A letter to the Editor of BMW Car Magazine, printed in May 2007 issue.Sirs I have just read the James Lance letter you published re protecting his new M coupe paintwork. I have just taken delivery of my new Z4 3.0si Sport Coupe in Black Sapphire metallic paint. I also was advised by the dealer to have a paint work protection system applied, but having had SEVERE problems in the past with an application of Diamond-Brite on a brand new Aston Martin DB7 I bought in 2002 declined their offer! Last week a young man called Brad Stevens who trades under the name of Auto-Detail did the most professional and amazing polish/protection/laquer job on the car (including the Alloys) I have ever seen. Not only has he made the metallic flakes stand out in the paint giving enormous depth to the finish, but the completed application is like "glass" beading any water instantly it comes in contact with the car. I won't even attempt to describe the process but perhaps you could forward this e-mail to Mr Lance. I am sure if he wishes to contact Brad and dicuss the matter he will be given the sound advice and options that were given to me, resulting in an astonishing end result by a young man who is gaining a highly recommended reputation. Please feel free to forward my e-mail address to Mr Lance if he wants to check this is NOT a sales pitch. Regards and thank you for a very good magazine.
Mr. Peter Clarkson – Hexham, Northumberland – BMWCAR ’07
Paul Smith – Porsche GTS – Range Rover Vogue – Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Hello Bradley, a quick email to thank you for the three days of detailing work carried out on my rare Aston Martin 'Stratstone', the car now looks better than new and ready for the Aston owners club meeting next weekend, cant wait to see their faces! ,the cars got such an amazing deep shine. Regards John Biggs
John Biggs – Aston Martin DB7 Volante ‘Stratstone’ – Bicester, Oxfordshire
I am particular about my cars & always look for dedicated & passionate experts to work on them. I came across Auto-Detail after an extensive search of the Internet, my eye being caught by sheer volume of testimonials. I am now very happy to add mine to them. Brad took my car away to his detailing studio for two days & returned it in a condition I doubt even Lotus achieved when it was new. The paintwork is beautiful & the metallic flakes in the paint now really shine through. My wheels look immaculate. 4 years of driving were erased in those two days. The breadth & depth of knowledge on car detailing Brad has is impressive. He keeps records on each make & model he works on, building up a valuable database of information which he uses to get the most out of his time working on the cars. He's also a fellow petrolhead & loves to chat about cars. I will definitely be back for more.
Ray Creamer – Lotus Elise – Maidenhead, Berkshire
Dear Brad, A massive thank you to you for your professionalism, courtesy and willingness to help out let alone for the fantastic job you did on my Nissan GTR. The full paint correction was not expected yet you managed to do it in record time. The car is better than new now and after 18 months without a detail, you managed to get a great finish to the vehicle. 5 Star service and a definite regular customer, thanks!
Andrew Chandrapal – Nissan GTR – Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Bradley from Auto-Detail detailing services were recommended to me by Robin Bartholomew at AutoFarm Porsche. I must say that the end results of the winter protection detail on both cars was phenomenal, leaving the paintwork very smooth, the GT3 was covered in black rubber from track days, which I always find hard to remove and a super reflective finish on both white and silver paintwork, protected by several coats of Zaino sealant. Both interiors were also deep cleaned and treated to the same very high standard as the exterior, cleaning the rear screen on the GT3, which is behind the roll cage! The GT3's track day alloys were also cleaned and waxed ready for next year. All in all an excellent service and I hope to see Bradley in the new year after both cars will have faced the winter at home in Switzerland. Many thanks PJ.
PJ – Porsche GT3 RS – Audi RS6 Avant – Switzerland
Brad's enthusiasm for detailing is amazing and the results of his work are little short of breathtaking; my Audi A5 had suffered at the hands of the car wash, dirty country roads and bug splatter from long motorway cruising. The car that I collected after three days of indepth detailing was beyond clean, every surface was spotless; the black paintwork had depth and colour that I never seen before, especially in natural sunlight. The leather interior had been deep cleaned/treated and had returned to it's original finish as it had started to become shiney with wear. Brad had even detailed the engine bay and it was faultlessly clean (an Audi technicians dream). Having now seen the results of his detailing I have no hesitations in recommending Brad from Auto Details services. (May 2011)
Andrew Clark – Audi A5 – Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire
After years of hating the results of washing and polishing my Ferrari using the old bucket and sponge and Au****ym polish I decided that I'd better invest in a professional valeter. My internet search lead me to Auto Detail based in Maidenhead, an 80 miles round trip from my home in Oxfordshire, their portfolio of previous work including countless Ferrari's and a very informative Email from them convinced me I was dealing with a company that knew their stuff. I dropped my car off at 9am and returned back at 5.30 to find my car still being worked upon and having a final coat of sealant. I was totally amazed at the results on my Ferrari 328 GTS, was impossible to identify as the car I dropped off that morning, it looks new again even though it's 25 years old. Thank you for a great service and I hope to see again with new car for a protection detail in May.
