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Recommendations for Detailing Shops in the Greater Boston Area

Discussion in 'New England' started by PapaSlabes, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. PapaSlabes

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    I was washing my current, aging car yesterday and noticed the many small bits of black all over the front that don't want to come off even with a concerted effort, and it made me think I should be more seriously considering some sort of protective wrap or sealant for my Model 3. Seems like it's one of those things that, if you are going to do it, you should do it when the car is brand new. Does anyone know of (or even better, have experience with) a place in the Greater Boston area that they would recommend?
     
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    I had xpel put on my 2015 Model S at Unique Car Care. They were in Stoneham, but a search today shows them in Andover. They did a great detailing job before putting the film on. I was very happy with their work.
     
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    Thanks. That's a bit far for me, but I'll check them out in any case to have a point of comparison.
     
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    Unique Car Care in Andover, MA

    Website: www.uccboston.com

    They just posted up a short video of a Tesla Model 3 detail, ceramic coating and Xpel clear bra installation on their Facebook page last week.
     
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    Thanks, I'll check them out.
     
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    www.craftdetailing.com Their head detailer Lia was Tesla Watertowns Detailer for several years. They're located down the street from the Dedham service center.
     
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    Deluxe Auto detailing in Newton. The guy Roger ROCKS
     
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    I went with Automotive Elegance in Andover. They did a fantastic job and were very helpful in explaining everything (as this is the first time I have done this sort of thing). I ended up getting a full front expel wrap with a ceramic pro finish on the entire car. Car looks great and the finish showed its abilities today with the steady rain beading up and rolling off the car.
     
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    I'm about to get a model S, thinking about paint protection. What prices did you get from these installers?
     
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    Depends on the wrap and now much of the car you do.
    The range is roughly $1k-$3k.
     
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    One nuisance I had with PPF + Ceramic Coating is that I could no longer machines wash the car (touchless wash). Making an appointment for a hand wash is a bit, for the lack of a better word, annoying. and you have to wash your car in the winter especially after every snow.

    The car looks sexy all the way all year long. :):)
     
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    Check out www.craftdetailing.com in Dedham. Ask for Lia and tell her Chris salvo sent you. (I don’t get a referral) she was Tesla’s detailed in watertown for several years. They won’t be the cheapest but their quality is second to none and they’re very flexible with drop off and pickup times. Pricing can have many variables such as area covered and product used. Best bet is to get educated on what you want and shop around.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
    Apart from the front, I'd like to protect the door edges as I expect my kids will end up slamming them into our second car in the garage. Is there such a thing as a localized protection for that area?
    Also, @yousexy mentioned that one can't use automatic wash, even touchless, after PPF. Is that really so?
     
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    PPF, you can go through the touchless wash, but if you have the ceramic coating, you must hand wash. My detailer told me that it is always best to hand wash your car and better yet, bring it to him every 2 weeks or once a month. in the winter time, he recommends I bring the car in for a hand wash 3 days after every snow. lol

    Despite the "sales" pitch, I think there are many degrees of truth to his statement. The ceramic coating will be destroyed when high-pressure water is applied or the paint surface has been scrapped by/brushed over in automatic car wash over the time. and it can wear out after a few washes.
     
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    @EdA Thanks for the link. Did you try it, and if so how does it fair?

    @yousexy Would you say it's more convenient not to have the ceramic coating and go with touchless washes?
     
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    The answer really depends on your own preference, what is more important to you and how accessible to a hand wash or touchless wash in winter.

    Also, factor in the cost of PPF and/or ceramic coating.

    Talk to an auto detailer is also a good option. Then with information gathered online, you will make a sound decision for yourself.

    I'm very annoyed about making a hand wash appointment ($40 per wash) in the winter after every snow. I kinda regret getting the ceramic coating on top of PPF.

    We are getting a Model X this December to replace wife's MB. My heart is saying do nothing this time, drive it as is. My mind is like maybe just minimum frontal PPF this time.
     
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