Confusing details when it comes to auto detailing in San Antonio.

It’s very confusing these days to determine what is real and what is a coverup or false. What you see on TV and read on the internet often times are not true or just hype. The same goes for keeping paint looking new for your car. Auto detailing manufactures are producing more and more products that give your care a false shine or protection. You can

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see this when you go to the car wash and look at all the signs that offer wax or paint sealants  that will give your car a nice new shine.  The truth is it takes many different steps to restore your cars true shine and finish. It cant be done with a chemical that is sprayed as it’s going through the car wash and it cant be applied in thirty minuets by the kid at the car wash. The detail centers at car washes are set up to speed cars in and out with the focus on volume. The same goes for most mobile detail business here in San Antonio. Trying to correctly polish a car in a parking lot when it’s 100 degrees is very difficult. These quick details have their place however only when your car is good condition.

The paint correction process.

 

The steps for this process can vary depending on the age and condition of your cars paint.

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Scratches that can be removed

Here in San Antonio automotive paint suffers the most from pollution, bird droppings and hard water. At Concours Auto Salon we start with a good hand wash. Then it’s time to decontaminate the paint. This process removes foreign material that has bonded to the clear coat witch is the outer layer of your cars paint. When the contaminates are remover then can we focus on the scratch correction process. The scratch removal process. The diagram to the right shows that when you remove scratches your actually removingthe top layer of your cars finish. most scratching is so light that it barely penetrates the surface of your clear coat. However when you have hundreds of them all over the finish going in every direction it can make the paint look dull, hazy ans swirled. Depending on the paints hardness and the amount of damage you have acquired it may be necessary to compound the paint first. Then following up with two to three more polishing steps. Each one requiring the technician

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Scratches that can't be removed

to go around the car and machine polish the paint one time with a specific polish and polishing pad.

Applying Protection

There are three different types of products that can be used to protect your revitalized finish. The most common one is Wax. Wax gives you a nice shine and a soft feel  but it just sits on top of your paint never really bonding to protect it. It has to be applied at the minimum every month or two. The most commonly applied protection by true professionals in a paint sealant. This product will bond to the surface of your paint and will slowly wear away over a period of 4 to 6 months. Lastly a new product has emerged in the last few years called coatings. These paint coatings offer almost permanent  protection for your paint. The application process is a little more time consuming then traditional methods and your paint should be in excellent condition. The results are amazing with these products. Currently Concours Auto Salon is the only place to have a coating like this applied in the San Antonio Area. It is offered in our New Customer Package and is called Opti-Coat.

If you want true results and have your cars paint corrected and protected give us a call or stop by the shop.

 

Have you noticed how hot it’s been in San Antonio lately? Of course you have. What better way to bet the heat while driving then to have your windows tinted at Concours Auto Salon.

During the month of August Concours Auto Salon is offering our premium window tint from Johnson Window Films at a special price. Prices start at $199.00 for a complete vehicle and will vary depending on the size and number of windows to be tinted. Or $89.00 for just tow front windows. This is for lifetime guarantee high performance window tint.  This is a national warranty from Johnson. Compare this to our normal price of  $289.00 and you can see the substantial savings you will receive during this special. This is not bait and switch sale like the big chain tint stores. It’s a real sale saving you real money.

Put your SPF 50 down and get over to Concours Auto Salon and replace that old tint with new Johnson window tint. If you have no tint on your new vehicle what better way to protect your interior and your self with window tint. Our tint offers 98% UV protection and 65% heat rejection. So don’t get burned by cheep prices for cheep tint! Contact Concours Auto Salon

 

 

There are two types of cars on the road today.  Ones with door dings and ones that will get a door ding. This may seam like a funny quote however if you think about it couldn’t be truer.  Unless you keep your car in a padded garage that has no tools and the kids have no access to it it’s going to get dinged one day.  So many people here in San Antonio tell me that they really try and avoid getting door dings by parking at the far end of the parking lot only to come out of the store to find some big hunk of ancient steel that looks like it was just shipped in from a war zone parked next to them.  Or they find a shopping cart resting on the door or fender of their vehicle after spending a small fortune buying the weeks groceries.

Some people can live with one or two door dings but for the one who cant there are two options.  First is to take your car to a body shop and have them grind, sand, bondo and paint over the damage.  Or you can find a local reputable shop like concours auto salon to use the paintless dent repair process and have them repair that ding or small dent in as little as 30 minutes.

The Body Shop.

This is how the body shop process works.  You schedule an appointment to leave your car.  The body man will then start by sanding or grind all the paint away in the damaged area. Bondo is mixed to fill the dented area and then spread over it like cake batter.  After it’s had a chance to harden the sanding process starts again. Bondo dust is flying

Dent in the fender of a VW Jetta

every where (you better hope they didnt leave your windows open).  This process can be done a few more time depending on where the damage is and the experience of the body man.  Then your car will sit the rest of the day with no other work to be done.  The next day your car will be preped for painting.  The damage area will get primered and painted.  After this it will sit untill the next day.  Ok it’s now day three and if every thing has gone as planed you will be able to pickup your car today but not until a couple of things are done.  The freshly painted panel or panel’s if they had to blend will be sanded in an attempt to flatten the paint out and to remove any dirt particals that may have gotten into the paint.  Then this will be polished to a high gloss.  In most cases the body shop will leave swirl markes as an add bonus just so every ones knows you has some repairs done.  This process can cost as little as $300.00

The Paintless Dent Repair Process

The same Jetta Fender after the paintless dent repair process

The paintless dent repair process works like this.  You make an appointment with a reputable company that offers paintless dent repairs (PDR) like Concours Auto Salon.  When you show up to have the repairs done you have a seat in the waiting room while the Vale Certified PDR technician pulls your car into the shop.  He uses special tools to gently message the damaged area back to it’s original shape or position.  This process takes as little as 30 minutes.  The final step is to polish the area removing and signs of impact from the paint that might of happened when it was dented.  This entire process can cost as little as $80.00 Witch process would you chose?

Now it’s obvious that if your car receives a significant impact or is in a major collision your going to need a body shop to repair the damage.  However for those smaller dents that haven’t damaged the paint why not look into paintless dent repair and see if it can be fixed.