discussions about auto detailing cars at concours auto salon san antonio

Never wax your car again!

How many times have you heard that statement? Promises of protection from the elements and scratching that lasts as long as you own your car. Truth is, waxes wear and wash off becoming less and eventually non effective over time. Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating actually makes it possible to never wax your car again. How? Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating is not a wax, in fact it provides 100 times the protection of wax in thickness alone. Too good to be true? We’ll show you why Opti-Coat is for you.

Opti-Coat is not a wax, then what is it?

Opti-Coat is a ceramic clear coat that is hard wearing. This provides greater surface protection from chemical etching that is caused by environmental factors, as well as vastly improved resistance to scratching. Opti-Coat creates a constant shielding barrier by cross linking directly to the paint it is applied to. Compared to any automotive paint protection coating available today, Opti-Coat has superior release properties, scratch and mar defense as well as chemical resistance. Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating provides a perpetual Opti-Coat Honda defensive barrier available for all contemporary factory paints.

Why is Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating different from anything else on the market?

 

Tests performed on other paint protecting products show a measurement of less than .02 microns of wax coating. Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating has measured up to 2 microns of thickness. That is 100 times as thick as other paint protection products with only a single layer. This thick coating allows Opti-Coat to efficiently defend against damage that affects current factory paint finishes. The factory paint is preserved by the harder ceramic coating, decreasing minor scratches and swirl marks as well. Factory clear coating is susceptible to damage caused by environmental factors such as bird droppings or lime. The acidic properties of these environmental factors break down the factory clear coat leaving your vehicle defenseless. Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating is impervious to these environmental factors, preventing erosion and etching, giving you a clean, shiny, undamaged coating. Opti-Coat is not a sealant or wax for paint; they wash off and degrade over time. Opti-Coat creates a permanent bond with the factory coating, perpetually defending the surface without washing off or dissolving.

Do I need Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating?

Yes! Your vehicle is an investment. After purchasing a new car or having your car detailed is the optimal time to have Opti-Coat applied, maximizing the protection of your investment. You insure your home and your vehicle, take steps to protect your car’s expensive finish. Opti-Coat Pro ceramic coating will protect the factory coating of your car.

Car Wash San AntonioMarch is the beginning of spring. Temperatures are starting to warm up. Daylight savings has gone into effect and the days are starting to become longer. Your car has accumulated all types of dust, dirt, grime and spills on the inside. You have mud and dirt caked outside and your paint is looking dull.

Will Clean Your Car Top To Bottom

Concours Auto Salon will remove all the stored garbage, papers, empty bottles and old coffee cups you have had from the winter. You might not realize how many objects you might have brought into your vehicle or

Auto Detailing and Shampoo interior

things that you thought you lost in seat cushions or under the seat. Then we will complete shampoo your car’s interior from top to bottom. Removing all the dirt grime and germs with our hot vapor steamer and hot water extraction machines. You leather will be cleaned and conditioned just like a Baseball player prepares his glove for spring training.

Outside will gently wash away the winter blues from your paint and chrome trim with a thorough decontamination wash. This will prepare the paint for a spectacular polishing job. The polishing will bring back that new car shine making you fall in love with it all over again. Wheels and tires won’t be forgotten and will receive special treatment as well.

Finding Dents In Your Car

Gloss-coat paint coating san antonioSometimes after a car’s restored to like new condition small dings and dents become visible. This is not a problem. Concours Auto Salon’s expert paintless dent repair tech has been repairing dings and dents for over a decade here in San Antonio. In as little as 30 minutes those minor bumps and dents can be removed without the need for paint or body fillers.

April showers bring may flowers. However they won’t wash away the dirt from winter. Don’t wait for the rain to stop. Get your car cleaned at Concours Auto Salon and watch the raindrops dance on the paint.

 

 

It is not surprising that people seeking detailing services often become confused by the huge variance in pricing. The problem stems from the wide range of definitions of “detailing” much like the title of “doctor” can mean many different things.

