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Offset Detailing Certifed Detailers Training Day – THE FIRST! Check out the video by editied by Ultimate Finish & Kamikaze Collection! Who’s that in the BBC Camo 😉

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By Daryl Benfield
OFFSET DETAILING & PYRAMID CAR CARE COMPETITION WINNER!

Offset Detailing and Pyramid Car Care launched a competition to win a winter detailing package. After lots of deliberation over many cool cars the winner being Rene was booked in for his 430 BHP Honda Civic Type R FK2 for a refresh.

The Type R was given a full wash down and decontamination, followed by a single stage machine polish to the paintwork to remove some minor paint defects.

After a panel wipe down, Pyramid Car Care Premium Ceramic Coating was applied to the paintwork, gloss black trim, PPF (paint protection film), black wrapped areas (centre bonnet and roof skin) and exterior trim. After a two hour curing period the paintwork, PPF, gloss black trim and wrapped areas with Pyramid and ODK Waxe’s Collaboration Ceramic Wax as a top coat.

Rene was also given a fresh pot of the Ceramic Wax to take home with him. Exterior glass was coated with Pyramid Glass Armour, exhaust tips and wheels coated with the Ceramic Wax.

Interior was cleaned and vacuumed throughout with the engine bay and carbon fibre sections dressed. Well done for winning the competition Rene, this is a truly awesome car!

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By Daryl Benfield
TITAN COATINGS ACCREDITED DETAILER!

OFFSET DETAILING ESSEX recently become one of only a handful of detailers in the United Kingdom to be accredited to use the new UK brand TItan Coatings. These are an excellent and durable variety of coatings offering true surface protection for your vehicle be it a new car, classic, daily or exotic/sports.

Here’s some information below on the different coatings.

TITAN

TITAN is our revolutionary hybrid coating containing unmatched levels of pure ingredients sourced from across the globe.

Titan contains our High Performance HyperQuartz Carbon technology which creates a flexible yet hard protective layer on the applied surface creating hypergloss with incredible depth and enhanced clarity.

TITAN was engineered for paint protection, it increases surface hardness, presents you with reoccurring Hypergloss and keeps water spots at bay rather than simply being built for hydrophobicity and beading.

It was also engineered to perform like an Elastomer on a micro-scale with a superior flexibility to hardness ratio.

TITAN has a self-levelling function activated by heat that helps keep paintwork free from swirls. It is free from solvents and VOC’s making it an eco friendly coating as well as being safe to use.

TITAN is a professional grade coating only.

Single layer application
VOC-Free
Zero Resins
Zero endocrine altering chemicals
Zero hazardous chemicals
Enhanced Chemical resistance
Non-Solvent based
Self-levelling properties can be activated with heat
Durability: Up to 60 months (50K Miles) with a single application*
Thickness layer: 1-2 microns
Water contact angle: 115 degrees
PH tolerance: 1-13
Hardness: 8H-10H Dependent on Substrate
Initial curing/stacking time: 2 Hours
Stack-able up to 5 layers
Stacking provides enhanced self levelling properties compared to a single layer
IR Curable
Full curing time: 7 days
Titan is suitable for all types of paint systems including gloss/matte/sateen, ppf (gloss/matte/sateen), all types of wraps, plastics, carbon fibre, wheels, exhaust, calipers and front/rear lights.

ZEUS

We have focused our attention on creating coatings that are flexible which ensures the protective coating can still perform under the stress of heat expansion, abrasion and extreme weathering.

Zeus can be applied on top of TITAN for extra durability, reflections and the ability to self-level.

Contrary to the belief that only harder coatings are best suited for automotive paint our lab tests have shown that harder coatings are more likely to suffer from physical damage. Our Zeus coating still performs like an elastomer which provides flexibility and hardness which allows it to provide enhanced protection, hydrophobicity and the ability to self level. Zeus was lab tested using a mitsubishi 10H pencil with zero marks visible, we believe the impact was absorbed.

Zeus creates an aesthetically pleasing candy like gloss with incredible depth and enhanced clarity as a standalone coating or on top of TITAN.

ZEUS was engineered for paint protection, it increases surface hardness, presents you with reoccurring Hypergloss and keeps water spots at bay rather than simply being built for hydrophobicity and beading.

ZEUS is a professional grade coating only.

Single Layer Application
Zeus can self level
Zeus can be applied on top of TITAN for enhanced durability, reflections and self-levelling properties
VOC-Free
Zero Resin
Zero endocrine altering chemicals
Zero hazardous chemicals
Highly hydrophobic
Non-solvent based
Durability: Up to 96 Months* dependent on care.
Water contact angle: 120 degrees
PH tolerance: 1-13
Thickness layer: 1.8-2.2 microns
Hardness: 8H-10H Dependent on Substrate
Stack-able up to a maximum of 2 layers

Zeus is suitable for all types of paint systems including gloss/matte/sateen, all types of wraps, plastics, carbon fibre, wheels, exhaust, calipers and front/rear lights.

