Tesla Model 3 Detailed and Coated with GTechniq Ceramic Coating

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Brand new Tesla Motors Model 3 in for our new car prep and coated with Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra Black Ceramic Coating Package. Call: (860) 799-5403

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PROFESSIONAL AUTO DETAILING & Gtechniq CERAMIC COATINGS
🌟 33 Five Star Reviews on Google 
🌟 56 Five Star Reviews on Facebook.  
Certified Detailer, Skills Validated and Recognized Trainer with The International Detailing Association
From your daily drivers to the most exotic vehicles, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio provides all our clients with the highest level of car detailing, paint correction and ceramic coatings possible.
Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.
📞 Call:(860) 799-5403
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Web: www.ArkhamShine.com
Located at: 90 Danbury Road New Milford, Connecticut 🇺🇸🇺🇸
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Professional Auto Detailing and GTechniq Ceramic Coatings

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🌟 33 Five Star Reviews on Google 
🌟 56 Five Star Reviews on Facebook
Certified Detailer, Skills Validated and Recognized Trainer with The International Detailing Association
From your daily drivers to the most exotic vehicles, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio provides all our clients with the highest level of car detailing, paint correction and GTechniq ceramic coatings possible.
Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.
📞 Call:(860) 799-5403
📧 email: Info@ArkhamShine.com
Located at: 90 Danbury Road New Milford, Connecticut 
Follow Us On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arkhamshine_gtechniq/

Two New Videos. Stunning Blue 2018 Jeep Wrangler and Honda Civic

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PROFESSIONAL AUTO DETAILING & Gtechniq CERAMIC COATINGS
🌟 33 Five Star Reviews on Google ✔
🌟 56 Five Star Reviews on Facebook. ✔
Certified Detailer, Skills Validated and Recognized Trainer with The International Detailing Association
From your daily drivers to the most exotic vehicles, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio provides all our clients with the highest level of car detailing, paint correction and ceramic coatings possible.
Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.
📞 Call:(860) 799-5403
📧 email: Info@ArkhamShine.com
Web: www.ArkhamShine.com
Located at: 90 Danbury Road New Milford, Connecticut 🇺🇸🇺🇸
Follow Us On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arkhamshine_gtechniq/

1991 Acura NSX restored better than new. New Milford, CT

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Nothing like the classics. The owner brought us this 1991 Acura NSX that he had owned (and washed) since day one. 27 years of swirl marks, RIDs and contamination were no match for the team here at Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio.
Now, this car is ready to park right next to her modern brethren and steal the show.
Call today for information on our Auto Detailing and Paint Correction Services.
(860) 799-5403

Tesla Model S Tesla Model X Tesla Model 3 Detailing and Ceramic Coating in CT

Listen to Kevin Awalt on “My Tesla Podcast”

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Recently, owner Kevin Awalt was interviewed by Paul Dell for “My Tesla Podcast”. We discussed auto detailing, of course, why Tesla owners are my favorite customers, and discussed GTechniq Ceramic Coatings.

Follow THIS LINK to listen.

Keep the interior of your car clean and flu virus free with these simple tips.

Tips to keep the interior of your car healthy this winter

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Well, here we are in the middle of yet another New England winter. Days are short, our children are inside for a majority of the time due to vacations and snow days, and worst of all, the flu is running rampant across New York and Connecticut. 

     While most people are aware of how to keep their homes as clean and sanitary as possible, we tend to forget how much time we spend in our cars. The vehicles we drive daily are even more confined and sometimes can breed viruses, germs, mold and mildew very quickly compared to the wide open spaces of our homes. Plus, you pick your children up from school, and they sit within one foot of each other, breathing, coughing, slapping, poking, and throwing Goldfish and Cheerios all over the place. Can you tell that I have two daughters? I know know what you all are going through. 

     While we continuously stress the importance of keeping the exterior of your vehicles clean during the winter, keeping the interior clean can sometimes be even more important. We like our clients and their families healthy. Besides, your children probably go to school or participate in after school activities WITH our children, so the more we can control cold and flu germs, the better.