Detailing can generally be divided up into 4 segments: Concours d’élégance (think Pebble Beach), high-end (Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc.), retail (generally any vehicle an owner takes pride in) and production (new & used car lots, car washes, auctions, etc.)

When asking about prices for detailing many potential customers have an expectation of a price that is consistent with the segment below what they are actually seeking. For example, many people with newer vehicles may be very familiar with the detailing from IMG_5190the dealership where they purchased the car or they may have seen the prices at the local car wash. When they later seek the services of a retail detailer they are often shocked that the price is higher. Those with high-end sports cars they drive on the weekends often expect the price to be the same as when they have their daily driver detailed. People with high-end cars sometimes have concours level expectations without realizing what goes into it.

It also doesn’t help that many so-called detailers oversell their abilities and attempt to charge prices that are not consistent with the results they are delivering. These are the people who create a bad image for the industry.

People with high-end cars sometimes think they are being gouged on price simply because they spent more money on their car. The costs and risks of detailing such cars can be much greater. Replacing a damaged piece of trim on Ferrari or Lamborghini might cost thousands of dollars while similar damage to a Honda or Ford might be $100 For this reason, just the cost of insurance for working on such cars can be significantly more expensive and anyone IMG_5451detailing cars in this segment for production prices is probably not insured and likely not even a registered business. It should be a red flag. (This should be considered when searching for a detailer in any segment.)

Additionally, there are many key words or phrases that are used to hook uneducated customers. “Hand wax”, “machine polishing”, “high-speed buffing”, and “full detail” are just a few examples that cause confusion. Without additional information those terms mean absolutely nothing. What constitutes a full detail varies widely, not only from segment to segment, but also from detailer to detailer. Some detailers may also offer services in more than one segment. For this reason it is best to not simply ask “How much do you charge for a full detail?” A production detailer might spend 2 hours on a car and call it a full detail while a high-end detailer might spend 10-20+ hours for what they consider a full detail. Concours level details can exceed 100 hours. It is often necessary to have a conversation with a potential detailer to ensure both you and the detailer have similar expectations.

Written By Chris Chandler owner of  Nth Degree Auto Detailing


Concours Auto Salon the leader in Opti-Coat Pro applications for San Antonio Tx is happy to announce that Optimum Polymer  Technologies Opti-Coat Pro Ceramic Paint Coatings now come with a 5 year warranty for every complete application. Each new application will come with a warranty pack thatOpti-CoatPro1 includes an outline of the warranty and a warranty card. This warranty card will have a special number with an activation code on the back that is registered through the opticoat.net website.

Concours Auto Salon has been applying Opti-Coat Pro longer then any other shop in San Antonio. 2008  when the product was first released to the public. Concours Auto Salon was the first to apply it. January 2013 Optimum Polymer Technologies added the warranty program for customers wanting a little extra insurance for their paint. Again Concours Auto Salon was the first to Offer it with a warranty and the first to sell a warranty in the United States. Since the beginning Concours Auto Salon has applied Opti-Coat Pro to thousands of cars all over south Texas.IMG_6638

You can’t buy Opti-Coat Pro Just Anywhere

Its true. Opti-Coat can only be purchased and applied from an authorized retailer. There is a list of installers nation wide on the Opti-Coat Pro website. This ensures every one that has this amazingly durable product has i tone right by a licensed and insured shop with the experience and skill to make your paint look t’s best prior to the application of Opti-Coat Pro.

 

 

It’s that time of year when all of the car dealers in San Antonio are selling the last of the 2014 models at discounted prices. They are making room for the 2015 models that the will soon be discounting at the end of this year.

Limited Time  Offer                                                                                                                                            

From now until the end of 2014 Concours Auto Salon will be offering a $70.00 coupon towards your next clear bra paint protection film install here in San Antonio.

What Brand Film Are You Installing?                                                                                                                  

Xpel Ultimate Paint Protection Film. This film comes with a 10 year warranty from Xpel

Are There Any Additional Charges?

