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Suffolk Valeting For People Who Are Truly Passionate About Cars

Colin has recently been featured in an article for the Ipswich24 March 2019 edition, and he used the opportunity to share how passionate he is about detailing meticulously with the right products for the job.

Here's a snapshot of the Ipswich24 article:

Suffolk's fine car enthusiasts have been thrilled to meet Colin Brown, Viper Auto Valet's highly skilled and meticulous valeting practitioner.
There are many local Suffolk clubs and events that cater to the needs of the most dedicated of fine car owners. One thing they all have in common is a desire for the very best service for their cars, administered by people who not only care deeply about the vehicles they work on, but are also knowledgeable and exacting in their craft.
Local Ipswich businessman Colin Brown is capturing the hearts of many fine vehicle connoisseurs due to his extremely detailed valeting work and careful choice of products used in the process. His business, Viper Auto Valet, has made appearances at many recent classic car events, and Colin himself has been booked to speak with local businesses and car enthusiast clubs about his passion for vehicle detailing.
For Colin, the first step in car detailing is in understanding all of the extremely different products on the market, and why certain quality products will yield vastly more effective results than others. Then it really comes down to employing people who care about the finer points of vehicle detailing.
Colin says, "It's frustrating to see that some car detailers won't even bother to wind down a window to clean the very top. To me, perfectionism is the whole point of the job. I certainly wouldn't employ someone who thought it was okay to ignore these steps."

To coincide with the Ipswich24 article release, we've decided to add a product recommendations section to the website. This way you can take a good look at the types of products Colin swears by and will use for his own detailing service. Most importantly, you can find out why he uses these products over the alternatives.

Here are some of the first products we've added to the recommendations section.

Malco Red Thunder
An All Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.   Mixed at differing ratios for engines bays, tyres, doors shuts, panel gaps,window trims and interiors including cloths, vinyls and hard plastics.  This is my most used product due to its versatility when combined with various brushes and microfibres, dependent on what is needed to be decontaminated.  On dashboards and interior trims it leaves a natural finish rather than an overly shiny slick shine.

MALCO Brake Off
Discovered this wheel cleaner only recently. I use this for wheels which are heavily soiled with baked on brake dust. It is a “gloopy“ product so it dwells on affected areas. No more than three minutes is recommended as it is a strong Non-Acid product. For real heavy soiling I will use a specialised brush to agitate product. It is then ringed using pressure washer leaving a very clean wheel.

VALET PRO Bilberry
The first wheel cleaner I purchased when setting my up my business and still using it. You dilute it depending on the strength needed. It is best used on wheels which are not too contaminated with brake dust. Although it will remove medium brake dust contamination when using a specific type of wheel brush. It is at its best when used on wheels which are very intricate as you can leave it on the wheel while you work the product in. It is also good for in the wheel barrels and callipers. Always use a large variety of dedicated wheel brushes to get the best out of product.

Been using this snow foam from day one. It does not give a “meringue” type foam which seems to be the trend and what looks good on YouTube. What it gives is a good prewash foam with a safe dwell time of over five minutes to really encourage the dirt to run off with the snow foam. The five minutes allows time to use a soft bristled brush to work snow foam into panel gaps,around window surrounds, badges,grills and other difficult to reach areas. Product is then rinsed off ready for contact wash.

Tried a number of car shampoo products and this is my preferred at the moment. This is a wax free product to be used on vehicles to have paint correction or a coating of polish or wax. This product foams up well giving thick suds offering good lubrication to help prevent swirl marks and scratching. It has enough cleaning agents to remove contamination from paint work during the contact wash.

MALCO Ultra-Violet
Used for a few wash n waxes and this seems as good as any I have used. Purchased this brand a few times now. It gives a good thick foam offering plenty of lubrication to the paint work. Lubrication in a wash product helps reduce risk of swirl marks and scratches when carrying out a contact wash. It also gives a fair amount of shine and beading for a Wash n Wax product.

Have used this product from the beginning. It is applied via a spray bottle. It needs to be applied with caution two to three panels at a time. Can be applied to paintwork, wheels, glass, plastics and even callipers. This is a wipeless silica sealant which has hydrophobic properties as well as enhancing depth of shine. A single treatment last around three months.

I apply this product via a spray dispenser to door mirrors, bonnet front edges and grill areas. Give it five minutes or more to dwell. Often apply a covering of Snow Foam over this product to give more dwell time. This reduces the amount of contact washing that maybe needed reducing risk of scratches. It also works well as a prewash if required on heavily soiled lower parts of bodywork.

Take a look at the full gallery portfolio for more images of Colin's work. The gallery shows much more detail, including the before/after pics.

Please get in touch on 07554 361 397 if we can help you with your next car valet service -- available in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk.


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