Don’t take our word for it. READ MORE HERE

Please enjoy the list of ways you can help maintain a clean, sanitary, and most important, SAFE car interior. Of course, should you have an issue that is bigger than you can handle, give us a call. 

1). GET FOOD AND LIQUIDS OUT OF THE CAR IMMEDIATELY. This one should be pretty obvious. If you wouldn’t leave a small pile of food laying around inside your house, don’t leave it laying around inside your car. Don’t give mold and mildew a food source. For spills, do your best to get them dried up as quickly as possible. This also will help you keep mice and rats out of your car. Animals that are outside would love nothing more than a warm car interior and some Goldfish crumbs to tide them over until the morning.   To help with this, a lot of car washes do offer free vacuums if you don’t have access to a wet/dry vac at your house. You know what? State you read this article and we’ll let you use our vacuums for free here, inside, where it’s warm. Just let us know you are coming. 

2). PARKED INSIDE OVER NIGHT? CRACK THE WINDOWS. If you have a garage where you can park your car inside overnight or if you are going to be home for a long period of time, crack the windows a bit. This will help any evaporating moisture escape the inside of your car and not stick around to feed all sorts of grossness. If you have a small fan or even a floor fan, you can help the air circulate by putting it in your car or outside the window to help water evaporate. 

3). PARKED IN THE SUN? CRACK THE WINDOWS. We do OCCASIONALLY have some sunny days, so let’s take advantage of them. If you are going to be parked outside for a while, and the sun will be out, follow the advice above and let the sun help dry the interior of your car out. Just keep an eye on the weather. We wouldn’t want you to end up with 6 inches of snow INSIDE your car. 

4). PULL OUT AND HANG UP THE FLOOR MATS FREQUENTLY. If you have rubber or Weathertech mats, pull them out, dump them and clean them with some disinfecting cleaner.  If you have cloth mats, let them dry out and then spray them with some disinfecting spray. You walk through the snow, slush and rain almost every day, and your floor mats take the brunt of this liquid and just hold onto it. 

5). USE THE SAME DISINFECTING METHODS FROM YOUR HOUSE INSIDE YOUR CAR. Keep a bottle of Lysol in your garage that you can just spray inside your car when you come home from time to time and let it do it’s job over night. 

6). GET MOISTURE ABSORBING PACKETS. Most of these can be found in hardware stores or places like Walmart or Target. While they say to use inside closets and small basements, they work very well inside cars are well. Go this route over just getting something that will mask the smell of growing mold and mildew. 

We use and recommend Damp Rid Hanging Packets. Get Yours By Clicking Here. 

7). IF THERE IS A BIG SPILL, GET IT PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED UP IMMEDIATELY. We hear it at least once ever Spring. Someone spilled a milkshake, gallon of milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, soup or gravy over the winter and since it was cold out, they cleaned it up a little and didn’t think much of it. Once winter ended and the days started to be warmer and warmer, they got a quick reminder that the liquid was spilled. However, it has now had a chance to work it’s way deeper into the carpet and seats, it’s had more time to feed mold and mildew spores and will take even more effort to remove completely. Don’t wait until it’s a bigger problem, just get it done ASAP. 

8). START WITH A CLEAN SLATE.  If you want to start off with a clean, germ free and healthy interior car, allow Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio to perform our complete Interior Detail on your vehicle, and make all the steps listed above nothing more than routine maintenance rather than an effort to minimize the damage. We will perform a deep clean of your entire interior and go back over it with steam to ensure that all bacteria, viruses, germs, mold and mildew are completely gone. From there, we can ever install or perform certain processes that are designed to keep the interior of your car clean and germ free for month to come. 

For help with this advice or any other questions, please call us at (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio located at:

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT 

Keep the interior of your car clean and flu virus free with these simple tips.

Car Wash and Maintenance Detailing Services CT

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Well, the holidays are over, and now we just have to deal with another New England winter, and apparently, Bomb Cyclones (wtf)?!?!.  If you are like me, you are already pretty much done with winter. However, the fact remains that it’s here for at least 2 more months if not longer.

