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Ceramic Pro 9H – Yamaha R1

Ceramic Pro 9H – Yamaha R1

Watch as the Neospektiv team coats this matte grey and black Yamaha R1 with Ceramic Pro 9H. Ceramic Pro is the premium brand of paint correction available on the market. Neospektiv Auto Spa in Dallas, Texas is proud to be a certified Ceramic Pro Installer.

Bird Poop – Paints Enemy

Bird Poop – Paints Enemy

Lately we have been seeing more and more cards with paint etching caused by bird poop. Bird poop is highly acidic and can quickly damage your car’s paint if it is not removed.

The first step to preventing paint damage from bird poop is to try and park in a covered location. If you cannot do that, avoid parking under trees (communal bird toilets) or areas that might have a great spot for birds to sit for a minute and do their business – like light poles.

If you do notice bird poop on your car we encourage you to remove it as soon as possible. The longer it sits the greater the chance of paint etching.

The best way to remove it is with soapy water. We recommend a ph nuetral soap specifically for washing your car. Do not use heavy dishwashing soaps as they may strip protective waxes and sealants that are on your car.

If you do not have car wash soap warm water will work. Soak the bird dropping with water first to loosen it up. Then wipe it off gently with a wet microfiber towel. 

Once the rogue dropping is removed dry the area well with another microfiber cloth so you don’t get any etching or spotting from potentially hard water.

Sooner or later your car is going to be a victim of a fly by. You never know when it will happen, just that it will. Odds are it will be in the middle of nowhere and you won’t be prepared. We suggest keeping a couple microfiber towels in your trunk with a few extra bottles of water. 

This will ensure you are ready for not just bird droppings, but also be greatly appreciated should you ever get stranded in the Dallas, Texas heat.

Another way to prevent the risk of etching is to have your car protected with Ceramic Pro 9H. This nanoceramic layer provides protection for your car’s clear coat reducing the chances of extensive damage.

If you do get etching, there is a good chance it can be polished out depending on how extensive the damage is.

Neospektiv Instagram

Neospektiv Instagram

Recently our Instagram image below has been reposted on several influential boards in the detailing community. We love to see this happen. If you have spent any time with our founder, you know he loves sharing and learning and he is a huge believer that a rising tide raises all ships.

Rupes Polishers at Neospektiv Auto Spa

To answer some of the questions and comments that have come from the reposts on @detailingworldofficial and @detailersunite we wanted to put up this post.

Question 1) What polishers are in the image?

From left to right: (Click on name to see Amazon Link)

Rupes LHR 21 Mark II Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes LHR 15 Mark II Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes Bigfoot Nano with iBrid Technology Long Neck Kit
Rupes Bigfoot 12mm throw / 100mm polishing pad

Question 2) Aren’t those coarse pads for softer Porsche paint?

Perhaps. We do not use Rupes pads or polish that often. The majority of the time our team uses Americana Global pads with Menzerna or Jescar polishes. We do use the grey Rupes pads with the UHS polish fairly often though too. 

Our founder is really big on marketing and details – most of this stems from his homebuilding company building multi-million dollar homes in Dallas or the Fortune 500 and Global 50 companies he has consulted with. What the customer sees and does not see is very important to him.

To us (as detailers) we see the blue pads and think….. What? To the average person they just get their attention caught by the pops of color in the photo. The average person has no idea what the colors mean. The blue and yellow in the photo add visual stimuli. Grey or black pads would not have had the same visual interest.

As for marketing, this image was shot using both a Porsche and an Explorer in the background. Depending on the demographic we are targeting determines which vehicle goes in the marketing collateral.

3) Aren’t those pads getting contaminated being face down?

Yes they are! Very good observation. You never want to put your pad down on some foreign surface and then start polishing the paint on a vehicle. Whatever grit was on the foreign surface is now on the pad and ready to make swirl designs in your client’s paint.

Again this was for marketing. A bunch of polishers on their back does not make for nearly as aesthetically appealing image for consumers. 

4) Do you like Flex, Makita, Buff Daddy or Griot’s?

Absolutely. For our detail shop we just heard great things about Rupes and went with them right out of the gate. Rupes was presented to us as the leader in the auto detailing arena and that is what we went with.

That being said our founder also owns a countertop company and while most of their polishing is done in the shop by Alpha air polishers the guys in the field have used and abused Flex and Makita polishers for years. There are several great brands to choose from for all budgets.

Also it should be pointed out that our founder goes all in on whatever he does. All of his companies are focused on the luxury segments and he does not cut corners. We are to use top of the line tools, look professional, stay educated, and pay attention to the details. Everything is to be cleaned and organized all the time! He is obsessive about this. 

We are a very small boutique detailing studio in Dallas, Texas. While we take great pride in our work, we know we still have much to learn and we love seeing what our fellow detailers are doing across the nation.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Win Ceramic Pro 9H Helmet Treatment

Win Ceramic Pro 9H Helmet Treatment

For a limited time Neospektiv Auto Spa in Dallas, Texas is holding contests for a FREE Ceramic Pro Helmet treatment. All you have to do is drop off a business card (of fill one out) at your local motorcycle retail store in the DFW area. Drawings are currently being held on the 15th and the 1st of each month.

Learn more by watching this video. It really is as easy as 1…2…3….

Is Kia the new “American” muscle car?

Is Kia the new “American” muscle car?

Surely I am joking! However, Kia has come a long way since Hyundai acquired 33% of the automaker in 1998. It is impressive to see any business make such impressive improvements to their products!

We thought this video was intriguing and might even shock a few die hard Mustang fans.

