For a car finish so shiny that you can see your smile in it is what you can expect to get at the Auto Detailing Shop which reopened on Sept. 1.
Devin Atkinson, temporary lead for the shop, said COVID-19 precautions are in place with masks required and safe social distancing observed. He added the detail center booked up fast when it reopened for the first time since March when COVID-19 hit. The first available appointments are in the week of Sept. 14.
The Auto Detailing Shop is by appointment only, but Atkinson said it now has extended its hours to include Saturdays. It will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To schedule an appointment, call 876-3900.
The shop, located at 3240 Vincent Drive, has two new detailers on board, Bob and Melinda, who are “extremely customer service oriented, Atkinson said.
“They are here to make sure everyone is happy when they walk out the door,” he said. “Their goal is to do whatever possible to make your car look so shiny and new, you can see the reflection of your smile on it.”
Atkinson said vehicle detail services will be provided in four categories and specialty treatments. All wash costs are determined by size and condition and include:
• No. 1 Wash – Takes about one and a half hours and includes a basic exterior wash and vacuum. Cost is $20 to $35.
• No. 2 Wash – Takes about one and a half hours and includes exterior wash, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned, detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $25 to $65.
• No. 3 Wash – Takes four to six hours and includes exterior wash and wax, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned and detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $85 to $165.
• No. 4 Wash – Takes four to six hours and includes a complete detail service including exterior wash and wax, glass cleaned inside and out, tire rims cleaned, vacuum, interior cleaned including headliner, seats and carpet, detailed dash, console and inside doors. Cost is $190 to $250.
“We have a new specialty service of a ceramic coating which is designed for the ultimate vehicle finish,” Atkinson said. “It will bond with the vehicles clear coat to create a hydrophobic surface, preventing dirt, water spots, and contaminants from adhering to the paint, extending your vehicle’s exterior lifespan.”
He said specialty treatments that can be added to any package include:
• Headlight restoration, $25 to $100
• Fabric armor, $50 to $125
• Pet hair removal, $55 to $135
• Engine detail, $45 to $75
• Paint correction #1, $100-$200
• Paint correction #2 – wet sanding, $200-$300
• Leather conditioning, $100-$200
• Pulling interiors for a deeper detail, $100-$200
• Ceramic coating, $800-$2,000
The shop is part of the Garrison’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Atkinson said the service is open to anyone with access to Redstone Arsenal, including holders of recreation badges.