ULTRA TOP COAT & MAINTENANCE COATING

ULTRA IS AVAILABLE TO BUY DIRECT FROM TITAN OR OURSELVES

Ultra is our highly concentrated water based hybrid top coat, it was engineered to help prevent water spotting and prolong the life of our coatings but is suitable for all types of ceramic coatings. As an eco friendly product it is safe to the environment and highly economical- only 1 spray is required per 40cm2!

Ultra is a highly advanced top coating which can be used on all types of paint systems, wraps, ppf, glass, wheels and plastic trim. It is safe to use, user friendly, provides users with #Hypergloss and is weather ready immediately after installation.

A sacrificial layer with elastic and flexible properties is created which ensures the surface becomes self cleaning and most importantly protects the ceramic coating from degradation. It was formulated to perform in all types of climates and weather systems.

Ultra adds hyper slickness, hyper glossiness and provides extra water beading admired by most. ULTRA can be used as a standalone coating to add self cleaning abilities to any surface.

Water based
Non-Solvent based
VOC-Free
Zero Resins
Zero endocrine altering chemicals
Zero hazardous chemicals
Non smearing
Does NOT contain PTFE, Wax, Fillers or Resins
Water contact angle: 125 degrees- Previous contact angle- 120 degrees
Durability: Up to 9 months
pH tolerance: 2-11
ULTRA is suitable for all types of paint systems including gloss/matte,ppf (gloss/matte), wraps, plastics, carbon fibre, wheels, front/rear lights and glass.

MULTI COAT

Our Multi coating was designed for everyone looking for a high performance all in one nano particle coating.

Multi is a highly advanced VOC free coating which is cost effective and outperforms all other coatings of similar nature.

This is due to our 1nm nano hyperquartz particle which penetrates exposed microscopic pores on a multitude of surfaces. Our original high performance glass coating has been incorporated into our multi surface coating.

Multi effectively replaces the need to purchase individual ceramic coatings for automotive surfaces such as glass, wheels and interior/exterior plastics.

It also effectively replaces ceramic coatings for- Kitchen surfaces, Bathroom surfaces (sanitary-ware, ceramics, chrome-ware, tiles) all types of metal, polished stone worktops and more

Multi promotes self-cleaning properties on its applied surface, reducing the need for cleaning and preserving the substrate from degradation.

GUARDIAN

GUARDIAN is a revolutionary coating containing incredibly pure modified elastomeric HyperQuartz with extreme chemical resistance, hydrophobic properties, gloss enhancement and self-cleaning abilities.

It is engineered to perform like an Elastomer on a microscale with superior flexibility which allows for the HyperQuartz to protect the substrate from degradation and marring. As an engineered glasscoat it bonds instantly creating zero high spots and is easily removed.

GUARDIAN is a safe to use coating containing zero solvent, zero nasties and is suitable for all surfaces.

GUARDIAN was engineered for paint protection, it increases surface hardness, presents you with reoccurring Hypergloss and keeps water spots at bay rather than simply being built for hydrophobicity and beading.

Technical Data:

  • Single layer application
  • VOC Free
  • Zero Resins
  • Zero endocrine altering chemicals
  • Non-Solvent based
  • Enhanced Chemical resistance
  • Durability: Up to 12 months with a single application
  • Thickness layer: 0.8 Micron
  • Water contact angle: 105 degrees
  • PH tolerance: 1-13
  • Hardness: Adds 3H to existing substrate.
  • Initial curing: 1 Hour

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By Daryl Benfield
Offset Detailing Voted The UK’s Favourite Detailer In Pyramid Care Care Competition

The UK’s Favourite Detailer competition ran during February and March 2018. Nominations were open to the public and Offset Detailing Essex was announced as the winner on 1 April 2018 with the majority of nominations.

The nominations received from Daryl’s customer’s speak for themselves….

“My Audi had a lot of swirl marks and paint defects when I bought the car from the dealership, full correction carried out with durable ceramic coatings which are still doing their job 2 years later. Would highly recommend.” – Claire

“Daryl uses the best products, gives the best service and all at a reasonable price. Nothing is ever a problem and his knowledge of his product is the best I have come across, in all the Detailers I have used in the past” – Martyn

“Complete 3 cars for me so far, always been friendly and approachable but most importantly great attention to detail. He clearly understands his products, knows what to recommend and how to get the best for your car and your budget too. Wont go anywhere else.” – Sami

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By Daryl Benfield
New Car Protection Detail – 67 reg VW Golf R Lapis Blue

Another new car for September, with a full new car detail package. The paintwork was machine polish to rid any minor paint defects and create a deep, glossy base for the two Kamikaze Collection ceramic coatings. The owner was originally booked for Gtechniq Crystal Serum and Exo coatings, but having seen the finish and protection of the Kamikaze Collection products he went for Miyabi as a base coating with certified detailer only ISM Pro on top. This gives an intense deep candy like gloss to the paintwork and gives superb protection against dirt, grease, road grime and rain making the weekly wash easy. The exterior glass is also coated resulting in reduced usage of the windscreen wipers – the rain drops literally bead and roll off of the glass making driving in poor conditions a breeze.

