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Custom 2017 Porsche Macan Looking Better Than New

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When you get a brand new 2017 Porsche Macan Turbo, and it still isn’t good enough, you obviously add an insane Hamann Motorsports Widebody Kit. Still not good enough? Why not add a set of rims so custom that the only next step would be to hand forge them yourself! Once all that is done, you have to make sure it’s all protected properly, so Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio was called in to do the final car detailing and paint correction work, install xPel Paint Protection Film, and dip the whole car in GTechniq Crystal Serum Black for guaranteed ease of care and maintenance for years to come. 

How far did we go with this install? There is a TINY gap in the rims where the spokes meet the red barrel. This is a spot where dirt and brake dust could easily get stuck and start to deteriorate the appearance of the rims very quickly. We went in and individually installed GTechniq C5 Wheel Armor in the end of the spoke AND the drum so water will make anything trying to hide in the gap flow right out. 

Is your new car looking like it’s new? It can look better.
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Arkham Shine and GTechniq invade Gotham, CT for Batfest!

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Well, it’s pretty obvious that this car show was right up our alley. On September 17th, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio as well as reps from the Connecticut GTechniq Team turned Ocean Beach Park in New London into our own Private Gotham City Car Show. While the main attraction was obviously the Batmobiles, we had help from The Joker who donated his Ford Crown Vic, help from our dear client who showed up with her Dark Knight inspired Subaru Legacy and we even got a call from Knight Industries who showed up with none other than K.I.T.T. himself! (David Hasslehoff not included) 

If you look through the images below, you will also see “The General Lee” from “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and the Grand Turrino’s from Starsky and Hutch. 

This was an obvious blast for Kevin and his crew and we thank the people at Radio104 WMRQ for putting together such a great show. 

Arkham Shine joins CT’s GTechniq Team for Connecticut Dream Ride

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On August 26th and 27th, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio joined some of the best car detailers in Connecticut at the Connecticut Dream Ride. The event was a two day celebration and helped to raise money for the Connecticut Special Olympics. The event itself took place at the  Polo Grounds in Farmington, CT.   By the end of the day on Sunday, over one million dollars had been raised in total. It is always an honor to support other detailers and represent GTechniq, but it’s even more important to be a part of such an event with a bigger purpose such as this. 

GTechniq sets up shop for GridLife at Road Atlanta in Georgia

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Recently, Kevin traveled with GTechniq North America down to Georgia for the annual festival of speed and music, GridLife 2017 . 

Car Detailing Training

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Is your detailer not only ranked as one of the best in the country, but recognized as a professional trainer?

Check out this video below with the highlights of the two day course Kevin Awalt helped teach with Rupes, GTechniq and www.DetailLink.com.

Toward the end, you can see Kevin hanging on for dear life as Todd Helme whips a Polaris RZR around the Skid Pad. Enjoy!

If you are interested in GTechniq and would like more information on becoming a certified installer, please visit:

GTechniq Direct Training and Merchandise. 

GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE

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GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE!
Stock up on gift certificates for the Spring/Summer!
We have 40 $200 gift certificates available that we will be selling for ONLY $100. This is the perfect time to stock up on Car Detailing and Window Tinting Gift Certificates for your family and friends for:
Easter Gifts
Mother’s Day 
Father’s Day
Graduations Gifts
Summer Birthdays
Getting you car “Show Ready”
Getting your new car properly prepped and protected
even Arbor Day! 
Call: (860) 799-5403 
Purchase through PAYPAL by sending $100 plus $5 handling to KevinAwalt@ArkhamShine.com 

The Cheeseburger Theory: You Get What You Pay For.

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This is a written version of The Cheeseburger Theory podcast I did with Jimbo Balaam. To listen, please check below. 

THE PROFESSIONAL  AUTO DETAILING PODCAST w/ JIMBO BALAAM Episode Number 273. Recorded February 27th, 2017

      I know what a lot of you are thinking, what do cheese-burgers have to do with Auto Detailing. Well, for one thing, I love a good cheeseburger.  In fact, if I had to choose between a steak cooked by the top chef in the country versus a bacon cheeseburger cooked by the top chef in the country, I would probably choose the cheeseburger. Nothing makes me feel happier than a well prepared, loaded with onions, bacon, tomatoes, and horseradish mustard burger on a fresh baked bun that is partially soaked. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Throw in a nice dark lager to wash it down with, and I am in food coma heaven.

     The other thing, is what I like to refer to as “The Cheeseburger Theory”. The theory goes like this: I can walk into a local Burger King or McDonalds and say “I would like the cheeseburger. It will probably cost around a dollar, give or take, and it will be ready within a few minute. On the other hand, I could walk into the top steakhouse in New York City, and order a Cheese Burger, and it will probably cost anywhere from $40 to upwards of $100 . I have done my research, and there is even a restaurant in London that sells a Cheeseburger for $1768.  (Don’t believe me? Check out THIS ARTICLE.) The point is, at either place, I am basically saying the same thing, “I would like a cheeseburger”.

