing suds to the sudsless, Make It Shine hand washes grimy cars in the privacy of their own driveway. The Silver Detail package enhances an auto?s inner beauty by vacuuming carpets and mats, cleansing sticky steering columns, and wiping and dressing the dash and door panel. Using less than a half-gallon of water, Make It Shine's professional washers rinse away external residue and coat carskins with 100% carnauba wax. Wheels, along with their grubby rubbers, get scrubbed clean and tires are soaked in fat-free tire dressing. To improve visibility during low-speed chases, windows are cleaned on both sides, and a hand drying preserves each refreshed vehicle's streakless sheen.
Thousands upon thousands of vehicles have rolled into Scripps Poway Hand Car Wash & Detailing soiled by dirt and mud and left looking shiny and new. The key ingredient isn't a magical wax or shampoo—its elbow grease. Every full-service wash packages begin with a scrubbing done by human hand, which means the staff can reach spots machine might otherwise miss. Polishes, sealer waxes, and interior dressings play their part in getting the car looking spic and span, too. Detailing teams, meanwhile, tackle more advanced forms of dirt by applying carnauba waxes and tire dressing to the exterior and steam-cleaning and conditioning interior seats and surfaces. The facility welcomes dirty vehicles seven days a week since rain storms, puddles, and nauseous garbage trucks can muddy a car at any time.