Wheel and Caliper protection package. This is a great idea for all vehicles of any year. Coating the wheels inside and out with the calipers makes cleaning them a lot easier. Less brake dust will stick and you won’t need harsh wheel cleaning products to get the job done. Coating your wheels also helps against pitting and age related issues. The Golf R’s wheels and calipers were coated with Gyeon Rim. A heat resistant coating that will repel dirt.

Also included in the Golf R’s new car detail was the leather protection package. Thoroughly recommended the factory leather can quickly lose it’s matte supple finish with day to day wear, making the leather shiny looking which is down to dirt and moisture from your skin. Carefully cleaning and coating the leather prevents dye transfer from clothing and the before mentioned day to day dirt and moisture build up. The finish is matte and keeps the natural leather smell to the interior.

You can watch the video of the Golf R’s full new car protection detail on the Youtube video below.

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By Daryl Benfield
New Car Detail – First of the 67 registration vehicles In For New Car Protection Details

The first of March and September are busy months for car dealerships across the UK as the new registration drops. September being the 67 plate. Dealerships are absolutely overloaded with new vehicles being prepped for their excited new owners – but this comes at a price. Knowing this for a fact from a Volkswagen dealership valeters are only allowed to spend up to and hour (maybe an hour and a half) applying a paint protection coating on your vehicle that costs you £400-£500+ but in reality costs as little as £20-£30, is not durable and is applied in such a way that damages your new paint finish but rushing through your car to meet the dealerships numbers.

Booking a new car protection detail and passing on dealership applied coatings is the right way of protecting your new investment, be it a daily driver, works vehicle or new weekend toy.

Vehicles booked in at Offset Detailing Essex are safely decontaminated, washed and clayed prior to being machine polished to enhance gloss and rid any minor to major defects that may have been inflicted during transportation or at the dealership. Believe me this can happen and the new car detail on this metallic black Porsche Macan S just goes to show that you should thoroughly check your car before driving it out of the showroom.

Two new car protection details in this month are the brand new shape Audi RS3 Sportback. This had a single stage machine polish and two Kamikaze Collection protective coatings for extreme gloss and durability against the elements layered on top of one another. Miyabi was used as a base coat with certified only ISM Pro on top for excellent at repelling water and dirt. The owner also opted for the wheels to be removed and coated inside and out as well as the brake calipers for easy cleaning with less road grime and brake dust sticking to the service. This helps wheels against corrosion against the elements. Exterior glass is also coated to aid the driver in wet conditions, less use of the wipers and rain water falling off of the glass is not only really cool, but is safer for the driver and occupants as we head into the winter months. Check out this new car protection detail in the video below.

The second new car detail this month was in poor condition, which the owner did not notice when at the dealership and upon leaving there, was brought straight into Offset Detailing. A large deep scratch on the rear bootlid, poor valeting techniques and preparation resulted in scratches along the doors, swirl marks on the wings and bonnet as well as holograms from poor machine polishing on the front end required a multi stage machine polish to rid the defects and bring back the finish that this brand new Macan S should have in the first place. Kamikaze Collection ISM Pro coating was used to give intense gloss and superb durability with easy maintenance. The entire process of this paint correction detail on a new car can be seen here.

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By Daryl Benfield
Dripping wet 2012 Audi TTRS Paint Correction Detail & Kamikaze Collection ISM Pro Coat!

This great looking 2012 Audi TTRS travelled all the way down from Warwickshire to Essex for it’s paint correction detail and paint protection package. The result an extremely glossy finish and superb durability from the certified detailer only ISM Pro by Kamikaze Collection Japan. Not just new car details, but all years catered for! Check the video below and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!

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By Daryl Benfield
New Car Protection Detail – Why have your new vehicle detailed? Why Choose a Ceramic Coating?

A new car protection detail was recently carried out on this really cool looking Peugeot 208 GTI Prestige in the video below. But why opt for a new car detail or new car protection? New cars don’t come with any protection from the factory and dealership applied coatings left a lot to be desired as the vehicle ends up with swirl marks and scratches from poor valeting techniques and a rush turn around to get your new car detail out the door. A recent talk with a local Volkswagen dealership admitted the coatings they use in house cost only £22 a unit and the valeter will spend no more than an hour and a half preparing your vehicle. Not quite what you want to hear when investing a large amount of your money in a brand new vehicle. And that’s coming from the sales manager himself!

