Exterior Detailing & Paint Correction in Connecticut

Exterior detailing involves cleaning, protecting and either restoring or exceeding the original condition of the surface of the vehicle’s paint, trim, windows, wheels, and tires, as well as other visible components. A clean and protected exterior will save the finish, increase resale value, and keep it looking new.  Read our blog post, Exterior Auto Detailing, to learn more about exterior detailing.

Recommendations: Choose the Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail if your goal is to maintain and protect the exterior from water spots, bugs, bird droppings, or tree sap, and UV damage (oxidation). This detail is also a good choice if your goal is to remove very light surface imperfections in the paint (e.g., light stains, light swirls, light haze/oxidation) and you want to enhance the gloss of the paintwork, but are not necessarily concerned with getting all swirls and scratches removed. If your goal is paint correction (i.e., removing swirls, marring, and remove/reduce light scratches that have only penetrated the clear coat), add on our Exterior Enhancement Detail & Paint Correction. We also offer Headlight Restoration. If you are looking for a complete interior and exterior “full” detail and are not interested in paint correction, you want our Complete Detail Package.

Our Steam Car Wash Method
Our eco-friendly exterior car wash system uses high-pressure, super-heated steam (about 115 psi between 150° to 167° Fahrenheit) to clean your vehicle. With the combination of steam pressure and heat, it is possible to clean the tightest spaces and fittings that would otherwise be completely inaccessible using a high-pressure washer. The steam will not harm the surface of your vehicle. And since the steam is heated, we rarely need to use chemicals, such as detergents. Using steam also conserves water. It takes less than 2 gallons of water to clean most vehicles. Using steam, no water is wasted and there is no run-off. Even though there is no water run-off, the vehicle is still parked on a wash mat to protect your driveway, parking lot, and the environment from incidental droppings.
Recommended Exterior Detailing Frequency
Clients frequently ask how often they should have the exterior of their vehicle detailed. How often you detail the exterior of your vehicle is based on your budget, personal preference and attitudes, driving patterns, how the vehicle is stored, and weather conditions. The exterior look of your vehicle gives the first impression of how well it is maintained. We can help you to determine the frequency during our pre-detailing inspection consultation.

Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail

We thoroughly hand-wash the exterior using steam and then decontaminate the paintwork and glass to remove embedded road grime and industrial fallout/pollution. All paintwork receives a light polish and wax that provides protection lasting 3 – 4 months depending on driving conditions and how the vehicle is stored. The tires are dressed using a no sling dressing and the trim is dressed and protected to prevent fading and discoloration. The windows and mirrors are cleaned.

Starts at $225

*Starting price for small cars. This detail takes between 3 and 5 hours, depending on size and condition of the vehicle. A darker and heavily soiled exterior requires more time and cost. Plus Connecticut state sales tax.

    Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail Includes
  • Steam Hand Wash
  • Clean Crevices of Body, Emblems, & Moldings
  • Clean & Wax Doorjambs, Trunk Jamb (Liftgate on SUVs), & Fuel Door
  • Clean & Degrease Wheels, Wheel Wells, & Tires
  • Remove Bugs, Light Tar, Soft Tree Sap, & Light Road Oils
  • Excessive/Hardened Tree Sap, Heavy Tar, & Paint Overspray (Additional Charge)
  • Exterior Decontamination Chemical & Clay Bar Treatment
  • 1-Step Polish/Light Swirl Removal & Wax Using Machine
  • Apply Protectant to Exterior Plastic, Vinyl, & Rubber Trim
  • Clean & Polish Exhaust Tips
  • Dress Tires & Wheel Wells Using a No Sling Dressing
  • Apply Sealant to Paint Surfaces for 6 – 9 Months of Protection (add $50+)
  • Black Trim Restoration Using Solution Finish (add $25 – $75)
  • Headlight Restoration (add $45 per headlight)

Does Not Include
Only addresses light surface imperfections in the paint.
No interior detailing is completed.
No engine or engine compartment cleaning.
No headlight restoration

Exterior Enhancement Detail & Paint Correction

This service builds on top of our Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail to drastically improve the paint condition and shine of your vehicle. This service is perfect if your vehicle no longer shines like new, has not been thoroughly polished in the past, you are looking to remove light oxidation, remove swirls, reduce or remove light scratches that have only penetrated the clearcoat, and address other imperfections. Note that depending on the depth of the scratch, it cannot be removed by a detailer; the most that can be done is to make it less noticeable.  Paint correction services are not available between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Paint correction is a term commonly used by both professional car detailers and car cleaning enthusiasts worldwide to describe the process of restoring and rejuvenating the paintwork of a vehicle, mostly through the elimination of surface imperfections, that dull, oxidize, or haze the surface by reflecting light off in various directions, therefore detracting from a true and proper, clean, sharp, reflection. Paint correction techniques will remove or reduce the effects of oxidation, swirl marks & fine scratches, bird dropping etching & acid rain etching, holograms & buffer trails, and random isolated deep scratches.

Price* $85 per hour. There is a minimum of one (1) hour required. Price may be capped.

Does Not Include
We may not be able to remove paint defects such as deep scratches or etching.
No interior detailing is completed.
No engine or engine compartment cleaning.
No headlight restoration.

*Price does not include Connecticut state sales tax.

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2014 Porsche Cayman S
Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail & Paint Correction

2014 Porsche Cayman S

“Thanks for the great job on my Porsche. It looks really good.” Jim – Branford, CT April 2017

2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail


“I’ve been meaning to send this email sooner to tell you how great the Camaro looks! Today was the first time I’ve washed it since you detailed my car, and I really noticed a difference – it almost took all the fun out of doing the car myself . . .” Debbie – Branford, CT, July 2015.

2007 BMW 335
Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail & Paint Correction


“Thanks Rick! She looks fantastic, exactly as promised. I could not be happier with the results.” Joe – Easton, CT, May 2015

2007 Subaru Forester
Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail


“My car looks GREAT – all covered with nice water beads. Rick did a really good job!!” Jane – Branford, CT, November 2015

2008 BMW 525xi
Exterior Protection 1-Step Detail & Paint Correction

“I’ve never seen my car look so perfect. Looks fantastic!” Nick – North Branford, CT, August 2014

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