C. Charles Hahn > Why Detail? > Restoration


In the automotive realm, the word “Restoration” evokes images of cars stripped to the skeleton, not a bolt left unturned. While this is certainly one meaning, restoration does not have to apply only to prized classics and antiques. Even your late model daily driver can be a candidate to be restored.

On the interior, vehicles accumulate dust and dirt, liquid spills and stains, road salt deposits, and general debris. Through restorative detailing, nearly all of these concerns can be addressed and corrected, returning your interior to like new condition.

This driver’s seat from a BMW M3 had substantial amounts of dirt ground into the leather. Gentle and effective cleaning techniques returned the material to pristine, like-new appearance:


A coffee spill between the center console and passenger seat of this Porsche 911 was left to set into the carpet. Following an attempt to shampoo and steam clean the material, it was determined that re-dying the material was necessary to completely repair the discoloration. The result was factory-fresh carpet with no sign of the prior damage:


Due to environmental exposure, your vehicle’s exterior can deteriorate in a number of ways. Paintwork is plagued by swirls, scratches, and etching from bugs, bird droppings, and industrial fallout. Plastic and metal components can haze and fall victim to discoloration, and rubber trim and tires fade to a dull and lifeless appearance. Depending on the severity of these defects, it is often possible to restore these to like-new appearance as well.

Paintwork Swirl Removal on an Acura RSX:


Restoring luster to Stainless Steel wheel covers on a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette:


Minor mishaps occur all the time. Sometimes those mishaps require replacement of parts and refinishing by a qualified body shop, although often the damage can be satisfactorily repaired by a paint correction specialist such as myself instead. Take this Pontiac Bonneville for example:


Following an incident in a parking lot, the polycarbonate plastic headlight lens had several deep gouges into it, and there was a large amount of paint transfer on the bumper along with two spots where the paint was gone, with the bare plastic bumper cover exposed. The gouges and transfer were carefully removed, and the missing paint was touched up to provide a nearly indetectible repair, saving the customer hundreds of dollars over replacing and refinishing the affected parts.

Contact me today for a FREE consultation to discuss your vehicle’s restorative needs!