Offset Detailing Essex specialise in new car details from exotica through to hot hatches, presitge, daily driven vehicles and just about everything in between. New car protection details consist of a full wash and decontamination to rid dirt and bonded contaminants that are picked up when they leave the factory and transported over to the dealers. The vehicle is then clay barred for a smooth surface. Note this is always the case on any detail. Machine polishing the paintwork to ensure a deep glossy finish for the coating to sit on ridding the surface of swirl marks, wash marring and scratches is also highly recommended instead of just a protective coating being applied straight to the surface as the paint post polishing is the best it can possibly look before a ceramic coating is applied.

New car protection details with decent coatings make car care maintenance easy as less dirt sticks to the vehicle and the hydrophobic properties making the weekly wash a breeze. The hard durable coatings also help against inflicting swirl marks and defects into the paintwork as the coating itself takes the abuse and not the paintwork itself. Exterior glass is also coated giving the driver superior vision as rain droplets roll off of the windscreen and less wiper motion needed ensures safer driving in poor road conditions.

What Coating Is Best?

There are many brands of coatings on the market today, which can be confusing and also disappointing as some work better than others. My personal favourite brand is handmade in Japan by Kamikaze Collection. The majority of Kamikaze Collection coatings are certified only and I have been trained personally by CEO Kai Morita himself in proper application and technique. They offer exceptional gloss, incredible durability and unlike the other major brands on the market do not water spot, which is vital when your coating is in the early stages of it’s lifespan after application. Brands used daily at Offset Detailing as well as Kamikaze Collection International are Gyeon, Carpro, Gtechniq to ensure your investment stays looking just detailed not for months, but for years to come.

Alloy Wheel Protection

This is also worth considering. Wheels alone collect the majority of dirt while you are driving. Removing the wheels and coating them inside and out as well as the brake calipers with a high temprature resistant coating makes the weekly wash far easier as less dirt, brake dust and oils adhere to the surface and helps fight against corrosion without the need for strong wheel cleaners that can dull and damage your wheels finish.

Vehicle Interior Leather & Fabric Protection

Another worthwhile option to add to your new car detail. With a non greasy, natural matt finish and leather fragrance that helps against dye transfer from clothing, spillages, dirt and sweat from everyday use this is a very important part of your detail not to be overlooked. Your interior will stay fresher and keep it looking it’s best as apposed to an untreated car interior

Check out this new Peugeot 208 GTI Prestige new car detail that was recently completed.

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By Daryl Benfield
2008 Porsche 997 Carrera S Paint Correction Detail

This 2008 Porsche 911 997 Generation 2 3.8 Carrera S was in desperate need of a paint correction detail and protective coatings to protect the guards red paintwork. A two stage machine polishing process was carried out to rid as many defects as possible, there were some odd paint blistering on the rear bumper and a few sketchy areas also so this was treated with extreme caution or left alone if unworkable. Some of the worst marring I’ve ever seen down the sides of the Porsche and deep swirl marks taken care of.

After the polishing, it was time for two awesome Kamikaze Collection coatings. Doubling them up creates ridiculous gloss and superb durability against the elements. Miyabi was laid down first, with ISM Pro over the top after a curing period. Interior needed a good clean and vacuum with floor mats wet vacced. Exterior glass was coated with Kamikaze Collection Instenso with the wheel faces treated with Finishkare Hi Temp wax. Engine bay dressed with Aerospace 303.

The result, nearly ten years of ageing taken away from the appearance looking extremely glossy VERY bright and extremely well protected.

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By Daryl Benfield
Brand New Panamera New Car Detail

A phenomenal brand new Porsche Panamera 4S with special order GT Spirit silver metallic paintwork (a high cost optional extra) was in for a full Kamikaze Collection exterior protection detail with included wheel, caliper and leather protection packages included.

Single stage machine polish was carried out to enhance gloss and depth of the awesome GT Spirit silver metallic paintwork with certified detailer only Kamikaze Collection ISM Pro hydrocarbon coating applied to the paintwork and exterior trim giving a superb candy gloss finish and incredible durability.

Exterior glass was coated with Kamikaze Collection Intenso.

The wheels were removed and coated inside and out with Kamikaze Collection Stance rim coating as well as the monster calipers front and back, helping to resist brake dust and road grime making cleaning easier.

Inside, the incredible luxury interior leather was cleaned and coated with multiple coats of Dr Leather Dye Block helping against dye transfer from clothing and the usual dirt, grime. The interior is an extremely luxurious and comfortable place to be boasting four screens which act just like I-pads and very user friendly.

Top of the range bespoke protective coatings for a top of the range Porsche Panamera 4S!

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By Daryl Benfield