FAQs Detailing - Elite Car Detailing and Protection - The Leading Car Detailing and Paint Protection Film Company
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DETAIL AND A VALET?
A detail is more a rejuvenation and protection of the vehicles paintwork. Detailing includes the restoration of the car as much as possible to factory condition, although EDP often restore vehicles to a level which is better than "showroom condition." The detailing of vehicles is far superior to valeting as a lot more care and attention is applied. A typical exterior detail by EDP takes approximately 18 hours of work time. The results are not only exceptional but are also far more durable. The vehicle will look "fresh" wash after wash due to the ultra tough coating which will be applied to the car's paintwork, trim, glass and wheels.
Can I bring my car to Elite and have it treated?
Yes, the EDP Studio is based in Knightsbridge London, Solihull Birmingham and a facility in Wan Chai Hong Kong.
We can also provide a fully covered vehicle transport service to and from our studios.
I HAVE SEEN VARIOUS OTHER DETAILERS ADVERTISING THEIR SERVICES, WHY CHOOSE ELITE?
Gurcharn believes that when a client has bought a car, it is not just a car, you may be realising a dream. Gurcharn approaches each and every vehicle with respect and one thing he never fails to do is to stun his clients with his work ethic, unrivalled results and professionalism. He is not only probably one of the highest qualified detailers in the world (formerly Swissol/Swissvax AND Z*mol), but probably one of the most skilled. Gurcharn has also attained great success in preparing concours d'elegance award winning vehicles.
Elite have decided not to be part of any one franchise as this will contribute to a compromise in standards; Elite would much rather prefer to set the benchmark for others to follow. EDP use the best and often the most expensive products from around the world, as well as being the very first company in the UK to use gloss meters and multi stage depth gauges.
The sheer volume of high end cars that Elite detail is unrivalled by any other detailing company in the UK and this is evident by the examples shown in our portfolio.
In addition to this we are also the only approved Paint Protection Film (PPF) to work on Pagani which is the most complex modern day vehicle.
Internet images rarely do our work justice, seeing is believing and our clients will vouch for this every time, please visit our testimonials page.
After your vehicle has been treated to a full detail by EDP, it would be safe to say that the monetary value of your vehicle will have appreciated more than enough to offset the original cost of the detail. Elite have built up a solid reputation that is second to none and are now widely regarded by many sports/prestige car enthusiasts as the leading detailing company in the UK.
I HAVE ORDERED/BOUGHT A BRAND NEW VEHICLE, DOES IT STILL NEED DETAILING?
A new car rarely leaves the showroom with adequate protection as well as a high quality finish. In fact, a brand new car is not always as new as one would think; the vehicle is usually subject to various contaminants in the air during transportation and long storage times. After which, once the vehicle has arrived at the dealership, the vehicle is commonly subject to a quick wash with a dirty sponge and chamois which will in turn inflict more damage to the paintwork. This is not the perfect start for your pride and joy.
For this reason alone the “New Car Detail” has been introduced. It will provide the perfect foundations and the car will look better than "brand new" as well as being well protected.
The client will also be informed with which products to use and how to maintain the high level of finish that Elite achieves.
The images shown on the right are all brand new vehicles we have detailed at the dealership.
CAN EDP DETAIL MY NEW CAR AT THE DEALERSHIP BEFORE COLLECTION?
Yes we can but we would need to pick the car up with our covered transporter and carry the work out at our own facility. The reason for this is that dealerships do not have the ability to provide sufficient lighting, dust-free and a clean enough environment for us to carry out the works to a standard we would be happy with. Once we have completed the detailing treatment we can then deliver the vehicle back to the dealership.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I REQUIRE PAINT CORRECTION?
After evaluating the vehicle we can determine whether the car will require paint correction. A full account of what is required will be proposed and any queries can be answered before the detail takes place. Paint correction will be required on swirl marks, bird dropping stains, etc. Examples of this can be seen on the pictures to the right. Once completed, the results will be extremely noticeable and all reflections will be clear through the paintwork.
Are the pictures on your website all real vehicles which you have worked upon?
Yes, unlike many of our competitors, every single image on our website including the pictures in the header on the main home page are vehicles which EDP have treated. We have not used any artist/marketing type illustrations to help enhance our website. What you see is 100% genuine.
Why do we use 100% sheepskin mitts to wash the vehicles ?
The 100% Genuine Sheepskin Wash Mitt can not possibly be any softer to the touch, so there is simply nothing better for your vehicle. The lavish strands of wool hold generous amounts of soapy water allowing a thorough and deep cleanse for your car. Thick wool fibres safely trap loose dirt particles during the wash, thus protecting the paint and clearcoat from scratches and swirls unlike conventional sponges. The sheepskin wash mitt accomplishes gentleness beyond what can be achieved with a common sponge or cloth.
How long will the protection last?
The protection system will last a considerable amount of time. There is no concrete answer to how long exactly as there are various factors that will influence the longevity of the protection. Below is a list of just a few factors:
• How frequently the vehicle is used
• How frequently the vehicle is washed
• What products are used when washing
• Where the vehicle is parked/stored
• The climate also is a factor, whether the vehicle is subjected to wind/rain/snow/salty roads etc
On average the protection will last approximately 2 years for the EDP Hydro-Carbon coating and 5 years for the Liquid Glass Hydro coating.
Can you prepare my vehicle for a concours/show and shine event?
Elite Detailing will be delighted to prepare a car for such competitions. However, we will have to evaluate the vehicle to determine a price. An average concours detail will take Gurcharn about 100 hours to complete.
EDP have had great success in preparing various show winning vehicles.