No. All pre cleaning and post cleaning of the front of your vehicle is included. Were not inflating the original price to then discount. All of the retail prices come from Xpel’s web site.

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Happy New Year every one. 2013 was a great year for us at the shop. We made a lot of new friends and worked on a lot of great cars.

A lot of you have been treating your selfs to new vehicles lately. We have hade several through the shop in the last month with customers asking for Opti-Coat Pro by name. It certainly is becoming quite popular these days. With all the benefits that Opti-Coat Pro adds to your cars finish its hard to not want it applied.

We thought we would share some of the recent cars that have come through the shop to have Opti-Coat Pro applied.

This is a new Jeep Cherokee SRT 8 The charcoal metallic finish really sparkled with the Opti-Coat Pro applied to the finish.

Jeep SRT 8 Opti-Coat

This black beauty Honda Accord was in on a recent Saturday having Opti-Coat Pro applied to it’s black metallic finish.

Honda Accord Opti-Coat

These two Porsches were Opti-Coated  at the same time. Parked out in front of the shop they look like candy!

porsche Opti-Coat

This super sweet Audi R8 spider was protected with Opti-Coat Pro after it’s paint was corrected.

Audi with Opti-Coat

This was really just the tip of the Iceberg. So many of you have been wanting your carts protected with Opti-Coat Pro it’s been hard to keep up with let alone document all the cars coming through the shop. We really look forward to the new year and all the customers who want to protect their cars.

The environment can be very damaging to your car’s painted surfaces. Bugs, Birds, tree sap and pollution can age you vehicles finish faster then you would like. Lets face it new Car’s are not coming down in prices. Drivers are keeping their cars for longer periods of time. Proper washing and a good coating of protective sealant are key to a newer looking with a shine that will last for years.

Concours Auto Salon’s premium paint correction and restoration process can bring back that new car shine. It’s not a simple process and takes hours if not days depending on the amount of imperfections to be corrected.

It starts with a thorough hand wash with a decontamination process. The technician will then evaluate the cars finish. Test spots are polished to determine the best machines, pads and products to use for the restoration.

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The polishing/correction process is removing the scratched  dead layer of clear coat.

A key step in the correction process is to have Optimum Opti-Coat applied to the paints finish. Opti-Coat permanently bonds with your painted surfaces. It has the same UV protection properties as your factory clear coat. Within 12 hours it is resistant to liquids such as water and can be driven as normal by the client. Opti-Coat will then continue to harden over the next 30 days as it is exposed to heat. It’s hard wearing and resists scratching better then your factory clear coat.

Stunning Results With Paint Correction

The results from this combination are outstanding. Every customer is completely blown away with the results.

If you would like a free consultation stop by the shop and let us show you what we can do .

In our hight tech world  we all are looking for some type of proof of conformation that the products and services we spend our money on are working as advertised. Company’s spend thousands of dollars testing products in a lab. However a lab is really a controlled environment. Real world testing and results can really make or break a product. Company’s shout at the top of their lungs in print and on the television  trying to convince consumers that their product is the best. It all seems like noise at times. Every so often a products comes along that claims to do this and that. When you realize that the product you paid for  actually does what it’s supposed to do it a nice surprise.

Recently Opti-Coat pro (a product we helped develop and apply to car’s every day in our shop) was put to the test. It was a real world test. Not a scheduled one. The test vehicle is a highly polished, black Mini Cooper. It’s owner is Richard Lin who also own’s Show Car Detailing in southern California. They are an authorized Opti-Coat Pro installer. Richard’s black Mini was in the parking lot of his shop looking really nice. Nice enough that a feathered flying rat with a poor diet decided to take  dive bomb target practice on Richards. The bird scored a direct hit.

This is the point of impact.

Opti-Coat protects from bird droppings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard waited two days to physically remove the bomb from the front of his car.

Opti-Coat permanent paint coating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the stain left behind.