Just imagine being in your Mustang with a heritage of pure American muscle – the number one muscle car in America, and find yourself being beat in the 1/4 mile by…….. a Kia.

The test was not apples to apples, naturally aspirated vs forced induction, and all-wheel drive vs rear, but you may still want to show some respect to the Kia Stinger if you ever pull up next to one at the next street light!

What are your Expectations?

What are your Expectations?

We get asked a lot “Will this be perfect?” when we get done detailing.

A lot of that depends on budget of the owner and the condition of the car. This Nissan GTR we just finished is a great example. This car is a daily driver with 70k miles on it.

While it is still an amazing super car, it definitely carries with it the memories of some fun evenings in the form of normal wear and tear – door dings, rock chips, scratches, etc.

While we would love to get a car back to its original glory there are some damages we cannot fix (other than repainting) like deep scratches, rock chips, and deep scuffs and scrapes.

The other constraints are time and budget. We could have easily spent 40-50 hours just paint correcting this GTR. The GTR’s have a special clear coat called scratch shield that helps keep small scratches out, but can also make it a bear to polish scratches out once they are in the paint.

In the case of the GTR, we got it back looking as good as possible given time and budget. Is it perfect? No. However, compared to the condition we received the car in, it looks AMAZING now.

At Neospektiv we like to educate our customers and set proper expectations. Perfection costs time and money, how perfect do you want to be?

We highly encourage you to get your new car ceramic coated and protected with a film like Expel as soon as you can after you get it. This will help prevent damage that could cost a lot more to repair later.

And while we love getting in exotic cars that are pristine and immaculate, fresh from the garage, cars like this GTR, while not perfect, make us happy as it is the reflection of an owner living a life well lived.

New car paint correction?

New car paint correction?

One thing we get asked quite often is, “Does my new car need paint correction?”

The truth is many new cars that we see still have some swirling and paint blemishes. Whether it is from sitting out on the lot or from protective wrapping applied to stay safe during shipping, these imperfections can be removed with proper paint correction making your car “better than new.”

One big advantage of getting the car when it is brand new is we can make sure it is perfect and then use quartz coatings to preserve your paint finish before the environment can really get to it.

By correcting and protecting your paint immediately your vehicle will require much less effort to keep in pristine condition. Instead of etching into the clear coat environmental contaminants will sit on top of the quartz coating.

Dallas, TX experiences a wide range of weather from hot and humid summers to icy cold winters and everything in between. To keep your paint in pristine condition, the sooner you can protect your paint the better.

We love working with new cars. Not only will your vehicle get the best protection available, but it will have that show car shine for years to come!

Why do you wear warmups?

Why do you wear warmups?

Many of our clients have asked us, “Why do you were warmups?” or “Why do you dress like personal trainers?” So we thought we would take the time to answer that question on our Blog.

We wear warmups, because we believe staying fit is critical to overall health of our employees and they generally just come straight from the gym to work each morning.

OK, that is not the real reason, even though we do believe in staying in shape!

We wear warmups because it is all about the details and ensuring that we are doing everything in our power to give the best service possible. First off, warmups are made from a soft material that will not chaff or mar the painted surface of the vehicles we are working on should it brush against it. Secondly, you do not need to wear a belt with warmups and warmups do not have metal or plastic buttons or zippers on the waist that could scratch the surface of the car while we are working on it.

Belt buckles and metal buttons are absolute No No’s at Neospektiv.

Yes, our standard uniform consisting of warmups and polo shirts may look casual, but we are 100% professional when it comes to the care of your car and warmups are just one precaution we take to keep your car looking immaculate.

Why are my rims black?

Why are my rims black?

Have you ever noticed how black your rims get?

Your vehicles wheels are exposed to more elements than almost any other part of your car. Mud, tar, dust, water, acids, rain, brake dust, paints and more come in contact with your wheels on a regular basis. These elements can make your stunning rims look worn and weathered in no time.

Custom wheels, like the ADV1 R8 rims shown above, are a significant investment and it is important to keep them in great condition. If regular maintenance is not performed, eventually particles like brake dust and acids from the atmosphere will sit and etch into the surface potentially causing irreparable damage.

Brake dust is a huge culprit in making your rims a dirty black. If it is not cleaned off regularly, brake dust will cling to your rims creating an unsightly appearance and potentially damaging them over time. The constant stop and go traffic in Dallas, TX can create a ton of brake dust on your wheels eventually damaging the finish over time.

We encourage you to take the extra time to give your wheels the attention they deserve whether you are doing it yourself or having your car serviced by an auto detailer in Dallas, Texas.

Why do you hand wash?

Why do you hand wash?

At Neospektiv Auto Spa in Dallas, TX, we only hand wash to keep your paint in the best condition possible and free of scratches. When your car is taken to a drive in carwash that has the spinning scrubbers or a self car wash with the foaming brush there is a high chance you are exposing your car’s paint to scratches and damage.

If there are any dirt or abrasive particles on the scrub brush they are abrading your car’s paint when ever they make contact and you push the brush back and forth. Drive through car washes have sharp, hard, dirty bristles that can severely swirl your paint. The same wash tool that you trust to clean your car could very well be damaging your car’s paint.

At Neospektiv we use spray foam to loosen any dirt or particles on your car and gently rinse them from the surface. We then use air to remove as much water from the surface as possible before gently hand drying as needed. At no time do we want to create scratches in your car’s paint by trapping dirt and debris between a towel, rag, sponge or other cleaning tool and your car’s paint surface.

Feel free to call us if you have any questions.