Mr. Lang – Ferrari 328 GTS – Oxfordshire
Ferrari F40 – Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Simon Harris – ‘Surrey 911 Ltd’ – Porsche Specialist
My pride and joy is my BMW M5, I had mulled over having the car valeted for some time and looked at various valeting companies within the Surrey area, I soon realized after many hours on the internet that I required the services of a professional detailer, not a regular valeter to clean and protect my car. In my search I came across Auto Detail based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; a detailing company with an outstanding portfolio of cars. I booked a full paint correction detail to carried out at my home. Bradley from Auto Detail arrived in a very smart new fully equipped van and spend the next two days washing, polishing and waxing my M5 to perfection, I still cant believe the finished results, a silky smooth finish, I have never felt on any car before and a reflective finish that mirrors its surroundings, Brilliant! Regards Mr Mullineux Thank you.
Mr. Mullineux – Weybridge, Surrey – BMW M5
First, thank you for an amazing job, well done, the results are beyond even my high standards. My Aston Martin DB5 looks incredible, the endless hours you have spent detailing my car has totally transformed it back to concours standard. You will be please to know that the new carpets have been made and fitted, you were right with your advise, it has lifted the complete interior. Thank you once again. Regards John Parry
Mr. J Parry – Cobham, Surrey – Aston Martin DB5
My rare Ferrari 330 GT required some attention to the paintwork, as the once vibrant rosso red had faded over the years. Bradley from Auto Detail came to my offices and assessed the overall paint condition, taking various reading with his paint depth gauge; very impressive! The Ferrari required three days of skilled machine polishing and carnauba waxing; the results? Outstanding!! Bradley even removed the wire wheels so they could be safely cleaned, inside and out by hand. The Ferrari looks as if it has freshly resprayed, I'm now faced with the dilemma should I sell her? Which was the purpose of having the work carried out in the first place. Of one thing I am sure, the asking price has gone up. If you love your car and seek perfect paintwork I would definitely recommend Auto-Detail, its time and money well spent. Thank you Bradley
Mr. P Bennet – Oxshott, Surrey – Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 V12
Brad from Auto-Detail has now worked in association with my company DMC for two years. During this time he has always given a first class detailing service. His in-depth detailing knowledge and craftsmanship are second to none, the best of the best? Definitely. Cheers Duncan Moore (September 2010)
Duncan Moore – DMC – High Wycombe, Bucks
My black Range Rover looked tired, swirled and dull, "too many machine car washes", Bradley at Auto Detail informed me. I use the car for work, a mobile office and at times for ferrying around my important clients. It didn't give the right impression of my interior design company. I arranged a full Bespoke Detail and Bradley came on time and collected the car from my home, two days later the car returned, a former shadow of its old self. It was amazing, the paintwork was deep gloss black, alloys gleaming and the cream leather interior completely rejuvenated to as new appearance plus smelling clean and fresh. An incredible turnaround, I challenge anybody to find a better detailer, Thank you again
Mrs. S. Smith – Range Rover Vogue – Maidenhead, Berkshire
The skill, time and dedication you bestowed my black Aston Martin Vantage was amazing. The paintwork looks absolutely perfect, free from swirls marks and scratches and the wax finish has kept the paintwork beading water through the recent wet weather. Many Thanks Mr Nolepa
Mr. Nolepa – Aston Martin Vantage – Ascot, Berkshire
Bradley at Auto Detail has now worked in association with my company Private Collections Ltd for the past four years skillfully detailing and preparing some of the worlds finest Ferrari's and most sought after modern and historic sports cars. I am happy to recommend Bradley and the expert detailing services of his company Auto Detail. (October 2010)
Edward Sendall – Private Collections Ltd. – Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
At Slades Garage we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of customer service and frequently require the detailing skills of Bradley at Auto Detail to achieve our goal. His detailing and paint correction service are second to none and the finished presentation leaves the paintwork faultless, with a smooth mirror polished reflection. Trade or private individual you will be impressed and amazed by the final results. (July 2010)
Slades Garage Est.1922 – Penn, Buckinghamshire
The caliber of detailing and visual appearance work applied by Bradley from Auto Detail are little short of breathtaking, the depth and clarity of the finished Ferrari's paintwork are flawless, but its not only the paint that receives his utmost attention to fine detail, the engine and interior also benefit from his eye for perfection. I would recommend his exceptional detailing skills, high standard client service and professionalism without hesitation. Lee Hickles, Former Sales Manager Maranello Ferrari, Surrey and AFN Porsche, West London.
Lee Hickles – Former Sales Manager – Maranello Ferrari and AFN Porsche
Having recently purchased my first Aston Martin - a DB7 - I felt the need to have the paintwork detailed in order to protect my investment, and pride and joy! Not knowing anyone who has had their car detailed, I set about searching for someone local, and happened upon the Auto-Detail site. From the testimonials I concluded that Brad would do a good job, but was slightly concerned that I was handing my car over to a complete stranger! So it was with slight reservation that I handed the keys over, but need not have feared! Brad has done an excellent detailing job, including working on some previous "paint touch up" jobs that even I now struggle to find. Brad returned my car in time for an Aston Martin Owners Club event I was attending, and had produced a level of work that I am extremely satisfied with. I will certainly have Brad detail my DB7 again, when needed. Thanks Brad.
