Service, Craftmanship, Attention to Detail
Classic Details specialises in the cosmetic restoration and show preparation of Classic, Sports and Prestige Cars whilst also offering a wide range of valeting and detailing services to suit all budgets and vehicles.
Based in the West of England, bespoke detailing services can be provided throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide by negotiation.
Classic Details is a Swissvax Authorised Detailer
Rather chuffed to announce that after a gruelling assessment Classic Details is now an official Swissvax Authorised Detailer. Stay tuned for details of how Swissvax will be added to our portfolio.
Happy New Year!!
With Christmas now feeling like a distant memory the time has come to start planning your motoring 2016. Have you decided which shows you will be attending? Perhaps you are hoping to secure a new motorcar this year? Spring is not far away, and I am already receiving bookings for March and April so don't leave it too long to give your Pride and Joy a little tender loving care.
Driving or Hibernating over Winter?
Whether you plan to store your pride and joy away for the winter season, or continue to enjoy the driving experience correct preparation is key. Not only should she be mechanically ready for this cold period, but you should consider the effects that these conditions can have on your fine finish. Using a selection of products and techniques which have been refined over many years of experience, your motorcar can enjoy the most meticulous clean and application of protective coatings which can prevent the effects of the winter weather taking hold, or a pre-storage treatment including a final anti-static coating which will prevent the dust and detritis clinging to your bodywork.
Prices start from £150.
Goodwood Revival 2015
The atmosphere was as astounding as ever with the ususal heady mixture of Classic and Vintage Racing Cars and Motorcycles alongside Period Aircraft and more fascinating Trade Stands than you could shake a stick at!
Classic & Sportscar Magazine laid on a wonderful picnic, which really made the day that little bit more special.
About Classic Details
As a young volunteer at the East Anglia Railway Museum tasked with polishing the brightwork of steam locomotives at the age of 10, something clearly clicked and so began an ongoing passion for Vintage locomotives and motorcars which continues to this day.
Reaching adulthood I was finally able to realise this enthusiasm and in 2004 I was fortunate to be invited to help a local car club titivate their exhibits at shows and exhibitions which inevitably led to requests from members to have their cars prepared for the shows and soon I became the go-to guy for Concours preparation. Of course, word spread and before long I was receiving requests from other sources to perform my fluffing services on other people's motorcars, including one notable Royal request! My experience began to evolve with the development of additional skills and I even started working on modern cars!
By now a thriving part-time business the time came for serious decisions to be made and finally, in 2013, Classic Details came to be. Since then I have not looked back as the company goes from strength to strength, building a reputation for the sympathetic preservation of motoring icons, maximising vehicles' appearance and making each example the best it can be whilst protecting patina where required to ensure history is not lost.
Your car, be it a Vintage Racing Car or Modern Hot Hatch, deserves the very best. Even though the services I offer are tailored to each client's individual requirements you will find below a general range of services upon which our discussions can be based. These can be undertaken either in isolation or in combination to achieve the results you desire.
Exterior Valet (from £ 60)
A complete exterior cleanse of the vehicle using safe washing techniques and soft microfibre mitt and cloths. All external surfaces are washed including wheels, panel gaps and shut panels and tar spots are removed. Once clean your car is rinsed and dried before a spray sealant is applied to protect the finish for 1-3 months.
Full Valet (from £ 90)
Including an exterior valet with the addition of a full interior dust, vacuum and steamclean to cleanse, freshen and rejuvenate your carpets, upholstery and trim. Any leather receives a deep clean to moisturise the hide and ensure it remains supple and comfortable.
Enhancement Detail (from £ 300)
Following a full cleanse and decontamination to ensure a virgin surface, your car is carefully masked to protect delicate areas before a single-stage machine polish is undertaken to exfoliate the surface layer of oxidised paintwork, reviving the colour. This process will also remove the thousands of very fine micro-scratches which many years of poor washing techniques will have left behind.
Once complete, the vehicle is treated to an application of wax or sealant depending on use and preference and all trims and tyres are dressed, glass cleaned and protected and chrome polished.
Correction Detail (from £ 500)
As an extension to an Enhancement Detail, further stages of machine polishing can be added to remove deeper marks, pushing the final finish further toward a perfectly smooth surface.
Protection Detail (from £ 150)
As an addition to a valet, a more durable multi-stage sealant is applied to prolong the protection to 6-12 months depending on ongoing aftercare.
Long Life Sealant Application (from £ 250)
A further upgrade, a long-life silicate-based sealant is applied which bonds to the surface of your car at a molecular level ensuring that the protection remains in place for up to 5-years."
Engine Bay Detail (from £ 250)
This is a very in-depth process involving a lot of preparation to ensure all electrical connections and delicate surfaces are protected. Some components may need to be removed to facilitate access, and it will often take a full day or more depending on the level of finish required.
Wheel & Arch Deep Clean (from £ 60)
I would recommend that this be added to a valet to maintain a higher level of cleanliness. The wheels are removed to allow better access to the inner arches and all surfaces are cleaned and dressed and the inner and outer faces of the wheels protected before refitting and torquing to the correct setting.
Leather & Vinyl Restoration
It may surprise you quite the level of damage and wear that can be repaired without having to resort to a costly retrim. Using similar techniques to those employed by tanneries and car seat manufacturers anything from a simple deep clean to a colour change, from a worn bolster to a rip or tear can be almost invisibly repaired. Please contact me for a quotation.
Stonechip & Scratch Repair
As a Chipex Authorised Repairer I can achieve a very high standard of repair on anything from small chips to long scratches and as Chipex is such a fast-curing product I can often do this at your home or workplace.
DeLorean Bodywork, Stainless Steel & Aluminium Graining & Brushing
Having gained valuable experience honing the required skills I offer two types of finish - machine-applied akin to a factory fresh DeLorean or hand-finished to your specification as suits most aluminium-bodied sports and racing cars
Whilst some may strive for automotive perfection and the flawless finish which can be achieved from a Correction Detail, for others a car's history is more important and the preservation of a hard-won patina is more complex than making a car shiny! It is still paramount to achieve a very high standard of cleanliness however as dirt attracts damp which will lead to corrosion.
I have spent countless hours developing techniques to ensure that any desirably flawed finish can still be meticulously cleaned and then further preserved and protected so that it may last for many years to come.
Perhaps the pinnacle of automotive appearance preparation a potential concours winner is likely to require an element of restoration, be it re-chroming, refurbishment or rejuvenation. I can take the stresses and pressures from you by managing the whole process and commissioning any of my network of specialist craftsmen to undertake any service which I cannot offer myself.
If you would like to contact me for a quotation, to discuss a project or to ask advice regarding the detailing or preservation of your vehicle please call or use the contact form below.
I will endeavour to respond to all emails within 48-hours and should I be unable to take your phone call, please leave me a message with a contact number and I will respond as soon as I am able.
All of your details will be treated with the strictest confidence and won't be passed on to third parties unless you give us explicit permission to do so.
Richard March - Classic Details
Professional Valeters & Detailers Trade Association - Master Trainer