 

Opti-Coat protects paint from stains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard had planned on documenting the stains disappearance over several days. However it was a real world test. It rained one day and was scorching hot the other days. When Richard realized that he forgot about the stain he grabbed his camera, some water and soft microfiber towels to clean the area of his hood for inspection and pictures.

Opti-Coat makes paint stains disappear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stain was completely gone. Were not sure how quickly it was gone. This picture was taken 7 days after the bird bomb was left behind but it was gone!

Optimum Opti-Coat is a permanent coating that is applied to all the painted surfaces of your vehicle. When applied correctly it will protect your car’s finish from life’s environmental hazards like it did for Richard’s car.

If you purchased a new Vehicle you can have Opti-Coat applied to the paint and obtain a warranty that guarantees that damage like this wont happen to your car. If it does then Optimum will pay up to $2500.00 to have the damage repaired or painted.

Concours Auto Salon is an authorized installer for Opti-Coat Pro. We have applied the product to thousands of cars just like yours. Give us a call and check out the Opti-Coat website for more details about the warranty and to locate a shop near you if your not in the San Antonio area.

For More information about Optimum Opti-Coat applications at Concours Auto Salon just click HERE

Opti-Coat

What is Opti Coat?Opti-Coat is a hard wearing, ceramic clear coat for superior resistance to scratching (9H) and protection from chemical etching due to environmental impacts.The Opti-Coat pre-polymer cross links, and forms a continuous protective film on the painted surface it is applied to, similar to a single component isocyanate that forms a clear coat finish.Opti-Coat has better chemical resistance, scratch & mar resistance, and release properties than any automotive paint coating in use. It provides permanent protection for all modern factory paints and can also be used to protect metal and hard plastic surfaces.
Why choose Opti Coat?Opti-Coat is not a paint protection wax or sealant that will wash away, or break down over time. Opti-Coat bonds permanently with the factory coating, protecting the surface indefinitely and will not delaminate.A single layer of Optimum Clear Coating measures approximately 2 microns in thickness. When compared to other paint protection products, Opti-Coat is more than 100 times thicker, with tests showing a wax coating measuring less than 0.02 microns.This allows Opti-Coat to effectively absorb damage that would otherwise affect the factory paint layers. Swirl marks and light scratches are not only decreased by the harder Optimum Ceramic Coating, the factory paint is protected and preserved.Opti-Coat is completely resistant to acidic environmental substances such as bird droppings. Unlike your factory clear coating that can be permanently damaged, Opti-Coat will not etch or dissolve when in contact with these substances, and a clean, glossy clear coating is maintained

What are the benefits of applying Opti-Coat?A Superior Clear Coat Film
Opti-Coat will provide the owner with a superior clear coat film and the most advanced paint protection product in the marketplace, that is resistant to chemical etching, and harder than factory clear coatings to reduce swirls and scratchesA Permanent Hydrophobic Surface
Opti-Coat will provide the owner with a permanent hydrophobic surface that is easier to clean, and stays cleaner for longer!Improved Resale Value
By maintaining a quality finish using the Optimum Clear Coating, you’ll also maintain a solid resale value when it comes time to upgrade to a new vehicle.
How it works:Opti-Coat works by bonding to your factory clear coating and becoming a permanent part of your vehicles paint system. Just like the clear coat bonds to the base coat, Opti-Coat bonds chemically to the clear coat.Initially, the technician will assess the paint work for defects and contamination. All surface contamination and any necessary defects are removed. Once this stage is complete, the paintwork is prepped and cleaned using an alcohol based cleaner and ready for coating.The Optimum Clear Coating is mostly self leveling. Any high spots are manually leveled by the technician to produce an even coat. Once complete, the surface is touch dry within 30 minutes.The Optimum Clear Coating continues to cross-link and harden. Within 12 hours it is resistant to liquids such as water and can be driven as normal by the client. Opti-Coat will then continue to harden over the next 30 days as it is exposed to heat.