: Best Detailer in DC/NoVa

10-28-11, 04:59 PM
I'm looking for a full detail on my black 07 V before the winter hits (preferraly sometime in Nov.). Does anyone have any experience with any detail shops in the Arlington, VA area that they would recommend? Paint is in very good shape for an 07 and has been garaged since day 1 but i would like to get a buffer on it and not have to do the 8 hr full detail myself again. I've only used wax on it (mostly Griots best in show wax) but am open to going the sealant route for longer protection, and then possibly cover with wax myself after the fact... for the detailers on here, do you suggest going sealant or stick with just wax? thanks

10-28-11, 05:00 PM
whoops, just realized this is in the performance section... can a mod move to General? thx in advance

10-28-11, 05:49 PM

10-28-11, 09:49 PM

10-29-11, 01:29 AM
Are you driving the car all winter? If so I'd skip the buff/polish and just layer the wax or sealant on heavy for the winter to try and minimize the winter damage. If you buff out the clear coat now, you'll have new swirls as soon as snow/ice hits the paint and you brush it off. Save the clear coat correction for spring time when you have the rest of the summer to enjoy a blemish free paint job.

10-29-11, 09:31 AM
Good point... but i only really drive the V once or twice a week as i metro in to work everyday and if there's any snow outside, i'll be taking the girlfriends car so i don't plan on having the car really see snow at all... for those with black paint, do you find the visual results to be similar going with sealant/wax combo as opposed to just wax?

10-29-11, 09:54 AM
i have had positive results with the wolfgang line up, its available at eshine.ca and autogeek i beleive.
i always layer my sealent, 4-5 coats after i have complete corrected the paint ( i use 2000 wat uv lightning to ensure i got every last hollagram/swirl/defect out.)
i have used the wolfgang estate wax on top before on customers cars ad it just seems to give it an extra pop.
the key is paint correction, you can have the best wax/sealent on the market but if you dont correct the paint first, you wont get a professional result.

10-29-11, 12:08 PM
Yea, that's why i feel like i should take it to a professional detailer... i've always done my own wash/strip wax/clay/re-wax process but i can't get the amazing correction results by hand so i'm hoping they can do a much better job with a buffer.
I've read good things about Perfect Auto Detail in Falls Church which is right around the corner from me so i may end up giving them a shot in the next few weeks unless anyone has another recommendation. Their full detail is $160 for exterior and interior so it seems to be a good deal.

10-29-11, 02:34 PM
for 160 to do an interior and exterior properly sounds extreamly cheap, i charge 550 here in canada just to do a full machine polish/seal. it takes me 10-16 hours to do paint correction properly.
id say at 160 they are going to have guys makin 10 bucks an hour with hardly any experience polishing your car, which could end up ding more damage then good.
unless they are doing a shamoo and wax for ya at 160, then that sounds like a average price.

10-29-11, 05:26 PM
I guess my other option is to get the Griots random orbital with machine polish 3 and just do it myself....

10-29-11, 07:05 PM
proclean in tysons does excellent work. not sure on pricing though, but there are usually some high end exotics sitting in there.

10-29-11, 09:51 PM
The guy from http://reflectionsautosalon.com/ came to my place a year or so back, and spent about 6 hours on my V. I think he did a decent job and the cost was right under $200 if I remember right. He is a one man shop (or was at the time). Mine is silver so it doesn't show nearly as much as the black do. I would give him a call and see what he will do for you.

10-30-11, 10:11 AM
I guess my other option is to get the Griots random orbital with machine polish 3 and just do it myself....
might be a good idea, unless you can finda company with some references you can see the finished work.
i went on the fisrt website you posted, looks like they just shampoo and wax it for the 160.