Luxe Detailing Studio was created as a new and fresh approach to the auto detailing industry in Southern Africa. Although auto detailing is not a totally new concept across the world, we stand out from the crowd because of our passion for cars and client experience, which we have taken to another level. With a combined 15+ year’s experience in vehicle detailing, clients can be rest assured that their investments are taken care of with the utmost respect and treated with the best products on the market today.
Luxe Detailing Studio not only uses the best products on the market, from the initial decontamination stages with products like Koch Chemie compounds and polishes in the correction stages and Swissvax waxes, Feynlab Ceramic Coatings in the protection stages, while using Italian manufactured Rupes polishing systems. We have also affiliated ourselves with other top brands and companies such as Stek Paint Protection, ensuring your piece of mind and your investment is protected with the ultimate protection.
What Sets Us Apart
What sets Luxe Detailing Studio apart is that from inception, we have designed our studio as a destination, rather than a drop off and pickup. Clients are welcome to enjoy a full experience of the detailing industry, where you as our client are as important as your vehicle. Clients can happily enjoy a cappuccino, latte or ground coffee in Luxe Detailing Studio’s coffee area or sit at our bar, enjoying your favorite Johnny Walker or Glen Fiddich while waiting for your vehicle’s maintenance wash. In addition, as a value added service, understanding that time is our most precious commodity, we also offer a facility to schedule a meeting, video conference, print, fax or scan should this be needed.
Our vision is to become the most successful specialist detailing studio in the country, striving for the ultimate experience for both our customers and their investment. We don’t consider car care to be a job, but rather a part of our daily lives; living and breathing detailing as a passion to give our best in every area in expertise.
Our Promise to You
Whether providing proven products, offering sound advice or correcting and protecting your ride, our aim at Luxe Detailing Studio is to satisfy our clients to the best of our ability. We understand that your vehicle is an investment whether it be a VW Polo or a Rolls Royce. All vehicles are treated the same, with utmost care and respect.
The term “Detailing” can be misinterpreted and confused with a much more basic service; valeting. Valeting can be described as “the cleaning of the exterior/ interior to remove visible dust, dirt and grime, leaving the surfaces clean and shiny”. Although a very simple and straight forward task, paint damage and surface imperfections are often caused by incorrect washing techniques. We at Luxe Detailing Studio not only repair this damage but exceed this, creating a “better than new” finish. “The art of making a car beautiful is time”. This time refers not only to the time spent on your car but the time taken to gather expertise and knowledge, allowing us to provide a service that fits the beauty, elegance and sophistication of the cars we work with, restoring, enhancing and protecting your vehicle.
When dirt, dust and grime are not correctly removed from the vehicle, the cleaning process will rub and grind these particles into the surface of the paint inflicting noticeable damage. Sponges may have been used on numerous vehicles prior to touching your car, collecting dirt. This problem induces defects known as “swirl marks”. Other side effects of incorrect washing techniques are component damage. Harmful acidic products, specifically designed for cleaning concrete are used to clean wheels and lower sections of the car. These harmful products cause rusted brake callipers, wheel nuts, exhaust tips and brake disc surrounds. Valeting companies also offer what is known as a “Polish” or “Machine polish” as an elite car presentation service. The products, processes and techniques used in these so called “full valets” are actually doing more harm than good to the paintwork. They result in circular scratches and very visible grooves in the vehicle’s top coat. Very abrasive compounds and improper use of a rotary polishing machine are used to butcher the paint imperfections. They remove huge amounts of the vehicles clear coat, whilst inflicting “holograms” and buffer trails.
During the PDI “Pre Delivery Inspection”, the rushed removal of the factory applied wax and protective wrapping, causes paint imperfections such as swirl marks and micro scratches. Unfortunately we also receive new cars with defects caused by the dealer or stock yard.
We’ve all seen the little stone guards car manufacturers use on wheel arches, the dull and discoloured film half way across a Supercars bonnet or perhaps the awful ”car bra’s”?
Actually Paint Protection Film or PPF was initially conceived and developed by the US Military as a way to protect Helicopter rotors and other sensitive parts from debris and other intrusions. Thick film was applied on leading edges and potential impact areas, designed to be hard wearing and easily replaced in an environment where aesthetics were far from a necessity. As with so many modern day applications, what started as military technology eventually found its way in to the commercial sector and over several decades has slowly developed into the various products we have today protecting our cars.
