Spring has arrived in St. Louis. It’s time for us to get our cars cleaned up and ready for the driving and car show season. Mark Parafiniuk of Clear Auto Bra and Saul Davidson of A&G Auto Spa hosted a detailing clinic for the St. Louis BMW Club and the Porsche Club. Clear Auto Bra has a great facility and the perfect venue for an event like this. Mark has installed the clear bra on several of my cars. I’ve been impressed with the quality of his work.
A Porsche owner was the lucky winner of the drawing for a free detail. His beautiful 911 was pulled into the work area for inspection. Saul talked with the owner about some areas that could use a little work. To me it looked like the car was in great shape. But Saul has an eagle eye and works at a much higher level of perfection than I’ll ever achieve.
The A&G crew then washed the car outside while Saul talked about some of the fundamentals of detailing and related products. They then used detailing clay to fully prepare the 911 for closer inspection.
A Closer Look
Early in Saul’s presentation he showed us an easy way to detect contaminants on a car’s surface. It’s done by using cellophane from a cigarette pack to “feel” the paint. The rough spots that would be undetectable by bare fingers are evidence that the paint needs more than just normal washing. The clay bar treatment made a big difference.
He also showed us a set of lights he uses to reveal scratches that would otherwise go undetected. It was amazing to see the marks and scratches we would not have otherwise known were there.
A Tool for Every Purpose
Saul had four different buffing machines and a whole host of pads. He explained that different companies who make buffing pads all use a different color coding. One company might use a particular color for their firm, aggressive pad. Another company will use that same color for their softest, least aggressive product.
The choices also seem endless for microfiber towels and the various chemical products used in buffing.
That’ll Buff Out… or Will It?
Back to the 911. Saul identified two areas that needed special attention. The rear fender got worked on without much fanfare. Find a scratch and buff it out. No big deal, just choose the right pad, product and machine.
The rear deck, however, needed special treatment. Saul started out with a mild approach, but that didn’t remove all the scratches. He worked his way up to more aggressive treatment. Finally, he broke out the wet sanding kit.
Wet sanding is a process I’d only heard of but never seen in person. Saul showed us the proper technique. I have to admit that it certainly appears to be a painstaking effort.
More Than I Can Absorb
Saul gave us more information than I could absorb in one session. That speaks to the great expertise he has, and the reason why I’ll look forward to the next time we have one of these.
Saul and Mark are both great guys and respected members of the enthusiast community here in St. Louis. They’re often seen at car shows and other automotive events. If you’re a car enthusiast or simply care a lot about caring for your car, you should meet them both. Here’s how to reach them.
Clear Auto Bra | 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr St Louis, MO 63146: Specializing in automotive paint protection film for preventing rock chips.