Distinctiv Detailin - Bay Area Auto Detailing Service

Welcome to Distinctiv_Detailing

  1. // Serving the Bay Area since 2008
  2. // Automotive Detailing
  3. // Leather & Vinyl Protection
  4. // Headlight Restoration
  5. // Polishing
  6. // Paint Sealants & Wax
  7. // Permanent Coating


Holograms are cars are nothing like what you’d expect in booster pack of Pokemon cards. According to Shane, his 330i (Jet Black) was buffed by the dealership, leaving trails and trails of buffer trails and car still swirled to who knows where. He dropped the car off to me Sunday night around 8pm for me to work on Monday – well, I guess I figured I might as well be productive if I’m staying home on a Sunday night, so I got straight to work. I knocked out the claying & polishing at night just a bit before midnight. This morning, I followed my polishing step with a more mild polish to jewel the paint (due to the nature of the ridiculously soft clear coat of Jet Black). Applied a layer of LSP and did the finishing touches. Shane isn’t picking up the car until tonight, but it’s kind of nice to have almost a whole day off that I would have otherwise been spending on the car.

It’s one thing to have a girl who understands car care, it’s another to have that same girl drive one of the few 5speed Manual 2000 Honda Accord coupes! Serena’s car came in looking pretty clean (woohoo white cars!), but a quick hose to the paint reviewed all the dirt sitting on the paint waiting to be washed off. Under the halogens, defects were hard to capture due to the color of the car (sorry for the lack of more before pictures – as you can see I gave up after taking the before of the front end haha), but for the most part, the paint was rough, hazy, and dull looking. Nothing a thorough clay job (Thanks Serena for helping!!!) and a good polish can’t take care of! Trunk jams and gas cap area definitely never received any attention – so I gave it a good ONR wipedown. Seals had caked in residue from her previous wax job, Black WOW took care of that, while the headlights got hit with the wool pad to bring them back to life.

Too nice! She even brought me a bagel & juice before I started, and a Cinnamon roll before she took off! Thanks again Serena!

Another Nighthawk Black Pearl job today. Brian’s Si was delivered to me the night before for me to work on the next morning. Brian’s main concern with the car was to rid the swirls and to apply a good layer of LSP. I went to my go-to product for my Honda/Acura jobs, Menzerna P085RD. A few scratches were noted and taken care of. On the front bumper it looks like someone backed up into him leaving some deep scratches on the paint. After 30 minutes of testing different combos, I was able to remove almost all of the scratches on the bumper with a purple foam wool pad paired with Meguiars 105 Ultra Cut Compound. The yellow pad/Optimum Compound didn’t even leave a dent in it! Anyways, I took a ton of pictures on this one since the car turned out great! I especially love working on cars when I can take my time and work on my own pace (without the client waiting around). Brian was very happy with the results, and it sounds like I may be doing his girlfriends IS250 in the near future! Stay tuned!

Jhun was nice enough to bring his car in prewashed! That didn’t mean I didn’t have to wash it, but it allowed me to demo an Optimum No Rinse Wash inside the garage with just 4 gallons of water to him. He looked scared when I began wiping the car down with the water with ONR solution inside which looks almost clear, but to say the very least, he left with a 16oz bottle for himself to use during the winter!

The car itself was in very good condition. The clay was practically clean after doing the whole car! It was just a bunch of swirls that needed to be dealt with to show the true pearl of the paint.

Todays detail is an absolute beauty! Packed under the Black Sapphire Metallic paint is 300 Ponies, 300 torque ft/lbs twin turbo’d! The interior red leather in contrast with the black is absolutely stunning. The roof collapses down and tucks away into the trunk with a click of a button.
Unfortunately, the paint definitely needed some work. Lien was absolutely clueless as to how I was going to remove the defects on the car. But witty-me, I was able to compare it to when she gets her nails done! Like nails, the paint has to go through cleaning, prepping, and many step downs of polishing to get that jeweled look.
Anyways, enjoy the buttload of pics!