Take a look outside at your cars, then take a look at the main picture for this blog post. Do they look similar? If you have been out on the roads in the past few days, the answer is probably “YES”. Cleaning and maintaining the appearance of your cars is just as, if not more-so important during the winter here in New England. Don’t take our word for it though, check out what other experts have to say:

Hidden hazards of road salt: Car corrosion can take a toll.  Accuweather.com

Keeping your car clean in winter months. Road and Travel Magazine

Don’t worry, Kevin and his team of auto detailing experts at Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio are here to help. Allow us to make sure your cars continue to look their best all winter long and don’t end up suffering any long term damage from all the great road salt, sand, ice, snow and general nastiness that is all over the roads right now with these great winter maintenance services. Call (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio located at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut to ensure your cars stay clean and protected all winter long. 

 

BASIC HAND CAR WASH

$40-$50 (depending on size of vehicle)

Designed to just get all the winter road nastiness off your car in a safe and effective manor, our Basic Hand Car Wash will make sure that nothing is left behind when you leave.

Our Basic Hand Car Wash includes:

  • Hand Wash and Decontamination of all exterior surfaces.
  • Intense Pressure wash and cleaning of rims, tires and wheel wells
  • Air and Hand Dried
  • Exterior Windows cleaned to a streak free shine
  • Door jams cleaned and wiped down
  • Add Intense decontamination and Pressure wash of your car’s undercarriage for only $20. (save $10)
  • Upgrade your level of protection to GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for only $49

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE

DELUXE HAND CAR WASH:

$75-$100 (depending on the size of your vehicle)

Our Deluxe Hand Car Wash includes everything from our Basic Hand Car Wash, but is designed to put a real level of protection on your car’s paint as well.

Our Deluxe Hand Car Wash Includes:

  • Everything from our Basic Hand Car Wash
  • Thorough blow out and vacuum of your interior
  • Interior AND exterior windows cleaned to a streak-free shine
  • Tires dressed
  • High quality spray sealant applied to all exterior surfaces.
  • Add intense decontamination of your car’s undercarriage for only $15 (save $15)
  • Upgrade your level of protection to GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for only $39. (save $10)

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE

MAINTENANCE AUTO DETAILING

$200-$250 (depending on the size of your vehicle)

Our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service is a fantastic service to have done at least once a month if you drive your cars every day. Designed to make your car look like it was just “Completely Detailed” by some of the other guys, our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service will not only rid your car of all winter contamination on the outside AND inside of your car, but will add a level of protection to ensure that our Connecticut Winter doesn’t stand a chance against your vehicle.

Our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service includes:

  • Everything included in our Deluxe Hand Car Wash
  • Thorough Blow out, vacuum and wipe down of all interior surfaces
  • Rubber and/or cloth floor mats removed and properly cleaned
  • GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray applied to all exterior surfaces
  • From now until March 31st, 2018, all Express Auto Detailing Services will include our intense undercarriage cleaning and decontamination.
  • Improve your winter driving visibility by adding GTechniq G5 Water Repellent to your glass for only $25 for the front windshield or $49 for all exterior glass. (Think Rain-X on steroids)

** Appointment’s highly recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE

ADDITIONAL AL-LA-CARTE SERVICES: 

Undercarriage Wash: $30. Designed to neutralize and remove road salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle. Intense decontamination and pressure wash. Can be done al-la-carte or added to any car wash or detailing service.

GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray: $49-$59. C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray is designed with the same chemistry that goes into some of the high end ceramic coating packages we offer with an easy application and real time durability.

GTechniq G5 Water Repellent Coating: $25-$59: Think “Rain-X on steroids” Our G5 Water Repellent Coating will not only give you enhanced visibility while driving, but it will significantly inhibit frost, ice, and snow’s ability to stick to your exterior glass, making it easier for you to get going after a storm.

