Services


 

Service Levels:

Wash $75-120: Thorough cleansing of the wheels using deionized water, and the correct, safe cleaner matched to your wheel type.  Degreasing of the tires and wheel wells. Foam cannon wash (uses soapy water to pre-wash your car), followed by a spot free water rinse. 2-bucket hand wash (releases dirt from your paint without scratching). Car is hand dried with high quality microfiber towels.  Windows cleaned inside and out.  Door jambs wiped out. Interior vacuum and wipe down.

Wash and Wax $125-200:- Our same thorough wash service (described above), plus a coat of hand wax.  We offer Meguiars Carnauba, Collonite 845, and Meguiars Synthetic Sealant.

Mini Detail $250-350: Our same thorough wash service (described above), plus: Clay bar paint cleaner, hand wax, conditioning of wheel wells and visible suspension components, water spot removal on the glass and chrome, leather cleaning, shampoo of the floor mats only, cleaning of the interior panels and pockets, detailing of the dashboard.

Full Detail $415-650: Our full detail continues what our mini detail starts, and takes it to the next level. The paint receives a more thorough polishing with Meguiars Compound and microfiber polishing pads, as well as an additional coat of paint protection using Meguiars Synthetic Sealant. The interior receives a more thorough cleaning, including a full shampoo stain removal and steam cleaning of all cloth and carpeted surfaces, as well as conditioning of the leather seats. We also include an engine detail, which consists of steam cleaning, degreasing, and conditioning of the plastics and hoses using Meguiars Water Based Dressing.

Paint Correction (prices vary based on size, paint color, and condition of vehicle): Beach Cities Detail is the premier paint correction provider in Santa Cruz County. With over 13 years of experience, we have the training, tools, and knowledge to restore even the most damaged and neglected vehicles. We use Flex branded polishers, both dual action and rotary, and polishes by Meguiars, 3M, Griots, and 3D. We start with one of our top level details, which gets the paint prepped using Iron Fallout remover spray, clay bar, and pH balanced soaps to get the paint perfectly clean and ready for correction. Next, we do a test spot on the paint, to make sure we are getting optimal results. The paint is inspected under special lighting to make sure all swirl marks, scratches, and imperfections are being removed. We try different polishers, pads, polisher speeds, polishes and compounds until we find a combination that is perfect for your specific paint. Please call to discuss our different packages, as well as pricing.

Ceramic Coating (prices vary, please contact us for a quote): We are pleased to offer Ceramic Coatings by McKee’s 37, and CQuartz. We have coated over 120 vehicles in Santa Cuz, and are seeing great results. Ceramic Coating is the latest and greatest in paint protection. When maintained correctly, it provides at least 2 years of paint protection. It is perfect for cars in Santa Cruz, and provides protection from tree sap, coastal air, environmental fallout, hard water and rain, and makes washing the paint much easier. Please contact me to discuss the technical aspects of ceramic coatings, and to get a price quote.

Water Damage Repair (prices vary based on damage, and vehicle type): Things happen to our cars that are out of our control. Windows get left down, sunroof drains get clogged, liquids get spilled. However it happened, we can fix it. We use our deep cleaning carpet extractor, moisture wicking fans, antibacterial shampoos, and high-temp steam cleaner to remove all the moisture and water, deep clean fabric and carpet, and get your vehicle in like new condition. We can even remove the entire interior if necessary to make sure there is no damage under the carpets. Depending on your deductible, it might make sense to file an insurance claim if you have water damage. If this is the case, we can work with your insurance provider to make sure your car gets the care it needs.

 

 

Paint Correction

The art of refining a cars finish to better than new condition.  We use top of the line polishers from Flex and Makita to produce swirl free results every time.  Whether you want a light polish to enhance the gloss of your paint, or a full paint correction to remove swirl marks and defects, we can handle it.  We use polishes from Menzerna, HD Car Care and Meguiars, to polish your car's finish to a defect free shine.

 

Paint Protection

Once the paint has been properly corrected, we will seal in the beautiful results with an LSP, or Last Step Product.