By comparison the glossy self healing films we use at Luxe Detailing Studio today are a far cry from the thick, ugly original films of years gone by! We have aligned ourselves with companies such as Stek with PPF products that surpasses it’s competitors in both service and warranty. These PPF films and installation methods are almost entirely invisible. Not only does it provide protection from chips, abrasions and environmental factors but the design, fit and appearance of our modern films actually serves to enhance the look of your car while protecting your investment.
Our PPF protects your paintwork from chips, minor scuffs and scrapes, environmental factors such as bug splatter and protects the finish against defects from poor washing techniques.
Our PPF has a superior optical clarity and is very easy to maintain. When looked after correctly, it gives a depth of shine like freshly detailed paint for many years.
Our PPF has a self healing layer. Stone chips, scuffs, scratches and swirls that don’t penetrate this layer disappear with the application of heat from hot tap water, the car’s engine or even just the sun.
If a panel needs replacing, you won’t be off the road for long. Most panels can be replaced within a couple of hours – unlike traditional paint repairs, which often take days or even weeks.
Time & Convenience
Should a panel require replacement, it is a quick turnaround, most panels can be replaced within a couple of hours whereas paint repairs run into days or even weeks.
Because our PPF is specifically designed to fit each panel, it can be replaced individually meaning little or no need to strip the panels and no extra paint to blend the colour to adjacent panels.
Traditionally PPF was installed on wheel arches, the leading edge of the bonnet or the forward panels of the car. Today, many clients want us to cover the entire vehicle. Such is the quality of the modern films, our design and installation processes, that it really does make sense to protect the whole car.
Paint protection film can protect your car against damage such as stone chips, car park nudges and chipping, and day-to-day scratches.
With our custom designs, we can cover ANY painted, carbon fibre or smooth finished surface of the car, even interior trims. We have various options to suit each part of the car: thicker film for low down, high impact areas such as bumpers and sills, and clearer film for large, flat panels such as bonnets and roofs. All our film comes in matte, as well as traditional high-gloss options, to cover expensive matte paints and carbon fibre paints.
Where the Damage Occurs:
High impact areas (bumpers, bonnet, front wings, wing mirrors, lower doors, wheel arches, sills, headlamps, lower doors, wing mirrors).
Medium impact areas (rear wings, upper doors).
Low impact areas (boot lid, engine cover).
We provide a 5 to 10 Year Warranty on all Paint Protection Film that has been installed by our certified team. We warrant your film against yellowing, crackling or lifting and will replace any area of film that is on inspection deemed to not meet this criteria during the course of its warranty (from date of purchase). Of course the warranty does not cover damage to PPF caused by accidents, collisions, intentional misuse, ordinary wear or damage caused by products or cleaners not recommended for use on PPF. As well as the warranty, we provide clients with thorough After Care advice and documentation to help keep the car looking great for many years to come. For more information, warranty exclusions, full Terms & Conditions or After Care information please contact a member of the Luxe Detailing Studio team.
Once your car has been protected, you can also enjoy the peace of mind knowing that maintaining the glossy appearance of the PPF is still very simple. We provide After Care instructions along with your warranty documentation. Please take note of these key points:
- As the installation of the film is a wet process, we advise not to wash the car for the first 7 days afterwards as the moisture in between the film and paint is still evaporating during this time and using shampoos can affect this and the adhesive qualities around the edges of each panel.
- Once the film has cured, you are able to wash the car as normal (if possible, use the twin bucket method and a lambswool wash mitt), if using a pressure washer ensure that you keep the spray lance at least 100cm away from the surface of the film especially the edges, as the pressure may lift the edge of the film, we recommend a PH neutral shampoo and car care products.
- If you get bug splatter or bird droppings, you should still remove this as soon as possible, as you would with bare paint, while the PPF adds protection, the top layer has a similar make up to your cars own lacquer and will also be marked from the acids etching into it.
- If you like to polish or wax your car, you can continue to do this on PPF covered panels, although more careful selection of the products must be taken. Polishes that are resin, solvent based or abrasive, can mark the film leaving a haze or damaging the self healing abilities and must be avoided. A good quality natural wax like Carnauba can be used, of course if you are unsure our team can advise on specific recommended products.
- Surface scratches and swirl marks in the film will heal over a period of time, if you need to accelerate the process, then pour warm water (not boiling) over the desired area, that will help the upper most layer of the film to morph back into its original state.
To bring your vehicle into our studio
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