Bio-Bomb: $49: Do you want to ensure that all viruses, germs, bacteria, mold spores and mildew are completely removed from the interior of your car? Our Bio-Bomb service is designed to do just that. Our Bio-Bomb can be performed after any interior service including just a simple vacuum, but works best when the entire interior is completely detailed first. Once complete, the bio-bomb is set off and left to circulate through the interior of your car and get to all the areas that we could not physically get our hands, a tool or a machine to, including the AC and heating vents of your vehicle. A great service especially for the winter months when moisture can help breed viruses in your car.

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE

Get those gifts protected

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OK, so you survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and got some of the coolest stuff for your family and friends to light up their faces this holiday season. Now what? 

Let’s get those gifts protected so they stay looking new! Our line of GTechniq Smart Surface Science products not only work on cars, but on almost every surface you can imagine. Check out some ideas below:

  • Did you get someone (or yourself) a Cell Phone, Tablet or Computer? Let’s protect that screen against scratches fingerprints and general damage with GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra.
  • Everyone loves their Ugg Boots, right?  GTechniq I1 Smart Fabric AB will make water afraid to go anywhere near the boots. Just take a look at the video below. 
  • Leather jacket or new leather purse? We got you covered with GTechniq L1 Leather Guard AB that will not only protect the leather, but will keep it free of germs and bacteria. 
  • Sunglasses? Of course we have that covered. Hats? Yup. Gloves? Just tell us what they are made of. Expensive coffee tumbler or mug? Why risk it turning ugly? Watches? Get the same level of protection they use on the most expensive Rolex on the planet. 

    Anything from the smallest piece of jewelry up to, well, a full size car, we have something that can make sure that whatever condition it is in when your family and friends tear open that wrapping is exactly what condition we can keep it in for much longer than an unprotected item. 

 

The cost for most common items runs from $10 to $50 with larger items obviously costing more. Please note that we do need to keep the items overnight for proper application and curing for the best results. Please give us a call with any questions you may have: (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio 

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT

Arkham Shine and GTechniq at SEMA 2017

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This year at SEMA, Kevin Awalt went with GTechniq as we unveiled our newest Ceramic Coating, Crystal Serum Ultra. Check out this video as Kevin presents The Man himself, Renny Doyle with his first bottle of GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra. 

Read more about the release of Crystal Serum Ultra and call Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio at (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio located at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, CT 

Super ceramic coating launched to keep cars looking as-new. 

Formulators of the world’s best surface care products launch a new, revolutionary ceramic coating that will keep cars looking ‘as good as new’, at the SEMA Show, Las Vegas, USA, today (Tuesday 31st October 2017).

Gtechniq introduces Crystal Serum Ultra, a 10h paint protection for cars that offers matchless levels of gloss, surface slickness, swirl and chemical resistance. Keeping a car looking at its best and making it stress-free to maintain. Crystal Serum Ultra replaces Crystal Serum as the Gtechniq Accredited Detailer only, signature coating, with a nine year guarantee.

Rob Earle, Gtechniq managing director responsible for the development of Crystal Serum Ultra, said: “Crystal Serum Ultra is the best paint protection product that we have developed to date.

“By creating Crystal Serum Ultra we have introduced a new seven nanometer particle that works alongside an existing 20 nanometer particle, and increased the ratio of crosslinkers in the formula. This has resulted in a coating which has a reinforced top layer that will take everything life, and the road, throws at it.”

The molecular structure of the hard top layer of Crystal Serum Ultra is exceptionally chemical resistant, withstanding even the strongest wash chemicals and bird droppings. This super-strong top layer also reduces surface hazing substantially, helping to keep that mirror-like finish on a car’s paintwork. 

Crystal Serum Ultra is resistant to extreme heat changes, from -40 degrees Celsius to +250 degrees Celsius, this makes it effective in a number of environments.

Having Crystal Serum Ultra applied to a vehicle will make it a dream to maintain, but for the best in hydrophobic performance and ease of upkeep, it can be over coated with EXO Ultra Durable Hydrophobic Coating or C2 Liquid Crystal.