       From here, there are some obvious differences in the final product that I receive. Let’s talk about the fast food burger first. I have to walk in, or go through a drive through.  The person taking my order usually looks “half asleep” to say the least. I get it served to me on a plastic tray, wrapped in wax paper and I am CERTAINLY not getting my dark lager to wash my meal down with. I go sit down at a linoleum table on a plastic bench that are both usually bolted down to the ground. No one asks me about how my meal is, if I want my drink refilled, and there is certainly nothing relaxing about the environment.  This is about the atmosphere that my meal is served to me.

     Now, onto the actual cheeseburger itself. It’s prepared in a microwave with no skill involved. They are certainly not asking me how I want my burger cooked. If you start really doing your homework, you will certainly question if you are getting real meat, cheese, bacon, and other “food”. As a long time detailer, I have pulled out these “pieces of cheese, meat patty, and bacon strip” that certainly should have started to decay, but instead look like they belong in my daughter’s play food kitchen because they look the exact same way they did the day they were purchased.

     Overall, it’s a quick service, provided by people with little to no skill, a questionable end result that may temporarily make you feel good, but long term, you feel like crap. However, keep in mind, you still said; “I would like a cheeseburger”

     Now, let’s talk about the burger that costs $40-$75 range. First off, we’ll talk about the environment. You are probably lead to your (comfortable) seat and told that there is a delicious “cheeseburger” special today. There is real, metal silverware on the table, cloth napkins, and probably music playing in the background. Overall, if they are going to pull off an offering for a $75 cheeseburger, they had better make it a true experience for me. I am asked how I would like my cheeseburger cooked, what freshly prepared side I would like, and most importantly, what fresh, on tap, dark lager I would like to start my meal with.

     On top of the environment I am being served in, who is preparing me this magnificent burger? Probably someone who has had extensive culinary training or at least the preparation is being overseen by someone like this. The ground beef is top of the line kobe beef, I usually have my choice of cheese (Swiss cheese or Monterey Jack are my personal favorites), and it’s perfectly melted. The onions are sautéed before being put on, the bacon is cooked to crispy perfection. All of this is being done with top of the line restaurant equipment that is kept clean and in top working order so that meal after meal, the chef and his team can deliver the best results to any and all customers who come through their door.

     So, what does this have to do with auto detailing? I am glad you asked. Just like no one is out there saying EXACTLY what a cheeseburger has to be, even though there should be, no one is out there saying what EXACTLY your customers mean when they say “I want my car detailed”. On any given day, it can mean a run though a car wash and a coat of wax all the way up to a full 50 hour or more paint correction and coating.  To the professionals, we know what it means, but I am asking you to look through your client’s eyes. How can you explain to someone what the difference is between YOUR detailing service and the guy down the road to the general population that is still confused as to what exactly happens when you clay their car.

     Well, a good start would be to take a look at the environment your clients immediately walk into? Does it scream “Unprofessional, untrained, over processed service”, or does it give your potential client a feeling of exclusivity. Are you wax paper and linoleum chairs or are you dedicated servers and real silverware. Are you trained in what you are doing, can you prove it? Do you use the best equipment and products and keep them clean and well kept, or are you using whatever was the cheapest when you walked into Walmart? Are you showing your customer from the get go that you are the $75 dollar cheeseburger or are you showing them you are the $1 cheeseburger TRYING to be the $75.

      Another part of my cheeseburger theory should also mentally work in your favor. If a potential client walked into the New York Steakhouse and demanded they cook him the $75 burger for only $1 because “McDonald’s down the road serves it for a dollar” they would probably laugh at them and ask them to leave. I am not encouraging you to laugh at your clients, but you need to show them why it’s impossible for you to do the same work down the road because it’s not the work you do, plain and simple.

    Now, if you will excuse me, I am starving. I think I’ll go have a cheeseburger.

Connecticut Detailer named 2017 Detailer of the Year

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We have great news! Kevin Awalt, the owner and head detailer at Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio was named the International Detailing Association’s “Detailer of the Year” at the annual Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando, Fl.

The award is given “in recognition of the contribution to the detailing profession through demonstration of superior knowledge, technical skills and professionalism in 2016″

Kevin was one of only three detailers nominated, and we could not be more happy, proud and humbled to be honored with such an award.

For more information about the International Detailing Association, please visit the website HERE.

Winter Car Care in Ct

The importance of Car Detailing during the winter, especially in Connecticut

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It’s that time of year again here in Connecticut. The snow is on the ground, and that means the salt, ice melting brine and all sorts of other mean and nasty things are on the roads ready to wreck havoc on your cars, trucks and SUV’s. The car gurus at Road and Track magazine share their thoughts not only on the value of having your car professionally detailed, but talk about having a Ceramic Coating installed as well for some REAL protections from the Connecticut D.O.T. 

HOW TO TOTALLY PROTECT YOUR CAR FROM RUSTING OVER THE WINTER: Road and Track Magazine December 15th, 2015