Win a FLEX Machine Polisher!

December 13th, 2012

Win a FLEX machine polisher!

It’s fair to say that the FLEX XC 3401 VRG Positive Drive Orbital Polisher has had a significant impact on the way that Clark works in our detailing studio. With the power reserves of a traditional rotary polisher on tap, albeit it in a more user-friendly format that doesn’t generate as much heat or inflict holograms, he is now able to deliver a higher level of correction on time-limited enhancement details, and the usual near-perfect results of full correction details without having to work night shifts all week long! Consequently, we think that the FLEX XC 3401 VRG Positive Drive Orbital Polisher is pretty much the perfect machine polisher. For enthusiasts, it’s a purchase for life; a top quality tool that will do everything you ever ask of it, with minimal risk and an easy learning curve. And for professional detailers, it’s a no-brainer; who wouldn’t to be able to deliver better polishing results in less time, given that time is money in the trade? The only downside is the relatively high price, but fear not, because we’re offering you the chance to get your hands on a FLEX XC 3401 VRG Positive Drive Orbital Polisher for free. Okay, not for free; we need you to do just one thing for us…

Introducing 22PLE Glass Coats…

November 30th, 2012

22PLE Glass Coats

The last of a long list of additions to our store this autumn is the 22PLE range of glass coats (made of glass, not for glass). As usual, this decision was made on the back of a period of testing, in which our own cars (Rich’s C30 and Clark’s WR1) were used as guinea pigs. Such testing not only allows us to assess the performance of new products properly, but also to determine their relative strengths and weaknesses. This is important, because it then enables us to write balanced comments in the ‘We Say’ section of the product description pages in our store, which in turn then hopefully enables you to make an informed buying decision (rather than simply being enticed by what the manufacturers marketing material says!). Although this approach is time consuming, we believe it’s the right thing to do, particularly when new technologies are involved. So, without further ado, here’s an overview of the cutting edge technology that 22PLE products use and the benefits they offer…

Introducing SCHOLL Concepts…

October 25th, 2012

SCHOLL Concepts Logo

Over the last six months we’ve taken time out from video production to complete long overdue testing of new products and finalise our new brand line up for the remainder of 2012 (fear not video fans, we have a long list of new videos planned for the winter months ahead). While the list of products we’ve tested this year is long and varied, it’s fair to say that the biggest brand we’ve been sitting on the fence about is SCHOLL Concepts. We’ve actually been playing with their range of polishes and accessories for nearly twelve months now, and it’s not been easy for us to decide what to do with them. Why? Simply because we’re rather stuck in our ways! We’ve been detailing professionally for nearly seven years now, and in all of that time the polish brand we’ve used far more than any other is Menzerna. And when you get to the point where you understand a range of polishes inside out, including all of their strengths, weaknesses and quirks, it’s not easy, or necessarily desirable, to switch to another brand. However, we have persevered in this instance, due in part to the outstanding reputation that the SCHOLL Concepts brand has acquired in recent years. What follows is a summary of what we have learnt about SCHOLL Concepts, and what we have discovered about their polishes and pads during our extended period of testing.

Introducing FLEX detailing tools…

September 19th, 2012

Introducing FLEX detailing tools...

It’s been a little while since we took on any new brands, mainly because we’ve been very busy promoting the products we already stock, but also because the market for car care and detailing products has become rather saturated. As a result, when looking at new products, we now feel it’s important to take our time and have a good long think about what’s going to make long-term sense, rather than what’s going to be fashionable in the short-term. It should therefore come as no surprise to discover that we’ve been talking to FLEX for well over a year now about their rather excellent power tools, some of which have been designed specifically for the detailing market. And, now that we’ve decided to take them on and sell them, it should also come as no surprise that we’ve been quite fussy with regard to the exact model line up we’ve chosen. However, before we run through this, you may wish to know a little more about FLEX…

So, fancy winning £150 do you?

August 29th, 2012

Polished Bliss Show & Shine Winner July 2012

It’s fair to say that the recent standard of entries to our monthly show and shine competition has never been higher, and that picking each month’s winner is becoming an increasingly difficult task. This is undoubtedly a very good problem for us to have, but it hasn’t escaped our attention that we are continuing to receive a large number of entries that don’t quite meet the requirements of the competition. And this is a real shame, because with one or two minor tweaks these entries would otherwise be strong contenders. As a result, it’s probably a good time to draw attention to the article we posted last year entitled “How to win our show and shine…”. The tips and tricks laid out in this article remain as relevant as ever, so if you plan on submitting an entry in the not too distant future please take a few minutes to look through it before entering…

The Legendary Morgan 3 Wheeler

July 23rd, 2012

Although we’re having another immensely busy spell in our detailing diary, we simply had to make the time to share this car with you – a brand new Morgan 3 Wheeler (the first one in Scotland, we believe). While we have the privilege of working on many prestige vehicles, this car was a true stand out experience, mainly because it’s so different to everything else on the road these days. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Back in the early 1900s, Morgan three-wheelers were at the forefront of a movement that brought motoring to the masses for the first time. If you’re in the mood for a little off topic storytelling, read on to find out more…

Auto Finesse Tough Coat Demo Video

June 29th, 2012

Swissvax Leather Milk Demo Video

May 23rd, 2012

Enzo Ferrari Ne Plus Ultra

April 17th, 2012

After six years of working hard to firmly establish our reputation, we’ve finally been rewarded with our first ever hypercar detail; a no holds barred Ne Plus Ultra on a 2003 Rosso Corsa Enzo Ferrari. With just over 7k km on the clock and mechanically excellent, the only thing letting the car down was the state of the bodywork, which showed all of the classic signs of many years of improper washing and maintenance. Ferrari paint is usually quite soft on pre-2005 cars, but early on in the detail it became apparent that the paint on the Enzo was rock hard and was going to need compounding with wool if a near perfect result was going to be achieved. Ultimately just over 144 hours were required to complete the detail, with more than 96 hours of this time being spent carefully machine polishing the bodywork to near perfect condition. To celebrate this detail we have made a short film for you to enjoy. It is obviously impossible to show everything that was done to the car in just six and a half minutes, but we do hope that it gives you a flavour of the effort we put into our work and the breathtaking thing of beauty that is an Enzo Ferrari.

Viewing notes: Due to the length and high definition quality of the film, we recommend that you pause playback immediately and then allow it to pre-load completely before watching it. If it still does not play perfectly smoothly, try watching it on a more powerful playback device, or else turn HD off and watch it in SD instead. The sound quality used is equally good as the 1080p footage, so if you are able to play the film through a cinema surround sound system or through good quality headphones you will enjoy it all the more!

PA Foam Lance Demo Video

March 23rd, 2012

Swissvax Leather Cleaner Demo Video

March 9th, 2012

Auto Finesse Desire Demo Video

February 24th, 2012