The nature of Crystal Serum Ultra means it cannot be purchased off the shelf, but has to be applied by a trained, Gtechniq Accredited Detailer. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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GTechniq Maintenance Kit: $50 

Maintain the appearance of your vehicle between visits to your favorite car detailer. Once your vehicle has been detailed you will want all the essential items required to keep that ‘just detailed’ look. This kit contains all the maintenance items needed to keep the exterior and interior of your vehicle looking pristine, until the next visit.

Kit contains:

MOIST Georgia Peach Car Wash Soap 16oz: $16.00

Delicious peach scent car wash soap. A perfect scented car wash for any type of vehicle

Mix 1 to 2 oz per gallon on water
Wash with a wash mitt or sponge
Rinse with the hose.

GTechniq WM2 Microfibre Wash Mitt: $20.00

  • Ultra low friction glide characteristics minimise swirl marks
  • Designed to hold maximum volume of wash suds
  • 100% split varied length polyester strands optimum for contaminant release

GTechniq Diamond Sandwich Microfiber Drying Towel: $15 

  • Drys to a streak free finish
  • Ultra soft highly absorbent outer layers wicks water into core reservoir
  • Unlike standard microfiber cloths, MF4 can be easily wringed out

GTechniq ZeroR Microfiber Buff Cloth: $4 each 

  • 40 x 40 cm
  • High polyamide content
  • Ultra soft and very effective for removing residues

RTIC Arkham Shine “GTechniq Was Here” 30oz Tumbler: $30

The MUST HAVE item of the season, or the year for that matter.  RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double wall vacuum insulated. Keeps your drinks ice cold longer – works great for hot beverages. The included all-new shaded Splash Proof lid lets you know exactly how much drink you have. The flip-top closure resists spills and is straw friendly. Easy to clean.

Are you looking for the perfect Holiday Gift for the car lover on your list? Well, we are about to make your holiday shopping just a bit less stressful. Starting Friday, November 24th (or “Black Friday” for those of you in the know) Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio will be offering some of the finest car care products available to help your friends and family keep their vehicles shining brighter than a Christmas Tree all year long.

On top of car care products, we will also be offering some great gifts and stocking stuffers to help knock off some of the more “hard to please” people on your list. Some of these items include a limited edition RTIC tumbler and coffee packages specifically for us.

On top of all this awesome stuff, we will also be having our famous 50% off all Gift Certificates sale on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th from 8am-9am only. 

We wish you all a great holiday season with lots of love from your friends and family and look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 24th.

Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT 

(860) 799-5403

GTechniq Auto Detailing and Ceramic Coating in Connecticut

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Have you always wanted to see what exactly goes on during our auto detailing, paint correction and GTechniq Ceramic Coating process? Check out this video shot over a three day period as we make this 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350-CR look almost unreal with it’s level of gloss. Let us know what you think! 

🌟 33 Five Star Reviews on Google 
🌟 56 Five Star Reviews on Facebook
Certified Detailer, Skills Validated and Recognized Trainer with The International Detailing Association
From your daily drivers to the most exotic vehicles, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio provides all our clients with the highest level of car detailing, paint correction and GTechniq ceramic coatings possible.
Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.
📞 Call:(860) 799-5403
📧 email: Info@ArkhamShine.com
Located at: 90 Danbury Road New Milford, Connecticut 
Follow Us On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arkhamshine_gtechniq/

2016 Chevy Camaro Corrected and Protected.

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Do you want your car to be SO BRIGHT that you can’t even look at it in the sun? This client did.

After about a year of regular car wash abuse, the white on this 2016 Chevrolet Camaro had started to loose it’s natural shine. Even though there was no “visible from 10 feet away” damage, micro marring, discoloration and an EXTENSIVE amount of industrial contamination, the light was no longer bouncing off and blinding innocent bystanders as our client drove by them. After our Level Two Complete Detail, we dipped this car in GTechniq from top to bottom to make sure that she looked her best not only now, but for years to come, with no more automatic car washes. 

