The term "Detailing" can be misinterpreted and confused with a much more basic service; valeting. Valeting can be described as "the cleaning of the exterior / interior to remove visible dust, dirt and grime, leaving the surfaces clean and shiny" Although a very simple and straight forward task, paint damage and surface imperfections are often caused by incorrect washing techniques. At Topaz Detailing we not only repair this damage but exceed this, creating a "better than new" finish.
"The art of making a car beautiful is time"
This time refers not only to the time spent on your car but the time taken to gather expertise and knowledge, allowing us to provide a service that fits the beauty, elegance and sophistication of the cars we work with, restoring, enhancing and protecting your vehicle.
If dirt, dust and grime are not correctly removed from the vehicle, the cleaning process will rub and grind these particles into the surface of the paint inflicting noticeable damage. Sponges may have been used on numerous vehicles prior to touching your car, collecting dirt and grit. This problem induces defects known as "swirl marks" and can be seen below. Other side effects of incorrect washing techniques are component damage. Harmful acidic products, specifically designed for cleaning concrete are used to clean wheels and lower sections of the car. These harmful products cause rusted brake callipers, wheel nuts, exhaust tips and brake disc surrounds. Valeting companies also offer what is known as a "Polish" or "Machine polish" as an elite car presentation service. The products, processes and techniques used in these so called "full valets" are actually doing more harm than good to the paintwork. They result in circular scratches and very visible grooves in the vehicle's top coat. Very abrasive compounds and improper use of a rotary polishing machine are used to butcher the paint imperfections. They remove huge amounts of the vehicles clear coat, whilst inflicting "holograms" and buffer trails.
Unfortunately we also receive new cars with defects caused by the dealer. During the PDI "Pre Delivery inspection", the rushed removal of the factory applied wax and protective wrapping causes paint imperfections such as swirl marks and micro scratches. Topaz detailing provides a service that will not only restore you vehicles appearance but will exceed your aesthetic expectations.
We've all seen the little stone guards car manufacturers use on wheel arches, the dull and discoloured film half way across a Supercars bonnet or perhaps the awful ''car bra's''?
Actually Paint Protection Film or PPF was initially conceived and developed by the US Military as a way to protect Helicoptor rotors and other sensitive parts from debris and other intrusionsThe thick film was applied on leading edges and potential impact areas, designed to be hard wearing and easily replaced in an environment where aesthetics were far from a necessity. As with so many modern day applications what started as military technology eventually found its way in to the commercial sector and over several decades has slowly developed into the various products we have today protecting our cars.
By comparison the glossy self healing films we use at Topaz London today are a far cry from the thick, ugly 'Hele tape' of years gone by! In fact at Topaz we have developed our PPF films and installation methods to be almost entirely invisible, not only does its provide protection from chips, abrasions and environmental factors but the design, fit and appearance of our modern films actually serves to enhance the look of your car while protecting your investment.
Protection - PPF protects your paintwork from chips, minor scuffs and scrapes, environmental factors such as bug splatter and protects the finish against defects from poor washing techniques.
Enhancement - Our PPF film is very easy to maintain and when looked after correctly gives a depth of shine like freshly detailed paint for many years.
Self-Healing - Our films have a self healing layer, stone chips, scuffs, scratches and swirls that don't penetrate this layer disappear with the application of heat from hot tap water, the cars engine or even just the sun.
Replacement - If an impact or scratch is deep enough to breach the Self Healing top layer then panels can be replaced individually, no need to colour match like the body shop!
Time & Convenience - Should a panel require replacement its a quick turnaround, most panels can be replaced within a couple of hours whereas paint repairs run into days if not weeks.
Cost - Because the panels are specifically designed to fit each panel they can be replaced individually meaning little or no need to strip the panels and no extra paint to blend the colour to adjacent panels.
We provide a 5 Year Warranty on all our Paint Protection Film that has been installed by Topaz London's team of certified installers, the longest and most comprehensive warranty of its kind in the UK. We warrant your film against yellowing, crackling or lifting and will replace any area of film that is on inspection deemed to not meet this criteria during the course of its warranty (from date of purchase). Of course the warranty does not cover damage to PPF caused by accidents, collisions, intentional misuse, ordinary wear or damage caused by products or cleaners not recommended for use on PPF. As well as the warranty we provide clients with thorough After Care advice and documentation to help keep the car looking great for many years to come. For more information, warranty exclusions, full Terms & Conditions or After Care information please contact a member of the Topaz London team.
Our services are for both private and trade customers. We also offer a complete on site operation for car dealerships. Please click here for all our 'Maintenance Wash' packages.
For lasting protection and brilliant shine on your exterior, we have compiled a package of products specifically chosen by our senior detailers to help all your detailing requirements at home.
Read our quick 4 step guide on the correct washing techniques as well as the products, which should be used to prolong our work and to preserve the wax here
Topaz has developed a purpose built one of a kind facility to conduct its treatment's. The workshop is conveniently located in London NW10, offering its client's easy access, convenience and unmatched security. We offer a relaxed friendly environment for our clients, as well as the working environment in something as delicate as DETAILING and PPF requires optimal conditions to achieve the desired results; the materials, products and operations involved within our work are sensitive to temperature, humidity and dust. Some of these considerations are listed below: