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


For being parked outside for 3 years, and never clayed… this car was in suprisingly pretty good shape. Kudos to Raffy for washing it weekly. Part of this might be because of the color – it hides scratchs/swirls pretty well (Sorry for the lack of before pictures; it was hard to capture) Under the halogen light, swirls were apparent but still hard to capture from the lighting. Clay bar process wasn’t as bad as I anticipated, although the roof/trunk/hood took a little longer than usual (Still not as bad as that ABP I did a few weeks ago). TSX with white wheels on back to back days. I hate doing white wheels!!! Anyways, here’s the pics of his daily driver.

One of the hottest TSX’s in the Bay Area! Tuxedo mask (Sailor Moon haha) over here is always kept fresh with a wash & wax by the owner Sherman, but never a polish. As always, I go straight to my go-to product Menzerna P085RD for this Acura. The window visors were very hazy and I did what I could to revive them. They look a little better but not a lot. Anyways, at the very least, I want to say that I will never ever rock white wheels as good as they look. It would hurt my Emotions to have to deal with the upkeep.

Today’s job is one that packs a bunch of tasteful mods along with a few engine mods paired with its K20 under the hood. Son’s Nighthawk Black Pearl has not been detailed in over a year, and when he did, it was by hands. He was nice enough to leave the car unwashed a month for me (Thanks Son), leaving a ton of dirt and dust on the paint hiding the tremendous amount of swirls. Fortunately, the NHBP is the same color code as my fellow Acuras (TSX’s, TL, RL’s etc) that I had a lot of experience working on, so I assumed the clear coat on this Si would be very much alike. And it was! Check out the pearls on this bad boy!

Todays car is a 2006 Lexus GS300, color code Flint Mica (Gray). This eBay marketing associate had always brought his car to the Lexus car dealerships for their complimentary lifetime free car washes. If you’re not a perfectionist, free washes are awesome! But take a look at what it’ll do to your paint. William is fortunate that Lexus’s clear coats are extremely hard and that after three years of car washes, swirls are only minimal. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to remove though! ‘Cuz it was a pain! So much work for so little return. I was also able to remove MOST of the scratches put on by his kind neighbors (door dings). The car had never received a clay bar treatment which it definitely needed. Three pieces of clay had to be used for the entire car (the surface area of the roof and hood of this car is gigantuous!). Anyways, enjoy.

This is probably one of the newest, yet the worsest (for the lack of a better word to describe the car) maintained car I’ve touched. The car being silver made taking pictures of the defects difficult, but they are there! A proper clay-bar treatment was definitely needed since it felt as if I was playing in the sand when touching the paint. Tree sap and etched in bird poop throughout the car. It was probably months since this car has been washed – heck not even a auto-drive thru car wash that detailers hate so much!