New Car Auto Detailing Paint Correction for Connecticut

2017 Cadillac Escalade in for Level One Complete Auto Detail

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This 2017 Cadillac Escalade is the perfect example of why you should have a professional auto detailer with a good reputation do the prep work on your new cars and NEVER waste your money on the “paint protection plan, environmental protection plan” or whatever they want to call it. 

This Escalade was brought to us with a ton of swirl marks already in it and the client was told they purchased the protection plan, but from day one, their BRAND NEW LUXURY SUV never looked right to them. 

After performing our Level One Complete  Auto Detailing package, the paint was then protected with GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for 4-6 months of real world protection, even in Connecticut. 

Interested in having your car coated with GTechniq?
Call 860.799.5503

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Nissan 300zx Corrected by Arkham, Protected by GTechniq in CT

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There is nothing like finding a classic car, with very low miles, that also has VERY little damage to it. The owner of this 1991 Nissan 300zx was super excited to find this yellow/gold classic with just over 12k on the engine and a body that had VERY little damage that was not easily taken care of. 

The gold and silver metal flake was made to stand out again thanks to our Level Two Complete Detail Package and the Rupes s.P.a Bigfoot System. Once we got the paint looking like liquid gold, we protected it with our GTechinq Crystal Serum Black package for 7 Years or more of care free maintenance for the owner. 

Call (860) 799-5403 or stop by the studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, CT to discuss how we can give you REAL WORLD protection not only for those cars you have always wanted, but your every day drivers as well. 

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

Get your Car Simonized!!!

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Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio is proud to announce that we are one of the first auto detailing studios in the country to offer Simoniz’s new ceramic coating and warranty program, “Simoniz Diamond Plate“. 

When it comes to the car detailing industry, there is probably one phrase that is said over and over again:

“I want my car Simonized” 

For a long time, this had a very vague meaning outside of the dealerships. If you picked your car up from a dealership, you could get a product called “Simoniz GlassCoat*” installed on your new car and you could benefit from anywhere from a 5 year to a lifetime warranty, and an easy to care for surface. (if the GlassCoat was installed properly or at all). GlassCoat is designed as a  “Dealership Only” program, and therefore small, independent detail studios were unable to offer this product. 

With the recent  emergence of the coating industry, Simoniz has reworked the formula for their “GlassCoat” and come up with a product not only designed for new cars, but used cars as well. 

What is Diamond Plate?

  • Simoniz Diamond Plate is a nano-ceramic polymer paint coating that is designed to improve the gloss and depth of our clients paint as well as give the vehicle a level of REAL long term protection
  • Diamond Plate‘s polysilazane coating is held together by silicon-oxygen bonds. These bonds are unaffected by ultraviolet rays. 
  • Polysilazane itself strongly reacts with the hydroxyl groups on the paint surface to form a chemical bond in it at millions of separate points across the surface. 
  • The Simoniz Diamond Plate program includes a 2 Year, hassle free warranty with one of America’s most well know insurance agency’s.
  • Installation also includes Simoniz VisionBlade. VisionBlade is a windshield coating that acts like Rain-X on steroids. 

What does Diamond Plate protect against?  

  • Acid rain and hard water spot etching
  • Bird droppings
  • Tree sap
  • Insects including Love Bugs (for you Floridians)
  • Aerosol and Graffiti spray paint 
  • Accidental paint over spray or sling up from newly painted road lines. 
  • Loss of gloss from fading or chalking due to exposure to the sun 
  • Damage caused by Road De-icing material

How does you file a claim? 

      Clients who purchase the Simoniz Diamond Plate system can easily file a claim on the Simoniz GlassCoat app available from The Apple Store or Google Play, or they can simply file a claim by visiting the SIMONIZ WEBSITE

* PLEASE NOTE: if you had an independent car detailer sell you a Simoniz Glasscoat, it was illegal and the warranty given will not be honored should anything happen to your car. Simoniz GlassCoat is a Dealership Only product and can not legally be installed outside a dealership.

CALL (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut for a free consultation.