Jon Manley – High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – Aston Martin DB7
Hello Bradley, I felt compelled to write and tell you how pleased I've been with the work you have undertaken on mine and my wife's cars over the past few years, your fast service and attention to detail on the bodywork has kept both of them in excellent form. Thank you regards Mr Basden
Mr. Basden – Gerards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Hi Bradley, Thank you very much for the email. Great pictures...but then I reckon you've got the best subject in the world there! I am still amazed by the difference your detailing work made to the appearance of the car. I couldn't stop looking at it and feeling the smoothness of the paintwork for days afterwards. Every time I wash it, it comes up perfectly once again. For anyone who takes a pride in their car's appearance I would recommend them to book a visit from you. A day's visit will give years of pleasure! Thank you again. Regards David
David – Oxshott, Surrey – E-Type Jaguar
Thank you for the free paintwork inspection on my Porsche GT3, I never realized how in-depth detailing is; your knowledge of paintwork put my mind at ease and will be happy to book my car in at the end of this year for a full correction detail. Thanks again for your time and expert advice
Graham Milburn – Bramley, Surrey – Porsche GT3
We had a major problem with a solid black Audi A4, in the shade and away from bright light the car looked great but it was a different story in direct sunlight, swirls and holograms covered the paintwork. We tried several possible solutions but all failed, we just couldn't get rid of them, the harder we tried the worse they became. We scoured the Internet looking at various companies to hopefully solve the problem, one stood out above the rest, Auto-Detail. A company not only with a portfolio of some of the worlds most desirable cars all with perfect paint, professionally detailed, but when we spoke to Bradley he was someone who truly understood our problem and how to permanently correct it. We booked his services and he arrived a couple of days later and quickly set about restoring the cars paintwork. The final results were absolutely amazing, creating the best finished paintwork I have ever seen and completely removing the unsightly imperfections. Bradley was both punctual, respectful and very knowledgeable and we would not hesitate to recommend Auto-Detail's services.
Carl Horn – After Sales Manager – Hitchin Audi, Hertfordshire – Audi A4
Jonny Fricker – Amersham, Bucks – BMW M3 CSL
Mr. Daniel Till – Director – DMT Cars – Buckinghamshire
Mr. Wong – One Hyde Park, London – Rolls-Royce Phantom
Mr. Adam Bernholt – Hertfordshire – Ferrari 355 GTS
Mr. John Sitwell – Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire – Bentley GT
Just a quick note to thank you for the recent detailing work carried out by yourselves, Paramount prides itself on quality workmanship and we have found your work and service to be of the highest standards. Your paint correction work left both myself and our highly valued customer speechless, and his Aston Martin Vanquish's paintwork polished to an amazing mirror finish. We look forward to working with you again in the near future. Regards Martin
Martin Lane – After Sales Director, Paramount Performance – Slough, Berkshire
Filippo Cardini – Pall Mall, London – Porsche 996
Rebecca O’Donovan – London – Golf MK2 GTI 16v
Dear Brad, I am highly delighted with the detailed finish you managed to achieve on my burgundy Porsche, just wonderful, the car simply glows. I had lovingly cared for the paintwork but was never able to achieve an amazing swirl free finish which you have! Better than when the car was delivered. How embarrassing must that be for Porsche? Due to the incredible difference you made to my car it was interesting to see what you achieved with my wife's brand new Audi A5 and just the same. Wonderful, you have created the best detailed finish I have ever seen. On a personal note, you were a pleasure to have around, punctual, respectful and caring while you were working in my home. Many thanks indeed.
Philip Robinson – Beaconsfield, Bucks. – Porsche 997 Turbo & new Audi A5
Emotional to see my car back to its former glory
Edition38 Crew Member
Jamie Trueman – Windsor, Berkshire – mk5 Golf GTI
Mr. Dennis Barber – Buckinghamshire – Mercedes C-Class
I recently acquired this car in a somewhat unloved condition. The rare VW Vento VR6 had been stood for 6 months on a farm, purchased by a friend of mine for the engine and very rare interior. Had my friend seen the detailing results that Brad at Auto-Detail has achieved in just 2 days, he may not have been so quick to sell it to me. To be honest, the paintwork was so bad I thought I would need to have the whole car resprayed. The paint lacquer had faded badly on the top surfaces, and significant damage from bird droppings was evident all over the car. Moreover, there were significant swirl marks from poor washing technique and the dreaded mechanical car washes. To say Auto-Detail worked a miracle would be a massive understatement. Labouring solidly for more than 20 hours over 2 days he transformed the swirled paintwork on the car to a finish that exceeds even the best professional respray, and at a fraction of the cost. The lustre and depth to the paintwork is incredible. After correcting the paintwork we applied Zymol HD Cleanse, and Zymol Carbon wax my own preferred choice of wax protection. It is very difficult to convey the difference he has made to the car in pictures alone. All I can say is that everyone has commented on the mirror finish and how sharp the car looks. I now look forward to driving it.
David Hollis, Director of VIP Style – London – VW Vento VR6