There are three options when it comes to LSPs:

Traditional Wax: This is what most people are used to.  A hand applied, carnauba wax, which adds shine and protection.  This is a good middle of the road, budget choice for most vehicles.  It provides good shine, and average to low durability.  Longevity: 2-4 months

Synthetic Paint Sealant: This is a step up from a regular wax. The carnauba is gone, and in its place are synthetic polymers.  The shine is not as glossy and oily as with a carnauba wax, but the protection is a step above.  This is a good choice for daily drivers, cars that are regularly exposed to the elements, or cars that live near the ocean.  Longevity: 5-7 months

Ceramic Coating: The newest technology in paint protection.  Ceramic coating is a clear liquid nano-ceramic coating.  It has been described as adding another layer of clear coat to your car.  The shine and gloss are impressive, but where this product stands out is in the paint protection department.  Your paint is protected under an invisible shield of protection, which will protect from UV rays, bird droppings, environmental fallout, coastal climates, and bad washing techniques. Longevity 12-24 months

Water Damage Repair: However it happened, we can fix it. Things happen to your car that are out of your control. Windows get left down, sunroof drains get clogged, seams leak, liquids get spilled. If water and other liquids get left in your car, they can cause mold, mildew, and even rust to develop. We can repair it, through deep cleaning extraction, high powered moisture wicking fans, and even complete removal of the interior to get it dry and sanitary as possible. Once the interior is dried and shampooed, we use of high-temp steam cleaner to make it even cleaner and remove any odors.

 

What is clay bar polishing?

The short answer is that auto detailing clay removes from the paint what washing cannot. For the long answer, read on! Auto Detailing clay bar is an engineered resin compound used to remove contaminants from the surface of your car's paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. Using a clay bar will remove embedded surface contamination that still remains after a maintenance wash. Sometimes the contamination removed is not always visible on the paint to the naked eye. After using a clay bar on your paint you will be left with a surface that is as smooth as glass and properly prepped. It is now ready for polish or for you to apply layers of protection.  We recommend using a clay bar roughly twice a year, or before details where you plan on polishing the paint. If your car is subject to industrial fallout or heavily contaminated areas, using a clay bar more often may be required.

Clay bar polishing removes contamination.

Clay bar polishing removes contamination.

This is a white clay bar, which clearly shows the contamination removed from the paint.

This is a white clay bar, which clearly shows the contamination removed from the paint.

Waterless Car Washing

There is now an environmentally, drought tolerant way to clean your vehicle.

We can even go completely waterless(upon customer request). WATERLESS CAR WASH™ is our newest revolutionary soap less wash that works great on any painted surface. Waterless Car Wash Cleans, Polishes & Protects without using water and helps to keep your car clean and protected. A waterless car wash is a high lubricity, pre-mixed spray detailer that is used to heavily saturate a panel and then you carefully wipe any dirt or road grime off to a dry shine. A very soft towel with a deep nap provides ample room for dirt to accumulate in the towel, rather than being rubbed against the paint. The key to working safely with a waterless car wash is to use plenty of clean, microfiber polishing towels.

 

 

 

Washing

We start with a spray foam wash, which removes contamination and dirt, even before we start our regular wash process.  Next we cleanse your paint with a 2-bucket wash system, which means dirt never gets ground into your paint, where it could cause scratching.  Soft suds of golden car wash and deionized water are moved over your vehicle using microfiber wash media to ensure all dirt and debris is carried off the paint safely.  The car is air dried, then wiped down with microfiber towels.

Ceramic Paint Coatings

We now offer ceramic paint coatings.  This new technology is comparable to adding an extra layer of clear coat to your cars existing finish.  This fully transparent coating will protect your car from bird droppings, environmental fallout, light scratches, car wash abrasions, and the general wear and tear that occurs from parking close to the ocean.  Think of it like a super durable wax that protects your paint for up to 2 years! 

 

 

 

Interior Cleaning

Interior cleaning, though not as glamorous as paint polishing, is equally important.  Over time have your carpets and seats gotten dirty, and lost that original luster they had?  We can fix that.  We offer carpet shampooing, which can remove all stains and dirt, leaving your carpets like new, and looking like their original color again.   We clean all interior panels (door panels, dashboard, center console, cup holders, and glove box) to a perfect finish and luster, never leaving the panels greasy. 

This service is unlike anything you have experienced at a car wash or high volume detail center.  A trained technician spends 4+ hours cleaning every nook and cranny of your car's interior.  No inch of the interior is left untouched.  We employ various soft bristle brushes and high powered air to clean even the hardest to reach areas.

Our interior cleaning products are bio-degradable and non-toxic.

We clean things other companies can't or won't.

We clean things other companies can't or won't.

 

LEather care

Leather, like paint, requires specific care best left to a professional.  We have the procedures and chemicals to safely lift dirt and grime from leather surfaces, and to condition the leather without leaving it shiny.  The seats, interior panels, and all leather trim will look and feel rich and hydrated.